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The HistoryExtra podcast brings you interviews with the world's best historians, on everything from the ancient world and the Middle Ages to the Second World War and the history behind current events. Produced by the team behind BBC History Magazine and BBC History Revealed, it offers fresh takes on history's most famous figures and events. Subscribe for the real stories behind your favourite historical films and TV shows, and compelling insights into lesser-known aspects of the past.

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The HistoryExtra podcast brings you interviews with the world's best historians, on everything from the ancient world and the Middle Ages to the Second World War and the history behind current events. Produced by the team behind BBC History Magazine and BBC History Revealed, it offers fresh takes on history's most famous figures and events. Subscribe for the real stories behind your favourite historical films and TV shows, and compelling insights into lesser-known aspects of the past.

Unlock full access to HistoryExtra.com for 6 months for just 99p https://www.historyextra.com/join/

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Du Fu: China's greatest poet

    Du Fu: China's greatest poet

    Writing during the celebrated Tang dynasty, Du Fu is heralded as China's greatest poet, musing on subjects from how to cook noodles to war and rebellion. Speaking to Spencer Mizen, Michael Wood charts Du Fu's fascinating life, and explores what the poet can tell us about medieval Chinese culture.

    (Ad) Michael Wood is the author of In the Footsteps of Du Fu (Simon & Schuster, 2023). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Footsteps-Du-Fu-Michael-Wood/dp/1398515442/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty

    The HistoryExtra podcast is produced by the team behind BBC History Magazine.
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    • 27 min
    Life of the week: Æthelflæd

    Life of the week: Æthelflæd

    To access this episode as well as full ad-free listening and other exclusive content subscribe to History Extra Plus.

    Michael Wood reflects on the remarkable life of the 'Lady of the Mercians', Æthelflæd – an incredible figure from Anglo-Saxon England

    Alfred the Great's daughter, Æthelflæd was one of Anglo-Saxon England's most intriguing figures. Known as the 'Lady of the Mercians', she helped direct the fight against the Viking invaders and protect her homeland. Spencer Mizen spoke to Michael Wood to find out more about her life and times.

    The HistoryExtra podcast is produced by the team behind BBC History Magazine.

    Cities that turbocharged art history

    Cities that turbocharged art history

    From Renaissance Florence and ancient Babylon to the kingdom of Benin and Heian-era Kyoto, cities across history have served as launchpads for extraordinary outbursts of artistic flowering. Caroline Campbell, director of the National Gallery of Ireland and the author of The Power of Art, guides Ellie Cawthorne through some of these cultural metropolises, exploring what made them artistic hubs, and how they turbocharged the story of art.

    (Ad) Caroline Campbell is the author of The Power of Art: A World History in Fifteen Cities (The Bridge Street Press, 2023). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-People-Painting-Fifteen-Cities/dp/0349128480/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty

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    • 31 min
    Astronomy history: everything you wanted to know

    Astronomy history: everything you wanted to know

    When was it established that the Earth is round? Did the Catholic church help or hinder the practice of astronomy? And how transformative was the big bang theory? Speaking to Spencer Mizen, James Hannam answers your queries on the long history of the study of the heavens.

    (Ad) James Hannam is the author of The Globe: How the Earth Became Round (Reaktion Books, 2023). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Globe-How-Earth-Became-Round/dp/1789147581/?tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty

    The HistoryExtra podcast is produced by the team behind BBC History Magazine.
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    • 43 min
    The dark side of Dickens

    The dark side of Dickens

    Charles Dickens was a master of managing his personal brand. In fact, almost everything we know about him comes from one biography, written by his friend John Forster. But, if you dig a little deeper, strange biographical inconsistencies begin to emerge. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, Helena Kelly outlines her new theories on the truth behind the stories Dickens told about everything from his family and childhood to his sex life, and how they paint a much darker picture of the author’s life.

    (Ad) Helena Kelly is the author of The Life and Lies of Charles Dickens (Icon, 2023). Buy it now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Lies-Charles-Dickens/dp/1837731047/?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_w=dKdrS&content-id=amzn1.sym.3413293e-3815-4359-96ba-1ec5110e0b30&pf_rd_p=3413293e-3815-4359-96ba-1ec5110e0b30&pf_rd_r=260-4281246-2111105&pd_rd_wg=KK2pp&pd_rd_r=22b9c5ce-9e82-4453-bc64-7ac5042e4472&ref_=aufs_ap_sc_dsk&tag=bbchistory045-21&ascsubtag=historyextra-social-histboty

    The HistoryExtra podcast is produced by the team behind BBC History Magazine.
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    • 38 min
    Thanksgiving: everything you wanted to know

    Thanksgiving: everything you wanted to know

    Rachel Herrmann charts the long history of America’s famous holiday – from modern parades and celebrations to the first feast

    From the fabled first feast between the Pilgrims and Native Americans to the darker side of the holiday's history, the American tradition of Thanksgiving has a long and complex past. Here, Charlotte Hodgman puts listener queries and popular search queries to Rachel Herrman on the history of Thanksgiving.

    The HistoryExtra podcast is produced by the team behind BBC History Magazine.
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

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The best podcast out there

A shame all those who live 1 star are giving a negative rating due to one episode. So many negative people listening.

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Superb!

Maybe the most exciting thing in my life right now, transporting me to different times and places, de-clouding the mystery of the past with aplomb! More, more!

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First Crusade - Call to arms - Stunning work

Literally my favourite pod episode ever.
Epic and insightful.

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