155 episodes

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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This is History: A Dynasty to Die For This is History

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    • 4.9 • 1.2K Ratings

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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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    The Iron King | 1. The Vespers

    The Iron King | 1. The Vespers

    A suspected royal poisoning. A bloody rebellion in Sicily. A dying king fleeing across the mountains. The stage is set for the reign of one of the coldest rulers from all of the Middle Ages: Philip the Fair. 



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    Written and hosted by Danièle Cybulskie

    Producer - Georgia Mills

    Executive Producer - Louisa Field

    Production Manager - Jen Mistri

    Marketing - Kieran Lancini

    Sound Design and Mixing - Chris O'Shaughnessy
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    • 27 min
    The Iron King | Why does everyone want to control Sicily?

    The Iron King | Why does everyone want to control Sicily?

    Dan and Daniele dive into the world-shaking events that lead to Philip the Fair becoming King of France, from Sicilian rebellions to papal interference. They also discuss whether Philip liked his nickname “the Fair” and Dan wonders if the French King was more similar to Ken or Zoolander.

    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 Danièle Cybulskie
    Producer - Hannah Talbot
    Executive Producer - Louisa Field
    Production Manager - Jen Mistri
    Engineering - Gulliver Lawrence-Tickell

    Season 4 | 1. A Simple Man

    Season 4 | 1. A Simple Man

    What happens when you make a nine-year-old boy king of England? It turns out, it’s a recipe for unscrupulous advisers and a king unlike any the nation has ever known.



    Henry III is the opposite of his cruel father: he is compassionate and pious, but he’s also indecisive and easily manipulated. When trouble brews in Plantagenet lands in France, Henry’s brother, the wily and calculating Richard, is sent to assert the Plantagenet authority. It’s a decision that Henry and his advisors will come to sorely regret. . 



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    Written and presented by Dan Jones



    Producer and Story Editor - Georgia Mills

    Executive  Producer - Louisa Field

    Production Manager - Jen Mistri 

    Composer -  Matt Acheson 

    Sound Design and Mixing - Chris O'Shaughnessy 


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    • 30 min
    Season 4 | Did Henry III have daddy issues?

    Season 4 | Did Henry III have daddy issues?

    Dan and producer Georgia dive straight back to 1225, where a very young boy, Henry III, is ruling England. Child kings don’t have a great reputation – but could Henry be different? Perhaps this time, the power won’t go to his head. We also learn about Henry’s upbringing and Dan muses on what Henry really thought of his dad, “Bad” King John.

    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 - Hannah Talbot
    Executive Producer - Louisa Field
    Production Manager - Jen Mistri
    Engineering - Gulliver Lawrence-Tickell

    Season 4 | 2. Brothers in Arms

    Season 4 | 2. Brothers in Arms

    Henry III’s younger brother Richard returns from victory abroad and is rewarded with a wealthy area of English land. There’s just one problem: Henry has already granted key pieces of that land to someone else. This insult sends a furious Richard down the well-trodden path to family rebellion and civil war, while Henry desperately tries to stop things from spiralling out of control. 



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    Written and presented by Dan Jones



    Producer and Story Editor - Georgia Mills

    Executive  Producer - Louisa Field

    Production Manager - Jen Mistri 

    Composer -  Matt Acheson 

    Sound Design and Mixing - Chris O'Shaughnessy




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    • 32 min
    Season 4 | Did Henry III suck at being king?

    Season 4 | Did Henry III suck at being king?

    Why does no one like Henry? Surely having a “simple man” on the throne is better than a ruthless murderer. Producer Georgia takes Henry’s corner and asks whether he was really such a dud. Plus, Dan reveals the greatest wine of the Middle Ages, one you can still buy today, and examines why one chronicler thought William Marshall Junior was murdered.

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

    This is History is a Sony Music Entertainment production.

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    Presented by Dan Jones and Georgia Mills
    Producer - Hannah Talbot
    Executive Producer - Louisa Field
    Production Manager - Jen Mistri
    Engineering - Gulliver Lawrence-Tickell

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Alygram ,

Great podcast for the history buff

I binged all three seasons and enjoyed them so much that I plan to relisten to them.I also enjoyed the British Castles series on Netflix. Well done!

Ohbladee ohbladah ,

First Four Seasons are Fantastic!

Then the fifth season started and the host is AWFUL. She sounds like an AI voice reading a children’s book. I cannot hear the story through the voice. Very disappointing and have now stopped listening. Bring back Dan Jones!

BlasphemousBill ,

Better than fiction.

The title here is a reference to Game of Thrones, which it’s been said was inspired by the War(s) of the Roses. It’s hard to out do the real life shenanigans of House Plantagenet, though. I have been fascinated by this dynasty since I was about 13 and received the Avalon Hills game, Kingmaker, for my birthday. I’ve read all books I can find on it. Several years ago, my wife gave me a copy of Dan’s “The Plantagenets,” which I reread during COVID. Gave me some perspective on things, for sure.

Anyway, give this a listen. Each episode will leave you on the edge of your seat as you learn about these all too real, sometimes, larger than life royal characters. The subject here is middle to late medieval English history, a period of time dominated by the Plantagenet dynasty and includes some well-known historical figures such as Richard the Lionheart and his brother King John, both whom have made it onto the Disney screen, the unfortunate Thomas Beckett, Edward Longshanks (the villain in Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart) and eventually I presume, the notorious Richard the Third. However, it’s not just the male heirs to the English throne that we get treated to here. Dan brings out of the shadows the many amazing women who also shaped history, such as Eleanor of Aquitaine.

There is so much more to come. The Black Prince. John de Gaunt. The rather feckless Henry VI and his ambitious Queen, Margaret of Anjou. The Lancaster and the Yorks. The lost Innocents. I can hardly wait.

I am pretty familiar with this history, but Dan has made each episode so vibrant that it just comes alive through his fantastic narration. Just give it a listen. You’ll be hooked.

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