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This is my retelling of the story of England, in a regular, chronological podcast, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day. I’m a bloke in a shed, so this is not a dry retelling of events; I make sure this is good, properly prepared history, but I fill it wi…

David Crowther


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    359 Charles is At Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022 41:21


    Charles was determined to run his court completely differently to his father. Controlled, regulated, ordered; an example of a warm, loving and enlightened household that would prove an example of the majesty and stability of his reign. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Den of Thieves

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 61:26


    Will and Patrick of the Cloak and Dagger podcast explore assassinations and crime of the past. in this episode, we go to Edward I's Jewel house - a thick walled, impregnable fortress to keep the king's treasure safe. But some of his less salubrious and loyal subjects had an idea that maybe it could be a little more pregnable than it looked Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    358 New Counsels

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 35:49


    Was it an 'Eleven years tyranny' or 'Halcyon Days' that followed 1629? Either way, foreign ambassadors were not hopeful of England's future. But Charles first priority was to reduce the Vipers of parliament to submission. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    357 Vipers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 40:44


    Dramatic events in 1628 - a dramatic murder, and one of the great set pieces of the English Revolution. Mayhem! Treason! Murder! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    356 Petition of Right

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 49:38


    As so often, war demands money, and in England, money meant parliament. So the outcome of 'The Favourites' War', Buckingham's attempt to relieve La Rochelle in 1627, would be critical. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Place Names - A Shedcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 38:45


    English place names are a direct window in into the lives of our ancestors - an insight into the origins or remarkable features of ancient settlements. Here's a brief survey of how to decode some of them. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    355 The Hearts of our People

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2022 48:21


    The battle of Lutter in 1626 convinced Charles of the tearing need to intervene in the Thirty Years War in defence of hos sister Elizabeth's rights and in the cause of Protestantism. But the cupboard was bare - how to raise money? Without calling that pesky parliament! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    354 Parlement a sa Mode

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 45:52


    The 1626 parliament was opened by William Laud - not a good sign for the resolutely Calvinist parliament. Despite a remarkably positive response to the call for subsidies - their linkage to resolutions of grievances did not go down well with Charles Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    353 Lawyers Vs Clerics

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 48:15


    As the 1626 parliament opens, full of hope once more, we take a while to introduce William Laud, and discuss the idea that a theme of the English civil wars is an ideological struggle between lawyers and Arminian clerics Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    352 A Beard Unsinged

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 35:45


    The reconvened parliament in Oxford went poor, and after a month Charles closed it down, and concentrated instead on the Spanish war. Surely, the recapturing the glory of Drake & Hawkins would relight Parliament's fire for war! Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    351 Bred in Parliaments

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 33:03


    For Charles I, April to June 1625 was his like the honeymoon period given to new football managers - enthusiastic full of hope - and often depressingly brief. The honeymoon period with his newly arrived wife Henrietta Maria, was similarly brief. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    350 Charles' Inheritance

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 46:40


    In March 1625 Charles came into his inheritance on the death of his father. Was it a poison chalice or the holy grail? What sort of man accepted the chalice and duty and would place his hands on the tillers of the Three Kingdoms? Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    English Revolution Poll Results and HiT Cromwell

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 61:52


    The Results of the poll - and Prize winners announced! Then HiT review of Cromwell the 970 film starring Richard Harris and Alec Guiness. Massive in scale and ambition, in its attempt to present Oliver as a democratic hero of the people. Does it manage it? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    349 The Country House

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 41:19


    The Elizabeth and Jacobean age was a time of social mores and the way England was ruled - and the great medieval household withered away. To leave something smaller, more symmetrical - and of extraordinary beauty. And then there's also Little Moreton Hall, a gentry interpretation of the Great Rebuilding. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    348 The Great Rebuilding

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 49:26


    Somewhere in the 16th and 17th centuries, ordinary people started building differently - private buildings, public buildings. They used brick, glass, decoration and portraiture; and it wasn't just the aristocracy; Yeomen, merchants, towns, husbandmen. The historian W G Hoskins gave it a name - the Great Rebuilding See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    347 The English Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 63:26


    Well this is exciting! The English Revolution. A title which is controversial, and a historiography which is bigger than the eponymous crocodile. We talk about as many theories as we can - and there's a poll and Prize draw, sponsored by Halls Hammered Coins See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ladybird Histories and Lawrence Peach

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 37:42


    David Perkins of King's School Canterbury joins me to talk about Ladybird, its histories, and the life of Lawrence du Garde Peach, their main author. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    346 Theatre III: The Crystal Mirror

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 38:14


    Playwrights and the Sirenicals of Jacobean England, the experience of going to see the plays and the Crystal Mirror of renaissance drama. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    345 Theatre II: Playwrights

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 34:58


    The University Wits was a term invented by Saintsbury for a group of 6 Elizabethan playwrights. They were not consciously a coherent group but part of a vibrant society of playwrights, actors and writers who made English theatre shine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    344 Theatre I The New Playhouse

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 34:37


    The first of three celebratory episodes about English Renaissance Theatre! Talking about dramatic tradition and the new playhouses that begin to appear in London - and the horrified reaction of the establishment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Battle for Canada by Greg Kobel

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 42:50


    In 1775 American Rebels occupied Montreal, as the first step to plucking the ripe fruit of British North America and adding it to the portfolio of the nascent United States. They expected to be welcomed with open arms. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    343 As He Lived in Peace

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 44:03


    While The Buck and Baby Charles warmed themselves on the unfamiliar fires of popularity in their search for war, James was fading. At Theobalds in March 1625 his reign finally came to an end, and Buckingham took to his bed with grief. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    342 Spanish Mismatch

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 39:33


    The identity of Mr Wiat's mysterious traveler is revealed, and London goes potty. Buckingham is confirmed as the Prince's favourite as well as the king's - and there's trouble in story for Lionel Cranfield See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Rights and Commons with the Open Spaces Society

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 31:03


    Kate Ashbrook of the Open Spaces Society & I talk about the extensive networks of rights of way over private land in England and Wales, and some remaining common land - private land over which the public have rights. Where did they come from, how have they survived, and how do we preserve and extend them? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    341 Knights Sdventurer

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 38:36


    In March 1623 Simon Digby noticed two suspicious looking blokes with dodgy beards hanging around outside his uncle's house in Madrid. He rushed over to find out what they were doing. Find out who they were. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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    340 Ancient Birthright

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 47:54


    In 1621 James tried to tread a narrow path to peace in Europe - through the instrument of a Marriage between the England and Spanish royal families. To have a chance, parliament needed to play its role. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    339 A Scandal in Bohemia

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2022 38:44


    As Buckingham acquires wealth and influence, the English court is rocked by an event in far-off Bohemia that will result in devastation throughout Europe. Also there is news of a History of England App for members! To access the app go to https://app.thehistoryofengland.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    338 Book of Books

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 46:43


    We follow James north to Scotland, a visit with consequences. And on the way south, hear about the culture wars - and the Book of Sports. Then we celebrate, a little late one of the greatest achievements of James Reign. One bible to bind them all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    337 The Favourite Favourite

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2022 40:32


    James VI & I had enjoyed favourites before - Esme Stuart, Robert Kerr for example. But George Villiers was to prove his favourite And we introduce the finely 'compacted legs' of the future Duke of Buckingham to you today. And also some proper history work on royal finances you'll be relieved to know - and the Cockayne project. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    336 The Plantations of Ireland

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2022 47:15


    The Jacobean plan for Ulster owed much not only to previous failed Tudor plantation schemes, but to James's highland experience and his desire to build a unified, secure British state across all his three kingdoms. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    335 This Sin of Blood

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2022 48:42


    News of the Thomas Overbury scandal spread through England to become a national event. How would the scandal affect the image of the court? Much depended on how the font of all justice, the king, would deal with it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    334 Murder!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 45:36


    In 1615, Ralph Winwood interviewed Gervase Elwes, Lieutenant of the Tower about the suspicious death of Thomas Overbury. Gervase spilled his guts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    333 Addled

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 47:37


    With Robert Kerr as the royal favourite there were all sorts of intrigues going on at court - and an outrageous love affair. All the while, James' parliament of 1614 was every bit as addled as the court See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Kilmartin Glen by Imagine Alba

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 17:01


    Kilmartin spans 5,000 years with cairns, standing stones, carved rock, stone circles, forts and castles. it is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    332 The Great Contract

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 45:27


    Salisbury makes a last ditch attempt to resolve the problems of royal income. While the success of Robert Kerr at court signals the arrival of a new royal favourite See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    331 Captain Pouch

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 44:29


    Enclosure has a long history in England from the 15th - 19th century. In 1607 ordinary people resisting the destruction of their livelihoods found a leader - Captain Pouch See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    330 John Bates' Currants

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 44:30


    Although the case for a Great Britain failed to win many hearts, the dual monarchy ended the history of the Reivers at last. But a seemingly small customs dispute about currants would grow into a sore that would last til the civil war. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    14th Century Italy with Mike Corradi

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 49:10


    To get us all read for the series on John Hawkwood, Mike Corradi of a History of Italy podcast joins us for a general introduction to the century See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    329 Oaths and Libels

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 46:11


    By the time parliament met again in 1606, James' government was dominated by the men he laughingly referred to as his 'Trinity of Knaves'. And the foremost of those by some way was Robert Cecil, a chip off the old block. Cecil took full advantage of the Gunpowder plot with a massive subsidy - and James' Oath of Allegiance. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Peasant Perceptions of Landscape with Stephen Mileson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 50:31


    It is difficult to hear the voice of ordinary people from long ago; but although they left little written record, yet their memory, attitudes and perceptions of the world around them are etched in the landscape. Stephen Mileson helps bring those voices back to life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    328 Apology, Explosion, Satisfaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 47:13


    There's so much to talk about! James' first, management-by-irritation of parliament of 1604 and the passive aggressive Apology and Satisfaction right back at him. And - the Gunpowder Treason and Plot! Hear all about it! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    327 Under New Management

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 35:52


    James quickly established his household with Scots taking a large share, with associated argy bargy. Queen Anne a;so established her court, which would become a cultural centre and popular destination for noblewomen and luminaries such as Ben Johnson and Inigo Jones See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The History of England Tour 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 4:40


    I am very pleased to announce that the long awaited, COVID delayed History of England Podcast Tour – is on for September Tuesday 13th-20th 2022! Cry Harry, and all that. Find out more at the History of England website at https://thehistoryofengland.co.uk/resource/the-history-of-england-tour-september-2022/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    326 King of Scots

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 40:00


    By the time James VI came to England in 1603, he had 26 years experience of kingship, and had established his authority in Scotland, and was a self confident ruler, and author with a clear sense of what monarchy was about. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    325 James and the Historians

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 32:34


    History has treated James roughly – helped by a 17th century hatchet job. But over the last 50 years, there has been much more appreciation of the challenges he faced, and his skill in meeting them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    324a The 30 Years War with Zack Twambley

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 65:00


    Zack is the author of for God and the Devil, and we discuss the highlights and numerous lowlights of the 30 years war See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    324 Europe XII Colonisation and War

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 38:22


    The early 17th century saw the emergence of the Dutch Republic as a new colonial power, and the resurgence of France after her religious wars. But most of al the period is scarred by the destruction of the 30 Years War See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    323 Europe XII Absolutely Nations

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 45:29


    Hobbes argued that only an all powerful ruler could do what was required to protect the people and preserve property, and for that the loss of individual liberty was worth paying. I'm not going to lie to you - the 17th C does rather support the theory. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    322Europe XII Religion & Science

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 40:40


    In the first of three episodes on Europe 1600-1650, we talk about religion, scientific revolution, and Witchcraft. And why Galileo was a weaker No 8 than Dean Richards. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    321a The Bagpipes of Freedom by Mike Corradi

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 27:21


    A tale of an unlikely British hero in 1945 from Mike Corradi of A History of Italy podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    321 Fin de Siecle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 46:49


    The final years of Elizabeth's reign inevitably have the sense of the end of an era; she retreated to her chambers, court was no longer the attraction it had been, dearth stalked the land. But her reign had seen such changes as would deeply influence England's future. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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