55 episodes

The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

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The history podcast for people who don't like history... and those who do. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

    The Tang Dynasty

    The Tang Dynasty

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Tineke D’Haeseleer and comedian Evelyn Mok in medieval China to explore the Tang Dynasty. Known as the Golden Age of China, it was the time of China’s Emperor Wu, the only woman to hold power in her own right and Emperor Xuanzong, who became so bored with austerity he came up with a unique way to have fun.

    • 52 min
    King James VI of Scotland

    King James VI of Scotland

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Anna Whitelock and comedian Larry Dean in 16th-century Scotland to meet King James VI, the first Stuart king to rule Scotland and England simultaneously. He is renowned for his translation of the bible, his belief in witches and for being the primary target of the Gunpowder Plot. But is that really how we should remember him?

    • 50 min
    The Asante Empire

    The Asante Empire

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Augustus Casely-Hayford OBE and comedian Sophie Duker to explore the incredible Asante Empire. We learn the roots of Ghanian heritage including storytelling, fabric, food, music and using rhythm as communication. And we hear how centuries of traditions across the empire came together to protect the most sacred symbol of power in the Asante Kingdom from the hands of the British during the War of the Golden Stool.

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Lloyd Roberts

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 54 min
    The Borgias

    The Borgias

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Catherine Fletcher and comedian Phil Wang in 15th-century Rome as they introduce us to the infamous Borgias family. With dynastic alliances, poisonous rings, murders and chestnut orgies, it’s not hard to see how they may have inspired Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather. But how much of what we know of Italy’s original crime family is actually true?

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Jessica White

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 55 min
    Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine

    Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Kristi Upson-Saia and comedian Stu Goldsmith to explore the strange world of Ancient Greek and Roman medicine. Welcome to a time when health was fleeting, water could be dangerous and communal bum sponges were all the rage. The team will take you through a variety of common ailments from tight atoms to wandering wombs and provide startling cures in the form of electric eels and beavers' anuses. Welcome to the world of ancient medicine!

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Hannah MacKenzie

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 57 min
    Grainne O’Malley

    Grainne O’Malley

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Gillian Kenny and comedian Catherine Bohart in 16th century Ireland to look at the life of the pirate queen, Grainne O’Malley. Against the backdrop of the changing legal landscape of Ireland as it faced brutality from incoming English administrators, we hear about the difficult decisions Grainne was forced to make to ensure her family's survival. From bold changes to her appearance as a teenager to ensure her place on her father's ship, to aggressive actions on a castle that refused to serve her food. Grainne O’Malley was not a woman to be messed with and this strength and defiance would lead to an unlikely understanding with Queen Elizabeth I.

    Produced by Cornelius Mendez
    Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
    Research by Jessica White

    A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.

    • 54 min

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