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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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15 May 2024

Caligula. One of the most infamous Roman emperors of them all. He didn't rule Rome for long, but he has gained a legacy as this incredibly evil...

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Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt: The Impossible Alliance that Won WWII

14 May 2024

In the summer of 1941, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. As the Germans drove towards Moscow, a catastrophic Soviet defeat seemed imminent - a...

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A Guide to Medieval Churches

14 May 2024

​Do you know the difference between a church and a chapel? A bishop and an archbishop? An abbey and an abbess? 

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Medieval Torture & Execution

14 May 2024

When you say ‘going medieval’ on someone, it brings up quite nasty connotations. 

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Twelve Caesars with Mary Beard

13 May 2024

The title of Caesar has echoed down the ages as the pinnacle of absolute power and perhaps even tyranny. A single man at the head of a nation or...

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The Real Hamilton: Downfall, Duel & Death

13 May 2024

When Alexander Hamilton took a bullet to the abdomen on the morning of the 11th July 1804, he joined a long list of people who had fallen foul of...

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Shardlake and its Creator C.J. Sansom

13 May 2024

Fans of historical fiction and crime novels have been saddened to learn of the recent death of the award-winning, best-selling author C.J. Sansom,...

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The Great Famine: Ireland’s Darkest Chapter (Part 1)

13 May 2024

One million people died. Two million emigrated. The Great Irish Famine was the world turned upside down. The darkest chapter in Ireland's...

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Marshal Pétain: Hero or Traitor?

12 May 2024

Marshal Pétain emerged from the First World War as a French national hero. His defence of Verdun had set him on course to become one of France's...

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The Cleopatras: A Dynasty of Rule Breakers

11 May 2024

Cleopatra. It is one of the most recognisable names in ancient history, made famous by the exploits of Egypt’s controversial pharaoh queen. But...

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The Viking Age: What Discoveries Reveal

10 May 2024

The Vikings continue to fascinate us because their compelling stories connect with universal human desires for exploration and adventure. But...

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Menopause: History, ‘Hysteria’ & Hormone Revolutions

10 May 2024

When you look into the history of menopause it’s steeped in misogyny, fear and demonising women’s bodies. 

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Forbidden Desire in Early Modern Europe

9 May 2024

**This episode contains conversation about sexual behaviour**

In early modern Europe, acting upon same-sex desires was forbidden. We only...

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Merlin, The Occult and British Politics

8 May 2024

Who was the real Merlin? Dr Francis Young says the closest is John Dee, Elizabeth I's occultist advisor who gave her the idea for a British...

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President James A. Garfield: Sex Cults & Assassination

8 May 2024

This may have been the second shortest Presidency in the history of the United States, but the term of James Garfield is definitely not one to...

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8 May 2024

Nineveh was one of the great cities of ancient Mesopotamia. Situated on the eastern bank of the River Tigris, it rivalled cities like Babylon and...

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Historical Origins of Harry Potter Monsters

8 May 2024

***Spoiler Alert: this episode contains spoilers for the Harry Potter books and films***

Giant snakes, winged horses and hooded demons. The...

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The Dynasty That Made Medieval France

7 May 2024

From Hugh Capet to Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Capetian dynasty considered itself divinely chosen to fulfil a great destiny. From an insecure...

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Sex & Scandal in Charles II's Court

7 May 2024

There are many privileges that come with being a royal, but where do mistresses lay amongst these? If you'll excuse the pun.

Charles II was...

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Women Crusaders

7 May 2024

The image we usually associate with a Crusader - of a dashing nobleman on a mighty steed heading out for Holy War - often obscures all of the...

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Why Are We Drawn to Dictators?

6 May 2024

Is liberal democracy facing an existential crisis? A 2023 poll conducted by the Open Society Barometer found that faith in democracy among young...

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