14 episodes

Think you know your history? Think again.
From the stories of the former slave that taught Charles Darwin to the first female playwright who was a spy for the English King... Historian, author and broadcaster Dr Fern Riddell is exploring some little-known characters from history to reveal not just their incredible stories, but also why they're so important for our view of what the past looked like.

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Not What You Thought You Knew HISTORY

    • History
    • 4.0 • 207 Ratings

Think you know your history? Think again.
From the stories of the former slave that taught Charles Darwin to the first female playwright who was a spy for the English King... Historian, author and broadcaster Dr Fern Riddell is exploring some little-known characters from history to reveal not just their incredible stories, but also why they're so important for our view of what the past looked like.

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    Inghen Ruaidh, the Birka Grave and Viking Warrior Women

    Inghen Ruaidh, the Birka Grave and Viking Warrior Women

    We touch on the mythology behind Viking shield-maidens, what we do know about Viking warrior women and how we need to address bias in archaeology.
    Dr Fern Riddell discusses the legend of Inghen Ruaidh with Professor Judith Jesch and the Birka female Viking warrior grave with Professor Rebecca Gowland.
    Sky HISTORY's Not What You Thought You Knew is presented by Dr Fern Riddell, produced by Kim Sergeant, Peter Ross, research by Mary Nzeh, and series produced by Sam Pearson.

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    • 46 min
    The Chevalier d'Éon and Gender Nonconformity

    The Chevalier d'Éon and Gender Nonconformity

    Soldier, diplomat, spy and fencing champion: the Chevalier d'Éon lived an extraordinary life. But on top of that they are also an important figure for the understanding of gender diversity throughout history,
    Dr Fern Riddell speaks to author and historian Dr Andrew Lear and curator of the Museum of Transology EJ Scott.
    Sky HISTORY's Not What You Thought You Knew is presented by Dr Fern Riddell, produced by Kim Sergeant, Peter Ross, research by Mary Nzeh, and series produced by Sam Pearson.

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    • 45 min
    The Night Witches and the Fighting Women of the Soviet Union

    The Night Witches and the Fighting Women of the Soviet Union

    The Night Witches were the feared, all-female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment. Yet the Night Witches weren't the only Soviet women on the front-line during the Second World War. Women were pilots, doctors, partisans, snipers and anti-aircraft gunners.
    Dr Fern Riddell speaks to Dr Reina Pennington and Prof Kristen Ghodsee.
    Sky HISTORY's Not What You Thought You Knew is presented by Dr Fern Riddell, produced by Kim Sergeant, Peter Ross, research by Mary Nzeh, and series produced by Sam Pearson.

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    • 48 min
    The First Black British Football Heroes

    The First Black British Football Heroes

    Uncovering the story of our pioneering Black British footballers, finding out what we can learn from their experiences, and their long history in The Beautiful Game.
    Dr Fern Riddell speaks to The Voice and Football Black List's Rodney Hinds, and sports broadcaster Anne-Marie Batson, assistant producer on the documentary Coming in from the Cold, which looks at the history of black and mixed race footballers in England.
    Sky HISTORY's Not What You Thought You Knew is presented by Dr Fern Riddell, produced by Kim Sergeant, Peter Ross, research by Mary Nzeh, and series produced by Sam Pearson.

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    • 47 min
    The Ivory Bangle Lady and Roman Britain

    The Ivory Bangle Lady and Roman Britain

    What does the archaeological evidence tell us about the Ivory Bangle Lady, a wealthy woman who died in 4th Century York, and what do her grave goods tell us about material culture in the African diaspora throughout history?
    To find out more Dr Fern Riddell speaks to archaeologist Professor Hella Eckhardt and fashion historian Teleica Kirkland. For more information on the topics discussed in this episode visit The Yorkshire Museum and The Costume Institute of the African Diaspora.
    Sky HISTORY's Not What You Thought You Knew is presented by Dr Fern Riddell, produced by Kim Sergeant, Peter Ross, research by Mary Nzeh, and series produced by Sam Pearson.

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    • 38 min
    Allan Noel Minns the WW1 Officer and Son of Britain's First Black Mayor

    Allan Noel Minns the WW1 Officer and Son of Britain's First Black Mayor

    Allan Noel Minns, son of Dr Allan Glaisyer Minns, Britain's first Black mayor when elected mayor of Thetford in 1904, served in the British Army as a medical officer during the First World War.
    To find out more Dr Fern Riddell speaks to former soldier and director of Recognize Black Heritage and Culture Garry Stewart and academic Dr Remi Adekoya, author of Biracial Britain: A Different Way of Looking at Race which is set for release in 2021.
    Sky HISTORY's Not What You Thought You Knew is presented by Dr Fern Riddell, produced by Kim Sergeant, Peter Ross, research by Mary Nzeh, and series produced by Sam Pearson.

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

LG0425 ,

Women and war

Wonderful insights into an unknown topic for most of the western world. I ponder the question of why they were called the night witches, and I believe they were called this simply because they rode on a vehicle made of wooden sticks like a broom is made of wood and they wrote them at night and often which is bring spells or death. Just a thought that came to mind while listening. Strong women! Thank you for telling their story to us.

masterbrookee ,

Amazing

Love her voice! I could listen to this all day

friocat ,

Opinion not history

This podcast is the author’s opinion not true history. Several inaccuracies though out episodes.

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