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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.



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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.



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    339 – Cnut the Conqueror

    339 – Cnut the Conqueror

    It’s been a strange few years.







    The fall of the House of Wessex and the rise of Cnut looks like a simple story of conquest. After all, it’s right there in the title. Virtually every book on this era has a chapter called “The Conquest of England.” And for good reason… Cnut /was/ a conqueror. And conquest, at least in the popular imagination, is a simple story of military domination. Of soldiers and sieges, where the biggest army and the best tactics win the day.

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    338 – The Fall of King Edmund Ironsides

    338 – The Fall of King Edmund Ironsides

    Edmund hadn’t lost, and for now that was enough.







    He had shown himself to be a contender. So Ironside took his remaining men and marched East… but the accounts are careful to point out that he stayed north of the Thames…. And this decision has lead scholars to believe that Mercia may have already been on Edmund’s side, or was quickly coming around to it.

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    337 – The Rise of King Edmund Ironside

    337 – The Rise of King Edmund Ironside

    Can you feel it? It feels like there is a lull before the storm. AEthelred Unread is now gone, and Normandy is now officially on the board. 1066 is on the doorstep.







    But the lull is an illusion you experience because you know what is coming next. For the people living it, things are heating up on the island at the dawn of the millennium. And what you’re about to hear is part one of a two part series on one of England’s best stories that you’ve likely never heard. It’s the story of the Rise and Fall of Edmund Ironsides. This is a story of a forgotten civil war, a legendary warrior, and the fall of the line of Alfred the Great.







    And the story starts in the North.

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    336 – The End Is The Beginning Is The End

    336 – The End Is The Beginning Is The End

    Christmas is old. Older than Christianity, in fact.







    As a consequence, there’s a lot to it. Symbols and traditions that come from all over the world, and from all across time. It’s a complex event that, predictably, can provoke a complex set of emotions from people.







    But when you look past the trees, and the logs, and the stockings, and the manger, and the guy in red, and the scary monsters punishing kids, and all the other things that have been added to it… when you boil it down to it’s essence what you find is that ancient root of the holiday. A very simple and clear root.







    It’s a winter feast. And like any good feast, we don’t just eat and drink. We celebrate our lives and we celebrate each other.

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    335 – Acts of Spasmodic Violence

    335 – Acts of Spasmodic Violence

    Morcar and Sigeferth were under a lot of stress.







    These two noble brothers from the North had only just managed to join the Wulf dynasty through Sigeferht’s marriage to Ealdgyth, the niece of the powerful Ealdorman AElfhelm of York and Wulfric Spot. And that really should have been a smart move, given how powerful that family was.











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    334 – No Cnut November

    334 – No Cnut November

    There are worse things than spending a holiday in Normandy.







    And one of those things is spending a holiday in Normandy because you just lost your entire Kingdom to the Danes.











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