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Power, greed, religion and sex: historian Dan Jones brings the drama of mediaeval history to life through compelling stories, fascinating characters and vivid scenes.

“A Dynasty to Die For” tells the story of the Plantagenets, one of the most powerful and dysfunctional families in European history. Their scandals, betrayals and bloody politics shaped the world we live in today.

Season 4 tells the story of two kings, Henry and Edward, who are desperately trying to save their dynasty. Their conflicting personalities will be put to the ultimate test as an old friend, Simon de Montfort, and his growing powerbase threaten to destroy the Plantagenets for good.

NOTE: If you haven’t heard Seasons 1, 2 and 3 you can go back and hear this wild story from the start.

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Power, greed, religion and sex: historian Dan Jones brings the drama of mediaeval history to life through compelling stories, fascinating characters and vivid scenes.

“A Dynasty to Die For” tells the story of the Plantagenets, one of the most powerful and dysfunctional families in European history. Their scandals, betrayals and bloody politics shaped the world we live in today.

Season 4 tells the story of two kings, Henry and Edward, who are desperately trying to save their dynasty. Their conflicting personalities will be put to the ultimate test as an old friend, Simon de Montfort, and his growing powerbase threaten to destroy the Plantagenets for good.

NOTE: If you haven’t heard Seasons 1, 2 and 3 you can go back and hear this wild story from the start.

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    Season 5 | 1. Generation Kill

    Season 5 | 1. Generation Kill

    Edward I is getting too old to fight his enormous list of enemies, and so begins handing over the reins of war to his son and a brand new generation of knights. But the old king has a gnawing feeling he can’t shake – does his heir have what it takes to rule, or is this the beginning of the end for the Plantagenets? 



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    Written and hosted by Dan Jones

    Producer - Georgia Mills 

    Executive Producer - Louisa Field

    Assistant producer: Harry Gordon

    Production Manager - Jen Mistri 

    Marketing - Kieran Lancini

    Sound Design - Chris O'Shaughnessy 
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    • 27 min
    Season 5 | Bonus: Beasts at feasts

    Season 5 | Bonus: Beasts at feasts

    To mark the launch of season 5, we are dishing out a free sample of This is History Plus. Each week Dan and producer Georgia explore strange tangents and delicious Medieval gossip. 



    This episode serves up some of the most excessive Mediaeval shopping lists and feasts  including an out-of-place porpoise and several thousand chickens.  

    Plus, why Robert the Bruce killed someone in a church, and was Edward II a jock or a nerd? 



    This Is History Plus also includes hours of interviews with celebrated historians, the entire backlog of main episodes ad-free and the chance to ask Dan your questions. You can try it out with a seven day trial: head to historypod.com or click ‘try free’ on Apple podcasts. 



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    Presented by Dan Jones and Georgia Mills

    Producer - Dom Tyerman

    Assistant producer: Harry Gordon

    Executive Producer - Louisa Field

    Production Manager - Jen Mistri

    Marketing - Kieran Lancini

    Mixing - Gulliver Lawrence-Tickell 


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    • 27 min
    Season 5 | 2. Bros with Benefits

    Season 5 | 2. Bros with Benefits

    King Edward physically attacks his son, the heir to the throne, in a shocking display of violence. The reason for this outburst? The young prince’s relationship with his favourite knight, Piers Gaveston. The way Edward sees it, if he doesn’t split these two apart, the entire kingdom will suffer. But the old king is running out of time. 



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    Written and hosted by Dan Jones

    Producer - Georgia Mills

    Assistant producer: Harry Gordon

    Executive Producer - Louisa Field

    Production Manager - Jen Mistri

    Marketing - Kieran Lancini

    Sound Design - Chris o'Shaughnessy
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    • 30 min
    Season 5 | What’s the rudest Mediaeval swear word?

    Season 5 | What’s the rudest Mediaeval swear word?

    Off the back of a particularly potty-mouthed episode, Dan and producer Georgia get into the worst swears in the Middle Ages and learn why King John’s favourite curse was “by God’s teeth”. Plus, what kind of love was really there between Edward and Piers Gaveston?

    To send us questions for the show, you can tweet Dan directly@DGJones or use #Dansplaining

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    Presented by Dan Jones and Georgia Mills
    Producer - Dominic Tyerman
    Executive Producer - Louisa Field
    Assistant Producer - Harry Gordon
    Production Manager - Jen Mistri
    Engineering - Gulliver Lawrence-Tickell

    Season 5 | 3. Revenge of the Black Dog

    Season 5 | 3. Revenge of the Black Dog

    Edward II is king, and he makes it clear to his people that nothing is more important to him than his best knight, Piers Gaveston. His focus on Gaveston causes major political upsets, including insulting his barons and ignoring his new wife. Soon, the barons decide to take matters into their own hands.

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    Written and hosted by Dan Jones
    Producer - Georgia Mills
    Assistant producer: Harry Gordon
    Executive Producer - Louisa Field
    Production Manager - Jen Mistri
    Marketing - Kieran Lancini
    Sound Design - Chris o'Shaughnessy

    Season 5 | How deaf is Edward to English politics?

    Season 5 | How deaf is Edward to English politics?

    The boys are back in town and they make sure everyone knows it. Dan and Georgia marvel at the audacity and idiocy of Edward and Piers Gaveston. The lads get so swept up in their reunion that they seem to forget everyone around them. What possessed them to give degrading nicknames to the barons? Plus, why does Gaveston surrender so easily?

    To send us questions for the show, you can tweet Dan directly@DGJones or use #Dansplaining

    This is History is a Sony Music Entertainment production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email podcastadsales@sonymusic.com

    Presented by Dan Jones and Georgia Mills
    Producer - Dominic Tyerman
    Assistant producer: Harry Gordon
    Executive Producer - Louisa Field
    Production Manager - Jen Mistri
    Engineering - Gulliver Lawrence-Tickell

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

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Amazing

I love this show - absolutely - but for the love of all logical things, please fix the season for the iron king and season 5 of a dynasty to die for so they do not combine into season five.

Disregard - it’s been fixed since yesterday. Thank you to everyone who helps with this podcast!

Chris B in the USA ,

Can’t get enough

This is by far my favorite podcast—informative, engaging and funny to boot. Seasons 1-4 with Dan Jones (plus subscriber issues—well worth the cost—are on repeat). Season 5 with Danièle Cybulskie has been an unexpected pleasure. More please!

Juliana73 ,

Excellent!!

Love, love, love this podcast! I must admit that I was a bit nervous when Dan Jones went on a bit of a hiatus, and Danièle Cybulskie took over for six episodes. However, my fears were allayed. Daniéle is a master storyteller (as is Dan), and I thoroughly enjoyed the foray into Philip the Fair’s story. Keep up the good work. I can’t wait to get ahold of some of your books to delve even further into the history of the Plantegenets and their medieval world.

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