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Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

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    • 4.4, 57 Ratings

Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history. Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

TStewart ,

Fascinating, but

...But the gentlemen seem to constantly forget they're working with an aural medium. "As you can see here" - well, no, alas I cannot. "Look at the color of that!" Well, no, sorry, can't. They do describe the pictures they're looking at, and there are show notes out there - but, really. However: still a very enjoyable stream-of-consciousness exploration of history - reminds me of James Burke's Connections.

MacMunford ,

Delightful .. but

I Thoroughly enjoy the podcast. I really enjoy the seemingly random connectedness of historical events and invention.

Please, though, use real recording equipment. It sounds like you're talking over a speakerphone inside a metal room.

Mishmom ,

Unconventional, engaging history.

My favorite history podcast. Daybell and Willis examine history linkages of everyday objects such as chairs, windows, and boxes, in fresh, unusual ways. Fascinating approach to history which the two carry out with enthusiasm and fine scholarship. Not surprisingly, podcast really shines when they talk about their own specialities: for Willis, military, particularly sea-faring, history and early modern England and letters for Daybell.

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