History the way it is meant to be heard

History is human. History is drama. History is our story, and it belongs to all of us.

The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the scope of this island at the edge of the world.

This show is intended to be listened to in order, if you start with the most recent episode you will almost certainly become lost. So if you’re new, why don’t you listen to the first episode and find out what the show is all about.

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Membership Has Its Privileges

This show is advertiser free.  Seriously.  You can listen to entire episodes without EVER having to hear me awkwardly pretend that I use Blue Apron.

How cool is that?

And the way we’re able to provide that service, and stay one of the only truly independent history podcasts out there, is through Membership. 

Membership is voluntary.  The vast bulk of episodes are free and will remain so.  In fact, the whole main show is free so you don’t have to sign up to listen to the BHP.

However, to thank people for supporting the podcast we do offer a few exclusive extras for Members.

  • Access To Exclusive Members Only Podcasts
  • That’s a big deal.  There’s nearly 100 of them at this point.
  • Rough Transcripts so you can learn how to spell Waelsteng.
  • Member’s only boards so you can use your new vocabulary online.

And all of that costs about the same as a latte per month (unless you’re getting some sort of gold plated fancy latte, in which case “Thanks for listening, Your Highness.”)

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Reviews from Real Listeners

  • Great podcast. I stumbled across BHP last year during the episodes concerning Alfred and family. This happens to be a favorite period of time for me but, gosh, Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians was awesome. My interest was piqued by the show, The Last Kingdom in which Æthelflæd was portrayed at a young age, just married to Aethelred. I've always been facinated by AEthelflaed but never knew her accomplishments! Nice to have a heroine.

    Jamie's research is phenomenal and I love the fact that he utilizes current vernacular and never assumes we know something. I've listened to these recent episodes many times over and must admit, I wait impatiently for the next one.

    Debbie Almony Aston
  • By far the best podcast for pre-Norman British History. Even though 99% of the Roman and Anglo-Saxon ages do not exist in pop-culture, this podcast still makes you feel like you are encountering an incredible story. You don't even care anymore that you're not onto the famous kings & queens yet, because the stories preceding them are so engrossing. The podcast always takes a critical look at everything, and clearly explains what evidence that does and does not exist, which is refreshing in comparison to pop-history that just wants to make a statement on toughness or honor or other such moralistic messages.

    Patrick Wong
  • I love this podcast. I appreciate that Jamie tells you what is fact, folklore, or something inferred from charters and public documents. regardless of the source it always end up more like an ongoing story than a class room.

    As a side note, we went on vacation to the UK last year and I started listening to the podcasts about the same time as I booked the trip. Really glad I did because I had a much better understanding of what I was looking at. Most tour guides are giving a very high level over view, and then letting you wander around to take pictures so it was nice to have a reason to be excited.

    Leah Shook
  • Found this podcast by accident when searching for random things I enjoy learning more about - Hadrian’s Wall actually- and even tho I’m only currently on episode 40 (yea ScotCast) this has been a fantastic find. I’m thrilled to have such a wonderful, well told and well researched history of Britain to listen to on my drive every day. Jaime, the best thing that happened to us was the recession because it gave us this project by you. Thank you.

    Heather Michaelson
  • Loving, loving this! I am born and raised Portuguese but now live in Canada and I miss real history. The history of England is fascinating and the delivery and tone of the podcast is awesome. Thank you Jamie!

    As a proud Portuguese citizen, I’m waiting with baited breath when you get first to John of Gaunt(will be some time, I know) and next, much much later, to Charles II.

    In the meantime, I’ll continue to be fascinated by British history and this podcast.

    Eneida Paulo