31 episodes

Hidden Histories sees Helen Carr exploring some of the country's hidden treasures, as she and some of our finest historians scramble through the actual spaces where history happened. Whether she's visiting the whorehouses of Covent Garden, or retracing the steps of the Peasants Revolt, Helen and her guests are a delightful guide to the hidden histories that lie just off the beaten track.

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Hidden Histories sees Helen Carr exploring some of the country's hidden treasures, as she and some of our finest historians scramble through the actual spaces where history happened. Whether she's visiting the whorehouses of Covent Garden, or retracing the steps of the Peasants Revolt, Helen and her guests are a delightful guide to the hidden histories that lie just off the beaten track.

    Geoffrey Chaucer with Marion Turner

    Geoffrey Chaucer with Marion Turner

    Helen and Marion talk about the man that shaped the English literary canon, Geoffrey Chaucer. They discuss his life and his legacy, and how the son of a vintner came to write such an influential text.


    This will be the last episode for a while as Helen takes a well-earned break.


    Producer: Peter Curry
     
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    • 57 min
    Cannibalism and Corpse Medicine with Dr Richard Sugg

    Cannibalism and Corpse Medicine with Dr Richard Sugg

    Helen takes a deep dive into some gory medical history with Dr Richard Sugg, professor of renaissance literature in Durham. They talk about all manner of wacky medical cures, such as blood consumption and powdered skull, and how these were used by royal surgeons and paupers alike to cure themselves of diseases or to manipulate their enemies.


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    • 33 min
    The Uncrowned Queen of England with Dr Nicola Tallis

    The Uncrowned Queen of England with Dr Nicola Tallis

    Helen talks to Dr Nicola Tallis about Margaret Beauford, who was instrumental in establishing the reign of her son, Henry Tudor, and thus the Tudor dynasty.


    Margaret had to balance her ambitions of power with her womanly status, which wasn't an asset when it came to the Tudor court, and yet she managed to wield significant autonomy. Nicola also dispels rumours about Margaret's piety that have persisted to this day.


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    • 31 min
    Burn the Witch

    Burn the Witch

    Burn the Witch is a new collaborative podcast series between historians and podcasters Helen Carr and Rebecca Rideal, where they discuss new history in the media and in the world generally. They talk TV shows, movies, music, museums, archaeological discoveries, King Alfred, and viking beards, and more importantly, they talk about how history is represented, and how to make that representation better.
     
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    • 33 min
    Race, Racism and Racist Pseudoscience with Adam Rutherford

    Race, Racism and Racist Pseudoscience with Adam Rutherford

    Adam Rutherford chats to Helen about racism. Should we call race a construct? Why does Africa have the greatest genetic diversity of any continent? Where do common misconceptions about racist tropes come from?


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    • 47 min
    Witches with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

    Witches with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb

    Witches were around a long time before they were tried for heresy and crop failures. Why did governments start to hunt and prosecute witches and why did people begin to fear them? Helen talks to Professor Suzannah Lipscomb to find out.


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    • 30 min

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