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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

    How did the Reformation impact Jews?

    How did the Reformation impact Jews?

    Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation had on Europe’s Jewish communities.


    Historian Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation of the 16th century had on Europe’s Jewish communities and their relations with their Christian neighbours.
     
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    • 48 min
    Ethiopia 1935: The real history behind The Shadow King

    Ethiopia 1935: The real history behind The Shadow King

    Author Maaza Mengiste discusses her Booker prize-nominated historical novel The Shadow King, set during the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. She talks about the research involved, her own family connections to the story and how she uncovered the hidden history of Ethiopia’s female fighters.
     
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    Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Six: The other suspects

    Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Six: The other suspects

    While Richard III has long been the prime suspect in the princes’ disappearance, several other figures have also been placed in the frame down the centuries. In this episode, it’s time to entertain the theories that someone else may have been to blame. We’ll interrogate the cases against other characters that could be implicated, from shadowy court players and vengeful noblemen to unknown assassins.
     
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    • 26 min
    The ‘lost’ city of Atlantis

    The ‘lost’ city of Atlantis

    Edith Hall explores Plato’s legend of Atlantis and considers why the tale continues to endure 2,500 years on


    Classicist Edith Hall, an expert on ancient Greek literature, explores Plato’s lost city of Atlantis. She considers our enduring fascination with the tale 2,500 years on and asks whether there ever was, in fact, a real Atlantis.
     
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    Ancient Babylon: everything you wanted to know

    Ancient Babylon: everything you wanted to know

    Professor Zainab Bahrani tackles popular internet search queries, and questions submitted by listeners, about the Mesopotamian city, which was one of the jewels of the ancient world. Topics range from religion, food and kings to the Hanging Gardens and the myth of the Tower of Babel.
     
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    • 43 min
    Looking for Egypt’s lost tombs

    Looking for Egypt’s lost tombs

    Are there any treasures left to be excavated in Egypt? Chris Naunton gives a lecture on some of the most fascinating ancient figures whose tombs are yet to be discovered


    In a lecture he delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, Chris Naunton discusses his book, Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt. He talks about some of the most fascinating ancient figures whose tombs are yet to be discovered, including Alexander the Great, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, and asks, will their burial places ever be found?
     
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
400 Ratings

400 Ratings

VDC88 ,

A little fluffy but good for opening new avenues

History Extra does a lot of direct discussion with historians and history writers who are promoting their recent books, which makes them a great resource for connecting with new material.

Hereford exile ,

Going down hill

Covig has led to more and much longer episodes compared to a few years ago. This expansion has watered down the product. I FF through most of each weeks episodes because the topic is mind numbing or stuffed with fluff. Still the odd gem though.

joy534778 ,

An ordinary Nazi

I was extremely disturbed by this episode implying that the protagonist of this episode was just a regular ordinary guy. A man who participated in the killing of Jews, complicit in the torturing of children, member of the gestapo, just an ordinary guy and certainly not a monster. This is offensive to all those who died in WW2 and promulgates a narrative that looks to rewrite history.

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