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History Hit podcasts and presenters

The History Hit network gives you access to a growing range of podcasts presented by and featuring historians at the forefront of research and debate.

‘Dan Snow’s History Hit’ explores the deep history behind today’s headlines – giving you the context to understand what is going on today. Everything has a history, every challenge made easier by understanding its nature, its genesis. In a world of fast opinions, we put historians into the debate, women and men who bring real knowledge built over careers spent researching.

‘The Ancients’, hosted by classicist Tristan Hughes, is dedicated to discussing our distant past. Historians and archaeologists join Tristan to discuss specific themes from antiquity, from Neolithic Britain to the Fall of Rome.

War historian and broadcaster, James Rogers hosts our ‘Warfare’ podcast, which opens up fascinating new perspectives on how conflict has shaped and changed our world. James teams up with fellow historians, veterans, and experts to reveal astonishing new histories of inspirational leadership, breakthrough technologies, and era defining battles.

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb presents ‘Not Just the Tudors’. Together with expert interviewees, she covers the sweeping range of the early modern period: everything from the Aztecs to witches, Velázquez to Shakespeare, Mughal India to the Mayflower.

Our all new podcast Gone Medieval’ is hosted by archaeologist Cat Jarman and historian Matt Lewis, who shine a light on one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood periods of history: the Middle Ages. In each episode, experts lead listeners beneath the skin of captivating stories to uncover new insights.

Click on any of the listings below to listen to our most recent episodes from our network.

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The Limits of Norse Explorations?

19 October 2021

The Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal in the middle of the Atlantic, was said to be discovered in 1427 by Portuguese explorer Diogo de Silves....

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00:30:42

How Alcohol Built the British Empire

18 October 2021

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as the British Empire expanded across the globe an almost ubiquitous but often underappreciated...

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00:44:01

The Spanish King of England

18 October 2021

Philip II of Spain - the most powerful monarch of the early modern period - was married to Queen Mary Tudor from 1554 until her death in 1558. But...

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00:43:32

Heroes of Telemark: The Viking Commandos

18 October 2021

On 18 October 1942, a party of Norwegian agents were dropped into Telemark, Norway, for Operation Grouse. They were part of a mission to sabotage the...

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00:23:41

Dresden Survivor: Remembering Victor Gregg

17 October 2021

On 12 October 2021 World War Two veteran Victor Gregg passed away peacefully in his sleep just before his 102 birthday. He was part of a unique...

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00:51:31

Caracalla: The Common Enemy of Mankind?

17 October 2021

Often up there in the upper echelons of most articles listing Rome's worst emperors, it's fair to say that history has not been kind to...

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00:27:27

Operation Barbarossa: The Lost Diaries

16 October 2021

Operation Barbarossa saw a clash of arms between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union of unprecedented scale and savagery, but what was it really like...

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00:40:00

The Bayeux Tapestry

16 October 2021

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the world’s most prominent pieces of medieval art. Depicting the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England, the...

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00:43:01

Climate Wars

15 October 2021

As the planet heats up, competition for resources rises and populations migrate. Even without the impact of natural disasters it’s enough to raise...

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00:33:32

The Haitian Revolution

14 October 2021

In 1791 the slaves of the French colony of Sant-Domingue rose up against their colonial masters and after a long and bloody struggle, defeated them...

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00:59:06

How Catherine of Aragon Learnt to be Queen

14 October 2021

The Spanish infanta Catalina of Aragon was raised to be a Queen, betrothed at the age of three to the heir apparent of the English throne, Arthur...

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00:32:11

Ai Khanum: A Greek City in Afghanistan?

14 October 2021

A theatre, a gymnasium and houses with colonnaded courtyards: these are the hallmarks of an Ancient Greek city. So what are they doing in the...

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00:55:42

The Battle of Hastings

13 October 2021

On 14 October 1066 the armies of William, the Duke of Normandy, and the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson clashed near Hastings in one of the most...

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00:17:45

Italy in World War Two

13 October 2021

On 13 October 1943, one month after surrendering to the Allies, Italy declared war on its former partner, Nazi Germany. In this episde from the...

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00:50:11

Lady Jane Grey

12 October 2021

On a cold February morning in 1554, Lady Jane Grey was beheaded for high treason. Named as King Edward VI as his successor, Queen Jane had reigned...

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00:29:02

Galloway Hoard

12 October 2021

In September 2014, a metal detectorist discovered the rarest collection of Viking-age objects ever found to date in Britain. The Galloway hoard...

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00:21:56

Maurice Hilleman: Vaccine Creator

11 October 2021

Dr Maurice Hilleman was a leading American microbiologist who specialised in vaccinology and immunology. He discovered nine vaccines that are...

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00:53:01

The Rebellions of 1549

11 October 2021

In 1549, the Tudor establishment was rocked by a series of popular rebellions, born of deep discontent over the enclosure by wealthy landowners of...

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00:28:53

Greenham Common: Peace Camp and Protest

11 October 2021

In September 1981 a small group of 36 Welsh women marched 120 miles from Cardiff to RAF Greenham Common and chained themselves to the gates. They...

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00:27:05

Jack the Ripper Retold

10 October 2021

In 1888 a series of brutal killings took place in Whitechapel, London which might be the most famous unsolved murders of all time. The case and the...

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01:20:20

Alexander the Great's Greatest Victory

10 October 2021

In October 331 BC, one of the most important battles of world history occurred on the plain of Gaugamela. Alexander III of Macedon, better known as...

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