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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 228 Mistress Anne Boleyn, Scandal of Christendom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:00

The start of 4 weeks of fun, debate, voting and prizes as we consider the life of Anne Boleyn and decide whether Catherine was being fair in describing Anne as the Scandal of Christendom. This week a summary of the life of Anne to 1532. You can find out more here

 227 The Reformation Parliament | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:16

After Wolsey's fall was a period of stalemate; but between 1529 and 1532, Henry's thoughts crystalised, Anne became to be openly at his side - and a new weapon joined the king - the exocet that was Thomas Cromwell.

 226 The Great Wether | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:11

In 1529 the campaign for the King's great matter, his divorce came to a climax. Wolsey persuaded the Pope to allow a court to be held in England under Cardinals Campeggio and Wolsey. On its success or failure would rest Wolsey's own future.

 225a The Reformation by Luke and Otto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:27

Luke and Otto talk about the Reformation and bottoms from the perspective of the younger listener.

 225 Matters Great and Personal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:21

The king's Great Matter as it was to be called, outraged and divided Christendom, and has been dividing us ever since. What motivated it? Who was responsible? The debate starts here.

 224 Deadly Poison | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:48:28

In 1520 the Pope threatened an obscure Augustinian monk with excommunication. Why ? What happened next? And how did the English react?

 223 Venal or Vital? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:43

The traditional story of the English Reformation has been of a rotten, moribund, venal church, just waiting to be toppled by reformers, the pyre ignited by Luther's teachings. But was the late medieval church really in such a rotten state?

 222a The Tower of London by James Holdstock | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:07

James Holdstock is a big fan of The Tower of London; he talks about a fortress which has a history as winding, bloody, mysterious and inspiring as England's, and is a must for any visitor to the capital.

 222 From Hapsburg to Valois | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:29

The diplomacy of the early 1520s culminated at Pavia, with the ruin of French hopes - and also English as Hapsburg for a while reigned supreme. Domestic politics saw Wolsey discredited for the first time, and the Boleyns arrive at court.

 221 The Finest Buck | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:43

Henry had shown a hint of the man he would become in 1510 by the execution of Empson and Dudley. In 1521, the Duke of Buckingham was in his sights, as Europe's Universal Peace sank beneath the waves.

 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.


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