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80 – Bloodletting

Ok, when we left off, Ida had become king of Bernicia and we had the beginnings of regional cultural groups. These groups were the result of a whole host of influences including everything from geographical features, to political decisions, to things as simple as wealth and a sense of cool. But the point is that we have gone from an… Read more →

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79 – Saint Patrick’s Day Special

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up and I thought you might want to know a bit about the man (or at least the myth of the man) behind the holiday. I hope you all have a fun and safe Saint Patrick’s Day! http://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/079.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Read more →

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78 – It’s Only Natural

Ok, so I’m going to wrap up the discussion of the development of regional cultures with a talk on an omnipresent (yet often ignored) influence on all of human development. This subject is often ignored in most disciplines, and it is definitely undervalued (unfairly) in many treatises on history. I speak, of course, of Nature. Sure, you can push back… Read more →

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76 – Developing Class

Today we start with a death. Wihtgar, brother of beloved Stuff, warrior, conqueror of Cerdic’s-Ore, and ruler of the Isle of Wight died in 544. Or did he? There’s a funny thing about dying.  You have to be alive first.  And there’s an argument that Wihtgar might be a mythical character and was created after the fact to establish a… Read more →

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71 – Staffordshire Hoard: Psychopathic Peacocks with David Symons

Today we’re going to learn more about the context and the craftsmanship of the Hoard. I think this will help shed some light on what makes this find so special, and also help you understand the sort of research that’s going into it and the number of mysteries it is revealing! The Staffordshire Hoard: www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk The Potteries Museum: www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag The… Read more →