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Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch

8th December, 2019

Dan talks to Dr. Nicola Tallis about Margaret Beaufort. Aged 13, Beaufort endured a traumatic childbirth that brought her close to death. Forced to give up her child, Beaufort remained steadfast ...

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Truth and Legend in the Age of Sail

6th December, 2019

Graham Faiella talks to Dan about legends and true tales from the Age of Sail. Cannibalism, pirates and mutiny. For information regarding your data privacy, visit Listen Now


The History of Language

5th December, 2019

David Shariatmadari dives into the words we say. How did language come about, how and why do we use it? For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and ...

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Exclusive: Stunning Cache of World War Two Archaeology Revealed

4th December, 2019

Alderney, like the rest of the Channel Islands, was occupied by German forces from 1940 to 1945. On Hitler's orders it was turned into a fortress, covered in concrete and steel fortifications. ...

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Austerlitz: Napoleon's Greatest Victory

2nd December, 2019

Austerlitz is one of Napoleon's greatest victories. Late in the season, at the end of a long and vulnerable supply line, deep into eastern Europe, Napoleon tempted the allied armies ...

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The Rise of Hitler

1st December, 2019

Professor Frank McDonough has just written a monumental history of the Third Reich. He is a world leading expert on the domestic side of Hitler's Germany. In this podcast Dan ...

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The Women of Westminster

28th November, 2019

2019 marks 100 years since Nancy Astor, the first female MP in Britain, took her seat in the House of Commons. Rachel Reeves, long-serving Labour politician and author, speaks to Dan about ...

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How Humans Evolved

26th November, 2019

Award winning broadcaster, journalist and author Gaia Vince talks to Dan about why humans evolved. Not just biologically but in terms of our language, culture and relationships. This is a ...

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The Hundred Years' War with Lord Jonathan Sumption

24th November, 2019

Lord Jonathan Sumption is coming to the end of his magisterial multi-volume history of the Hundred Year's War. He believes it was essentially a French civil war into which the ...

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The Fall of the Aztecs

21st November, 2019

November 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the meeting of Hernan Cortes and Aztec ruler Montezuma at the gates of the magnificent Aztec capital at Tenochitlan, now Mexico City. Caroline Dodds ...

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