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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

    England’s sporting obsession

    England’s sporting obsession

    Robert Colls, author of This Sporting Life: Sport and Liberty in England, 1760-1960, discusses the critical role that our love of sport has played in English civil society over the past two centuries – from 19th-century prize fighters to the magic of Bobby Charlton.
     
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    • 37 min
    How did the Reformation impact Jews?

    How did the Reformation impact Jews?

    Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation had on Europe’s Jewish communities.


    Historian Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation of the 16th century had on Europe’s Jewish communities and their relations with their Christian neighbours.
     
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    • 48 min
    Ethiopia 1935: The real history behind The Shadow King

    Ethiopia 1935: The real history behind The Shadow King

    Author Maaza Mengiste discusses her Booker prize-nominated historical novel The Shadow King, set during the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in 1935. She talks about the research involved, her own family connections to the story and how she uncovered the hidden history of Ethiopia’s female fighters.
     
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    • 31 min
    Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Six: The other suspects

    Princes in the Tower: A medieval murder mystery. Episode Six: The other suspects

    While Richard III has long been the prime suspect in the princes’ disappearance, several other figures have also been placed in the frame down the centuries. In this episode, it’s time to entertain the theories that someone else may have been to blame. We’ll interrogate the cases against other characters that could be implicated, from shadowy court players and vengeful noblemen to unknown assassins.
     
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    • 26 min
    The ‘lost’ city of Atlantis

    The ‘lost’ city of Atlantis

    Edith Hall explores Plato’s legend of Atlantis and considers why the tale continues to endure 2,500 years on


    Classicist Edith Hall, an expert on ancient Greek literature, explores Plato’s lost city of Atlantis. She considers our enduring fascination with the tale 2,500 years on and asks whether there ever was, in fact, a real Atlantis.
     
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    Ancient Babylon: everything you wanted to know

    Ancient Babylon: everything you wanted to know

    Professor Zainab Bahrani tackles popular internet search queries, and questions submitted by listeners, about the Mesopotamian city, which was one of the jewels of the ancient world. Topics range from religion, food and kings to the Hanging Gardens and the myth of the Tower of Babel.
     
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Riveting.rosie ,

Solid

Great interviews but why does the audio often sound like it was recorded in the back of a truck?

SuzyCayenne ,

A little hit or miss but my go-to bedtime listening

I find these interesting and sort of soothing (except the occasional guest with an annoying voice). Some are pretty typical subjects, some are distinctly unusual.

TildaJean ,

Audio issues

The quality and volume of the podcast are problematic. Otherwise I would have given a five star rating.

The Tudor queens is an interesting subject but the audio issues are so severe I couldn’t follow.

The Polish episode had a lot of distracting background noise of clatter, sneezing, and coughing. Also uneven volume seeming to be caused by varying distance from the microphone.

I would love to have heard the episode on Atlantis, but again the audio was horrendous.

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