The British History Podcast podcast

The British History Podcast

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.

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.

 

#463

441 – God Bothering

Northumbria was back at it again.  The Continental Bishop turned Earl was dead.  Most of his men lay slain at Gateshead, or BBQed in that Church.  And any left alive were locked inside Durham Castle. The post [441 – God Bothering] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/441-god-bothering/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

19 hrs Ago

25 MINS

25:27

19 hrs Ago


#462

440 – This is Fine

King Malcom and the Scots had spent the last several months raiding the northern reaches of England. They had murdered the English with impunity, took even more as slaves. But eventually they decided they had their fill and returned back to their homeland. And they took with them anything that hadn’t been  nailed down. The post [440 – This is Fine] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/440-this-is-fine/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

11 Feb 2024

29 MINS

29:33

11 Feb 2024


#461

439 – Juggling Responsibilities

There was no getting around it.  William had been humiliated. The post [439 – Juggling Responsibilities] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/439-juggling-responsibilities/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

03 Feb 2024

35 MINS

35:10

03 Feb 2024


#460

438 – Robert’s Rebellion

The little guy’s rebellion was about to get pretty big. The post [438 – Robert’s Rebellion] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/438-roberts-rebellion/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

23 Jan 2024

36 MINS

36:58

23 Jan 2024


#459

437 – Everyone’s Pissed

The hall exploded into chaos.   The knights sitting outside of the firing line stared in shock, trying to process what was happening. Men stuck closer in tried to dive out of the way.    The unlucky knights… the men standing right next to Robert when his brothers’ opinions came raining down… Well, they were screaming […] The post [437 – Everyone’s Pissed] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/437-everyones-pissed/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

06 Jan 2024

29 MINS

29:07

06 Jan 2024


#458

436 – Taking the Piss

Welcome to the turbulent period of 1076 to 1078, where family tensions, political intrigue, and military challenges force William onto his back heel. And it all starts with the invasion of Dol… something that, in comparison with 1066, should be an easy victory for the aging Conqueror. The post [436 – Taking the Piss] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/436-taking-the-piss/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

23 Dec 2023

42 MINS

42:11

23 Dec 2023


#457

435 – Trials and Tribulations

William the Conqueror reigns, but whispers of rebellion drift through England’s halls. Earl Waltheof’s imprisonment threatens to ignite a storm amongst the English. Meanwhile, William’s half-brother, Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, stands accused of heinous crimes by none other than the formidable Archbishop Lanfranc, and this conflict threatens to tear apart the very fabric of Norman […] The post [435 – Trials and Tribulations] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/435-trials-and-tribulations/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

18 Dec 2023

42 MINS

42:50

18 Dec 2023


#456

434 – The Boys

For years the sons of William the Conqueror have lived closed to power but never truly able to wield it. Things were beginning to change, though. As their father ages, opportunities for advancement arise. Join us as we peer into the web of intrigue, clashing wills, and ambition that rule the fates of the children […] The post [434 – The Boys] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/434-the-boys/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

09 Dec 2023

32 MINS

32:09

09 Dec 2023


#455

433 – North Wales: I Love Mess

In 1075 King Bleddyn’s star was on the rise.  He ruled over both Gwynedd and Powys.  He struck fear into those he met on the battlefield. He had demonstrated himself such a  threat that the Normans actually tried to assassinate him…repeatedly. But he was still very much alive, kicking ass and taking heads. The post [433 – North Wales: I Love Mess] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/433-north-wales-i-love-mess/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

22 Nov 2023

31 MINS

31:05

22 Nov 2023


#454

Bonus Episode on Courtliness

Here’s a 15 minute sample of what we’re talking about on the Member’s feed. The post [Bonus Episode on Courtliness] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/bonus-episode-on-courtliness/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

21 Nov 2023

18 MINS

18:34

21 Nov 2023


#453

432 – The Revolt of the Earls

It was 1075 and Waltheof, the last remaining English Earl, was not in England.  He was on a boat, headed for Normandy.   And when word of his trip reached the Earls Roger and Ralph, they probably panicked. The post [432 – The Revolt of the Earls] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/432-the-revolt-of-the-earls/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

11 Nov 2023

49 MINS

49:28

11 Nov 2023


#452

431 – The Gang Has A Wedding

From 1066 to 1071, William had been at war with the English. Five long years of conquest, insurrections, and rebellions. And here’s the thing about that. William didn’t even really seem to like England that much. Not the culture, definitely not the people. The post [431 – The Gang Has A Wedding] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/431-the-gang-has-a-wedding/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

27 Oct 2023

35 MINS

35:08

27 Oct 2023


#451

430 – Is It Good To Be King?

We’ve been spending a lot of time with England lately… and there’s a good reason for that.  England was the main target of the Norman invasion, and everything changed for the Kingdom when William arrived.  Furthermore, the nature of our surviving sources is that they were more likely to survive if they were Norman sources. […] The post [430 – Is It Good To Be King?] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/430-is-it-good-to-be-king/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

19 Oct 2023

51 MINS

51:35

19 Oct 2023


#450

429 – Power Brokers and Power Breakers

To the North, in Scotland, reigned King Malcolm Canmore.  We have been following his story for a long time now, and for good reason. After all, it literally intersects with the infamousMacbeth…  But King Malcolm Canmore was and remains one of the most powerful, and longest reigning, Scottish Kings to date. The post [429 – Power Brokers and Power Breakers] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/429-power-brokers-and-power-breakers/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

27 Sep 2023

47 MINS

47:58

27 Sep 2023


#449

428 – Tightening the Grip

Five years of fighting.  The conquest of England wasn’t something that was resolved on a single day in October of 1066.   William had been fighting this thing for five years… and they were long years. The post [428 – Tightening the Grip] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/428-tightening-the-grip/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

12 Sep 2023

33 MINS

33:48

12 Sep 2023


#448

427 – Hereward: Back Into the Mist

Thirty thousand pounds.  That’s what the Gesta claims Hereward charged the Normans for the return of their warlike Abbot Turold. The post [427 – Hereward: Back Into the Mist] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/427-hereward-back-into-the-mist/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

28 Aug 2023

41 MINS

41:06

28 Aug 2023


#447

426 – Everyone Has Their Limits

The once mighty Godwinson dynasty was gone… The post [426 – Everyone Has Their Limits] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/426-everyone-has-their-limits/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

21 Aug 2023

47 MINS

47:56

21 Aug 2023


#446

425 – Hereward: The Fall of Ely

It was late October of 1071, and Hereward was out with a column of his rebel fighters, foraging and pillaging Norman allied settlements for supplies.  The post [425 – Hereward: The Fall of Ely] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/425-hereward-the-fall-of-ely/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

07 Aug 2023

50 MINS

50:19

07 Aug 2023


#445

424 – Hereward: ft. Judas Priest

If the story of Hereward wasn’t what you were expecting, you’re not alone. Researching this tale has been just as wild an experience as hearing it. In fact, between this episode and the last one, I came across another fascinating tidbit about our favorite French witch. The post [424 – Hereward: ft. Judas Priest] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/424-hereward-ft-judas-priest/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

27 Jul 2023

33 MINS

33:32

27 Jul 2023


#444

423 – Hereward: The Lion, The Witch, and the War Hero

Ok, when we left off William hired a witch to help with his rebel problem, Hereward disguised himself as a potter and infiltrated the Norman camp while William was out hunting, and in the end a bunch of Normans were slain and Hereward barely escaped with his life thanks to the speedy hooves of his […] The post [423 – Hereward: The Lion, The Witch, and the War Hero] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/423-hereward-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-war-hero/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

07 Jul 2023

25 MINS

25:44

07 Jul 2023


#443

422 – Hereward: The Man, the Myth, The Legend

The situation in Ely was getting out of hand.  The Liber Eliensis speaks of how Hereward and his army carried out raids far and wide, bringing with him bands of a hundred men or more. The post [422 – Hereward: The Man, the Myth, The Legend] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/422-hereward-the-man-the-myth-the-legend/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

28 Jun 2023

42 MINS

42:36

28 Jun 2023


#442

421 – The Wake at Ely

Word soon reached King William’s Court that Hereward remained free.  Even worse, the man tasked with capturing the Wake (William de Warenne) had barely escaped with his life. The post [421 – The Wake at Ely] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/421-the-wake-at-ely/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

20 Jun 2023

33 MINS

33:44

20 Jun 2023


#441

420 – The Wake and the Earl

Hereward was returning to Ely with his men. The upside was they were taking literal boatloads of treasure with them. The post [420 – The Wake and the Earl] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/420-the-wake-and-the-earl/) first appeared on [The British History Podcast] (https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com) . ... Read more

09 Jun 2023

38 MINS

38:25

09 Jun 2023