The History of England show

The History of England

Summary: A concise history of England in a weekly podcast. We follow English history all the way from the Anglo Saxon invasions at the start of the 6th Century.

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 220a An Oasis Discovered | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:48

Here's my story of the church St Bartholomew the Grand and its founder. There are pictures and the text at the website, and become a member at

 220 Disguisings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:47:32

It is in the reign of Henry VIII that we first hear of the 'masque' - entertainment that drew from Mummers, Mystery plays, and 'disguisings'. We talk about Anne and Mary Boleyn's education - and Shakespeare and the word 'bump'

 Tides of History from Wondery by Patrick Wyman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:39

History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cultural change that shape the world and everyone who lives on it. In this new series from Wondery, PhD historian Patrick Wyman (Fall of Rome) brings the cutting edge of that history to listeners in plain, relatable English. Subscribe at

 219 Cloth of Gold | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:27

Enter Thomas Boleyn, courtier, and the realities of being a courtier. And the field of the cloth of Gold; Henry and Wolsey's mission to uphold the treaty of universal peace.

 218a Witchcraft in Tudor England by Sam Hume | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:39

The 16th and 17th centuries saw a surge in worry about witchcraft through most of Europe. Sam gives us a survey of how fear of witchcraft affected England.

 218 Universal Peace | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:53

Wolsey had tried war with France, they'd tried war by proxy, they'd tried peace. In 1518 the most remarkable of their plans - the Treaty of Universal peace where 20 states guaranteed the peace of Europe.

 217 The Cardinal's Hat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:27

Being made a Cardinal in 1515 gave Wolsey the perfect opportunity to give the vainglorious side of his nature full reign. He made full use of it.

 216 Love and Marriage | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:45

The story of a love affair - probably. In 1514 Henry married off his 18 year old sister to the gouty, siphilitic, toothless 50+ year old Louis and sent her to France., She came back a year later married to someone else entirely

 214a The End of Roman Britain by Ed McWatt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:48

Children's author Ed McWatt and his perspective on how the end of Roman Britain might have felt. And apparently I'm not Spartacus. Darn

 215 Hero of War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:17

In 1513 there were two English victories. One of them would have a profound effect on English history. The other one was mainly a mad dash in pursuit of a bunch of cavalry eager to escape.

 214 The Road to War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:38

The path of Renaissance diplomacy was both torturous and without scruple; as Henry finds out as he thirsts for glory.

 213 Background to War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:51

Historians have identified the 16th and 17th centuries as a time of revolutionary change in Europe, driven by military technology. We talk a bit about that, and about the personalities Henry VIII was up against.

 211a The Shakespeare Controversy by David McLain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:13

Was Shakespeare really who we think he was? Or maybe it was the polymath Francis Bacon? Or various Earls...or, what about Elizabeth I? She didn't have a lot to do of an evening...

 212 Pleasure and Liberty | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:16

Henry VIII was released by this accession to the courtly, chivalric life of the hunt, and masque, and tournaments. In this he was encouraged by by Council - while his father's 'peace party' got on with the business of ruling.

 211 Heaven Smiles Earth Rejoices | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:45

The accession of Henry VIII was greeted with a huge sigh of relief and great enthusiasm. His court was to change immediately, and politics for ever. Although the Book of the Courtier would not appear until 1528, it could have been written for the Tudor court to explain how to win the favour of the Prince.


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