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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  1. Chapter 8 – Twilight of the Anglo Saxons The British History Podcast Transcript
  2. 302 - King Eadred The British History Podcast Transcript
  3. 303 – Eric Bloodaxe The British History Podcast Transcript
  4. 304 – A Kingdom Divided The British History Podcast Transcript
  5. 305 – A Very Special BHP Valentine’s Day Episode The British History Podcast Transcript
  6. 306 – King Eadwig The British History Podcast Transcript
  7. 307 – Cleaning House The British History Podcast Transcript
  8. 308 – A Thirst for Reform The British History Podcast Transcript
  9. 309 – Size Doesn’t Matter (until it does) The British History Podcast Transcript
  10. 310 - Political Theater The British History Podcast Transcript
  11. 311 – Team Edward The British History Podcast Transcript
  12. 312 - King Edward The British History Podcast Transcript
  13. 313 – How to Make a Martyr The British History Podcast Transcript
  14. 314 – Æthelred: Are You Ready? The British History Podcast Transcript
  15. 315 – The Cracks in the Foundation The British History Podcast Transcript
  16. 316 – The Old Guard The British History Podcast Transcript
  17. 317 – A Culture of Corruption The British History Podcast Transcript
  18. 318 – Chaos is a Ladder The British History Podcast Transcript
  19. 319 – The Battle of Maldon The British History Podcast Transcript
  20. 320 – Our Wooden Wall The British History Podcast Transcript
  21. 321 – Course Corrections The British History Podcast Transcript
  22. 322 - We're Absolutely Forked The British History Podcast Transcript
  23. PSA: Are We Dead? The British History Podcast Transcript
  24. 323 – Brotherhood of the Wolf The British History Podcast Transcript
  25. 324 - Law and Lawlessness The British History Podcast Transcript
  26. 325 – From Bad to Worse The British History Podcast Transcript
  27. 326 – The Year 1000 The British History Podcast Transcript
  28. 327 – Sail Away Sail Away Sail Away The British History Podcast Transcript
  29. 328 – The St Brice’s Day Massacre The British History Podcast Transcript
  30. 329 – Forkbeard The British History Podcast Transcript
  31. 330 - The Purge The British History Podcast Transcript
  32. 331 – Thoughts and Prayers The British History Podcast Transcript
  33. 332 – The Jomsvikings The British History Podcast Transcript
  34. Teig O'Kane and the Corpse The British History Podcast
  35. 333 - The Conquest of England The British History Podcast Transcript
  36. 334 – No Cnut November The British History Podcast Transcript
  37. 335 - Acts of Spasmodic Violence The British History Podcast Transcript
  38. 336 - The End Is The Beginning Is The End The British History Podcast Transcript
  39. 337 – The Rise of King Edmund Ironside The British History Podcast Transcript
  40. 338 – The Fall of King Edmund Ironsides The British History Podcast Transcript
  41. 339 – Cnut the Conqueror The British History Podcast Transcript
  42. 340 – A Bit of a Cnut The British History Podcast Transcript
  43. 341 – King Cnut of England The British History Podcast Transcript
  44. 342 - King Cnut of Denmark and England The British History Podcast Transcript

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Reviews from Real Listeners

  • More than just kings and queens Not that kings and queens aren't important, of course, and Mr. Jeffers covers all of them in a perfectly good way. But it's nice to hear how everyone else was living as well. Because that tells you something more than you can get from the life of a monarch: a real sense of what everyday life was like in the distant past.

    That's what you get from the BHP. Not just the doings of the mighty, but the ways of their subjects. A particular favourite is the episode on disease in the dark ages, in which we discover all the interesting ways that Unferth the Unhealthy might be treated for a range of ailments (most of the cures involve horse dung, for some reason). And Mr. Jeffers really puts effort into his research, going so far as to interview the main people involved in the finding of the Staffordshire Hoard and revealing a huge amount about Anglo-Saxon culture along the way.

    All this means that the podcast is moving through history at a slower pace than similar efforts - but it's vastly more fascinating. This is what history is really about: the doings of the mighty, and the lives of their subjects - all bound together and all the more intriguing.

    Paul R. Hardy 7/11/2013
  • From British Columbia to the British Empire In my small Canadian classroom many of my early history classes covered British history. Unfortunately, it wasn't the best introduction. This time around I knew I wanted to find a resource that would teach me context and not just which names and dates would be on the test. The British History Podcast is exactly what I needed! This podcast is well researched and presented with a mind for storytelling. I love following the narrative of history and seeing how each event happened in order. I also really appreciate that Jamie is honest about where there are gaps in the historical record. It's interesting to learn about where our information falls short. I'm only about 50 episodes in, but I'm excited to keep making my way through the archive.

    Jessica-Robyn 9/05/2016
  • Know nothing to know some things This is a wonderful show, I’ve been listening to it for more than a year. It’s perfect listening and Jamie puts it together in a nice, conversational way.

    Bonbonbon 12/04/2014
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    The most engaging story around at the moment. Absolutely gripping.

    Keith Jones 6/13/2018
  • Best History Professor I Never Had If you love history, this is as good a podcast as you are likely to hear. It’s obvious that Jamie spends an incredible amount of time on research and is scrupulous in pointing out when the records are incomplete, flat out missing or contradictory. He is anything but dull and dry. On the other hand, if you think English history shouldn’t take more than 10 episodes, that the Church was only interested in spiritual affairs and that the issues of today are somehow different than those of history, then this podcast is probably not for you. Watch a half hour Fox documentary or something.

    Son of Ida 6/16/2019