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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.
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Origins of the Condom15 February 2024
The first surviving mention of condoms dates from the mid-16th century, in the writings of an Italian anatomist better known for the discovery of...Listen Now
Murder in Henry VIII's England15 February 2024
In a world before police, what happened when someone was murdered? How were murderers caught? How did the wheels of justice turn?
We talk to...Listen Now
Medieval Mass Murdering Monk: Malmesbury Abbey15 February 2024
Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire was an institution of national significance from the late seventh century until the dissolution of the monasteries...Listen Now
Life and Death in Greco-Roman Egypt14 February 2024
In its final centuries, Ancient Egypt was conquered by the Persians, the Greeks and the Romans, beginning with the invasion of Alexander the Great...Listen Now
Rameses The Great14 February 2024
Was Rameses really that great or just an excellent self-promoter? Well, as Dan learns in this episode, a little bit of both. He reigned for 66...Listen Now
The Great Pyramid of Giza13 February 2024
Built by Pharaoh Khufu some 4,500 years ago, the Great Pyramid was the first ancient wonder to be built and is the only one still standing....Listen Now
The Mystery of the Medieval Green Children12 February 2024
Two green children walked into the village of Woolpit in Suffolk, England, sometime in the 12th century. They said they were from a magic land...Listen Now
The Surprising History of 'Karens'12 February 2024
What do Alexa, Adolf and Karen have in common?
They're all names that have plummeted in popularity.
The most recent, Karen, is largely...Listen Now
Fairies in the Early Modern Era12 February 2024
In the early modern period, belief in fairies was quite commonplace. But put all thoughts of Tinkerbell aside! These fairies were...Listen Now
Medieval Apocalypse12 February 2024
In the early 12th century, when England was suffering wave after wave of Viking invasions, many wondered how God could allow their kingdom to be...Listen Now
The Origins of Ancient Egypt12 February 2024
All this week Dan is delving into the history, mystery and legacy of Ancient Egypt. Discover how this mighty empire grew from nomadic settlers to...Listen Now
The Clinton Scandals11 February 2024
From financial to conspiratorial to sexual, the words 'Clinton' and 'scandal' are regularly found in each others' vicinities. But why?
Persia Reborn: Rise of the Sasanians11 February 2024
The Sasanians are renowned as one of Rome's most feared enemies. Founded in third century Persia by an Iranian noble called Ardashir, their...Listen Now
Justinian: Greatest Byzantine Emperor?8 February 2024
The Eastern Roman Emperor from 527 to 565, Justinian was a ruler who infused even the most mundane tasks with spiritual and religious...Listen Now
Private Life of King James VI & I8 February 2024
King James VI and I, the first monarch to reign over Scotland, England and Ireland, has a mixed reputation. To many, he is simply the homosexual...Listen Now
What Was Sex Like In Medieval Times?8 February 2024
What happened when medieval monks were told by the church that they had to be celibate? And how did their wives react?
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The Epic of Gilgamesh: Quest for Immortality8 February 2024
The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest surviving works of storytelling in history. It begins with the tale of Gilgamesh’s friendship with...Listen Now
Who are the Houthis?8 February 2024
As Houthi missile attacks on shipping in the Red Sea continue, we turn to the past to answer the all-important questions - who are the Houthis,...Listen Now
Facebook at Twenty: From College Dorms to Court Cases7 February 2024
Where did the idea for Facebook come from? How has the site evolved? And how has it changed the world? In this episode, 20 years after the...Listen Now
Dragons: From the Ancient World to the Hobbit7 February 2024
Take dinosaur bones, snake poison, volcanic lava, fear of the unknown. Mix it all together and you have a dragon!
Today we're finding out...Listen Now
The City of Alexandria6 February 2024
This is the story of a city that laid the foundations for our modern world. Sitting at the intersection of East and West, Alexandria has been home...Listen Now