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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.

Scroll down to listen to the most recent episodes from our network.

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 historian 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.

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.

Gone Medieval is hosted by historians Matt Lewis and Eleanor Janega, 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.

In Betwixt the Sheets join historian, Kate Lister as she unashamedly roots around the topics which seem to have been skipped in history class. Everything from landmark LGBTQ+ court cases, to political scandal, to downright bizarre medieval cures for impotence.

In American History Hit, join Don Wildman twice a week for your hit of American history, as he explores the past to help us understand the United States of today. We’ll hear how codebreakers uncovered secret Japanese plans for the Battle of Midway, visit Chief Powhatan as he prepares for war with the British, see Walt Disney accuse his former colleagues of being communists, and uncover the dark history that lies beneath Central Park.

After Dark: Myths, Misdeeds & the Paranormal joined History Hit’s award-winning podcast network in October 2023, hosted by actor, writer and historian Anthony Delaney and writer, broadcaster, historian Maddy Pelling. Together, the duo unpick history’s spookiest, strangest and most sinister stories – from the disappearance of HMS Terror to the origins of Halloween.

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.

Patented, hosted by Dallas Campbell, dives into stories of flukey discoveries, erased individuals and murky marketing ploys with the help of experts, scientists and historians.

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

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Medieval Italy

23 April 2024

The huge peninsula of what we today call Italy saw waves of invasions and sweeping changes over the course of the Medieval period, with huge...

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Ancient Greek Sexual Health: Wandering Wombs & Headless Beetles

23 April 2024

If there’s one thing you’ll find out from this episode, it’s that the Ancient Greeks were better at philosophy than...

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The Battle of Crécy

22 April 2024

The English won a decisive battlefield victory over the French in the first decade of the Hundred Years' War. At the Battle of Crécy, an...

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Founding Father: Who Was John Hancock?

22 April 2024

An iconic signature on the Declaration of Independence - that is what John Hancock is best known for. But how did he come to be the first...

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33:44

What is the Yeti?

22 April 2024

Did you know legendary mountaineer Edmund Hillary found evidence of the Yeti? Or that David Attenborough is on board with the idea it exists?...

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25:48

How Spices Shaped the Modern World

22 April 2024

In the 16th century, spices drove the world economy, creating riches on an unprecedented scale. Spanish and Portuguese explorers competed to find...

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38:55

Iran & Israel: From Allies to Enemies

21 April 2024

On the 1st of April, 2024, a presumed Israeli airstrike destroyed the Iranian consulate in Damascus, killing 13 people. Amongst them was a...

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48:49

Apollo: God of the Sun

21 April 2024

Apollo, the favourite son of Zeus and twin brother of Artemis, was a Greek God with many faces. Perhaps most famous as Phoebus, the God of the...

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46:34

How the Plantagenets Built England

19 April 2024

Six Plantagenet kings ruled between 1199 and 1399 - two centuries that witnessed civil war, deposition, the murder of kings and the ruthless...

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44:04

Sex in the Aztec Empire

19 April 2024

The Aztec Empire might conjure up images of human sacrifice.

And whilst religious violence was part of their society, theirs was also a very...

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25:42

The 1921 Murder Farm Massacre: Slavery After the Civil War

18 April 2024

During the spring of 1921, eleven bodies were found in in rural Georgia. These men were victims of horrific murders, and also of a more widespread...

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34:26

Elizabeth I: Make-Up & Beauty Tips

18 April 2024

What do we know about what Elizabeth I actually looked like? How was her appearance altered through the use of cosmetics? Portraits suggest...

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41:58

The Battle of El-Alamein Explained

17 April 2024

Fought in the second half of 1942, the Battles of El Alamein were a series of climactic confrontations in Egypt between British Imperial and...

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46:04

The Goths

17 April 2024

The Goths are renowned for many things, not least sacking Rome in 410 AD and helping to bring about the fall of the Western Roman Empire. They...

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38:21

The Georgian Husband with Fourteen Wives

17 April 2024

Charles Hamilton allegedly had fourteen wives according to the newspapers, but the headline was that Charles used to be called Mary. In the 18th...

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22:27

Mao's China, The Berlin Wall and WWII Egypt: Witnessing History with Peter Snow

16 April 2024

As a foreign correspondent for ITN in the 70s, Peter Snow remembers handing tins of film to strangers on airport runways, hoping they would take...

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42:49

Rise of Wessex

16 April 2024

In Gone Medieval’s special series exploring some of Anglo-Saxon Britain’s most influential kingdoms, we reach Wessex - the last kingdom left...

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Fetishwear: A Kinky History

16 April 2024

What is the origin of the word fetish? How did the war play a part in shaping fetishwear? And what are some of the styles that are most...

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44:55

The Trial of Charles I

15 April 2024

In the mid-17th century, King Charles I of England was put on trial for treason against the sovereign state. Such a process involved a singular...

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50:10

President Ulysses S. Grant: The Myth of the Butcher

15 April 2024

How does a heroic general of the Civil War become one of the lowest rated Presidents (at least until recently)?

To discuss Grant's...

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35:30

Bigfoot: the Origin Story

15 April 2024

Our second episode examining the very real history of Bigfoot. This time we're looking at ancient Native American rock art and meeting the extinct...

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