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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 Witches of Lorraine

5 August 2021

Between 1570 and 1630, there was intense persecution and thousands of executions of suspected witches in Lorraine, a small duchy on the borders of...

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00:29:43

Canada Confronts Its Past

5 August 2021

The discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at former Canadian residential schools have has led to a crisis of identity for the country as it comes...

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00:30:29

The Lost Baths of Cleopatra

5 August 2021

Cleopatra. Hers is one of the most famous names that endures from antiquity. The victor of a civil war. The mistress of Julius Caesar and Marc...

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00:46:10

How WWI Began

4 August 2021

On August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany and entered the First World War. This was a conflict of unparalleled savagery with industrialized...

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00:28:08

The Western Front

4 August 2021

The Western Front of the First World War is a story of aristocratic generals sending ordinary men over the top to their deaths in futile frontal...

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00:39:48

Britain's Forgotten Olympic Heroes

3 August 2021

The Olympics are a sporting event like no other and in this episode, we celebrate two great British Olympians of the past Anita Neil and Hugh 'Jumbo'...

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00:42:44

Brunanburh & the Birth of England

3 August 2021

When we think of great Medieval battles, many people imagine the Battles of Hastings or Agincourt. Another clash, however, between the kings of...

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00:23:12

The Gladiatrix

3 August 2021

Mention the word gladiator and you would be forgiven for instantly thinking of the 2000 namesake epic movie. Of spectators watching on as men battled...

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00:36:13

Beards Maketh the Man

2 August 2021

For the Tudors and Elizabethans, a beard denoted masculinity while beardlessness indicated boyhood or effeminacy. How a man wore his beard - or not -...

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00:26:58

The Fall and Rise of India's Royal Families

2 August 2021

One aspect of India's independence that is often overlooked is the role of India's princely states; the Maharajas. During the Raj, these states had...

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00:27:10

Tornadoes in the Gulf War

2 August 2021

The First Gulf War was the combat debut for the RAF Tornado, and also for many of the aircrew who would fly one. John Nichol served as a navigator in...

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00:52:45

The Spanish Armada

1 August 2021

In 1588 the English Navy defeated one of the greatest fleets ever assembled; the Spanish Armada. A week of running battles in the English Channel...

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00:30:28

Alexander the Great’s Corpse & the Greatest Heist in History

1 August 2021

Alexander the Great is one of the most famous generals and empire builders in history, but the story of his death is almost as remarkable as his...

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00:44:44

Decoding the Roman Dead

31 July 2021

Often known as ‘Britain’s first town’, Colchester is a city rich in ancient history and on 24 July 2021, a new exhibition will open at the...

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00:52:08

Cecily Neville: Duchess of York

31 July 2021

Born in 1415 as the youngest of the 1st Earl of Westmorland's 22 children, Cecily Neville led one of the Medieval periods' most captivating lives....

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00:24:59

Liverpool's Historic Docks

30 July 2021

Just 17 years after Liverpool’s historic waterfront was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city was stripped of its prestigious...

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00:32:31

An American Year of Peril: 1942

30 July 2021

The year is 1942; American citizens are still recovering from the surprise military strike on Pearl Harbor, which had intensely impacted morale...

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00:41:22

A 17th Century Mexican Superstar Nun

29 July 2021

Though she is relatively unknown outside of Mexico, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz - poet, playwright and nun - is an icon and national hero in her...

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00:35:20

England and Spain's Battle for Global Supremacy

29 July 2021

This week in 1588 the Spanish Armada fought running battles in the Channel with the English Navy. It was sent by King Phillip of Spain who ruled half...

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00:29:16

The Sacred Band of Thebes

29 July 2021

The Theban Sacred Band was one of the greatest military corps of Ancient Greece, thriving from the city-state of Thebes for almost 50 years in the...

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00:26:03

The Real Thomas Cromwell

28 July 2021

On this day in 1540, Thomas Cromwell was executed. On the same day Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard. To mark the anniversary we've...

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