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I am a professional scientist, but in my spare time I read history books and I review them. I am mainly working through Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire at the moment, but will slip in a few other titbits from time to time. I normally get a show out every Thursday.

History Books Review Colin Sanders

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I am a professional scientist, but in my spare time I read history books and I review them. I am mainly working through Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire at the moment, but will slip in a few other titbits from time to time. I normally get a show out every Thursday.

    The Holy Roman Empire by Peter Wilson

    The Holy Roman Empire by Peter Wilson

    In this unscripted episode I speculate about why the Holy Roman Empire tends to be written out of European history, and suggest it is time to take it a bit more seriously.

    • 11 min
    He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope

    He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope

    In the Victorian world women were subservient to men.  It sounds great in thery, but how did it actually work? 

    • 6 min
    The View From The Foothills by Chris Mullin

    The View From The Foothills by Chris Mullin

    A view from inside the Blair government in the years leading up to the war in Iraq.

    • 12 min
    The Secret History - Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 41 Part 5

    The Secret History - Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 41 Part 5

    The private life of Belisarius is revealed in the Secret History.  Or is it?

    • 10 min
    SPQR by Mary Beard

    SPQR by Mary Beard

    Mary Beard sums up the Roman Empire for the general reader.

    • 12 min
    HBR The Gothic War Continues - Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 41 Part 4

    HBR The Gothic War Continues - Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 41 Part 4

    Belisarius is recalled after almost completely defeating the Goths in Italy.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

Small joys ,

Pithy witty and great

My only complaint is I want more! Smalljoys

James The Much Lesser ,

Intelligent and enjoyable digest and critique of the great book

I have actually read The Decline and Fall, but I'm still completely absorbed by Colin's extended precis of it. His style is concise and perceptive, and the easy, informal delivery is never stuffy and often genuinely funny, in a Gibbon-esque sort of way. Think Mike Duncan. The underlying subject-matter is of course vast and sprawling, but he cuts through that, seemingly effortlessly, though I suspect a lot of prep must go into it.

The only problem is that the of course the Decline and Fall, though very long, is finite, so at some point this podcast must come to an end. But at time of writing Justinian is still alive, so we have something like a thousand years to go. Great!

mrruler ,

Glad you're back!

I’ve been waiting for the next episode. I’m glad you are back!

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