Jamie Jeffers

The British History Podcast

A Chronological History of Britain
The British History Podcast

Description

The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.

Link: www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com

Episodes

308 – A Thirst for Reform

Mar 14, 2019 32:29

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Across the North Sea, in Scandinavia, a man named...

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307 – Cleaning House

Mar 8, 2019 26:35

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The King is dead.  Long live the King. Eadwig,...

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306 – King Eadwig

Mar 1, 2019 31:02

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The King is dead, long live the King. So … last...

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305 – A Very Special BHP Valentine’s Day Episode

Feb 14, 2019 16:30

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History is known as a field for being a bit of a...

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304 – A Kingdom Divided

Feb 12, 2019 34:17

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Northumbria was always the hot mess of the...

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303 – Eric Bloodaxe

Feb 1, 2019 24:32

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We can probably assume that Harald Fairhair, the...

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302 – King Eadred

Jan 25, 2019 21:44

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Ok, where were we? With all this focus on...

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Chapter 8 – Twilight of the Anglo Saxons

Jan 17, 2019 3:27

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This isn’t going to end well.

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301 – Common Folk

Jan 11, 2019 26:29

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Today, we’re going to wrap up this cultural...

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PSA: Where Are the Episodes?

Jan 7, 2019 1:17

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300 – Noble Lives

Dec 18, 2018 25:12

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When we left off, we were talking about Thegns....

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299 – The Shape of Power

Dec 7, 2018 36:36

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Ealdormen… Thegns… Ceorls. These were the  important cogs in the machine of government. They had powerful roles, and held powerful spaces within anglo saxon culture. And it’s time we get to know these roles like the back of our hand. You see, as you might have guessed, we’re on the cusp of a new season […]

The Achavanich Beaker Burial Project: Ancient DNA with Maya Hoole

Dec 3, 2018 42:40

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Links to material referenced in the show. The Achavanich Beaker Burial‘Ava’: a Beaker-associated woman from a cist at Achavanich, Highland, and the story of her (re-)discovery and subsequent study, Published in the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of ScotlandThe Beaker phenomenon and the genomic transformation of northwest Europe at Nature.comA summary of the Nature.com articleScotland's Rock Art Project

298 – Uptown Ceorl

Nov 16, 2018 37:29

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Long ago there was a settlement that had been occupied and farmed by the British and the Anglo Saxons for centuries. In fact, by the time that the Scandinavians arrived on the island, this village known as Wharram Percy was already well established, and had been inhabited continually for centuries. And it held strong for centuries more, even though it was located perilously close to the Scandinavian stronghold of Jorvik, and even after the arrival of the Great Heathen Army. In fact, this little village could well have been part of the very same lands that were shared out by Halfdan himself. Wharram Percy survived it all. Support the Show

297 – The Hundreds and the Wapentakes

Nov 10, 2018 25:54

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We have spoken a lot about the life of a handful of individuals - namely the rulers that have descended from the line of Alfred. There are a couple of reasons for that. The first is the simple fact that by virtue of how limited literacy was during this era, these are the lives we know the most about. The other reason is that the formation of England is very much a story of politics. It was battles, and treaties, and allegiances. Support the Show

The Halloween Special

Oct 26, 2018 24:32

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I love Halloween. I think it might be my favorite holiday, and it’s not really because I like spooky things. I actually kind of hate horror movies. The reason I love Halloween is because in the pantheon of modern holidays it stands out. Most holidays in the western world have been rebranded and repackaged to fit a christian theme or a specific nation. It’s traditional to go to church on Christmas and Easter, even if bunnies and fat men in red suits don’t get mentioned even once in the bible. But Halloween is different. There’s no awkward attempt to justify its existence. Halloween is an out of the closet pagan holiday, and it /feels/ pagan. It feels old. And that’s because it is. And I love that. Support the Show

296 – Darkening Skies

Oct 19, 2018 33:39

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It begins in France. The struggle for power between King Louis IV and Hugh the Great had been raging for quite some time… When we last visited the continent, , Hugh the Great, King Otto of Germany, Duke William of Normandy, Count Herbert II, and various other supporting characters were allied against King Louis IV, the Archbishop of Rheims, and Count Arnulf of Flanders. In response, King AEthelstan tried to intervene by sending a fleet to support the embattled king… Suddenly King AEthelstan died, and rather than supporting the young French King, the English fleet instead opted to raid the French coast. Support the Show

295 – The Return of England

Oct 11, 2018 24:37

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You know the pieces on a chessboard? There’s the knight, and the queen, and the castle….and then there’s the bishop. There’s a reason why a game that simulates medieval power strategy has a piece called the bishop. Bishops had power. Support the Show

294 – It All Comes Crashing Down

Oct 5, 2018 25:49

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The story of the last few episodes is a story about a lesson that humanity has had to re-learn again and again throughout history. When your society is ordered around a single figure it’s likely to descend into chaos the minute that figure goes away. And finding a new balance in the midst of sudden cascading failures is a difficult task that many peoples in history have failed to do. Support the Show

293 – The Beacons are Lit

Sep 23, 2018 24:48

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292 – King in the North

Sep 10, 2018 21:12

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291 – Pandemonium

Aug 30, 2018 27:07

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290 – This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

Aug 23, 2018 29:00

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289 – Brunanburh

Aug 18, 2018 3:07

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288 – Extracurricular Activities

Aug 10, 2018 24:12

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PSA

Aug 2, 2018 1:58

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287 – The Conquest of Scotland

Jul 27, 2018 26:20

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286 – Noble Pursuits

Jul 22, 2018 29:51

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285 – Full Court Press

Jul 11, 2018 28:46

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284 – AEthelstan the Victorious

Jul 7, 2018 27:14

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283 – The Kingdoms of the Foreigners

Jun 29, 2018 23:15

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282 – How To Win Friends and Influence Jorvik

Jun 14, 2018 25:18

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281 – England

Jun 8, 2018 33:28

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280 – King AEthelstan’s Love Life

May 25, 2018 26:24

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279 – Dynastic Cults

May 17, 2018 42:47

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278 – The Thunderbolt

May 10, 2018 22:56

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277 – King AEthelstan: Say Yes to the Dress

Apr 26, 2018 23:18

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276 – The Bastard Rebel King

Apr 20, 2018 31:56

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275 – King Edward the Almost First King of England

Apr 13, 2018 35:41

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274 – The Missing Shire

Apr 5, 2018 26:44

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273 – I Do… Do I?

Mar 29, 2018 24:04

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272 – The End of the Age of AEthelflaed

Mar 15, 2018 29:13

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271 – How to Break a Kingdom in Six Months

Mar 11, 2018 58:05

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270 – War in the Five Boroughs

Mar 1, 2018 25:43

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269 – The Western Front

Feb 23, 2018 27:12

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268 – Viking Invasion

Feb 16, 2018 27:23

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267 – The Southern Expansion

Feb 2, 2018 25:44

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266 – The Rise of AEthelflaed and the Breaking of Northumbria

Jan 27, 2018 23:57

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265 – The Battle of Tettenhall; and Zombies, maybe.

Jan 13, 2018 31:32

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264 – The Lost Rebellion

Jan 5, 2018 38:48

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263 – AEthelflaed and Ingimund

Dec 7, 2017 24:51

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iPhone Podcasts: Enabling Continuous Play

Dec 7, 2017 2:11

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262 – AEthelred and AEthelflaed

Dec 2, 2017 27:12

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261 – The Anglo Saxon Chronicle and the Mercian Register

Nov 26, 2017 24:26

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I hope that after the last few episodes (and honestly, the last few years) have dispelled the myth...

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260 – King Edward’s Forgotten Love Life

Nov 18, 2017 23:32

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Sometimes life comes at you fast. So much happens in such a short space of time that you barely...

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259 – The Last Stand of the House of AEthelred

Nov 4, 2017 30:00

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It was an audacious move. To take possession of two towns, to fortify himself inside the Royal...

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258 – The Rise of King Edward I of Wessex

Oct 31, 2017 27:25

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On October 26th, 899, Alfred the Great died. He left behind his wife, Eahlswitha, as well as his...

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BHP Pub Quiz #28

Oct 28, 2017 5:22

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It's that time again!

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257 – Political Accommodation Within The Danelaw

Oct 22, 2017 31:15

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Things in Britain are changing rapidly. In Scotland the MacAlpin dynasty is rising, and with it...

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256 – Scandinavian Settlement in England

Oct 13, 2017 27:38

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For the last few episodes we’ve been discussing the way life has been changing in Southern Britain....

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255 – Londonwic to London

Sep 29, 2017 34:00

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London is a world unto itself, and it has been for most of its very, very long history. One of the...

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254 – Worcester

Sep 15, 2017 23:23

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If you read of old Britain… even if you read of modern Britain… you’d be forgiven if you thought it...

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253 – Anglo Saxon Market Towns in the Viking Age

Sep 8, 2017 26:13

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Cultures change all the time - yours is changing right now, in ways you may or may not realize....

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252 – The Coming of the Anglo-Scandinavians

Sep 1, 2017 26:04

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At the start of 867, there were four major Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in Britain. By 874, three of the...

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251 – Season Seven: England

Aug 18, 2017 2:08

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We are entering a new era in the BHP.

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BHP Pub Quiz #27

Aug 16, 2017 5:04

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It's that time again!

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250 – The Year 900

Aug 11, 2017 31:56

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It’s the year 900. We’ve closed out another century, and the 900’s are looking as tumultuous as the...

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249 – Kenneth MacAlpin and the Birth of Scotland

Aug 4, 2017 33:40

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We’ve reached the end of an era. It was late 899, and Alfred (who has been our central figure for...

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248 – The Death of Alfred the Great

Jul 17, 2017 25:04

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By 897, everything Alfred had known…. changed. He was barely in his 20s when he took the throne...

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247 – Our Wooden Wall

Jul 9, 2017 22:32

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The Danes encamped at Bridgnorth had been campaigning for years. Many had come here with Haesten...

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246 – The Hard Edge of Soft Power

Jun 26, 2017 27:27

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When I write an episode I begin by looking at what has happened in the past, then at what will come...

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BHP Pub Quiz #26

Jun 17, 2017 8:55

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It's that time again!

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245 – King Alfred: Infrastructure is Sexy

Jun 13, 2017 25:22

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For the Viking army fleeing Shoebury, there wasn’t much to look forward to in a winter holiday at...

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244 – Haesten’s Advance

Jun 1, 2017 24:52

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“Then came the king's troops, and routed the enemy, broke down the work, took all that was therein...

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The Achavanich Beaker Burial Project: The Beaker People with Dr. Alison Sheridan

May 25, 2017 34:43

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Learn more about Dr. Sheridan and her work Dr. Sheridan's Wiki page Dr. Sheridan's Great...

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243 – The Sieges of AEthelred of Mercia

May 21, 2017 26:23

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Imagine that you’re in your 20s. You are a member of the royal dynasty… the next in line for the...

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242 – Edward AEtheling at Farnham

May 13, 2017 28:40

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892 was not a very good year. Alfred’s gambit to pacify the forces of Hastein through the power...

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The Achavanich Beaker Burial Project: Discovering Ava with Maya Hoole

May 3, 2017 1:38:29

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Twitter: @AvaBeakerBurial Facebook: facebook.com/achavanichbeakerburial Website: ...

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BHP Pub Quiz #25

Apr 29, 2017 6:48

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It's that time again!

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241 – Haesten

Apr 28, 2017 25:41

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What was Alfred’s reaction to the news of a massive viking fleet crossing the channel? Was it a...

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240 – Viking Roadshow: Rollo edition

Apr 22, 2017 28:56

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A massive fleet was off the coast of Kent, heading directly for Alfred’s realm. It was a fleet of...

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239 – The Dying Time

Apr 14, 2017 30:30

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Today we’re going to cover 5 or 6 years, and we’re going to cover a fascinating theory that (if...

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238 – A Patchwork of War

Apr 1, 2017 28:54

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The Sons of Rhodri Mawr were in a difficult position. Their father had been a powerful ruler in...

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237 – Asser

Mar 25, 2017 27:50

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The Sons of Rhodri, rulers of vast swaths of Wales, have followed in their father’s footsteps in...

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BHP Pub Quiz #24

Mar 19, 2017 6:20

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It's that time again!

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236 – A Return to Scholarship

Mar 18, 2017 26:48

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"I can not find anything better in man, than that he know, and nothing worse than that he be...

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235 – Alfred’s Educational Reforms

Mar 10, 2017 25:22

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One of the interesting things about piecing together the life of Alfred is that we find little...

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234 – The Sons of Rhodri and AEthelred’s Beautiful Hair

Mar 3, 2017 27:24

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This episode has been difficult to write. In fact, the last several have been difficult, and it...

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233 – Alfred’s Powerplay and the Restructuring of Wessex

Feb 25, 2017 33:48

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While all of the political wrangling was occurring in Tamworth, Guthrum-AEthelstan was relocating...

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232 – Fifth Century Britain with Dr. Catherine Hills

Feb 20, 2017 58:00

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Dr. Hills discussed material culture, ethnicity, Anglo Saxon migration, and more in this...

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231 – Anglo Saxon Economics and Money with Professor Rory Naismith

Feb 12, 2017 1:22:22

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Follow Rory on Twitter @Rory_Naismith and make sure to follow him at his Academic page at Kings...

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BHP Pub Quiz #23

Feb 5, 2017 4:57

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It's that time again!

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230 – Guthrum Gets a Bath

Feb 4, 2017 23:38

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For Alfred, everything had changed at Chippenham. It was at Chippenham where he had lost his crown...

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A Ten Year Old in WWII: A Memorial

Jan 31, 2017 12:57

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Thank you for always being there for me, Nanna.

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229 – The Battle of Edington

Jan 14, 2017 26:03

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Four months is a long time. It might not seem it. And in many ways, four months can pass in the...

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228 – Alfred and Odda: The Audacity of Nope

Jan 8, 2017 27:57

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In spite of everything standing against them, Alfred and AEthelnoth are bringing the war directly...

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227 – Alfred’s War for the Mind

Dec 22, 2016 29:00

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The last episode ended with an account by Ethelweard which told us that after the arrival of...

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226 – Alfred and Legitimacy: The First Steps to War

Dec 11, 2016 29:27

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Today, we are going to talk about the early steps of Alfred's guerrilla war against King Guthrum. ...

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BHP Pub Quiz #22

Dec 10, 2016 4:56

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It's that time again!

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225 – Alfred in Somerset

Dec 2, 2016 26:06

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It was January of 878. The dead of British winter - and Alfred was running. Through fields, past...

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224 – Season Six: Wessex

Nov 24, 2016 1:52

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For generations, the Anglo Saxon dominance in eastern Britain has gone largely unchallenged. In...

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223 – King Alfred and Chippenham

Nov 18, 2016 28:56

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How do you redeem a year like 877? If you’re Alfred, how do you fix something like this? Even if...

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222 – Viking Kings and The Black Pool

Nov 11, 2016 23:06

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At some point early in the Viking Age, a group of Northmen came across a natural harbor on the...

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221 – Alfred and Guthrum: The Price of Peace

Nov 4, 2016 26:26

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When we left off, Guthrum had marched into the heart of Wessex without being noticed, lead his...

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BHP Pub Quiz #21

Nov 4, 2016 6:05

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It's that time again!

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220 – Alfred and Guthrum: Magic, Madness, Heaven, Sin

Oct 29, 2016 25:36

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It’s the year 876 and historians Dudo and Flodoard tell us that a fleet of Vikings slammed into the...

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219 – The Halloween Special: The Statement of Randolph Carter

Oct 21, 2016 18:46

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I repeat to you, gentlemen, that your inquisition is fruitless. Detain me here forever if you will;...

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218 – The Kingdom of Jorvik

Oct 20, 2016 38:52

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Today we begin in Orkney. The history of Orkney is rather obscure, and that fact is reflected in...

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217 – Halfdan’s Ravaging of the North

Oct 7, 2016 28:25

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We begin our story in Alt Clut. Alt Clut was an ancient British Kingdom and it could trace itself...

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BHP Pub Quiz #20

Oct 1, 2016 5:47

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It's that time again!

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216 – The Great Heathen Army: Always Be Prepared

Sep 30, 2016 26:24

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Click here to go the Summary of Zee's PhD that I talked about. We are coming to a major turning...

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Cultural Imaginaries

Sep 28, 2016 17:40

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As you might have noticed, the regular episode is delayed. This is due to a stunningly bad series...

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215 – King Burgred and the end of the Danish Sausage Fest

Sep 16, 2016 50:46

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It’s 873 and so far Halfdan has extracted THREE Danegelds from King Burgred in exchange for...

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214 – National Lampoon’s Viking Vacation

Sep 5, 2016 24:26

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It’s 872 and Halfdan’s year has been a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, he had received a...

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213 – Danegelds, Peace, and Shame

Aug 25, 2016 33:47

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Last time we left off, Alfred… who we have been following since his earliest days, and whom we now...

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212 – Alfred the Last AEtheling

Aug 12, 2016 30:27

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It’s mid April of 871. For four long months, the House of Wessex has been battling against an...

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BHP Pub Quiz #19

Jul 30, 2016 6:15

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It's that time again!

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211 – The Battles of Basing and Meretun

Jul 28, 2016 21:47

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It’s January of 871, still… A tremendous amount has happened in the last fortnight, and the year...

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210 – The Battle of Ashdown

Jul 20, 2016 34:27

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“God, in his goodness and justice so much offended by our sins, had thus worn down the lands and...

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209 – The Battle of Reading

Jul 9, 2016 20:14

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When we left off, the Danes had occupied Reading, fortified it for several days, and then sent a...

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208 – The Battle of Englefield

Jul 2, 2016 21:34

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When we left off the Great Heathen Army had conquered East Anglia, established their dominion, and...

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207 – Christianity in Early Danelaw

Jun 24, 2016 33:27

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Here is part two to our story of religion and religious life at the age of the Great Heathen Army...

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206 – Did the Great Heathen Army Persecute Christians?

Jun 11, 2016 29:26

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Last week we covered the events of 869. The situation was dire. We have at least one dead Anglo...

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205 – Saint Edmund the Martyr

Jun 3, 2016 27:27

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Last episode we ended with the engagement of Prince Alfred to Ealhswith, daughter of Ealdorman...

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204 – Snottingham

May 28, 2016 23:44

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At the end of last episode, the gates of Jorvik had opened and the Great Heathen Army marched...

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203 – Jorvik

May 20, 2016 31:27

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I’d like to start today’s episode with a poem. Not about my feelings, or about a tough breakup…...

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202 – The Fall of Eoforwic

May 12, 2016 29:46

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When we left off last time, King Edmund of East Anglia had paid a Danegeld to the Great Heathen...

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201 – East Anglia’s Danegeld

May 3, 2016 35:38

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Here we are, with a new king in Wessex. King AEthelred, son of AEthelwulf, was now sitting the...

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200 – The Q&A

Apr 25, 2016 46:12

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To celebrate the 200th episode, I took questions from the community which gave me a good excuse to...

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199 – AEthelred vs Alfred: One of the Most Exciting Moments in Probate History

Apr 18, 2016 22:04

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It’s 865 and we just had yet another King of Wessex die. Alfred has been losing family members...

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199 – AEthelred vs Alfred: One of the Most Exciting Moments in Probate History

Apr 17, 2016 22:04

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It’s 865 and we just had yet another King of Wessex die. Alfred has been losing family members fast and furious, and this time it was his older brother, King AEthelberht. What’s worse is King AEthelberht seemed like he was a pretty decent fellow, and Wessex could have really used long reign by a fair king with a sensible head on their shoulders. But what can you do? Support the Show

198 – The Great Heathen Army Begins

Apr 3, 2016 23:24

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On 864 or 865, a great Scandinavian fleet of Dragon ships, or Drakkars, beached themselves at...

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198 – The Great Heathen Army Begins

Apr 3, 2016 23:24

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On 864 or 865, a great Scandinavian fleet of Dragon ships, or Drakkars, beached themselves at Thanet in Kent. For the people of the south, this would have been terrifying It had been scarcely more than a decade since the last fleet of Drakkars landed in Thanet, and the army exploded forth from those ships went on to raid Canterbury, London, and may have taken Winchester had they not been stopped by King AEthelwulf and AEthelbald. And here they were again… but now King AEthelwulf was dead, as was his son, AEthelbald… all of the South was in threat. Where would the Vikings go this time? Would they strike Canterbury again? Loot the treasure chest of the south, London? Unless something was done, everyone was vulnerable. The nobility, likely under King AEthelberht’s leadership, tried to head off the disasterand sent emissaries to the Vikingr army. These emissaries promised vast sums of money in exchange for peace. This tribute would become known as the Danegeld… the Dane Payment. Support the Show

The April Fool’s Episode

Apr 1, 2016 1:25

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Things are changing at the BHP, and here's a preview!

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BHP Pub Quiz #17

Apr 1, 2016 6:17

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It's that time again!

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The April Fool’s Episode

Apr 1, 2016 1:25

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Things are changing at the BHP, and here's a preview!

197 – The Sons of Ragnar Lodbrok (versus Battle-Cattle)

Mar 27, 2016 41:31

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We’re at a massive turning point for Britain. The Great Heathen Army is arriving on the Northern...

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197 – The Sons of Ragnar Lodbrok (versus Battle-Cattle)

Mar 26, 2016 47:47

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We’re at a massive turning point for Britain. The Great Heathen Army is arriving on the Northern shores. I have been racking my brain for weeks trying to figure out how best to tell you this story deal with the Great Heathen Army, because it has all the elements that make a story nearly impossible to tell. On the one hand what remains to us of the Great Heathen Army has aspects that are almost certainly pure legend, along the lines of the story of King Arthur. It’s very tempting to just tell this story as a legend and discuss the legendary aspects in a direct way. Support the Show

196 – Vikings and Mercs and Franks. Oh My!

Mar 17, 2016 28:10

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When we left off last week we spoke about King AEthelberht’s ascension to the throne of Wessex in...

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196 – Vikings and Mercs and Franks. Oh My!

Mar 16, 2016 28:10

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When we left off last week we spoke about King AEthelberht’s ascension to the throne of Wessex in 860 and how, despite the insistence of the Chroniclers that his rule was marked by peace and tranquility, on that same year we had records of a Viking raid that struck the heart of the Kingdom of Wessex, Winchester… Support the Show

195 – Red Sea Rising

Mar 8, 2016 23:12

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Today's episode will focus upon the goings on in Britain for King AEthelberht, AEthelred, and...

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195 – Red Sea Rising

Mar 7, 2016 23:12

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Today's episode will focus upon the goings on in Britain for King AEthelberht, AEthelred, and Alfred. We will also cover what has been happening up in Northumbria... and predictably, it involves a lot of civil war. We will also have a quick discussion about stats, because why not? (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wessex, Vikings) Support the Show

PSA: The Squeak No One Wants To Hear

Mar 5, 2016 35

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The new episode is coming, but it won't come out today because I have no voice. Well, that's not...

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194 – My Big Fat Dark Age Wedding

Feb 27, 2016 36:56

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King AEthelbald of Wessex, Queen Judith, Bjorn Ironsides, Prince Alfred, King Charles the Bald,...

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194 – My Big Fat Dark Age Wedding

Feb 27, 2016 36:56

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King AEthelbald of Wessex, Queen Judith, Bjorn Ironsides, Prince Alfred, King Charles the Bald, Pope Nicholas I, Baldwin Iron Arm, Ivar the Boneless… this episode has it all! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wessex, French History, Vikings, Roman History) NOTE ON RESEARCH I get a lot of questions about this episode asking for more detail on where it comes from and where to find more information. Answering that question is a bit difficult because it came from all over the place. I think I first heard of it from either Stenton or Justin Pollard.  Regardless, as I recall (now well over a year after the fact) it was Pollard who had the most concise version I'd seen and that was who got me to start digging.  Being that I knew he is a pop historian, I turned to more solid academic sources in order to verify the account. As I recall I looked to Abels and (maybe) DP Kirby for support.  Also, I think I might have turned to Barbara Yorke on that one too.  I turn to her on a lot of things.  As I was digging, though, I ran into a pretty big barrier.  Not all sources are translated into English, and not all translated sources are publicly released.  That leaves me somewhat hamstrung on esoteric stories (and this one is esoteric as hell).  Now Pollard's description matched with the documents I could get my hands on, and it also matched with the academic articles I was able to access. Moreover, those articles also included additional details, like Iron Arm's likely aggressive posture throughout the whole situation.  But because some of the items referenced materials that were in France and didn't appear to have an English translation available online or in libraries, there were portions I just had to take on faith and trust Pollard and other academic articles had better access to sources than I did. So unfortunately, one of my favorite episodes from a storytelling perspective, is also one of my least favorite on the research level because I had to trust secondary sources far more than I'm accustomed with. Furthermore, because I was unable to find any other succinct compilations of this story written in English, I don't have any books I can recommend you turn to for more information. This episode was literally everything I could find on her.  JSTOR can be a good resource, and if you have access to a good academic library you can do some research.  But I fear that you'll find, just as I did, that you can see glimpses of her in articles (articles that are often focusing on something else) but she's a rather murky figure and there really isn't much of anything directly focusing on her. But I thought that it's important that you know this before listening to the episode on Judith because it's important to know where information comes from. Here we are in 858 and everything has changed in Wessex. King AEthelbald has ascended to the throne and has married his father’s widow in an attempt to solidify his hold on power, and also avoid the awkwardness that could have come from Judith contesting him for the throne, which was a very real possibility. She was a consecrated queen, after all, and she witnessed charters as “regina” and of course she was the great grand-daughter of Charlemagne. If you were AEthelbald, you’d likely be thinking it was best to just nip that in the bud. Support the Show

193 – Alfred the Young Part Two

Feb 22, 2016 33:36

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When we left off last week we were talking about Alfred’s upbringing and how he was a proficient...

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193 – Alfred the Young Part Two

Feb 21, 2016 33:36

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When we left off last week we were talking about Alfred’s upbringing and how he was a proficient hunter from a young age, and how he honed those skills throughout the rest of his life. But also how he lamented the fact that he was illiterate until he was twelve years old. Something which he blamed upon the poor state of education in Wessex. Support the Show

192 – Alfred the Young

Feb 14, 2016 21:56

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We’ve discussed Anglo Saxon propaganda, and what goes down in Anglo Saxon cities, now let’s get...

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192 – Alfred the Young

Feb 13, 2016 21:56

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We’ve discussed Anglo Saxon propaganda, and what goes down in Anglo Saxon cities, now let’s get back to the main story. When last we checked in with the House of Wessex, King AEthelwulf had died, but thanks to his incredible fecundity he had a wealth of potential heirs. And the kingdom of Wessex, it was determined, would go to his eldest surviving son… AEthelbald. The fact that the new King AEthelbald had risen up in rebellion against his father only few years earlier was apparently forgiven….All water under the bridge. And then King AEthelbald married his father’s widow (meaning, AEthelbald’s own step mother, and the daughter of King Charles the Bald of Frankia… Queen Judith). Support the Show

191 – Urban Fervor

Feb 6, 2016 25:42

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You might not realize it, but we on the precipice of a major change in Britain. Alfred the Great...

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191 – Urban Fervor

Feb 6, 2016 25:42

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You might not realize it, but we on the precipice of a major change in Britain. Alfred the Great is about to reach adulthood and enter the scene. The era of Danelaw is coming. Things are about to come to a head. But if I’m being honest, we’ve been seeing pretty big changes happening for a while now. Life has never been easy for the Anglo-Saxons, but over the last 50+ years it’s been getting even harder. This is especially true if you were an Anglo-Saxon living in a town. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #16

Jan 30, 2016 10:10

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It's that time again!

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190 – House (of Wessex): Everybody Lies

Jan 29, 2016 32:56

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This episode is going to be a bit different from most, because I’m going to be addressing something...

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190 – House (of Wessex): Everybody Lies

Jan 29, 2016 42:58

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This episode is going to be a bit different from most, because I’m going to be addressing something which has been bugging me about the 800s, and Wessex in particular. I feel like I haven’t done a good job pointing something out. So I’m going to explain something crucial about the house of Wessex and Alfred the Great that most of you - unless you have a PhD in Anglo-Saxon history or obsessively read dense scholarly books on this era - will have never heard before. Support the Show

189 – What on earth is an English

Jan 16, 2016 27:04

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This episode is going to be a little different from most episodes. We’re going to break from the...

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189 – What on earth is an English

Jan 16, 2016 27:04

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This episode is going to be a little different from most episodes. We’re going to break from the main story briefly and talk in larger terms about what is going on in Eastern Britain, because I realized that my slavish attention to the main storyline has probably allowed you to miss something truly astounding. And really, it’s hard to see unless you are given an overview that highlights it. But it’s really important for understanding what is happening on the island, what will continue to happen, and why these people are doing what they’re doing. Support the Show

188 – Rebellion and Succession in the Kingdom of Wessex

Jan 9, 2016 27:42

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Before we begin, I’d like to address something from our last episode. I told you about reports of...

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188 – Rebellion and Succession in the Kingdom of Wessex

Jan 8, 2016 27:42

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Before we begin, I’d like to address something from our last episode. I told you about reports of Vikingr armies marching around the countryside near the Wrekin. I offered a variety of methods of reaching the Wrekin, all of which would have involved quite a bit of work. However, as some of you have noted on Facebook and Twitter, I left out the possibility that they may have gone up the River Severn. And I have no excuse for this one, I completely forgot the Severn. I don’t know why, but I did. I’m human, sometimes errors happen and all I can do is make a correction in the subsequent episode. So yeah, those Vikingrs patrolling the Wrekin may have sailed all the way around Wessex and Cornwall, or sailed through the Irish sea, past Wales, and then rowed up the Severn. That would certainly get them much closer to the Wrekin than, say, landing in East Anglia and marching. So fair point. We aren’t given details of how they got there, but that is definitely a possibility. Support the Show

187 – The Queen of Wessex: aka The Worst Midlife Crisis Ever

Jan 3, 2016 26:39

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It’s Christmas day 854. King AEthelweard of East Anglia, a king who we know almost nothing about,...

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187 – The Queen of Wessex: aka The Worst Midlife Crisis Ever

Jan 2, 2016 26:39

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It’s Christmas day 854. King AEthelweard of East Anglia, a king who we know almost nothing about, is dead. The only evidence we really have that he was alive in the first place are his coins, and this is likely due to the fact that, throughout the Viking Age, succeeding bands of Scandinavian pyromaniacs destroyed the East Anglian written records. But coins don’t burn all that well, so at least we have that. Support the Show

186 – Wessex: A story of Myth building, Opportunism, and Annexation

Dec 19, 2015 19:54

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This episode is getting a bit into the political weeds and it’s for a very important reason. We’re...

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186 – Wessex: A story of Myth building, Opportunism, and Annexation

Dec 19, 2015 19:54

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This episode is getting a bit into the political weeds and it’s for a very important reason. We’re seeing the development of that dynastic juggernaut we all know and love, the House of Wessex, and I want you to see how and why it’s forming into what it will eventually become. Because the successes of Alfred and the later successes of King AEthelstan, the first King of England, flow from things that were set into motion during these early days of the Viking era. So please keep that in mind when we’re talking about what the various dynasties are doing, because it really does matter… even though most people don’t talk about it. Alright, lets get to it. Support the Show

185 – Building the House of Wessex

Dec 12, 2015 33:14

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When we left off last time, we were taking a look at the problem facing Europe that no one wanted...

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185 – Building the House of Wessex

Dec 11, 2015 33:14

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When we left off last time, we were taking a look at the problem facing Europe that no one wanted to talk about. And this wasn’t like plague of people mistaking tights for pants. In that situation, the only solution is to ignore it until it retreats back to the darkest recesses of fashion. The viking raids worked differently, ignoring them only made them stronger… to make matters worse, the European nobility have been hiring bands of vikingrs as mercenaries in their own personal squabbles, bringing the vikingr bands deeper into European territory and leaving the peasantry completely defenseless. Support the Show

184 – The Chaos of Bad Governance

Dec 4, 2015 26:38

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When we left off last time we discussed the viking raids of Paris and Hamburg… though they were far...

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184 – The Chaos of Bad Governance

Dec 3, 2015 26:38

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When we left off last time we discussed the viking raids of Paris and Hamburg… though they were far more than the raids we’d seen in the last 40-50 years. Now we’re looking at fleets that number in the hundreds and we’re seeing the nobility on the continent, especially the Frankish nobility, hiring many of these men as mercenaries to fight against their local rivals. Western Europe is unravelling. Support the Show

183 – Ragnar’s Siege of Paris

Nov 22, 2015 35:30

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This is a big event for Medieval Western Europe, and it doesn’t come out of nowhere. The surge of...

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183 – Ragnar’s Siege of Paris

Nov 22, 2015 35:30

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This is a big event for Medieval Western Europe, and it doesn’t come out of nowhere. The surge of Northmen, and in particular the Danish attacks against Frankia, had a starting point. This wasn’t a simple matter of pagans picking a random point on the map and charging… the Vikingrs may have been motivated largely by money, but the Danish political structure had something else going on that was leading them to Frankish towns. Support the Show

182 – Ragnar Lodbrok

Nov 15, 2015 28:45

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Ok, when we left off, a fleet of 120 ships set sail from Scandinavia. And at their head, according...

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182 – Ragnar Lodbrok

Nov 15, 2015 28:45

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Ok, when we left off, a fleet of 120 ships set sail from Scandinavia. And at their head, according to legend, was Ragnar Lodbrok. Ragnar Hairy Breeches. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #15

Nov 10, 2015 6:46

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Get your pencils out and get ready for some Viking Age quizzing.

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181 – Vikingrs Gotta Viking

Nov 8, 2015 25:54

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When we left off last week, the Vikingrs had established fortified bases in Ireland… Not only that,...

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181 – Vikingrs Gotta Viking

Nov 7, 2015 32:38

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When we left off last week, the Vikingrs had established fortified bases in Ireland… Not only that, but after building the bases they decided to hang out there for the winter, choosing to stay in the relatively warmer climes of the British isles rather than return home to freeze in the long northern nights. Support the Show

180 – The Cracks in the Shieldwall

Oct 31, 2015 29:30

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It’s 838. Only two years earlier the West Saxons were defeated by a fleet of Vikingrs, and they...

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180 – The Cracks in the Shieldwall

Oct 30, 2015 29:30

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It’s 838. Only two years earlier the West Saxons were defeated by a fleet of Vikingrs, and they responded to this loss the way you would expect them to… by completely ignoring the loss and, instead, focusing on dynastic politics and making endowments to the church at Canterbury. And now another fleet of Vikingrs was sailing south, towards their allies in Cornwall. Support the Show

Halloween Special: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Music of Erich Zann

Oct 27, 2015 23:47

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The Music of Erich Zann By H. P. Lovecraft You can read a copy of the story at...

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Halloween Special: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Music of Erich Zann

Oct 26, 2015 23:47

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The Music of Erich Zann By H. P. Lovecraft You can read a copy of the story at hplovecraft.com. Happy Halloween!

179 – The Battle of Carrum

Oct 17, 2015 19:09

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When we left off last week, 35 ships launched from Denmark and set their course for England. As we...

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179 – The Battle of Carrum

Oct 17, 2015 19:09

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When we left off last week, 35 ships launched from Denmark and set their course for England. As we have been learning, the Anglo Saxon kingdoms were now seriously in danger of Vikingr attacks for the first time, having lost the protection of the Frankish coast guard. Not only that, but over the last approximately 40 years, the Vikingrs and the kingdoms that supported them had been growing quite wealthy and powerful from plundering their neighbors and absolutely hammering Scotland and Ireland. Support the Show

178 – Dereliction of Duty

Oct 10, 2015 24:44

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When we last left off we were talking about what a big deal King Egbert of Wessex was. And for...

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178 – Dereliction of Duty

Oct 9, 2015 24:44

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When we last left off we were talking about what a big deal King Egbert of Wessex was. And for good reason. In 829, King Egbert of Wessex held virtually all of the south and even demanded the submission of Northumbria after a battle at the River Dore, an event that earned King Egbert the incredibly rare title of Bretwalda… Britain ruler. This is how rare it was… there were only nine recorded Bretwaldas in all of British history. Just /nine/ times. His conquests also gained him a tremendous amount of money because, he had seized the mint of London and began issuing coins in his own name as the King of Mercia. King Egbert’s dramatic rise in power from 825 to 829 was meteoric and he absolutely earned his title of Britain ruler. At least from 825 to 829 Support the Show

177 – The Road to 830

Oct 3, 2015 29:09

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Last episode I gave you a forest view of where we are going and, roughly, who these Viking raiders...

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177 – The Road to 830

Oct 2, 2015 29:09

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Last episode I gave you a forest view of where we are going and, roughly, who these Viking raiders were as well as the scale of the impact that they will have upon Europe. And it really is something to behold. The Viking Age isn’t very long, but Europe hadn’t seen this level of rapid cultural, economic, and political change since the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Not even Charlemagne had the kind of far reaching impact as the Northern kingdoms and raiders. Support the Show

176 – The Prophecy of Jeremiah

Sep 26, 2015 24:25

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“Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up...

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176 – The Prophecy of Jeremiah

Sep 25, 2015 24:25

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“Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not show mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea.” Jeremiah 50: 41-42 This passage of the Bible, and others like it, were on the minds of the literate men of the church in the 9th century And you can see why, can’t you? The Christian nations of the west, even their monasteries and other religious houses, were being attacked by pagans. By the enemies of god himself. The vikings seemed to be the fulfillment of a dark prophecy. Support the Show

175 – Season Five Promo: A Sea of Blood

Sep 4, 2015 3:24

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A sea of blood.

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175 – Chapter Five: A Sea of Blood

Sep 3, 2015 3:24

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A sea of blood. Support the Show

174 – CeltCast Part 3

Aug 29, 2015 17:53

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We start today with a few bare statements in the record. They’re easy to overlook, and most people...

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174 – CeltCast Part 3

Aug 28, 2015 17:53

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We start today with a few bare statements in the record. They’re easy to overlook, and most people do, but they hint at a very important aspect of Pictland in the 700s. The absolutely enormous amount of political wrangling. Here’s what we know. In 725, King Nechtan stepped down from the throne of Pictland and entered a monastery. The throne went to a new king named Drest, and on that same year Simul son of Drest was imprisoned. Support the Show

173 – The CeltCast Part 2

Aug 20, 2015 25:01

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I’m continuing my quest to organize and bring all the stories back together and so today we’re...

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173 – The CeltCast Part 2

Aug 19, 2015 25:01

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I’m continuing my quest to organize and bring all the stories back together and so today we’re going to move the timeline forward (to get us closer to the Vikings) and we will also be talking more about the kingdoms that were active in the region that would later become scotland. There were several of these kingdoms and they’re rearely discussed despite being extremely interesting. We’ll be focusing our story today on the two largest and most influential kingdoms, Dalriada and Fortriu. Support the Show

172 – CeltCast Part 1

Aug 11, 2015 27:36

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Today we’re beginning the process of creating a singular British history podcast. The side casts...

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172 – CeltCast Part 1

Aug 10, 2015 27:36

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Today we’re beginning the process of creating a singular British history podcast. The side casts made sense when the story was first beginning, but now (rather than helping you understand the story better) they’re confusing it) and so today we are merging the Scotcast and Welshcast into the Celtcast. I’m eager to get the story moving forward, and I’m guessing you are too, so I’m going to give a whirlwind tour of what has been going on in scotland and Wales (since we have already most of the story in the main podcast) and /just/ give you the stuff that’s important for the Welsh and Scottish kingdoms. Sort of a forest view of what has been happening, with some added details. But if you’d like more information, the main podcast will include a lot more material that is relevant specifically for the Anglo Saxons. Support the Show

171 – The Welshcast Part Seven

Jul 29, 2015 38:18

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When we left off last time, we were talking about how we have a limited understanding of this area...

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171 – The Welshcast Part Seven

Jul 29, 2015 38:18

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When we left off last time, we were talking about how we have a limited understanding of this area of history due to a combination of scarce resources and the victorians building a mythology of englishness. We also covered the early middle ages and the turn that was occurring in Southern Britain in the 6th century, where the Anglo Saxons (especially the West Saxons) had rebounded from their early losses and now were defeating the Britons in battle and steadily advancing towards the Severn. Support the Show

170 – The Welshcast Part Six

Jul 21, 2015 21:39

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It’s been two years since we checked in with the Britons of the West, and last time we spoke, a big...

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170 – The Welshcast Part Six

Jul 20, 2015 21:39

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It’s been two years since we checked in with the Britons of the West, and last time we spoke, a big part of our discussion was focused upon the people that Gildas hated. Which was pretty much everyone. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #13

Jul 11, 2015 5:09

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It's time for another quiz!

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169 – The Rise of Wessex

Jul 9, 2015 23:01

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This season we’ve seen the Anglo Saxons come incredibly close to forming an early unified English...

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169 – The Rise of Wessex

Jul 8, 2015 28:09

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This season we’ve seen the Anglo Saxons come incredibly close to forming an early unified English Kingdom… in fact they will continue their attempts in this episode. Though we can guess how that will go because we have seen their culture and governmental structure hamstring their previous attempts at unity. From our vantage point of over 1000 years later, we can see the broad strokes of their societies. We can look at generations and spot flaws that would have been nearly invisible to them. We can also see the future. For example, we know we are on the cusp of a major invasion. We also know about the famed House of Wessex. Support the Show

168 – The Fall of Mercia

Jul 2, 2015 29:56

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When we left off, King Beornwulf was reigning over Mercia. Beornwulf was the beginning of the...

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168 – The Fall of Mercia

Jul 1, 2015 29:56

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When we left off, King Beornwulf was reigning over Mercia. Beornwulf was the beginning of the creatively named B-Dynasty, due to the fact that Anglo Saxons seemed to denote their dynasties by selecting the same first letters for their kids. So Beornwulf had two kids named Berhfrith and Behrtric, a brother named Bynna, and it’s thought that Baldred was his kinsman. Support the Show

167 – The Beginning of the End

Jun 23, 2015 40:22

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Season Four is called Anglo Saxon Ascendancy because we have been seeing mighty kings like Offa,...

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167 – The Beginning of the End

Jun 23, 2015 40:22

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Season Four is called Anglo Saxon Ascendancy because we have been seeing mighty kings like Offa, AEthelbald, and Coenwulf acquire vast amounts of power in Britain that enable them to nearly become the first kings of England. Their hegemonies were so big and impressive that we have one Mercian leader getting into arguments with Charlemagne and another claim the title of Emperor. But we are reaching the end of that era. The Viking armies are coming…. and the great Kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia, which could have functioned as bulwarks against continental aggression 100 years earlier… are collapsing under their own weight. The line of Ida in Northumbria had largely died out about 100 years ago. The Idingas were fierce and effective leaders… but they also tended to die young, and sometimes without children. And now with their end, the warnings of Bede regarding the weaknesses of the Northern Kingdom are starting to look like prophecy. For the last century, Northumbria has been wracked by civil war, with 5 families enthusiastically murdering each other in their attempt to claim the throne. There are too many kings of Northumbria to count who met an untimely death, many times without kids… And it might lead you to wonder whether the kingdom have been strong enough to stop the Norse invasion if King AEthelred I of Northumbria hadn’t been murdered. Or if any of the other kings and claimants hadn’t been murdered. Support the Show

166 – Wulfred: The Rogue Archbishop

Jun 14, 2015 24:12

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We start today with a death. On the 28th of January, 814, Charlemagne died and the throne passed...

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166 – Wulfred: The Rogue Archbishop

Jun 14, 2015 24:12

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We start today with a death. On the 28th of January, 814, Charlemagne died and the throne passed to Louis the Pious. The death of Charlemagne was a big deal for early medieval europe, not just because it meant that we wouldn’t have anymore passive aggressive comments about the quality of British wool, or weird tantrums over weddings, or (my personal favorite) utter freak-outs because an exiled queen thought Louis was hotter than Charlemagne… No, the death of Charlemagne would trigger a series of events that would shake the foundations of Europe and, in turn, impact our story for years to come. That’s something we will be keeping our eyes on. Support the Show

165 – Did Archbishop Wulfred Just Kill a Guy?

Jun 3, 2015 30:13

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Last week we talked about the impact that the Church was having on internal politics within the...

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165 – Did Archbishop Wulfred Just Kill a Guy?

Jun 2, 2015 30:13

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Last week we talked about the impact that the Church was having on internal politics within the Anglo Saxon kingdoms, and that is something we will continue to talk about today. However, before we begin, let's talk about something strange that’s happening on the continent. Support the Show

164 – Shadow Governments in Britain

May 22, 2015 25:44

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When we last left off, King Egbert was ruling over Wessex, King Cuthred (Coenwulf’s brother) was...

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164 – Shadow Governments in Britain

May 22, 2015 25:44

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When we last left off, King Egbert was ruling over Wessex, King Cuthred (Coenwulf’s brother) was ruling over Kent… and Emperor Coenwulf held Mercia. I call him Emperor, by the way, because that’s what he called himself. And also because he does seem like he was a king of kings. His brother answered to him, the minor kingdoms like the Hwicce and Magonsaete answered to him, and it seems that Essex also answered to him (with their leaders appearing in his charters as dux or subregulus… sub king). Support the Show

163 – The South of Britain Grows Restless

May 17, 2015 23:39

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There’s a shift that’s happening in Anglo Saxon politics that’s occurring… we’ve had powerful...

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163 – The South of Britain Grows Restless

May 16, 2015 23:39

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There’s a shift that’s happening in Anglo Saxon politics that’s occurring… we’ve had powerful queens in the Anglo Saxon kingdoms (especially in Mercia, where Queens were more powerful than most). But something is happening in Wessex that will impact around the next several hundred years. West Saxon Queens were getting demoted. Women on the throne, or next to it, were no longer referred to as Queens in Wessex. They were merely Ladies or the King’s wife. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #12

May 9, 2015 4:54

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It's time for another quiz!

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162 – Emperor Coenwulf, Emperor Charlemagne, and The World

May 8, 2015 24:34

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So today, lets briefly talk about the world context since we’ve largely just focused on our main...

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162 – Emperor Coenwulf, Emperor Charlemagne, and The World

May 7, 2015 29:23

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So today, lets briefly talk about the world context since we’ve largely just focused on our main character. No not Coenwulf, or Offa… the main character is and has been Britain... but sometimes it feels like it’s an island adrift and alone, when in actual fact there’s a whole world out there that’s been going on. And happily, it’s the year 800, so I think I’ll make this a tradition that we’ll do these check-in’s, giving you a rough outline of where the rest of the world is, at least once every 100 years. Here we go. Support the Show

Q&A: How to Start a Podcast

May 1, 2015 7:31

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I've gotten this question a lot over the years and after quite a lot of thought, I've come up with a few basic pieces of advice. I talked it over with some fellow podcasters and they gave it the thumbs up, so hopefully it will help you out if you're looking to launch your own show. And if you're not looking to start a show, it might give you a bit of an insider's view on what it's like behind the mic.

Q&A: How to Start a Podcast

May 1, 2015 7:31

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I've gotten this question a lot over the years and after quite a lot of thought, I've come up with a few basic pieces of advice. I talked it over with some fellow podcasters and they gave it the thumbs up, so hopefully it will help you out if you're looking to launch your own show. And if you're not looking to start a show, it might give you a bit of an insider's view on what it's like behind the mic.

161 – King Ceonwulf’s Rise in Power

May 1, 2015 23:50

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While Offa was an effective leader in Mercia during his life, his dynastic purge was a disaster. ...

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161 – King Ceonwulf’s Rise in Power

Apr 30, 2015 23:50

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While Offa was an effective leader in Mercia during his life, his dynastic purge was a disaster. Looking at what followed, it appears that he heavily targeted extended members of his own family. Now this placed his immediate family in a very good position to pursue power… and we did see a seamless transfer of power to his son, as well as the placement of his daughters in prestigious positions (both through marriage, and also within the church, which was rapidly becoming an extension of royal power). And actually, the dynastic policies during Offa’s reign were so effective that even Queen Cynethryth (who was quite powerful while her husband was alive) continued to wield considerable power in Mercia after his death. Even managing to take possession of the monastery of Cookham. Support the Show

160 – An Offa Inheritance

Apr 22, 2015 24:29

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King Offa of Mercia has died after a surprisingly long and productive reign. The degree of power...

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160 – An Offa Inheritance

Apr 21, 2015 24:29

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King Offa of Mercia has died after a surprisingly long and productive reign. The degree of power he had gathered for himself was truly something to behold. While his reach didn’t stretch into Mercia’s ancient enemies beyond the Humber, Northumbria, he had a stunning degree of influence over the English Kingdoms in the south. Throughout the history of Britain, Offa will continue to stand out as one of the great island rulers. Really, the only southern English kingdom that appears to have had any degree of independence at the end of Offa’s reign was Wessex. But even Wessex was closely tied and allied to Offa, as it’s current king held the throne thanks in no small part to Offa’s intervention in their civil war. Support the Show

159 – An Offa End

Apr 9, 2015 26:48

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Lets start with Christmas Day 795. That’s the day Pope Hadrian died… so uh... Merry Christmas? ...

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159 – An Offa End

Apr 9, 2015 26:48

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Lets start with Christmas Day 795. That’s the day Pope Hadrian died… so uh... Merry Christmas? Hadrian was actually a pretty decent Pope… not Pope Francis level of awesome, though really who is? But he was still pretty good, and upon hearing of his death, Charlemagne commissioned Alcuin to write a poem that was carved into a black marble gravestone that said “I shed tears for the father. I, Charles, had these verses written for him. I weep for you father my heartfelt love. I unite the names with shining titles: Hadrian and Charles, I a king, you a father. You who pray here and read these humble verses, speak: God show mercy and take pity on these two.” Support the Show

158 – Offa With His Head

Apr 1, 2015 22:11

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Last week was dark, wasn’t it? Not only that, but it only covered the first half of 793. The end...

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158 – Offa With His Head

Mar 31, 2015 22:11

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Last week was dark, wasn’t it? Not only that, but it only covered the first half of 793. The end of the 8th century was an eventful period so lets pick up right where we left off and talk about what else was happening in the other half of 793… and specifically with King Offa and Charlemagne. Support the Show

157 – Lindisfarne

Mar 25, 2015 27:29

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Northumbria was no stranger to problems… blood feuds, regicide, and kinslaying… they really have it...

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157 – Lindisfarne

Mar 24, 2015 27:29

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Northumbria was no stranger to problems… blood feuds, regicide, and kinslaying… they really have it all up there. But as 793 began, it was clear that things were taking an even darker turn. As the new year dawned, a massive whirlwind slammed into the northeastern coast. The sky was ignited with flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder could be heard throughout the land. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #11

Mar 14, 2015 5:05

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It's time for another quiz!

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156 – An Offa Marriage

Mar 6, 2015 22:03

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When we left off things were looking pretty good for Mercia. Wessex was now acting as a...

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156 – An Offa Marriage

Mar 6, 2015 27:04

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When we left off things were looking pretty good for Mercia. Wessex was now acting as a subkingdom, with their King (Beohtric) married to Offa’s daughter… Kent was thoroughly dominated, East Anglia appears to have been brought fully under Offa’s control. Really, Offa’s only neighbors that he didn’t have command over, appear to have been the Northumbrians and the Welsh. He had his own Archbishopric located in Lichfield, the Papacy was interested in maintaining a good relationship with Mercia. All in all, it was pretty good. Support the Show

155 – Its Always Sunny in Mercia: The Gang Throws a Party

Feb 26, 2015 23:39

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Back to our story, when we last left off, King Offa of Mercia was doing pretty well. He had just...

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155 – Its Always Sunny in Mercia: The Gang Throws a Party

Feb 26, 2015 23:39

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Back to our story, when we last left off, King Offa of Mercia was doing pretty well. He had just received Papal support for his plans of succession and he was demonstrating that he was a mover and shaker not just among the English kingdoms, but on the world’s stage. On his southern border, King Cynewulf of Wessex was dead and there was a friendly King that now sat on the West Saxon throne. All in all, it was looking pretty good. Support the Show

154 – Having it Offa

Feb 19, 2015 25:44

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Today we’re covering more about King Offa, and the reason is that he’s a really big deal. He...

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154 – Having it Offa

Feb 19, 2015 25:44

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Today we’re covering more about King Offa, and the reason is that he’s a really big deal. He reigned for about as long as King Henry VIII, he constructed one of the wonders of the world, he was the starting point for the continuous use of currency in England, Alfred the Great ranked Offa’s laws along side AEthelberht of Kent and Ine of Wessex, he was the first English king to deal with continental politics as an independent leader (if not an equal), and frankly he had a much bigger impact upon British History than virtually every other monarch or Roman emperor we’ve covered so far… Support the Show

153 – An Offa You Can’t Refuse

Feb 12, 2015 27:13

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As you might have guessed, today we’re talking mostly about Offa. But before we get into some of...

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153 – An Offa You Can’t Refuse

Feb 12, 2015 27:13

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As you might have guessed, today we’re talking mostly about Offa. But before we get into some of the cool things that were going on under Offa’s reign… lets start with something shady. Support the Show

152 – Limited Time Offa

Feb 5, 2015 26:25

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Today we begin in Northumbria. King AEthelred of Northumbria, son of AEthelwold Moll, was...

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152 – Limited Time Offa

Feb 5, 2015 26:25

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Today we begin in Northumbria. King AEthelred of Northumbria, son of AEthelwold Moll, was sitting the throne, having taken it from a man who claimed to be from the Line of Ida. And initially it seems that many people were quite happy with AEthelred, and we’re told that he was put in power with a great deal of pomp and circumstance. Support the Show

151 – Offa and Acceptance

Jan 31, 2015 20:42

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Alright, where did we leave off. We had a new Archbishop of Canterbury, King Offa of Mercia was on...

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151 – Offa and Acceptance

Jan 30, 2015 20:42

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Alright, where did we leave off. We had a new Archbishop of Canterbury, King Offa of Mercia was on the rise, Kent was in decline, and the minor kingdoms were being brought to heel by… yep, Offa of Mercia. Support the Show

150 – King Offa: The Turnover

Jan 20, 2015 24:20

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Today's episode is going to go all over the kingdoms of the Heptarchy. We have the Kings of Kent,...

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150 – King Offa: The Turnover

Jan 19, 2015 24:20

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Today's episode is going to go all over the kingdoms of the Heptarchy. We have the Kings of Kent, Wessex, East Anglia, Northumbria, and of course, Mercia all involved. It's a busy one. But Offa will continue to be our main character. Support the Show

149 – King Offa Ascends the Throne

Jan 13, 2015 29:02

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Today we’re starting a series on one of the most influential Mercian kings in history. King Offa. ...

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149 – King Offa Ascends the Throne

Jan 13, 2015 29:02

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Today we’re starting a series on one of the most influential Mercian kings in history. King Offa. But before we start this story, I need to fess up to a couple things. Support the Show

148 – The Fall of King AEthelbald

Jan 3, 2015 29:08

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Alright, as you already know, King AEthelbald of Mercia had a bit of a rough start… what with being...

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148 – The Fall of King AEthelbald

Jan 2, 2015 29:08

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Alright, as you already know, King AEthelbald of Mercia had a bit of a rough start… what with being exiled and living in a swamp. But once he was able to take the throne, he hit the ground running and it wasn’t long before he was the supreme power in the South with even Bede writing of how he dominated the kingdoms south of the Humber. Support the Show

147 – The Twelve Days of Christmas

Dec 24, 2014 20:26

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This year for our Christmas special, I thought I would give you an idea of what Christmas was like...

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147 – The Twelve Days of Christmas

Dec 23, 2014 20:26

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This year for our Christmas special, I thought I would give you an idea of what Christmas was like for some of the people in Middle Ages Britain. Now, Christmas in the middle ages was quite different from our modern experience in many ways. And like with everything else, it would have varied from location to location. However, in general the celebration would have been guided by a book called the Use of Sarum. The Use was compiled at Salisbury Cathedral, and it quickly became the predominant ceremonial book in England and Scotland and remained a bestseller until about the 16th century and the rise of protestantism in England. So, while there are always variations from town to town, and by now you probably instinctively know that there isn’t a monolithic English or Scottish culture, but rather just a patchwork of smaller cultures… the Use of Sarum does provide at least some degree of uniformity on how Christmas was celebrated during the Middle Ages in England and Scotland. So here’s what some of them did. Support the Show

146 – King AEthelbald: A Whirlpool of Perdition

Dec 15, 2014 30:29

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The first half of this episode is a combination of letting you know what is happening in the...

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146 – King AEthelbald: A Whirlpool of Perdition

Dec 15, 2014 30:29

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The first half of this episode is a combination of letting you know what is happening in the Heptarchy (basically, chaos unless you’re in Mercia) and it’s also setting the stage for the second half, which… I’m not going to lie to you… is going to get a little weird. But stick with me. Support the Show

145 – The Rise of King AEthelbald of Mercia

Dec 13, 2014 26:44

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Ok, so we ended our last episode with the death of King Ceolred at a banquet. And he went out...

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145 – The Rise of King AEthelbald of Mercia

Dec 12, 2014 26:44

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Ok, so we ended our last episode with the death of King Ceolred at a banquet. And he went out swinging… or at least gibbering and cursing the heavens. Let's face it, Ceolred was a colorful character and really brought his A game right until the end. I mean, you really have to work hard to completely destroy Penda's dynasty. Support the Show

144 – King Ceolred: A Lunatic Running the Asylum

Dec 2, 2014 24:20

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Ok, so recently we’ve chatted about some cultural matters and I’ve also given you a broad overview...

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144 – King Ceolred: A Lunatic Running the Asylum

Dec 1, 2014 24:20

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Ok, so recently we’ve chatted about some cultural matters and I’ve also given you a broad overview of the failed dynastic politics of Northumbria and where this is all headed. But we really didn’t cover too much of what was going on elsewhere. We hinted at it, but I’m sure you’re curious about the other heavy hitter in England. Mercia. As Northumbria lost steam faster than a boy band approaching its 30’s… Were the Mercians going through a similar collapse? Support the Show

143 – Man Up: Gender in the Middle Ages

Nov 19, 2014 39:25

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Often times, the way the Middle Ages are presented, are as an era where everyone was lily white and...

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143 – Man Up: Gender in the Middle Ages

Nov 19, 2014 39:25

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Often times, the way the Middle Ages are presented, are as an era where everyone was lily white and a time when men were men and women were women. A time of hyper masculinity where all the guys were muscle bound warriors with big bushy beards and a bone structure that makes them look like extras from Clan of the Cave Bear. Support the Show

142 – The Failed Dynastic Politics of Mercia and Northumbria

Nov 12, 2014 41:22

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Now today is going to be a little complex. But if you keep the theme in mind, you should be...

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142 – The Failed Dynastic Politics of Mercia and Northumbria

Nov 12, 2014 41:22

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Now today is going to be a little complex. But if you keep the theme in mind, you should be largely ok… and that theme is the bloody dynastic politics in the midlands and the north are getting completely out of hand. And Wilfrid is Wilfrid. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #9

Nov 1, 2014 5:37

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It's time for another quiz!

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141 – King Aldfrith and St. Wilfrid

Oct 29, 2014 26:56

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Ok, when we left off, Bishop Wilfrid was jilted out of the Archbishopric of Canterbury, and instead...

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141 – King Aldfrith and St. Wilfrid

Oct 29, 2014 32:31

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Ok, when we left off, Bishop Wilfrid was jilted out of the Archbishopric of Canterbury, and instead Abbot Beorhtwald became Archbishop Beorhtwald. So Wilfrid readjusted and made an attempt to reunify the Bishopric of York and then head it up. But King Aldfrith didn’t agree and, presumably because the Wilfrid wouldn’t let it drop, he banished Wilfrid out of Northumbria. And then, when Wilfrid fled to Mercia and became the Bishop of the Middle Angles, King Aldfrith reclaimed the lands at Ripon which were once held by Wilfrid. Support the Show

140 – Wilfrid: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Oct 22, 2014 26:32

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Today’s episode will take place in the turbulent years from 686 to 692 and the main characters will...

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140 – Wilfrid: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Oct 21, 2014 26:32

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Today’s episode will take place in the turbulent years from 686 to 692 and the main characters will be... Aldfrith - King of Mercia, son of Oswiu, brother of Ecgfrith, and scholarly dude. Wilfrid - Former Bishop of York, friend of the terrifying pagan king Caedwalla, and man you really don’t want to cross. and Aethelred - King of Mercia, son of Penda, brother of Wulfhere, and (despite his rather pious upbringing) he really was his father’s son. Support the Show

139 – The Rise of Aldfrith and Caedwalla

Oct 15, 2014 33:37

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This episode will roughly cover the eventful years between 685 and 689. The main characters today...

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139 – The Rise of Aldfrith and Caedwalla

Oct 14, 2014 33:37

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This episode will roughly cover the eventful years between 685 and 689. The main characters today will be two kings, two wannabe kings, and a bishop… here we go: First we have King Aldfrith of Northumbria - He was the brother of the slain King Ecgfrith and also the son of King Oswiu, and he was ruling over Northumbria. Then we have King Hlothere of Kent - He was the brother of Ecgberht, who was the former King of Kent. And we’ll also be talking about Eadric - who was the son of King Ecgbert of Kent, and was also the nephew of King Hlothere. So he was a claimant to the throne… but you’ll note that he’s not a King. And then we have Caedwalla - Who was the exiled son of a former King of Wessex and also a staunch Pagan. and finally we have Bishop Wilfrid - Yep… he’s back. He was the former Bishop of Northumbria, the same guy who got involved in Northumbrian politics and even had his own army, and then when it didn’t work out he went and complained to the Pope , and despite having the Pope on his side, he still found himself imprisoned and then exiled. Apparently he also got into a fight to the death with some of the southern English after a shipwreck… this guy had a hell of an eventful life. And currently, he’s operating in the south and is rather grouchy with the Archbishop of Canterbury for not backing him up when he started throwing elbows in Northumbria. Support the Show

138 – Religious Lives in Britain

Oct 8, 2014 28:51

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Alright, so last week we talked about how uneven and confused the conversion of Britain was. And...

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138 – Religious Lives in Britain

Oct 7, 2014 28:51

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Alright, so last week we talked about how uneven and confused the conversion of Britain was. And how the beliefs of one village might not bare all that much similarity to the beliefs of another village even though they both might profess to worship the same god. Support the Show

137 – Preaching in the Dark Ages

Sep 30, 2014 25:06

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Today we're going to cover the crazy environment that early Christian converts found themselves in...

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137 – Preaching in the Dark Ages

Sep 29, 2014 25:06

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Today we're going to cover the crazy environment that early Christian converts found themselves in during the Dark Ages, and some of the bizarre notions they might have gotten regarding their religion thanks to poor access, education, and stubborn attachment to old pagan traditions. Also: we learn why mothers don't stuff their feverish daughters into ovens anymore. Seriously, that's something they used to do. Support the Show

136 – The Power of Mercia

Sep 16, 2014 30:37

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This episode will cover the years 678 to 685 and its major characters will be… King Ecgfrith of...

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136 – The Power of Mercia

Sep 16, 2014 30:37

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This episode will cover the years 678 to 685 and its major characters will be… King Ecgfrith of Northumbria, the man who brought down Wulfhere, was wielding supreme power in Northumbria and was arguably exercising quite a bit of power south of the Humber as well. King AEthelred of Mercia, son of Penda and brother of Wulfhere. And a frighteningly savvy King, quite possibly the most like his father out of all of the sons of Penda. And he has been busy securing his religious flank while also working hard to secure his border territories. King Bridei of Pictland, the cousin of King Ecgfrith… and frankly, he probably owed his throne to Ecgfrith’s military intervention. Support the Show

135 – A Reshuffling of Power

Sep 10, 2014 25:41

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Today we’re going to cover the eventful years of 675 to 678, and our main characters will be… King...

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135 – A Reshuffling of Power

Sep 10, 2014 25:41

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Today we’re going to cover the eventful years of 675 to 678, and our main characters will be… King Wulfhere of Mercia, Son of Penda and tough guy with a bloodied lip. King Ecgfrith of Northumbria, Son of Oswiu and guy who bloodied Wulfhere’s lip. And Bishop Wilfrid… the Northumbrian Bishop who was a key player in converting Northumbria to Roman Catholicism and also a key player in keeping King Ecgfrith childless. A remarkably stupid move for someone who was reported to be intelligent. Support the Show

134 – The Power of Northumbria

Sep 6, 2014 25:37

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This episode covers the years 670 to 685. The main characters are: King Ecgfrith of Northumbria -...

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134 – The Power of Northumbria

Sep 5, 2014 25:37

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This episode covers the years 670 to 685. The main characters are: King Ecgfrith of Northumbria - son of Oswiu, former hostage of the Mercians, and generally tough dude. King Wulfhere of Mercia - son of Penda, veteran warrior, and leader of a growing southern Hegemony. Queen AEthelthryth of Northumbria - Queen of Ecgfrith's, unhappy wife, and aspiring nun. Bishop Wilfrid - The most powerful man in the Northern Clergy Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #8

Aug 29, 2014 6:23

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This one will focus on what you've learned during the Scotcast episodes! Good luck!

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133 – Scotcast: Part Ten

Aug 26, 2014 28:25

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To start with, we have nine praise poems that tell us of a mighty king of Rheged named Urien, who...

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133 – Scotcast: Part Ten

Aug 26, 2014 34:47

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To start with, we have nine praise poems that tell us of a mighty king of Rheged named Urien, who reigned in the 580’s and 590’s. Urien was no slouch and from the records, it appears that his kingdom stretched all the way to the Solway and he was also given the title of “Defender of Aeon” or Ayrshire… so we’re talking about a king who controlled an enormous stretch of land that included territories on both sides of the Wall. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #7

Aug 23, 2014 7:11

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This one focuses on the time from Penda to Wulfhere. Good luck!

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132 – Scotcast Part Nine: St. Columba and King Brude

Aug 6, 2014 22:59

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This episode will cover the years 506 to 584 and will focus primarily upon: King Brude (also known...

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132 – Scotcast Part Nine: St. Columba and King Brude

Aug 6, 2014 22:59

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This episode will cover the years 506 to 584 and will focus primarily upon: King Brude (also known as King Bridie), the King the the Northern Picts … also referred to as King of Fortriu and St. Columba, the man credited with converting the Northern Picts… and lesser known monster expert. Support the Show

131 – Scotcast Part Eight

Jul 29, 2014 23:06

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So we will begin the account of what was going on with the Picts following the withdrawal of Rome...

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131 – Scotcast Part Eight

Jul 29, 2014 23:06

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So we will begin the account of what was going on with the Picts following the withdrawal of Rome with a rather discouraging fact… isn’t it nice when I can start an episode on an up note? In the Group A version of the Pictish Chronicle there are only 3 Pictish Kings before Kenneth MacAlpin who had any of their deeds recorded. Just three. Support the Show

130 – Scotcast Part Seven – Who Were The Picts?

Jul 18, 2014 23:49

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The last time we had episodes focusing upon the Scotcast, it was at the end of Season Two… at the...

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130 – Scotcast Part Seven – Who Were The Picts?

Jul 17, 2014 23:49

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The last time we had episodes focusing upon the Scotcast, it was at the end of Season Two… at the end of roman Britannia, and quite a lot of things have changed for our friends in the north. So, as is our custom, now that we’re changing gears and focusing on a new era in the main story, lets break away from our Anglo-Saxon focus and check in with what’s been happening outside of the Anglo Saxon territories. Support the Show

Season 4 Promo – Anglo Saxon Ascendancy

Jul 8, 2014 6:09

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It began with Cassivellaunus. The first recorded King to have commanded the submission of most, if...

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Chapter Four: Anglo Saxon Ascendancy

Jul 7, 2014 6:09

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It began with Cassivellaunus. The first recorded King to have commanded the submission of most, if not all, of the British tribes and who fought valiantly against Caesar and his legions. And although the hegemony under Cassivellaunus didn’t last, it presented a tantalizing new possibility. Unity. A century later, the Romans returned… and this time they stayed.... and for nearly 4 centuries, England, Wales, and parts of Scotland all experienced rule under a single government. The concept of Britannia, as a single unified province, which was alien in those early days, was now part of the collective consciousness. So much so that, even after Rome withdrew, we are told of how the Britons organized for a time under a single ruler… Vortigern. And according to legend, it was his rule that brought two Anglo Saxon brothers, Hengest and Horsa, to our shores to fight for the Britons. And they did as they were asked. For a time. But as is the way with mercenaries, once you stop paying... Conflicts can arise. We’re told that the brothers turned on their employers, and ravaged much of southern Britain. And it was at this point that the Britons discovered that they were not as weak as they had believed they were. They fought back. Wars raged, and at Badon Hill, the Britons at last found their victory. The Anglo Saxons were defeated. But the way had been opened, and climate change combined with tremendous amounts of unrest on the continent, lead to a continual stream of migrants coming to britain. And life for the migrants was hard, in those early days. Their health was poor and their settlements were meager, with many living in barely more than a pit in the ground. But they persisted. And they farmed. And in time, they began to organize. They acquired surpluses, and that lead to the development of hierarchies and classes. Some of the local Britons integrated with the Anglo Saxons, others spurned them, but regardless it couldn't be denied that their settlements were quickly growing in both prosperity and size. And it wasn’t long before conflicts between the Anglo Saxons and the Britons once again sparked up, and this time, the Anglo Saxons fared much better. They expanded their holdings, brought villages under their control, and captured slaves. They were forming Kingdoms. The Anglo Saxon era was dawning. And with it, came a new culture. One that didn’t fully reflect the communities of the Anglo Saxon homelands, nor did it reflect British culture… but rather, it was wholly unique, with some aspects taken from one side, some from the other, and some appear to have been developed entirely on their own. And so we began to see the growth of something that you could only describe as an early form of Englishness. After generations of struggle, the people of the East were forming their own unique identity. And with it came the possibility of unity… and that brought the return of the Bretwaldas… the Britain Rulers. Men who had the ambition, and quite possibly the ability, to rule not just one Kingdom… but many… maybe even all of England. That seed that had been planted in the days of Cassivellaunus and Suetonius was now bearing fruit. Raedwald, Edwin, AEthelfrith, Oswald, Penda, Oswiu… all of these men were on the cusp of attaining what Britain had not seen since the days of Vortigern. A unified territory. And as luck would have it, strength and ambition was gathering amongst Anglo saxon nobility at roughly the same time as the arrival a new religion. One that gave them yet another a reason to make war upon their neighbors. Christianity. And so wars sparked up, and Christ was pitted directly against Nordic gods like thunor and Woden, but ultimately the real fight was simply dynasties versus dynasties. In the end, religious writers will tell us that the old gods were defeated, and christianity was triumphant. That the battle for the soul of England was over.

129 – The Life of King Wulfhere

Jul 4, 2014 20:17

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About a year and a half ago I did a series on the Staffordshire hoard. And talking with the...

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129 – The Life of King Wulfhere

Jul 4, 2014 27:27

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About a year and a half ago I did a series on the Staffordshire hoard. And talking with the experts and viewing the relics was easily one of my favorite moments from the entire experience of putting together the BHP. As you might remember, the hoard was found in Mercia and it is dated to roughly around the era that we’re talking about right now. In fact, I would be willing to wager that for most of you, the first time you heard the name “Wulfhere” was during those episodes. Because it’s possible that the Hoard had some level of connection to him, and it might have actually been his. Support the Show

128 – The End of King Oswiu’s Hegemony

Jun 25, 2014 23:46

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The episode covers 664 to 670 and the major characters are… King Oswiu, ruler of Northumbria, son...

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128 – The End of King Oswiu’s Hegemony

Jun 25, 2014 23:46

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The episode covers 664 to 670 and the major characters are… King Oswiu, ruler of Northumbria, son of AEthelfrith, and all around terrifying fellow King Alhfrith of Deira, Oswiu’s son and one of his probable rivals Wilfrid, abbott of Ripon, guy who argued for Rome at Whitby, and all around ambitious guy. and King Wulfhere, ruler of Mercia and son of Penda.

127 – The Synod of Whitby

Jun 5, 2014 27:14

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The major players for today will be Hild (who was the daughter of King Edwin’s nephew, Hereric),...

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127 – The Synod of Whitby

Jun 4, 2014 27:14

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The major players for today will be Hild (who was the daughter of King Edwin’s nephew, Hereric), King Oswiu of Bernicia, Bishop Colman of Lindisfarne, Wilfred the abbot of Ripon, and Bishop Cedd. And they will be, ostensibly, arguing over Easter. See? Once again, we’ve got Easter causing trouble in Britain. Cadburys chocolate can’t come soon enough. This is getting out of hand. Support the Show

126 – The End of an Era: The Triumph of Christianity in Britain

May 28, 2014 32:47

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Today we’re going to tackle the history from 660 right up to the lead up to the Synod of Whitby…...

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126 – The End of an Era: The Triumph of Christianity in Britain

May 27, 2014 32:47

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Today we’re going to tackle the history from 660 right up to the lead up to the Synod of Whitby… and we’re going to have a lot of moving parts, but the theme that is developing here is one of the last gasps of Paganism in Britain and the rise of two rival imperiums: one based in Northumbria and another based in Mercia. The major players for today’s episode are King Oswiu of Northumbria as well as his chief rival, King Wulfhere of Mercia. However, into the mix will come a number of sub-kings, members of the Clergy, and some intriguing lesser nobles. However, much of the political story of this period in history really does revolve around these two characters. Alright, lets get to it. Support the Show

125 – King Oswiu: A Gathering Storm

May 16, 2014 23:46

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So in late 655, following his victory at the Winwaed, King Oswiu occupied and ruled Northern Mercia...

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125 – King Oswiu: A Gathering Storm

May 15, 2014 23:46

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So in late 655, following his victory at the Winwaed, King Oswiu occupied and ruled Northern Mercia and thus now ruled over an additional 7,000 households, according to Bede. Consider how much power that was conferring upon the King. We’re talking about 7,000 hides of land. Think of how many Ceorls and Thegns now answered to him, and how much food rent he would now command, in addition to all the holdings of Bernicia and the tributes he was collecting from sub-kings. Support the Show

124 – Social Mobility: Getting a Raise in Anglo Saxon Kingdoms

May 10, 2014 1:00:00

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Today we’re going to wrap up this talk that we’ve been having on the development of social classes...

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124 – Social Mobility: Getting a Raise in Anglo Saxon Kingdoms

May 9, 2014 1:00:00

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Today we’re going to wrap up this talk that we’ve been having on the development of social classes in Anglo Saxon britain. Hopefully, once we’re done, much like our talks on other matters like food, clothing, and warfare… you’ll have a fuller understanding of who these people were, what their lives were like, and where we come from. Support the Show

123 – Retail Therapy: The Rise of Anglo Saxon Towns

May 1, 2014 32:23

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Alright, lets get to history. Specifically, lets talk about towns. And to start with, lets...

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123 – Retail Therapy: The Rise of Anglo Saxon Towns

Apr 30, 2014 32:23

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Alright, lets get to history. Specifically, lets talk about towns. And to start with, lets establish a couple terms I’m going to be using a lot. When I talk about towns and cities, what I’m largely talking about are larger communities that have a permanent population of traders and craftsmen and whose economy is focused largely upon trade. Conversely, villages are smaller communities that are built largely around agriculture. Villages might have more land than a town, but their population density will be much less (by nature of the work they do and the amount of arable land they require) and their economies tend to be more localized and based upon subsistence when compared with towns and cities. Support the Show

122 – The Concentration of Power and Wealth

Apr 21, 2014 26:38

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I’ll be talking in broad strokes today, but I want to give you a forest view of what we’ve been...

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122 – The Concentration of Power and Wealth

Apr 21, 2014 26:38

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I’ll be talking in broad strokes today, but I want to give you a forest view of what we’ve been talking about over the last couple seasons. Support the Show

121 – King Oswiu: The Aftermath of the Winwaed

Apr 10, 2014 22:17

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The Battle of the Winwaed is over and Penda is dead along with 30 noble warleaders who had joined...

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121 – King Oswiu: The Aftermath of the Winwaed

Apr 9, 2014 22:17

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The Battle of the Winwaed is over and Penda is dead along with 30 noble warleaders who had joined him in battle… with them was King Anna’s brother, King AEthelhere of East Anglia… and as for King AEthelwald of Deira… well, I’m not sure what happened to him. But he isn’t in the histories any longer, so perhaps siding with Penda against his Uncle Oswiu didn’t end well for him. Support the Show

120 – Penda and Oswiu: The Winwaed

Apr 2, 2014 28:55

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So when we last left off, things were going crazy in the North and in the Midlands. But the very...

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120 – Penda and Oswiu: The Winwaed

Apr 1, 2014 28:55

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So when we last left off, things were going crazy in the North and in the Midlands. But the very last thing I mentioned was that Honorius, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had died. Well, his seat remained vacant for about six months until March 26, 654 (or maybe 655) when a new Archbishop was ordained. Archbishop Deusdedit… and since Deus means god in Latin, I can only assume that Deusdedit translates to God Did It. Ok all joking aside, Deusdedit ALMOST means god did it… his name actually translates to God Has Given. But what I’m getting at is that his name was… you know… humble. Support the Show

119 – King Penda: No Posers

Mar 26, 2014 23:16

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So where were we? Oswiu had arranged for the murder of his cousin, which is awkward in itself…...

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119 – King Penda: No Posers

Mar 25, 2014 23:16

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So where were we? Oswiu had arranged for the murder of his cousin, which is awkward in itself… but the slain King Oswine was also related to Eanflaed, Oswiu’s wife. So… even if Oswiu wasn’t fussed about kinslaying, chances are that dinner still had suddenly become a lot more awkward following that rather underhanded victory. So perhaps to appease Eanflaed, or maybe to keep the Deirans happy… Oswiu built a monastery at the location of Oswine’s murder at Gilling. Support the Show

118 – Oswiu and Oswine: There’s No Anglo Saxon Word for Take Backsies

Mar 19, 2014 23:20

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When we left off Cenwalh of Wessex had left his wife, irritated Penda (since his wife was Penda’s...

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118 – Oswiu and Oswine: There’s No Anglo Saxon Word for Take Backsies

Mar 18, 2014 23:20

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When we left off Cenwalh of Wessex had left his wife, irritated Penda (since his wife was Penda’s sister), and gained a fancy new wife but lost his kingdom when Penda arrived to have a little chat with him. So he did what many nobles of the time seemed to do… he fled into exile. In the case of Cenwalh (and presumably his wife) he legged it to East Anglia and the court of King Anna. Support the Show

117 – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Mar 10, 2014 26:25

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Oswald was the King of Northumbria and son of AEthelfrith who was killed by Penda at...

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117 – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Mar 10, 2014 26:25

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Oswald was the King of Northumbria and son of AEthelfrith who was killed by Penda at Maserfield. Oswiu was his brother Osric of Deira was the King of Deira, and nephew of Edwin, who was killed by Cadwallon. and Oswine was the son of Osric… So to recap… Oswald and Oswiu are brothers and Bernician. Osric and Oswine are father and son, and are Deiran. Isn’t this fun? Support the Show

116 – Wait, Where Are We? Part two of the history of Britain so far.

Feb 28, 2014 52:15

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It’s been about 2 years and 100 episodes since I did a recap episode to remind you where we were,...

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116 – Wait, Where Are We? Part two of the history of Britain so far.

Feb 27, 2014 52:15

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It’s been about 2 years and 100 episodes since I did a recap episode to remind you where we were, what the flow of history was, and give you a forest view of the whole thing. Seriously, 100 episodes! And since then, we have gotten to know the Anglo Saxons and their culture really well. Even though our sources are limited, we still are getting a sense for what makes them tick. And we are also learning about the events were occurring in their political lives that shaped their home lives. Support the Show

115 – Maserfield: Blood Makes The Grass Grow

Feb 20, 2014 35:41

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Edwin, Osric, Eanfrith, Eadfrith, Cadwallon, Sigeberht, Ecgric… Following Hatfield Chase, we have...

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115 – Maserfield: Blood Makes The Grass Grow

Feb 19, 2014 39:32

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Edwin, Osric, Eanfrith, Eadfrith, Cadwallon, Sigeberht, Ecgric… Following Hatfield Chase, we have seen a blood letting of the aristocracy of Anglo Saxon Britain of epic proportions. And we are only hearing about the very highest echelons… but how many Thegns, AEthlings, and minor nobles have also lost their lives in these power struggles? If the life of Edwin is indicative of how these power struggles tended to go, it wouldn’t have just been the Kings and their warbands who died in the struggle. Their entire dynasty could find themselves in danger if a victor was feeling particularly ruthless. And that seems to have been rather common since even Oswald, who is portrayed as Saintly by Bede, was a bit ruthless and dangerous to rival dynasties, if we read between the lines. Support the Show

114 – Oswald and Sigeberht: The Softer Side of Rule

Feb 13, 2014 34:06

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This is going to be one of those episodes that has a lot of moving parts and you might want to...

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114 – Oswald and Sigeberht: The Softer Side of Rule

Feb 13, 2014 34:06

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This is going to be one of those episodes that has a lot of moving parts and you might want to listen to it twice. Just a heads up. Alright, so things have gotten pretty exciting. We’ve had the downfall of Cadwallon of Gwynedd and the rise of Oswald of Northumbria and the return of Christianity to the North as well as the spread of it throughout the south with only a few holdouts, like Mercia and the Isle of Wight staying Pagan. This is an enormous time of change. And as you might imagine, those changes were getting mixed reactions. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #6

Feb 7, 2014 8:48

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This one is pretty tough... but I believe in you! :)

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113 – Religious Ambitions: The Rise of Oswald (and Others)

Feb 5, 2014 30:45

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When we last left off, Oswald son of AEthelfrith and Acha, defeated and killed Cadwallon of Gwynedd...

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113 – Religious Ambitions: The Rise of Oswald (and Others)

Feb 5, 2014 30:45

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When we last left off, Oswald son of AEthelfrith and Acha, defeated and killed Cadwallon of Gwynedd at the battle of Heavenfield. The defeat was a serious blow for the Northern Welsh kingdom. In fact, in the praise poem written about Cadwallon, we see the first use of the term which would become the modern name for the Wales… Cymru. The land of the western Cumbrogi…or comrades. Support the Show

112 – The Battle of Heavenfield

Jan 30, 2014 20:59

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The year was 633 or 634, and the tide was turning against Northumbria for the first time in as long...

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112 – The Battle of Heavenfield

Jan 29, 2014 20:59

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The year was 633 or 634, and the tide was turning against Northumbria for the first time in as long as anyone could probably remember. AEthelfrith’s victory at the Battle of Chester was not just a problem for the Welsh, it was also a problem for Mercia because it further established Northumbria domination. And while AEthelfrith was later killed by Raedwald in battle, the balance of power didn’t shift. The North remained dominant, and we can see that evidenced by the fact that Edwin immediately took the throne and attacked Elmet and forced them into submission… and then went on something of a rampage dominating his neighbors, including the Mercians. Support the Show

111 – Edwin: What Goes Around Comes Around

Jan 23, 2014 27:33

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That’s something I’ve heard my entire life. When I was younger and picked on at school my father...

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111 – Edwin: What Goes Around Comes Around

Jan 23, 2014 27:33

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That’s something I’ve heard my entire life. When I was younger and picked on at school my father would sometimes say “Don’t worry, Jamie, what goes around comes around.” The problem with that bit of advice is that it requires a sense of fairness in the world that isn’t always there… not to mention a tremendous amount of patience that is short supply when you’re a small awkward kid being picked on and simply want some sort of justice. But sometimes it does happen… sometimes what goes around does come around. Ok, so why am I talking about this? Well… let’s have a very quick review of what has happened with Edwin. Support the Show

110 – Mercia: A New Contender Enters the Ring

Jan 15, 2014 20:41

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Ok, last episode, we jumped forward a little to take the story of East Anglia to the point where...

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110 – Mercia: A New Contender Enters the Ring

Jan 14, 2014 20:41

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Ok, last episode, we jumped forward a little to take the story of East Anglia to the point where Sigebehrt took the throne… but lets go back about 3 years… to 628 (ish)… and look at what is going on in Mercia. Mercia, the Midland kingdom, has been a bit of a backwater in our story so far but it’s about to get more important very soon. So we really should chat a bit about it. Support the Show

109 – Edwin’s Ambitions

Jan 7, 2014 28:08

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When we last left Edwin, Bishop Paulinus finally had his prize. He convinced the great King of...

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109 – Edwin’s Ambitions

Jan 7, 2014 28:08

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When we last left Edwin, Bishop Paulinus finally had his prize. He convinced the great King of Northumbria… the Bretwalda!... Edwin… to abandon his gods and convert to Christianity. It had been a long hard road for the Bishop. Failed assassinations, war, marriage, magical visions, and some pretty astoundingly rude arguments regarding the weather had all been brought to bear in order to get this King to convert. But at last he was successful! Support the Show

108 – The Christmas Special

Dec 24, 2013 17:07

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Ever since I was a kid in Catholic school, I’ve been somewhat fascinated by the date of Christmas. ...

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108 – The Christmas Special

Dec 23, 2013 17:07

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Ever since I was a kid in Catholic school, I’ve been somewhat fascinated by the date of Christmas. I often wondered where it came from, given that it doesn’t appear anywhere in the Bible, and (as the feast is celebrating the birth of Jesus) it seemed rather odd to set the date so close to midwinter given the fact that the middle east gets pretty nippy in Winter and the story of the Nativity takes place pretty much outside… with lambs and stuff. So what was going on there? Was one of the sheep just looking to get a mid-year quickie and had an unscheduled surprise? Did Mary and Joseph just pack a lot of blankets and thermal undies? Or was something else going on? Support the Show

107 – Edwin’s Conversion

Dec 16, 2013 25:46

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Ok, so when we left off, Bishop Paulinus thought he was about to get Edwin to convert… but then...

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107 – Edwin’s Conversion

Dec 16, 2013 25:46

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Ok, so when we left off, Bishop Paulinus thought he was about to get Edwin to convert… but then Edwin pulled a bait and switch, and said that god hadn’t jumped through enough hoops yet. And that he wanted to speak with his council and then deliberate privately before making a decision. Support the Show

106 – If You Give Edwin an Inch…

Dec 7, 2013 23:56

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Alright, so when we last left Edwin he was installed as King of Northumbria by King Raedwald,...

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106 – If You Give Edwin an Inch…

Dec 6, 2013 23:56

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Alright, so when we last left Edwin he was installed as King of Northumbria by King Raedwald, Bretwalda. And he had wielded his newly granted power to exact revenge upon King Ceretic of Elmet, probably in response to the British King poisoning Edwin’s Nephew. But for as powerful as Edwin was in the north, Raedwald was the true power in Britain. He was referred to Rex Anglorum by Bede… King of the Angles. And he was certainly that. But unfortunately, the battle at the river Idle is the last entry we have about Raedwald. He just vanishes. So lets hit pause on him for a minute and look south. To Raedwald’s neighbors in Essex. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #5

Nov 30, 2013 7:38

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Get your pencils ready, grab a pint, and get ready for another pub quiz!

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105 – Sutton Hoo: Treasures of the Dead

Nov 26, 2013 48:34

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Alright, so last episode we learned all about Edith and Basil’s experience at Sutton Hoo, and we...

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105 – Sutton Hoo: Treasures of the Dead

Nov 25, 2013 56:12

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Alright, so last episode we learned all about Edith and Basil’s experience at Sutton Hoo, and we covered the opening of four of the 18 mounds… and the excavation of the Burial Chamber of Mound 1. But we haven’t discussed what was actually found and what it means. So guess what we’re going to be talking about today? Support the Show

104 – Sutton Hoo: The Finding of Raedwald… and Rabbits

Nov 15, 2013 23:23

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Raedwald… King of East Anglia… Bretwalda. When he is mentioned, if you had heard that name before...

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104 – Sutton Hoo: The Finding of Raedwald… and Rabbits

Nov 14, 2013 23:23

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Raedwald… King of East Anglia… Bretwalda. When he is mentioned, if you had heard that name before this show, chances are you heard it in connection with Sutton Hoo, which is possibly his burial site. And Sutton Hoo is one of the most famous archaeological digs in Britain. Just the name conjures images of the great Anglo Saxon helmet, with its impressive faceplate and ornate decorations in bronze, iron and tin. But there’s much more to it than that. And today, we’re going to talk about some of what makes Sutton Hoo so special. Support the Show

103 – Edwin the Conqueror

Nov 6, 2013 21:52

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Alright, last week we finally saw the fall of AEthelfrith and the rise of Edwin of Deira and King...

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103 – Edwin the Conqueror

Nov 6, 2013 21:52

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Alright, last week we finally saw the fall of AEthelfrith and the rise of Edwin of Deira and King Raedwald of East Anglia… Bretwalda! As you probably gathered, that was not the last would will hear of Edwin. Support the Show

102 – Have Exile, Will Travel

Oct 29, 2013 24:10

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Ok, when we left off, Edwin... the exile from Deira, had been on the run for quite some time. The...

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102 – Have Exile, Will Travel

Oct 28, 2013 24:10

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Ok, when we left off, Edwin... the exile from Deira, had been on the run for quite some time. The King of Bernicia, AEthelfrith, now occupied the throne held by his father, and his father's father, and so on and so forth. His sister, Acha, had given birth to a child with the man who was hunting him (and we aren't sure what the circumstances to that were). His nephew, Hereric, had been poisoned at the court of Ceretic of the Elmet. He had married a Mercian princess, possibly as a condition for ensuring his safety and an attempt to build alliances with common enemies of King AEthelfrith. War had broken out between his former home and the British kingdoms that had offered him safety... and things had been turning against the British and towards Northumbria (with the British kingdoms of Wales being effectively cut off from their compatriots to the north, following the Battle of Chester). King Iago of Gwynedd was now dead, as well as a number of other British leaders who had stood against this menace that had risen in the North that was relentlessly pursuing him. Support the Show

101 – I Ran (So Far Away): The Life and Times of Edwin of Deira

Oct 22, 2013 25:33

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Today we’re going to talk quite a bit about Northumbria. And actually, Northumbria is going to...

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101 – I Ran (So Far Away): The Life and Times of Edwin of Deira

Oct 21, 2013 25:33

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Today we’re going to talk quite a bit about Northumbria. And actually, Northumbria is going to start to get really important in our story going forward. Now much of what we know of Northumbria during this period is due to the efforts of Bede, and other Northumbrians who maintained his tradition of keeping annals. And actually, it’s been argued that even the term “Northumbria” might have been coined by Bede himself. So clearly this is a very important source for us. Support the Show

100 – There’s a New Barber In Town

Oct 8, 2013 21:48

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So you might not know this about me… but I used to have long hair. Really long hair. That flowed...

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100 – There’s a New Barber In Town

Oct 8, 2013 21:48

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So you might not know this about me… but I used to have long hair. Really long hair. That flowed down my back in ringlets and, if I left conditioner in it, sausage curls. Basically, I had captain hook hair. And of course, I had all manner of people taking an interest in my hair and what I did with it. Generally, if someone took an interest, they were going to tell me I needed to cut it. Anyway, ever since, I’ve been fascinated by the attention we pay to hair. And I started to wonder if the Anglo Saxons had a similar thing going on in their culture. Which lead to some research, and ultimately this episode. I hope you enjoy it. Support the Show

99 – False Starts

Oct 1, 2013 29:57

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This episode is going to have a lot of moving pieces and a lot of AEthel’s. So many AEthels. I’ll...

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99 – False Starts

Oct 1, 2013 29:57

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This episode is going to have a lot of moving pieces and a lot of AEthel’s. So many AEthels. I’ll do my best to keep reminding you who I’m talking about and what they rule over and why they’re important, but this might be an episode you’ll want to relisten to. A lot of important things are going to happen. And all of the action will take place in just over a decade. A very very messy decade. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #4

Sep 27, 2013 8:53

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It's time for another quiz!

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98 – The Zeal of Augustine

Sep 25, 2013 25:56

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Ok, when we last left off, Augustine had become the Archbishop of England, had been given orders to...

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98 – The Zeal of Augustine

Sep 25, 2013 34:49

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Ok, when we last left off, Augustine had become the Archbishop of England, had been given orders to make London the seat of the English Church, and had some Papal answers to some rather odd questions. Support the Show

97 – Augustine and Gregory Make a Diocese

Sep 18, 2013 26:00

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So last week we ended with Augustine converting the people of Kent to Christianity and AEthelberht...

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97 – Augustine and Gregory Make a Diocese

Sep 17, 2013 26:00

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So last week we ended with Augustine converting the people of Kent to Christianity and AEthelberht coming out as Christian... was he converted by Augustine or had he already been converted? We just don't know. Support the Show

96 – The Conversion of King AEthelberht

Sep 10, 2013 20:42

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In the last several episodes we’ve been speaking about religion. We’ve spoken about the paganism...

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96 – The Conversion of King AEthelberht

Sep 9, 2013 20:42

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In the last several episodes we’ve been speaking about religion. We’ve spoken about the paganism that existed on the island, the christians that lived on the island, the reasons why individuals and rulers might want to convert, and of course we’ve spoken about what the church in Rome was up to and what their plans were. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #3

Aug 30, 2013 5:42

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It's time for another quiz!

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95 – Two Old Men and a Slave Boy

Aug 5, 2013 14:51

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Ok, so lets leave Britain for this episode and head to Rome. I hear it’s nice this time of...

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95 – Two Old Men and a Slave Boy

Aug 5, 2013 20:32

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Ok, so lets leave Britain for this episode and head to Rome. I hear it’s nice this time of year. Actually, I hear it’s really hot this time of year. But it seems like everywhere is right now... so Rome it is! Support the Show

94 – Dark Age Beliefs

Jul 29, 2013 1:11:33

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As we go forward in this series, what I hope you're beginning to get a sense of from both the...

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94 – Dark Age Beliefs

Jul 29, 2013 1:11:33

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As we go forward in this series, what I hope you're beginning to get a sense of from both the WelshCast and all the other shows focusing on the so called Dark Ages, is how fragmented life in Britain was at this point in history. We simply are not dealing with homogenous populations over the whole of britain, or even the whole of Wales. In today’s culture, we have a surprising amount of commonality thanks to the influences of media, travel and national political bodies. But even today, you’ll find distinct cultural differences in different parts of Wales, and definitely in different parts of the UK. Well, part of what I’ve been trying to show you as we’ve been going through this stuff is that the cultural differences would have been even greater back then. There were different cultural groups, ethnic groups, kingdoms... you name it. Britain wasn’t Britain. It was just an island with a big patchwork of different communities. And that becomes quite an issue for us when we try to look at religion, since our records are generally rather sparse. And that scarcity only serves to heighten the difficulties we have with the diversity of cultures we’re seeing in Britain. For example, even if we had detailed texts on religious practices in Dyfed, it still wouldn't necessarily tell us much of anything regarding the remainder of britain. Not even if we’re looking at members of the same religion. As we go forward we’ll find that Christians in one area won’t necessarily practice the same as Christians in another. And when we add paganism into the mix, it really gets complicated. Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #2

Jul 26, 2013 10:14

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Return of the Pub Quiz! The Wales edition!

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93 – Season Three Promo: The Warriors of God

Jul 22, 2013 1:52

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It has been nearly two hundred years since Rome withdrew from Britannia setting this small island...

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93 – Chapter Three: The Warriors of God

Jul 22, 2013 1:52

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It has been nearly two hundred years since Rome withdrew from Britannia setting this small island at the edge of the world on a course that could not have been predicted. Over the generations, a new culture has developed in the lands that will one day become England, and with that new culture came new gods. Gods with famous names like Thunor and Woden. Gods of war and death, to match the warrior society that now ruled over eastern Britannia. But while the Anglo Saxons were finding a new path in this Brave New World... far to the East, in Rome, things were changing as well. Christianity had survived the fall of the Western Empire and has flourished thanks, in no small part, to an ingenious religious innovation... the concept of one true god, and an utter lack of tolerance for variations in dogma. And now, after two centuries of separation, Rome will once more reach out and attempt to bring Britannia back under its dominion. A ship will soon set sail, carrying within it a man who’s sole task is to bring the Anglo Saxons under the control of the church. But will the pagans listen? And what will they think of a god who is proclaimed as the prince of peace? And if they convert, how will they interpret the absolute demand for religious unity? We have seen these people become increasingly more warlike... and one thing is certain with this new religion will come new reasons for bloodshed... as we enter BHP, Season Three... The Warriors of God. Support the Show

92 – WelshCast Part Five: More People that Gildas Hated

Jul 15, 2013 33:53

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Alright, so we have two more kings of Wales before we leave Gildas and his spittle flecked...

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92 – WelshCast Part Five: More People that Gildas Hated

Jul 15, 2013 44:03

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Alright, so we have two more kings of Wales before we leave Gildas and his spittle flecked rantings. And something that you might notice as we go forward is that we don’t haven’t been provided a Tyrant of Powys nor are any of the Eastern Kingdoms listed. Sure, we don’t know where Aurelias Conanus ruled, but there’s not affirmative statement of a king of Powys, Rheged, or other kingdom by Gildas. He was just an unknown ruler (or maybe just a failed usurper). Support the Show

91 – WelshCast Part Four: Three Kings of Wales Who Really Annoyed Gildas

Jul 10, 2013 28:18

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Today, we’re going to talk about some of the people who were really pissing Gildas off. People...

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91 – WelshCast Part Four: Three Kings of Wales Who Really Annoyed Gildas

Jul 9, 2013 28:18

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Today, we’re going to talk about some of the people who were really pissing Gildas off. People that drove him so batty that he just couldn’t contain his rage. And since Gildas was Welsh, he was predictably focusing his ire upon the Welsh kings. Though, like I mentioned earlier, the term “Wales” isn’t something that would be used at this time. Right now, they’re British... and saw themselves as part of the various kingdoms that populated Wales but not of any singular political body that we’d recognize as “Wales.” But regardless, all the action takes place in the Celtic West. So needless to say, this fits right in with the WelshCast. Support the Show

90 – WelshCast Part Three: The Silent Treatment

Jul 3, 2013 21:53

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As you probably remember from the main podcast, before we had the appearance of major Anglo Saxon...

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90 – WelshCast Part Three: The Silent Treatment

Jul 2, 2013 21:53

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As you probably remember from the main podcast, before we had the appearance of major Anglo Saxon kingdoms, there was an initial migration and invasion in the sub-Roman period, with famous Germanic leaders like Hengest, Horsa, and Aelle appearing in Kent and Sussex. But there was also a staunch British resistance to these incursions lead, in part, by a man by the name of Ambrosius Aurelianus (who might have also been known as Riothamus and might have even been the inspiration for Arthur... but only maybe, because Arthur is a bit of a mystery). Support the Show

BHP Pub Quiz #1

Jun 28, 2013 9:53

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Here's the first full length pub quiz! Don't forget, they release on the last friday of every...

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89 – WelshCast Part Two: All The Comforts of Rome (well… some of them)

Jun 25, 2013 38:19

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We’re now at the point where Rome has withdrawn from Britannia (and more important to our story,...

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89 – WelshCast Part Two: All The Comforts of Rome (well… some of them)

Jun 25, 2013 48:12

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We’re now at the point where Rome has withdrawn from Britannia (and more important to our story, from Wales), and today we’re going to talk about the impact that had upon the people. Support the Show

88 – WelshCast Part One: From the Stone Ages to the Withdrawal of Rome

Jun 12, 2013 25:07

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Ever since I did the Scotcast I’ve been receiving messages on facebook, on twitter, on the forums,...

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88 – WelshCast Part One: From the Stone Ages to the Withdrawal of Rome

Jun 11, 2013 25:07

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Ever since I did the Scotcast I’ve been receiving messages on facebook, on twitter, on the forums, and I’ve even been getting personal emails asking for more about Wales. And my response has always been the same, I’ll do it but not yet. Support the Show

87 – Concubinage and Apartheid in Anglo Saxon England

Jun 4, 2013 20:30

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Ok, so last episode we ended at 597. For those of you who are really into Anglo Saxon history, you...

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87 – Concubinage and Apartheid in Anglo Saxon England

Jun 4, 2013 20:30

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Ok, so last episode we ended at 597. For those of you who are really into Anglo Saxon history, you might recognize that date as the date that Christianity gets reintroduced to Anglo Saxon Britain. It’s a big deal. A huge deal, in fact. It will bring war, it will bring chaos, and it will bring all manner of changes in the lives of the people in what will eventually become England. And one of the big changes has to do with sex. Support the Show

86 – The Fall of Ceawlin… and others

May 31, 2013 23:25

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Ok, from the title you might have gathered that we’re going to be talking about Ceawlin today. Now...

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86 – The Fall of Ceawlin… and others

May 30, 2013 23:25

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Ok, from the title you might have gathered that we’re going to be talking about Ceawlin today. Now from all this discussion of various anglo saxon leaders, you might have noticed that while I've been saying Cynric, Cerdic, and Ceawlin... with C being a CH sound... we also have this Cutha fellow in Wessex, and Creoda in Mercia. And there the C is being pronounced with a hard C sound rather than a CH. So what's the deal there? Support the Show

85 – Ceawlin and the Sons of Ida

Apr 30, 2013 23:12

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So it’s 568. And things in what will someday become England are still chaotic. Remember what was...

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85 – Ceawlin and the Sons of Ida

Apr 30, 2013 23:12

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So it’s 568. And things in what will someday become England are still chaotic. Remember what was going on up north in Bernicia? Where Ida, who was probably part of some sort of Anglian group, had taken control of Bamburgh, then he died, and then his sons started taking over for him? Well, that’s still going on. It looks like Adda is probably dead. Maybe. It’s really muddy. And like I mentioned earlier, he probably was the king who was fighting with the Brits and killed a number of their kings... maybe... But sometime around now, Adda is no longer king of Bernicia and the throne is held by his brother: Aethelric. We think. Support the Show

84 – The Q&A Episode!

Apr 17, 2013 30:02

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We made it to 100! How awesome is that? (Well, it was the 100th episode before I combined a bunch...

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84 – The Q&A Episode!

Apr 16, 2013 30:02

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We made it to 100! How awesome is that? (Well, it was the 100th episode before I combined a bunch of episodes... and now it's the 84th episode). Support the Show

83 – Dark Age Warfare Combo Episode

Apr 9, 2013 1:46:14

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Ok, so last time we talked about how Aethelberht of Kent invaded the kingdom of Wessex and was...

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83 – Dark Age Warfare Combo Episode

Apr 9, 2013 1:46:14

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Ok, so last time we talked about how Aethelberht of Kent invaded the kingdom of Wessex and was pushed out by Ceawlin and his army. We don't have a lot of facts regarding that conflict, we aren't even told why they were fighting, but we know that they were both destined to become Bretwaldas and that in the end Aethelberht was chased back into Kent. And, presumably following this moment, Ceawlin earned the title of Bretwalda. So good for him. But there's a lot that goes into war beyond one king puffing up his chest and the other king saying "Come at me, bro!" Much as I wish it were that simple and comical, real war is a great deal more complex than that. So lets start by talking about the men who would be fighting these battles. Of course, you have the kings (one of the Old English terms for these kings, by the way, was þeoden... yeah. Like theoden in the Lord of the Rings). Another fun anglo saxon term for King is Cyning. In old english, “ing” means scion. Which is why you start hearing of the sons of nobles being referred to as Aethlings... they’re the scions of nobles. But in this case, Cyning is the scion of the Cynn... which translates to the Kindred, or the family. This can be taken as either the ruling family, which would call back to that families tradition of rule, or it could be taken as the larger form of kindred... as the Cyning is the son of the people. Support the Show

82 – War. What Is It Good For?

Apr 2, 2013 24:21

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So the year is 586, and Ceawlin is the leader of the men of Wessex. Wessex has been expanding their...

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82 – War. What Is It Good For?

Apr 2, 2013 24:21

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So the year is 586, and Ceawlin is the leader of the men of Wessex. Wessex has been expanding their holdings to the north and the west, and have been growing in power. Conversely, in the East are the men of Kent under the leadership of AEthelbehrt, who (we are told) has been ruling since he was 8 years old. But the dates are a bit dodgey. And now AEthelbert is 16 years old. Maybe? And he's growing in power. We know this because Kent is growing in wealth and are of sufficiently high status for the King to be marrying the daughter of the King of Frankia. Furthermore, he is a member of the Oiscingas, the ruling family of Kent... said to have been descended from Hengest himself. Support the Show

81 – In Search of Unity: A Tale of Selective Memory

Mar 26, 2013 27:34

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Ok, we have a battle coming up but things are still changing rather rapidly and there's some...

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81 – In Search of Unity: A Tale of Selective Memory

Mar 25, 2013 27:34

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Ok, we have a battle coming up but things are still changing rather rapidly and there's some interesting stuff to cover regarding that, such as language, religion, culture, warfare, and that question that's probably nagging you at the back of your head... if we have wealthy powerful kings in England, why don't we have anything resembling a Roman empire... or at least a mini Roman empire? Support the Show

80 – Bloodletting

Mar 19, 2013 20:02

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Ok, when we left off, Ida had become king of Bernicia and we had the beginnings of regional...

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80 – Bloodletting

Mar 18, 2013 20:02

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Ok, when we left off, Ida had become king of Bernicia and we had the beginnings of regional cultural groups. These groups were the result of a whole host of influences including everything from geographical features, to political decisions, to things as simple as wealth and a sense of cool. But the point is that we have gone from an island that saw itself as essentially Roman, to post-Roman (or sub-Roman, depending on which terminology you choose to use) where the system had broken down and (while you had communities moving to hillforts) you still had a continuation of the local culture... then we went to the early migration period where you had a blend of different cultural groupings all over the eastern part of the island, and now finally we’re getting to the point where those disparate pockets were starting to take the shape of larger communities with cultures that were distinct and separate from the sub-Roman culture as well as the cultures of the Germanic tribes where the settlers would have come from. Support the Show

79 – Saint Patrick’s Day Special

Mar 11, 2013 1:09:44

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We begin our story in Bannaventa Berniae, a small town somewhere in the West of Britain, probably...

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79 – Saint Patrick’s Day Special

Mar 11, 2013 1:09:44

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We begin our story in Bannaventa Berniae, a small town somewhere in the West of Britain, probably along the coast. This was probably a small typical Roman style settlement laid out on a grid with small Roman houses and a villa, or villas, for prominent families in the area. Though it’s doubtful it would have been too impressive of a Villa, especially when compared to those of Rome or even those of the major British cities. But for a small town in Britannia, it was probably fairly decent. Given the time period, we can assume it had some level of fortification, possibly a small turf wall or maybe even something larger with guard towers. After all, raids were rather common at this point. Support the Show

78 – It’s Only Natural

Mar 5, 2013 12:36

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I'm going to wrap up the discussion of the development of regional cultures with a talk on an...

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78 – It’s Only Natural

Mar 4, 2013 12:36

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I'm going to wrap up the discussion of the development of regional cultures with a talk on an omnipresent (yet often ignored) influence on all of human development. This subject is often ignored in most disciplines, and it is definitely undervalued (unfairly) in many treatises on history. I speak, of course, of Nature. Support the Show

77 – Cliques: How the In Crowd Created Our Culture

Mar 2, 2013 24:00

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Ok, when we last left off, we were talking about a new class of elites in sub-roman britain. A...

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77 – Cliques: How the In Crowd Created Our Culture

Mar 1, 2013 24:00

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Ok, when we last left off, we were talking about a new class of elites in sub-roman britain. A group of individuals we identify as anglo saxons and kings, and we also mentioned the class of nobles that was growing up around them. We also talked about how that change, the increase in social stratification, might have come about. Support the Show

76 – Developing Class

Feb 19, 2013 23:01

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Today we start with a death. Wihtgar, brother of beloved Stuff, warrior, conqueror of...

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76 – Developing Class

Feb 19, 2013 23:01

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Today we start with a death. Wihtgar, brother of beloved Stuff, warrior, conqueror of Cerdic’s-Ore, and ruler of the Isle of Wight died in 544. Or did he? Support the Show

75 – Cerdic and Cynric: A Story of… well… Probably Farmers

Feb 12, 2013 29:57

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Alright, so when we left off, Cerdic and his son had recently arrived on the island and the Battle...

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75 – Cerdic and Cynric: A Story of… well… Probably Farmers

Feb 11, 2013 29:57

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Alright, so when we left off, Cerdic and his son had recently arrived on the island and the Battle of Mons Badonicus had just taken place. So that’s exciting. And Gildas says that it was followed by peace, and procopius tells us that Germans were fleeing from Britannia as late as about 30 years later. And from the archaeological record, and the scattered references in written texts, it doesn’t seem like there were a lot of military warbands invading... but rather, as we will discuss in this episode, this looks more like farmers who were migrating. And this might have been happening for quite some time, since we’re told the Saxons had been landing on British shores for at least 100 years. Support the Show

74 – When Neighbors Attack: A Story of “Kings”

Feb 5, 2013 24:10

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Right, so here we are right in the middle of all the drama and bloodshed that has been called the...

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74 – When Neighbors Attack: A Story of “Kings”

Feb 5, 2013 24:10

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Right, so here we are right in the middle of all the drama and bloodshed that has been called the Anglo Saxon invasion. We have famous names such as Hengest and Aelle showing up. Support the Show

73 – And This Gives You Power Over Me?

Jan 29, 2013 22:53

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Ok, it's been a while since we've spoken about the story. Instead, we've been chatting about the...

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73 – And This Gives You Power Over Me?

Jan 28, 2013 22:53

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Ok, it's been a while since we've spoken about the story. Instead, we've been chatting about the culture and the people, we've been speaking about digs and hoards, we've been discussed booze and horse dung. But we haven't spoken too much about the politics of the time. Support the Show

72 – Staffordshire Hoard: Wrapping Up with Kevin Leahy

Jan 26, 2013 30:01

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Today we're wrapping up the Staffordshire Hoard project. We have been given an amazing amount of...

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72 – Staffordshire Hoard: Wrapping Up with Kevin Leahy

Jan 25, 2013 30:01

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Today we're wrapping up the Staffordshire Hoard project. We have been given an amazing amount of depth and detail thanks to the wonderful experts who took the time to talk with us. And today, we're going to hear from Dr. Kevin Leahy. You might have read his scholarly articles or his books, some of which are about the Hoard itself. Dr. Leahy is an incredible resource and is an excellent way for us to wrap up this project. The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

71 – Staffordshire Hoard: Psychopathic Peacocks with David Symons

Jan 22, 2013 54:13

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Today we're going to learn more about the context and the craftsmanship of the Hoard. I think this...

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71 – Staffordshire Hoard: Psychopathic Peacocks with David Symons

Jan 21, 2013 54:13

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Today we're going to learn more about the context and the craftsmanship of the Hoard. I think this will help shed some light on what makes this find so special, and also help you understand the sort of research that's going into it and the number of mysteries it is revealing! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

70 – Staffordshire Hoard: Interpretation with Cathy Shingler

Jan 18, 2013 37:04

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Today we have more from Cathy Shingler! Now that we've heard about the discovery of the Hoard and...

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70 – Staffordshire Hoard: Interpretation with Cathy Shingler

Jan 18, 2013 37:04

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Today we have more from Cathy Shingler! Now that we've heard about the discovery of the Hoard and how it has been excavated and preserved, we're going to talk a bit about how it is being interpreted. And Cathy has quite a lot of fascinating theories to share with us regarding the objects that have been found! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

69 – Staffordshire Hoard: Conservation with Deborah Cane

Jan 15, 2013 40:40

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Today we're chatting with Deborah Cane about how the Hoard is being preserved for future...

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69 – Staffordshire Hoard: Conservation with Deborah Cane

Jan 15, 2013 40:40

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Today we're chatting with Deborah Cane about how the Hoard is being preserved for future generations. Some of this stuff is cutting edge work. I hope you're as fascinated by it as I was. The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

68 – Staffordshire Hoard: A Bonus Update on the New Find

Jan 8, 2013 18:22

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Deb Klemperer took the time to chat with us via telephone today regarding the treasury inquest that...

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67 – Staffordshire Hoard: Deb Klemperer on the Dig

Jan 8, 2013 15:15

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I love the way Deb Klemperer tells stories, so today we're going to hear more from Deb on the...

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68 – Staffordshire Hoard: A Bonus Update on the New Find

Jan 8, 2013 18:22

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Deb Klemperer took the time to chat with us via telephone today regarding the treasury inquest that focused on the 81 new objects that were found and added to the hoard including a new cross and what looks like a "cheek piece" that matches the one originally found! Also, for my money, the most exciting bit revolves around the new copper alloy stuff found and the ideas that they're generating! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

67 – Staffordshire Hoard: Deb Klemperer on the Dig

Jan 7, 2013 15:15

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I love the way Deb Klemperer tells stories, so today we're going to hear more from Deb on the Hoard. As you might recall from the last episode, she is the head curator at The Potteries Museum at Stoke-on-Trent.  She has quite a lot to share with us on what was going on, and some rather interesting side notes (such as the involvement of the Army!) The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

66 – Staffordshire Hoard: Receiving the Hoard

Jan 2, 2013 31:12

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Today's episode features Deb Klemperer, the head curator at The Potteries Museum at Stoke-on-Trent....

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66 – Staffordshire Hoard: Receiving the Hoard

Jan 2, 2013 31:12

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Today's episode features Deb Klemperer, the head curator at The Potteries Museum at Stoke-on-Trent.  We will be discussing the museum side of the Hoard, theories on the objects, and what it was like to be at the center of one of the biggest events in Anglo Saxon archaeology! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

65 – Staffordshire Hoard: The Dig

Dec 27, 2012 46:35

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Today's episode features Stephen Dean, the principle archaeologist of the Staffordshire County...

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65 – Staffordshire Hoard: The Dig

Dec 27, 2012 46:35

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Today's episode features Stephen Dean, the principle archaeologist of the Staffordshire County Council.  We will be discussing all things related to the first dig. And then, once the inquest is over in the new year, he will return and fill us in on the findings from the newest covert Staffordshire dig! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

64 – Merry Christmas (plus listener email)

Dec 26, 2012 5:55

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I just wanted to record a short episode today to thank all of you (and also respond to some...

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64 – Merry Christmas (plus listener email)

Dec 25, 2012 5:55

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I just wanted to record a short episode today to thank all of you (and also respond to some listener email). Thank you very much, everyone! And Merry Christmas! Support the Show

63 – King Arthur Part One

Dec 19, 2012 12:32

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We've reached 3,000 likes on facebook!  So as promised, here's a bonus member's only episode.  This...

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63 – King Arthur Part One

Dec 18, 2012 12:32

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We've reached 3,000 likes on facebook!  So as promised, here's a bonus member's only episode.  This time, I'm releasing an episode looking into the potential beginnings of the Arthurian myth.  I hope you like it! Support the Show

62 – Staffordshire Hoard: Rise Up O Lord

Dec 18, 2012 15:58

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Today's episode features Cathy Shingler, of The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent.  She will be...

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62 – Staffordshire Hoard: Rise Up O Lord

Dec 17, 2012 15:58

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Today's episode features Cathy Shingler, of The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent.  She will be discussing with us the iconic band, possibly from a cross, with Latin inscriptions along both sides of it.  We will also speak about the cultural significance of the materials used in many of the objects found in the Hoard, as well as a discussion regarding a rather intriguing Anglo Saxon god.  I hope you like it! Below you'll see a few photographs of the golden strip we're discussing as well as links to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent, and the site dedicated to The Staffordshire Hoard.               The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

61 – Staffordshire Hoard: Introduction

Dec 12, 2012 15:11

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Today we are beginning our project on the Staffordshire Hoard.  We will be featuring interviews...

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61 – Staffordshire Hoard: Introduction

Dec 11, 2012 15:11

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Today we are beginning our project on the Staffordshire Hoard.  We will be featuring interviews from major figures within the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum in Stoke on Trent, and with the Staffordshire County Council. The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery: www.bmag.org.uk Support the Show

60 – The Return of the Kings

Oct 25, 2012 52

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They're coming...

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60 – The Return of the Kings

Oct 24, 2012 52

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They're coming... Support the Show

59 – The Halloween Special

Oct 22, 2012 22:53

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As you might imagine since I’m doing an episode on it, Halloween has a lot of British influence...

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59 – The Halloween Special

Oct 22, 2012 22:53

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As you might imagine since I’m doing an episode on it, Halloween has a lot of British influence upon it. In fact, the name itself comes from Scotland, where All Saint’s Eve (also known as All Hallow’s Eve) was shortened in the 16th century to Halloween. And the name stuck. But as you have probably gathered, originally the day was simply the day before All Saint’s Day (also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas). And this might come as a shock to you, but All Saint’s Day was the day in which early Christians commemorated all their saints... and it is still practiced today. Support the Show

58 – Dark Age Medicine

Oct 16, 2012 1:43:38

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This is a combination episode covering medicine in the Dark Ages!

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58 – Dark Age Medicine

Oct 15, 2012 1:43:38

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This is a combination episode covering medicine in the Dark Ages! Support the Show

57 – A Tale of Three Cities (sort of)

Oct 2, 2012 18:08

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Ok, we’ve been getting pretty deep into the weeds and have been getting farther and farther from a...

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57 – A Tale of Three Cities (sort of)

Oct 1, 2012 18:08

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Ok, we’ve been getting pretty deep into the weeds and have been getting farther and farther from a coherent story. On the one hand, the culture is the story, but on the other hand it’s hard to get attached to a story if you forget who we are talking about and the people involved. So I thought that now would be a good time to tell a story about a community that was living in the early post-Roman era. After all, I’ve been spending a lot of time telling you how things weren’t as bad as you imagine so I might have given you the impression things were fine. They weren’t. Especially in the early parts, people were sickly, their lives were bleak, and it was a scary and violent time to be alive. That isn’t to say that people in the Roman era, especially the poor, were healthy and happy... it looks like they were also in pretty dire straights when compared to their Iron Age kin. But I think it’s important to put some of this stuff into context and remember that, while things weren’t necessarily as awful and culturally devoid as people might imagine, things were still pretty rough. Especially in the early parts. Support the Show

56 – Telling the Full Story (a Bonus Episode)

Sep 26, 2012 11:34

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So I’m doing a short midweek episode because something’s been irking me. I’ve heard repeatedly...

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56 – Telling the Full Story (a Bonus Episode)

Sep 25, 2012 11:34

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So I’m doing a short midweek episode because something’s been irking me. I’ve heard repeatedly from a variety of people that history is a guy thing. And that’s f#*king stupid. I mean, you could say that just on sheer mathematics, 51% of history is a female thing. But that’s not the truth of it. The truth is that history is a human thing. These are everyone’s stories and while there were a ridiculous number of biased primary sources who focused on almost exclusively on men, it is our job to rise above those sources because if you are ignoring over half of the population you are ignoring the majority of our shared history. But unfortunately, many historians and narrators don’t rise above it. The easy path is to just speak about the men of society because the great man approach has been a historical trope since at least the Roman era. But it’s incomplete. Support the Show

55 – Anglo Saxon Construction

Sep 23, 2012 18:05

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OK, So I had requests for an episode on construction. I actually had a surprising number of...

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55 – Anglo Saxon Construction

Sep 22, 2012 18:05

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OK, So I had requests for an episode on construction. I actually had a surprising number of requests for it, actually. So we're going to do a single episode on how things were built, and since we've been talking about feasts, we'll talk about... of course... feasting halls. Support the Show

54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

Sep 15, 2012 25:48

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Clothing... we all wear it. Well, most of us do. And in this episode we're going to learn about...

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54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

Sep 14, 2012 25:48

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Clothing... we all wear it. Well, most of us do. And in this episode we're going to learn about what sort of clothing people were wearing in Britain during the Middle ages. Support the Show

53 – Producing the BHP Full Time, a Proposal

Aug 22, 2012 2:06

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Ok, so right now I’m in a situation where I might need to make some hard choices on where my time...

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53 – Producing the BHP Full Time, a Proposal

Aug 22, 2012 2:06

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Ok, so right now I’m in a situation where I might need to make some hard choices on where my time goes. The thing is that this has been one of the best experiences of my life, but for financial reasons I might need to go back to law full time. The problem there being that law is one of those jobs that doesn’t leave room for much else. Obviously, I would prefer to continue telling you stories. I think I have a knack for it, and I feel like discussing our shared history is important. And there’s a bunch of fun stuff that I have been working on and would love to do. Such as getting more interviews with experts, new side stories (similar to what I’ve been doing with St. Patrick) and I’ve even been looking into putting together tours. But for me to give this project the attention it deserves I need to do it full time, rather than as a hobby I squeeze in between cases. So I thought I’d apply for the job of entertaining you. By my math, I need 150 new members in order to be able to afford to do this full time. After all, I’m not looking to get rich. I just want to be able to dedicate all my time to doing this podcast. So if you like what I’m doing here, and you’d like me to do this full time, please consider becoming a member over at www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com. For around the price of a latte each month my day job could be telling you stories, hunting down new things to share with you, and bringing you interviews with experts on the material we have all come to know. To pique your interest, I’ve got several incentives that I have listed over on the website which include a future series analyzing the tale of King Arthur, a special on Stonehenge, and even a trip to the UK with get togethers and perhaps even a group outing to the British Museum or something along those lines. The truth of it is that I love this project. And I would really like to work for you full time. So I hope you’ll consider hiring me. Besides, does the world really need another lawyer? Support the Show

52 – DRUIDS! (Bonus Episode)

Aug 18, 2012 23:17

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Today we're going to talk about Druids, who they were, and where our information comes from.

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52 – DRUIDS! (Bonus Episode)

Aug 17, 2012 23:17

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Today we're going to talk about Druids, who they were, and where our information comes from. Support the Show

51 – Dark Ages Feasting

Aug 4, 2012 1:27:06

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This is a combination episode covering everything to do with feasting in Anglo Saxon Britain!

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51 – Dark Ages Feasting

Aug 4, 2012 1:27:06

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This is a combination episode covering everything to do with feasting in Anglo Saxon Britain! Support the Show

50 – The Denbighshire Hill Forts

Jul 21, 2012 1:19:30

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Today we have something pretty exciting. Listener Simon put me in contact with Erin Robinson and...

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50 – The Denbighshire Hill Forts

Jul 20, 2012 1:19:30

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Today we have something pretty exciting. Listener Simon put me in contact with Erin Robinson and Fiona Gale, who are currently working on archaeological sites in Denbighshire north Wales, and they were kind enough to agree to speak to me via Skype. So today we are taking a break from our middle ages cultural discussion, and instead we have an interview on the Heather and Hillforts project... a project which focuses on a number of iron age hill forts. I can’t tell you how fortunate we are to be able to talk with Erin and Fiona regarding their project in Denbighshire. The hillforts they’re working on are still somewhat mysterious and unknown. We are still learning a great deal about them and, with luck, we will be learning even more over the coming years. This is really a great opportunity for us. If you'd like to learn more, or you like to find how to get involved, you can go to the websites I've listed below: http://www.heatherandhillforts.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/heatherandhillforts https://twitter.com/HeatherHillfort And if you are in North Wales and see someone off-roading over one of these historic sites, please report them to the police.  These are tremendously important sites and we need to do all we can to preserve them.  After all, the damage these vehicles are doing can never be undone. Support the Show

49 – Dark Age Economics

Jul 3, 2012 1:05:51

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This is a combination episode covering matters of economies and travel in the Dark Ages.

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49 – Dark Age Economics

Jul 3, 2012 1:05:51

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This is a combination episode covering matters of economies and travel in the Dark Ages. Support the Show

48 – Dark Age Diets Combo Episode

May 26, 2012 2:08:49

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This is a combination episode focusing upon the food and drinks that the Anglo Saxons enjoyed.

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48 – Dark Age Diets Combo Episode

May 26, 2012 2:08:49

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This is a combination episode focusing upon the food and drinks that the Anglo Saxons enjoyed. Support the Show

47 – Was there an Anglo Saxon Invasion of Britain?

May 19, 2012 36:41

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Ok, so last week I left you on a bit of a cliffhanger. We talked about the invasion stories and I...

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47 – Was there an Anglo Saxon Invasion of Britain?

May 19, 2012 36:41

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Ok, so last week I left you on a bit of a cliffhanger. We talked about the invasion stories and I alluded to how some people don’t believe that there was an invasion, but I didn’t really go into a serious analysis of the evidence as it relates to it. But worry not, this entire episode is going to consist of nerdy analysis as well as a story about a miracle that doesn’t seem particularly miraculous. So lets get into it! Support the Show

46 – Hengist and Horsa

May 14, 2012 21:23

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So to start with I’m going to try to compile the various accounts and stories we have of the Anglo...

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46 – Hengist and Horsa

May 13, 2012 21:23

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So to start with I’m going to try to compile the various accounts and stories we have of the Anglo Saxon invasion into a single narrative. As you might recall from prior episodes, this means that I’ll be drawing from some rather unreliable sources. But I think that telling the story in a single cohesive fashion will be useful. After that, I’ll break it down and we can discuss evidence supporting or contradicting the story. Support the Show

45 – Britain: The Last Outpost

Apr 28, 2012 25:49

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So today we’re going to do a forest view of what we’ll be talking about over the next few months. ...

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45 – Britain: The Last Outpost

Apr 28, 2012 25:49

Description:

So today we’re going to do a forest view of what we’ll be talking about over the next few months. And then, after this episode, we’ll be getting down into the trees. I figure this is the best way for you to have a firm grasp of what is going on and what I’m talking about, since this is a pretty murky area of history. Support the Show

44 – Sources of Confusion

Apr 19, 2012 26:32

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Ok... the dark ages. This is going to be a hell of a project, so let’s talk about what we know,...

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44 – Sources of Confusion

Apr 18, 2012 26:32

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Ok... the dark ages. This is going to be a hell of a project, so let’s talk about what we know, what we don’t and why. I want you to be able to trust the stories I’m telling you, and so it’s required that I let you know how unreliable damn near every source we have from this period is. Lately there’s been a rash of people complaining about how this podcast includes speculation. Well, if it bothered you in days of Romano-Britannia, you’re going to lose your minds over what we have coming. So lets talk about our ignorance! Support the Show

43 – Le Mort d’Arthur (Bonus Episode)

Apr 10, 2012 15:15

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Today we're going to have a reading of Le Mort d'Arthur by Thomas Mallory, Book 1 Chapters 1...

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43 – Le Mort d’Arthur (Bonus Episode)

Apr 9, 2012 15:15

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Today we're going to have a reading of Le Mort d'Arthur by Thomas Mallory, Book 1 Chapters 1 through 4.  You can get a free Kindle copy of Le Mort de Arthur to read along with at Amazon.com. Friend of the show, James Cartwright, was kind enough to do the reading for us.  You can reach him at spinningturtleproductions@gmail.com. Additionally, if you like the music that we included in the background, credit goes to Kevin MacLeod. Support the Show

42 – Wait, Where Are We? A summary of the history of Britain so far.

Apr 7, 2012 32:01

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Today we are going to be recapping the story thus far. (History of Britain, History of Scotland,...

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42 – Wait, Where Are We? A summary of the history of Britain so far.

Apr 6, 2012 32:01

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Today we are going to be recapping the story thus far. (History of Britain, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Welsh History, English History) Support the Show

41 – Entering the Dark Ages of Britain: a Season Two Promo

Mar 31, 2012 1:50

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Next week we will start our second season. So here's a promo of what to expect! I hope you're...

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41 – Chapter Two: The Birth of Britain

Mar 30, 2012 1:50

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Next week we will start our second season. So here's a promo of what to expect! I hope you're looking forward to it as much as I am. :) Support the Show

40 – Scotcast Part Six

Mar 28, 2012 27:08

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Here we have the sixth and final episode of the Scotcast. This will bring us up to 410, where we...

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40 – Scotcast Part Six

Mar 27, 2012 27:08

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Here we have the sixth and final episode of the Scotcast. This will bring us up to 410, where we are in the main podcast, and we will be able to continue forward into the dark ages! (History of Britain, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

39 – Scotcast Part Five

Mar 21, 2012 29:51

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We're getting ever closer to uniting the two shows! Today we're going to cover several hundred...

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39 – Scotcast Part Five

Mar 21, 2012 29:51

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We're getting ever closer to uniting the two shows! Today we're going to cover several hundred years (and about six months of podcasts) in a single show. (History of Britain, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

38 – Scotcast Part Four

Mar 11, 2012 32:20

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We're closing out the BC period. Which means we've got iron, Celtic culture, and Brochs. Good...

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38 – Scotcast Part Four

Mar 10, 2012 32:20

Description:

We're closing out the BC period. Which means we've got iron, Celtic culture, and Brochs. Good times! (History of Britain, History of Scotland, Celtic History) Support the Show

37 – Scotcast Part Three

Mar 3, 2012 22:41

Description:

Bronze Age Scotland! (History of Britain, History of Scotland, Celtic History)

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37 – Scotcast Part Three

Mar 2, 2012 22:41

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Bronze Age Scotland! (History of Britain, History of Scotland, Celtic History) Support the Show

36 – Scotcast Part Two

Feb 27, 2012 35:32

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We're still in Pre-history... there's a lot of it! (History of Britain, History of Scotland,...

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36 – Scotcast Part Two

Feb 27, 2012 35:32

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We're still in Pre-history... there's a lot of it! (History of Britain, History of Scotland, Celtic History) Support the Show

35 – Scotcast Part One

Feb 18, 2012 21:35

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We're catching up with what was going on beyond the Wall during all of this drama. And to start...

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35 – Scotcast Part One

Feb 17, 2012 21:35

Description:

We're catching up with what was going on beyond the Wall during all of this drama. And to start with, lets talk about how Scotland got its shape and talk a little about the early inhabitants who lived there. (History of Britain, History of Scotland, Celtic History) Support the Show

34 – Cribs: Britannia Edition

Feb 11, 2012 37:57

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We're nearly done with the Romans! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales,...

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34 – Cribs: Britannia Edition

Feb 11, 2012 37:57

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We're nearly done with the Romans! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

33 – Strength and Honor(ius)

Feb 4, 2012 48:14

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This one was a beast, but we're finally done with the Roman occupation of Britannia! But Rome isn't...

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33 – Strength and Honor(ius)

Feb 4, 2012 48:14

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This one was a beast, but we're finally done with the Roman occupation of Britannia! But Rome isn't going to let us go without a serious amount of chaos and general nuttiness. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

32 – Theodosius and Theocracy

Jan 28, 2012 22:31

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With special guest Valentinian II. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales,...

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32 – Theodosius and Theocracy

Jan 28, 2012 22:31

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With special guest Valentinian II. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

31 – Magnus Maximus

Jan 21, 2012 24:46

Description:

There's some serious name envy going on in this episode. (History of Britain, History of England,...

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31 – Magnus Maximus

Jan 21, 2012 24:46

Description:

There's some serious name envy going on in this episode. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

30 – What is Best in Life?

Jan 14, 2012 29:11

Description:

Things in Britannia just keep getting worse! (History of Britain, History of England, History of...

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30 – What is Best in Life?

Jan 13, 2012 29:11

Description:

Things in Britannia just keep getting worse! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

29 – An End to Prosperity

Jan 7, 2012 30:47

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Our luck could only hold out so long. And now Britannia is getting a taste of what the rest of the...

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29 – An End to Prosperity

Jan 6, 2012 30:47

Description:

Our luck could only hold out so long. And now Britannia is getting a taste of what the rest of the Empire had already come to know. Here's a bust of Constantius II. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

28 – Constantine and Britannia Sitting in a Tree

Dec 21, 2011 32:05

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Oh yeah, we've got a real love affair going on here. (History of Britain, History of England,...

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28 – Constantine and Britannia Sitting in a Tree

Dec 21, 2011 32:05

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Oh yeah, we've got a real love affair going on here. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

27 – York’s Revenge!

Dec 13, 2011 20:56

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Constantius, throwing caution to the wind, follows in the footsteps of Severus. The featured image...

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27 – York’s Revenge!

Dec 13, 2011 20:56

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Constantius, throwing caution to the wind, follows in the footsteps of Severus. The featured image here is a bust of Constantius... And I thought I had a big nose. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Ok, so where were we?  It was 296, Carausius was dead at the hands on Allectus, then Constantius decided to attack and Allectus started really regretting killing the military genius that started this new empire.  Ledgers and spreadsheets weren’t going to fix this one, they’d need a tactical genius... and Allectus wasn’t that. So Allectus died in the field and then the Franks that Allectus allied with attacked London (Why?  because it was there, I guess). And then Constantius sailed up the Thames and kicked some Frankish ass... thus giving the Britons a taste of what would eventually become a centuries long preoccupation. Fighting the French.  And like any good Britons, upon beating the Franks, they threw a party. Constantius then bragged that Britannia was returned to the eternal light thanks to his action, and then set about rebuilding the northern fortresses. I think that about catches us up.  Northern fortresses, I can hear you asking.  Where did all that come from? Well, the first guess would be to blame the British Empire.  As I’ve repeatedly mentioned, Allectus was not a military man... and he was also in a tenuous position.  The world’s only superpower was bearing down upon him. So he stripped the island of its troops to prepare his defenses.  Yep. For the first time since Albinus and his rebellion, the frontier was left undefended. Tim, that right there is an example of how Wales is superior to York.  So as you might imagine, things were getting pretty wild and woolly on the frontier. But while it’s a little bit of a nutty decision for him to make, what else could he do?  If he didn’t push the Roman’s back losing the north wouldn’t matter to him at all, so this was probably a bit like triage. Lose the north to try to save the rest of Britannia.  And much like 197, 296 was a year where we can find signs of fires, demolitions, and total chaos. So maybe the tribes came swarming down south and wrought destruction on the way.   But where are the Carausian coins and whatnot in the north?  If the tribes came south and kicked butt, they would have looted the area so it’s surprising we’re not finding the spoils of war in the north.  Additionally, there’s a Carausian milestone north of the wall. While it’s possible that the coins and whatnot were melted down, so we have no traces, that milestone is a little harder to account for.  Maybe the reason that Allectus cleared the north of troops to defend against the Romans was that tribes weren’t seen as a threat. Maybe they were even allies. After all, Caledonia was not exactly on the best terms with the Romans and the British Empire had already allied with other enemies of the Romans.   So it seems that the signs of demolition and fire might have been either due to reconstruction or accidents.  And if there was any sort of invasion, it would have been opportunistic looting either shortly before the fighting or afterwards once they realized that the territory would soon be Roman again. But overall, the troubles along the frontier weren’t significant.  If they were, Constantius would have stuck around, but instead he had the fortresses rebuilt and then set off for Gaul in 297.  And he didn’t go alone. He brought men from Britannia with him to help him rebuild Burgundy which was badly damaged decades prior by Postumus and his Gallic empire.  If Britannia was a mess or had been badly damaged, Constantius would probably have stayed or at the very least he would have left the skilled builders behind. But the fact he brought them indicates that there was a surplus of skilled men in Britannia.  So once again, Britannia was a bit like this... [SHEEP]...

26 – Occupy Britannia!

Dec 1, 2011 25:42

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I'm back and so is Carausius! Here we go! (History of Britain, History of England, History of...

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26 – Occupy Britannia!

Dec 1, 2011 25:42

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I'm back and so is Carausius! Here we go! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

25 – Listener Questions Special Episode

Nov 13, 2011 29:32

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Next week we will return to the tale of Carausius and his British Empire, but today is our 25th...

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25 – Listener Questions Special Episode

Nov 12, 2011 29:32

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Next week we will return to the tale of Carausius and his British Empire, but today is our 25th episode and so I'll be answering questions submitted by listeners! (I can't believe it's already been 25 episodes). Support the Show

24 – Another British Empire

Nov 5, 2011 28:10

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This time Carausius is going to try his hand at this empire thing and see if he can do better than...

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24 – Another British Empire

Nov 4, 2011 28:10

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This time Carausius is going to try his hand at this empire thing and see if he can do better than Albinus and Postumus. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Lets talk about Diocletian really quick. Diocletian had claimed that he was divinely appointed by Jupiter and that he was essentially the hand of Jupiter on earth. Members know that this might not have been shocking to the Ancient Celts, since many of their chiefs and monarchs likely had also claimed divine appointment. But this divinity thing was certainly shocking for Rome. So why do it? Support the Show

23 – We’re In Between Emperors at the Moment

Oct 29, 2011 23:46

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Things are changing rather quickly on our little island. (History of Britain, History of England,...

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23 – We’re In Between Emperors at the Moment

Oct 28, 2011 23:46

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Things are changing rather quickly on our little island. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) So the Gallic Empire has been defeated and now Britannia was back within the folds of Rome. That was probably more than a little disheartening for the Romano-British. Once again, its rulers were on the other side of the world rather than just on the other side of the channel. The Romano-British were probably getting used to having the attention of Emperor Postumus. After all, Britannia was almost certainly the little jewel in his empire considering how stable and prosperous it was. And now he was dead and the empire was gone.... and they were going to get neglected once again. Support the Show

22 – The Dim Ages – Part 2

Oct 22, 2011 18:26

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It's starting to get dark in here! One of the coins of Pertinax, from the MET at NYC. (History...

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22 – The Dim Ages – Part 2

Oct 21, 2011 18:26

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It's starting to get dark in here! One of the coins of Pertinax, from the MET at NYC. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

21 – The Dim Ages – Part 1

Oct 20, 2011 21:05

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Someone turn on the light! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of...

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21 – The Dim Ages – Part 1

Oct 19, 2011 21:05

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Someone turn on the light! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Alright, we are entering the third century. And as we enter it, we cannot help but have the feeling that a profound change has come to the Roman Empire. We will see run away inflation, military insurrection, nearly constant regicide, tyranny, and simultaneous war on both the east and west. Rome is deeply in trouble. Support the Show

20 – Dysfunction and Sibling Rivalry

Oct 12, 2011 29:41

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The family of Severus brings their own particular brand of family bonding to the shores of our...

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20 – Dysfunction and Sibling Rivalry

Oct 12, 2011 29:41

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The family of Severus brings their own particular brand of family bonding to the shores of our island. Busts of Caracalla, kept at the MET in NYC, where he's showing his winning personality. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

19 – Britannia’s Emperor

Sep 27, 2011 18:18

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Ok, this one is pretty heavy on Roman intrigue. But it's necessary to get us to the all the fun...

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19 – Britannia’s Emperor

Sep 27, 2011 18:18

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Ok, this one is pretty heavy on Roman intrigue. But it's necessary to get us to the all the fun stuff in the next one. And besides, while much of what occurs in this episode is on the continent, it is still heavily influenced by the legions in Britannia. So it still counts as British History, right? (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

18 – Abandonment and Reoccupation

Sep 19, 2011 28:29

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Today we've got Antoninus, Marcus Aurelias, Russell Crowe... we've got it all! And Members, check...

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18 – Abandonment and Reoccupation

Sep 19, 2011 28:29

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Today we've got Antoninus, Marcus Aurelias, Russell Crowe... we've got it all! And Members, check your email. You should have a link for how to get your Members-Only episode! A bust of Marcus Aurelias from the MET in NYC. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

17 – Advancement and Occupation

Sep 10, 2011 18:32

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Rome is going to start expanding her borders. Why? Because why not? Well, it's actually a little...

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17 – Advancement and Occupation

Sep 9, 2011 18:32

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Rome is going to start expanding her borders. Why? Because why not? Well, it's actually a little more complicated than that, and we're going to get into it in this episode. Consequently, Emperor Antoninus will build his own wall in Britain far beyond Emperor Hadrian's Wall. These Romans were nothing if not competitive. We will have to see what the people of Britain think of this. A bust of Antoninus Pius from the MET in NYC. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

16 – Bonus Birthday Episode on the Celts!

Aug 28, 2011 19:52

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So it's my birthday this weekend, and so I'm not doing one of my gigantic episodes. However, I...

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16 – Bonus Birthday Episode on the Celts!

Aug 28, 2011 19:52

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So it's my birthday this weekend, and so I'm not doing one of my gigantic episodes. However, I thought I'd give you all a present (especially since we now have 500 members on the facebook page) and give you a sneak peak at the members-only content I'm putting together. So here's the first part of the Early Origins - Celts. I hope you enjoy it! Support the Show

15 – Hadrian’s Wall

Aug 22, 2011 41:08

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Have you ever wanted to know about Hadrian's Wall? Have you ever wondered what life was like...

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15 – Hadrian’s Wall

Aug 21, 2011 41:08

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Have you ever wanted to know about Hadrian's Wall? Have you ever wondered what life was like there, how it was constructed, or even just the basic question of "what exactly is Hadrian's Wall?" Then this is the podcast for you! (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

14 – The Mystery of the Ninth Legion

Aug 9, 2011 43:07

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Ok, I'll be the first to admit this one is a little confusing. After all, the whole mystery is more...

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14 – The Mystery of the Ninth Legion

Aug 8, 2011 43:07

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Ok, I'll be the first to admit this one is a little confusing. After all, the whole mystery is more than a little confusing. So here is a list of the bits of evidence we're talking about. The Ninth was nearly destroyed in a night assault by the Caledonians during Agricola's northern campaign. The last known battle the Ninth was in was Mons Graupius. 108 AD, The Ninth built a gate at Eboracum (York). Post 117 AD (probably 119 to 121) there was a major rebellion in Britannia. 80's AD or 121 AD, there were tiles at Nijmegen (Holland) stamped by the Ninth. Tiles similar to those were also found at Carlisle. A tombstone at Ferentinum references an emergency in Britannia that required 3,000 reinforcements. 122 AD, Hadrian traveled to Britannia to "correct many faults" and he brought with him the Sixth Legion. The Sixth legion took the post of Eboracum, which was the Ninth's post. No mention is made of where the Ninth went. 142 AD, Governor Carus, who served with the Ninth, became the Governor of Arabia. Frontinus writes to Emperor Aurelius reminding him how his grandfather (Hadrian) suffered a major loss of troops to the Jews and the Britons. 162 AD, the Aurelian columns don't list the Ninth or Twenty Second legions. The Twenty Second probably served in the Jewish wars and the Ninth was stationed in Britannia. That should just about cover it. Oh, and The Eagle is not a good film. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

13 – Agricola

Jul 28, 2011 21:43

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We're going to talk about the governorship of Agricola, the Scots, the Irish, and I'm going to say...

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13 – Agricola

Jul 28, 2011 21:43

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We're going to talk about the governorship of Agricola, the Scots, the Irish, and I'm going to say "isthmus" an unreasonable number of times! Here's a map of Agricola's advance. HOWEVER the dates listed are the later of the two dates I mention in the podcast. Many historians think that these dates should be one year earlier. (That will make more sense to you after you listen to the podcast). NOTE: I made a comment that the legions raided on their way to Eboracum in the podcast. I meant to say that they raided once they got PAST Eboracum. Eboracum and Deva were, of course, Roman towns. At least they were at this point in time. So I think it's safe to assume they didn't raid their own people. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

12 – The Road to the North

Jul 20, 2011 22:59

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70 CE to 78 CE. This episode we'll be talking about how awful life under Roman Rule was in the...

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12 – The Road to the North

Jul 19, 2011 22:59

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70 CE to 78 CE. This episode we'll be talking about how awful life under Roman Rule was in the first century, the year of the four emperors, and the events that lead up to Agricola. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

11 – Boudica’s Rebellion, Part Two

Jul 9, 2011 32:21

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60 CE Having burned several cities to the ground, Boudica and her army of enraged Britons are a...

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11 – Boudica’s Rebellion, Part Two

Jul 8, 2011 32:21

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60 CE Having burned several cities to the ground, Boudica and her army of enraged Britons are a seemingly unstoppable force. However, Governor Suetonius has returned from the West, and has marshalled his forces. It was a conflict is so famous that even Tacitus wrote of it... and only one general would come out on top. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

10 – Boudica’s Rebellion, Part One

Jul 2, 2011 31:28

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This episode focuses upon the year 60 and the story of the queen of the Iceni. Rome's chickens are...

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10 – Boudica’s Rebellion, Part One

Jul 1, 2011 31:28

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This episode focuses upon the year 60 and the story of the queen of the Iceni. Rome's chickens are coming home to roost. After nearly 20 years of conflict and domination, things are hitting a fever pitch in the first of two episodes that will cover one of Britain's most famous warleaders, the woman who would challenge the might of Rome. Boudica. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

9 – Suetonius, Part-Time Mountain-Climber and Full-Time Jerk.

Jun 28, 2011 21:57

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This episode covers the years 54 CE to 60 CE and the major characters are… Cartimandua, Queen of...

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9 – Suetonius, Part-Time Mountain-Climber and Full-Time Jerk.

Jun 27, 2011 21:57

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This episode covers the years 54 CE to 60 CE and the major characters are… Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigantes and unhappy wife Venutius, King of the Brigantes and unhappy Husband and Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, governor of Britannia… and probably unhappy as well. There is a new Emperor ruling over Rome. What impact will this have upon how Britain, one of the Empire's newest properties, is administered. Meanwhile, how will the tribes within Britain, such as the Kingdom of the Brigante, cope with the brewing cultural conflict between the Britons and the Romans? This episode will address those questions and will also talk about how Romanization was carried out, and the sheer chaos that would have created among the Britons. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

8 – Caractacus, the Home-Wrecker

Jun 21, 2011 37:17

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This episode will cover the years 42 to 54 CE The main characters will be… Caractacus, leader of...

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8 – Caractacus, the Home-Wrecker

Jun 20, 2011 37:17

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This episode will cover the years 42 to 54 CE The main characters will be… Caractacus, leader of the British resistance and exiled king of the Catuvellauni. Aulus Plautius, the general who took Britannia for Emperor Claudius Publius Ostorius Scapula, a Roman governor of Britannia Cartimandua, Queen of the Brigante and Venutius, King of the Brigante The Governance of Aulus Plautius is over and a new Governor is brought to command, and subjugate, the Britons. A brutal man named Publius Ostorius Scapula. But the British resistance was not over. Caractacus might have lost the fight against Plautius, but he wasn't defeated. The fight for Britain continues. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

7 – The Claudian Invasion of Britannia

Jun 16, 2011 30:32

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This episode covers the invasion of Britannia in 42 CE by emperor Claudius. The major characters...

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7 – The Claudian Invasion of Britannia

Jun 15, 2011 30:32

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This episode covers the invasion of Britannia in 42 CE by emperor Claudius. The major characters we’ll be talking about today are… Emperor Claudius - Emperor of Rome and man in need of a serious PR campaign. Aulus Plautius - His General, and the man tasked with invading Britannia. Vespasian - Leader of the Second Legion and future Emperor of Rome (though he didn’t know it yet). Togodomnus - Son of Cunobellinus and leader of the Catuvellauni. Caractucus - Brother of Togodomnus, and other leader of the Catvellauni “Whoever were the first inhabitants of Britain, whether natives or immigrants, has never been answered: don’t forget we are dealing with barbarians.” - Tacitus, Agricola. Emperor Claudius, driven by politics and a need to establish his value, has dispatched the Second, Ninth, Fourteenth, and Twentieth legions to Britannia. The British warriors tribes managed to hold their own against the power of Rome twice before, and against Rome's most famous General, but will they be able to withstand the sheer destruction that four legions can bring? Only time will tell. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

6 – The Heir of Caligula and the Son of Commius

Jun 11, 2011 19:37

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We are rocking through about 100 years of history… from about 54 BCE to 42 CE, and we will cover...

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6 – The Heir of Caligula and the Son of Commius

Jun 10, 2011 19:37

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We are rocking through about 100 years of history… from about 54 BCE to 42 CE, and we will cover the events that eventually lead to the Roman Occupation of Britannia. The major characters of this episode will be…. Octavius Augustus - the First Emperor of Rome Caligula - one of Rome’s more colorful Emperors. Cassius Chaerea - The Commander of the Praetorian Guard Claudius - One of the more underestimated emperors in Roman history Caractacus - Leader of the Catuvellauni, son of Cunobellinus, and all around tough Celt. Verica - Son of Commius, King of the Atrebates, and Roman ally. A lot of time has passed since Caesar left these shores and became a human pin cushion. But despite being distracted by internal troubles, Britannia wasn't fully forgotten in the Roman halls of power. In this episode we are going to learn about Caligula's ambitions in Britain, and with the rise of Emperor Claudius the stage is set for another clash of titans between the warrior tribes of Britain and the Roman Empire. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

5 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 3

Jun 9, 2011 25:09

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54 BCE. Julius Caesar is returning to Britain. And Cassivellaunus isn't excited about it. ...

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5 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 3

Jun 8, 2011 25:09

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54 BCE. Julius Caesar is returning to Britain. And Cassivellaunus isn't excited about it. However, this time Caesar is bringing over 800 ships with him. This isn't a minor expedition, Caesar is coming in force. This is a clash of titans and we will see if the Celtic warrior culture and it's focus on heroic combat can effectively compete with the ordered machine of war that Rome was famous for. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

4 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 2

Jun 4, 2011 25:56

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55 BCE. Julius Caesar with the 7th and 10th Legions are trying to subjugate the Britons. The key...

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4 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 2

Jun 3, 2011 25:56

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55 BCE. Julius Caesar with the 7th and 10th Legions are trying to subjugate the Britons. The key word here is "trying." The celts of Britain aren't going down without a fight and it seems that the elements are on their side. This episode you're going to learn about one of the worst days of Caesar's Gallic wars. Certainly not the worst day of his life, that awful day on the Senate floor has that dubious honor, but it was still pretty bad. The question is, would he be able to turn thing around? (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

3 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 1

May 31, 2011 26:14

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56 BCE to 55 BCE. Julius Caesar is coming to Britain, and he's bringing his friends. He claimed...

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3 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 1

May 30, 2011 26:14

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56 BCE to 55 BCE. Julius Caesar is coming to Britain, and he's bringing his friends. He claimed that he wanted to punish the Celtic warriors from Britain for interferring with his Gallic wars, but modern scholars suspect that he was simply trying to bolster his resume. Whatever the case, one of the most famous generals in Roman history is coming to our island at the edge of the world. And the Britons are waiting for him. (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History) Support the Show

2 – Invasion of Giant Deer, Cannibals, and Celts!

May 29, 2011 28:56

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A whirlwind tour of the 70,000 years of the history of Britain, taking us through pre-historic...

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1 – A History of Britain

May 29, 2011 9:26

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Hi! Welcome to the British History Podcast. My name is Jamie, and this show is a chronological...

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2 – Invasion of Giant Deer, Cannibals, and Celts!

May 28, 2011 28:56

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A whirlwind tour of the 70,000 years of the history of Britain, taking us through pre-historic Britain and landing us finally at the eve of Julius Caesar's invasions of Britannia. You will learn about the early beginnings of England, Scotland, and Wales while also getting a sense of what ice age Britain was like. For example, did you know that we had woolly mammoths and giant deer? (History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland) Support the Show

1 – A History of Britain

May 28, 2011 9:26

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Hi! Welcome to the British History Podcast. My name is Jamie, and this show is a chronological retelling of the story of Britain, from its very earliest days when prehistoric man shared the island with Giant Deer and massive earth grinding glaciers… all the way to the dawn of the Second World War. This show focuses upon the people, the drama, and the real life events that shaped and molded this island into a global super power. The stories that you’re going to hear in this podcast continue to shape us today and many of the lessons learned by our ancestors still apply to us. Support the Show