52 episodes

Historian Gareth Russell's weekly podcast with demented and delightful stories from the past

Single Malt History with Gareth Russell Gareth Russell

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    • 5.0 • 64 Ratings

Historian Gareth Russell's weekly podcast with demented and delightful stories from the past

    A Temporary Auf Wiedersehen

    A Temporary Auf Wiedersehen

    A slightly unexpected ending to season 3 and what's ahead in season 4. So, a farewell and a thanks. 

    • 9 min
    Tudor queens, the power of books, and researching Anne of Cleves

    Tudor queens, the power of books, and researching Anne of Cleves

    I am joined by Dr. Valerie Schutte to discuss her fascinating research into the world of sixteenth-century books and her forthcoming cultural biography of Anne of Cleves, Queen of England (b. 1515, d. 1557).

    • 33 min
    The Buggery Laws of 1533 - Homosexuality and bisexuality with the Tudors and Stuarts

    The Buggery Laws of 1533 - Homosexuality and bisexuality with the Tudors and Stuarts

    When homosexuality was made a death penalty offence for the first time in English history by Henry VIII in 1533, it looked like the new laws might claim hundreds or even thousands of lives. But, sixty years later, a young poet was openly writing poems about his love for another man in a London ruled over by Henry's daughter. What was the reality for Tudor people who fell in love or lust with their own gender? Did it change under the Stuarts? Exploring the impact of the laws, the complexities of Elizabethan culture, and the scandals that rocked Stuart high society, this episode of Single Malt History discusses the ways in which sexuality was punished, hidden, proclaimed, and analysed in the early modern period.

    CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frequent use of sexual language and a discussion of assault which some listeners may find distressing. 

    • 46 min
    The Queen Mother: Monarchy, Martinis, Margaret, and Mustique

    The Queen Mother: Monarchy, Martinis, Margaret, and Mustique

    Some exclusive anecdotes from the Queen Mother's life on the day my biography of her hits the shelves in Britain, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

    • 32 min
    History's Most Luxurious Cold War: The Dark and Tragic Competitions of the Ocean Liners

    History's Most Luxurious Cold War: The Dark and Tragic Competitions of the Ocean Liners

    From 1897 to 1939, floating palaces and luxury liners were surrogates for the feuds between the rival countries. In the latest episode of Single Malt History, I discuss the grandeur, absurdity, and tragedy of History's most luxurious cold war.  I’m joined by actors, bringing to life the eyewitness testimonies of some of those who were involved - from crew members to victims, socialites and sceptics.


    CAST

    Cáilum Carragher as John Dempsey

    Jake Douglas as John Malcolm Brinnin and Sir Tommy Lascelles

    Peter Evangelista as Morgan Robertson

    Debra Hill as Kate Gilnagh

    Rebecca Lenaghan as Noëlle, Countess of Rothes

    Maryann Maguire as Alice, Dowager Duchess of Buckingham

    Ashley Montgomery as Mary-Josephine Barratt

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Reflections on Elizabeth II's funeral

    Reflections on Elizabeth II's funeral

    Some reflections on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022) and the many royal figures who attended her funeral.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

MaryForbes14 ,

Fantastic

I love history. It is so refreshing and educational to hear it from someone who actually invests the time to research thoroughly.
Hooked on this podcast now!

DaveSack ,

Just great

Gareth could present any content and it would be great just because his style is so pleasant and funny without losing credibility. But he’s so well researched that I frequently listen to the same episodes multiple times to catch details I missed the first time around. I have no notes.

LeahR711 ,

Entertaining & Moving

Garett’s podcast is a delight. I listen for hours while I go about my working day. His storytelling and insights are always compelling. 10/10 would recommend.

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