146 episodes

A chronological history of the English language examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.

The History of English Podcast Kevin Stroud

    • History
    • 4.9, 3.8K Ratings

A chronological history of the English language examined through the lens of historical events that shaped the development and spread of the language from the Eurasian steppe to the entire world.

    Episode 137: A Rose By Any Other Name

    Episode 137: A Rose By Any Other Name

    The rose is one of the most beloved flowers in western Europe, and it has a long association with English royalty.  In this episode, we explore the history of English gardens and the use of the rose as a symbol … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 136: The Real Robin Hood

    Episode 136: The Real Robin Hood

    The legend of Robin Hood has its origins in the murky history of England after the Norman Conquest, but the first written examples of Robin Hood ballads don’t appear until the mid-1400s. In this episode, we examine the earliest references … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Bonus Episode: Stay at Home Edition

    Bonus Episode: Stay at Home Edition

    In this bonus ‘stay at home’ episode, we explore several words and phrases that appeared for the first time in the first half of the 15th century, including “turnpike,” “to curry favor,” “budget,” “average,” “peculiar,” “hogwash,” and others.

    • 28 min
    Episode 135: A House of Cards

    Episode 135: A House of Cards

    In the early 1400s, playing cards made their first appearance in England. Those cards provide evidence of an early form of printing, but it would take another generation for Johannes Gutenberg to invent the printing press. In this episode we … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 134: A Lancastrian Standard

    Episode 134: A Lancastrian Standard

    In the early 1400s, England welcomed a new king, a new ruling family, and a new role for the English language in the administration of government. In this episode, we explore the rise of the House of Lancaster and the … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

    Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

    In this episode, we explore words associated with mealtime in the Middle Ages. We also examine the important role of bread in medieval meals and impact of bread-related terms on the English language. Finally, we look at the important role … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

CJMID ,

Stunning

Yes, it teaches the history of the English language, but accompanies it with fascinating doses of history itself. Excellent production quality, narrator is an incredible subject matter expert.

Peter in Japan ,

I love this podcast and I’m learning so much!

I was recommend this podcast on a financial BBS, and since I love language and understanding how they work, it's been a constant joy.

4d mynd ,

For lovers of language and history

I have been listening since episode one. I look forward to each new episode. The breadth and deppth of his research, and his presentation make this a must listen. I have always enjoyed language, and the origins, but this has expanded my knowledge in a fascinating way which also satisfies my love of history.

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