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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
    • 4.8 • 6K 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 176: All the World’s a Playhouse

    Episode 176: All the World’s a Playhouse

    Theaters were an important part of cultural life in Elizabethan England, and they contributed many words to the English language. Those words joined thousands of other words that were pouring into English from around the world. In this episode, we … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 175: The English of Romeo and Juliet

    Episode 175: The English of Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays and one of the most popular plays ever written. In this episode, we examine the language of the play to see how it reflects the English of Elizabethan England, … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 174: Speak and Spell

    Episode 174: Speak and Spell

    English spelling largely reflects the state of the language in the late 1500s. In this episode, we look at one of the first English spelling books, and we explore several plays by William Shakespeare to examine the way he rhymed … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Episode 173: Fooling Around

    Episode 173: Fooling Around

    In this episode, we look at the development of English comedy in the early modern era. We examine some of William Shakespeare’s early comedies, and we also distinguish Shakespearean comedy from other types of comedic performances which had been popular … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 172: Succession

    Episode 172: Succession

    In this episode, we explore the concept of a successful succession. During the early 1590s, France was divided by a bitter conflict over the succession of Henry of Navarre to the French throne. Meanwhile, William Shakespeare wrote a couple of … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Episode 171: Shakespeare’s English (featuring Ben Crystal)

    Episode 171: Shakespeare’s English (featuring Ben Crystal)

    In this episode, we turn our attention to the wordcraft of William Shakespeare. Today, many people have mixed opinions about his plays and poems. They know that he is widely regarded as the greatest English writer of all time, but … Continue reading →

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6K Ratings

6K Ratings

spinnerrowe ,

Wow!

Thank you, Kevin, for packing each episode with so much interesting information. The depth is incredible. I love each episode.

SkepticalWV ,

Great history podcast

One of my favorite podcasts for several years. Excellent history of English language in the context of England’s political and literary history.

VeloKarl ,

Best History Podcast

Simply the best Historical podcast to which I have listened. Good enough that I have gone thru it, from beginning to current episode, twice .

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