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The comedy podcast that takes history seriously. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

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The comedy podcast that takes history seriously. Greg Jenner brings together the best names in comedy and history to learn and laugh about the past.

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    Catherine the Great (Radio Edit)

    Catherine the Great (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Julia Leikin and comedian David Mitchell to learn all about the life of Catherine II of Russia, better known as Catherine the Great. Catherine’s story is full of contradictions and ambiguities. She was a German princess who became empress of all Russia, a ruler who believed in Enlightenment philosophy but championed imperial expansion, and a sexually open woman in the patriarchal eighteenth century. From her childhood in Germany through her marriage to the heir to the Russian throne and eventual coup against his rule, this episode charts the twists and turns of Catherine’s life, and asks what kind of ruler she really was.
    This is a radio edit of the original podcast episode. For the full-length version, please look further back in the feed.
    Hosted by: Greg Jenner
    Research by: Jon Mason
    Written by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse, and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse

    • 28 min
    Mozart

    Mozart

    In this special live episode, with music by the BBC Concert Orchestra and pianist Ben Dawson, Greg Jenner is joined by Dr Hannah Templeton and comedian David O’Doherty in eighteenth-century Europe to learn all about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart is perhaps the most famous composer of all time, known for his operas, concertos, sonatas and symphonies; his talent is undeniable. But who was the man behind the music? This episode explores Mozart’s life story, following him and his family around Europe as he performed, composed and innovated. It takes in his time as a child prodigy with a controlling father, his doomed love affair, and his life as a working musician struggling to find work at court, as well as his incredible musical talent and the success he found in his own lifetime.

    Research by: Madeleine Bracey
    Written by: Madeleine Bracey, Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Production Coordinator: Caitlin Hobbs
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Old Norse Literature (Radio Edit)

    Old Norse Literature (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner is joined by historian Dr Janina Ramirez and comedian Kae Kurd in medieval Iceland to delve into the world of old Norse literature. It's full of elves, giants, trolls, gods, deadly mistletoe and eight-legged horse babies. Anything goes in a world created from the decapitated body of a giant where a squirrel runs communications! But what was the ultimate purpose of these stories? Who wrote them? And what do they teach us about Viking culture?
    Produced by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse

    • 28 min
    Ramesses the Great (Radio Edit)

    Ramesses the Great (Radio Edit)

    Greg Jenner and his guests lift the lid on one of Ancient Egypt's greatest rulers, Ramesses the Great. How did Ramesses acquire the nickname 'The Great'? What were the reasons for the adulation he received from his subjects? How long did he rule and how many temples were built in his honour? Greg discusses these questions and many more with his guests, the comedian and writer Sophie Duker and the historical expert Dr Campbell Price.
    Produced by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse

    • 29 min
    Emma of Normandy

    Emma of Normandy

    In this episode, Greg Jenner is joined by Professor Elizabeth Tyler and comedian Jen Brister in early medieval England to learn all about Queen Emma of Normandy. Emma was wife to two English kings – Aethelred and Cnut – and mother to two more, Harthacnut and Edward the Confessor. She was a key player in the complex politics of eleventh-century England, and symbolised the overlapping English, Norman and Scandinavian identities at play in England even before the Norman conquest of 1066. This episode traces Emma’s life from her childhood in Normandy, through her marriages to the English Aethelred and Danish Cnut, and into her final years as mother to the king. Along the way, it explores Emma’s political savvy, and the messy family relationships that shaped early medieval English history.

    Research by: Josh Rice
    Written by: Josh Rice, Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse

    • 58 min
    The Inca Empire

    The Inca Empire

    In this episode, Greg Jenner is joined by Professor Bill Sillar and comedian Sue Perkins to learn all about the South American Inca empire. At their height, the Inca controlled a vast territory from their base in Peru, one that stretched down the mountainous west coast of the continent, from Ecuador all the way down to Argentina. But the empire barely lasted for a century. Beginning in the mid-fifteenth century, it fell in the 1530s with the arrival of Spanish conquistadores, led by Pizarro. This episode goes beyond famous sites like Machu Picchu and explores all aspects of Incan life, death – and taxes! Along the way, it takes in social and family structures, food and drink, religious practices, art and architecture.
    [The podcast version of this episode has been edited slightly to amend an incorrect reference to the weight of the stones carried from Cuzco to Ecuador]
    Research by: Andrew Himmelberg
    Written by: Andrew Himmelberg, Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow, Emma Nagouse and Greg Jenner
    Produced by: Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow and Greg Jenner
    Audio Producer: Steve Hankey
    Production Coordinator: Caitlin Hobbs
    Senior Producer: Emma Nagouse

    • 58 min

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2.4K Ratings

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