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.”)

If you would like to become a hero of the Werod, you can sign up for Membership by clicking this little button.

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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
    4/19/2018
  • 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
    1/26/2018
  • I’ve been listening for years (basically from the beginning) and find every episode just as interesting and intriguing as the last. Jamie does such a wonderful job of packing in so much detail and analysis (which I love as a detail orientated person) without it feeling too much...also it’s pretty funny and light hearted to! I finally signed up for a membership today and have been binging the members only content, which I can now say gives so much more context and detail. If you’re a history buff, I highly recommend this podcast �

    Kacie Heath
    1/18/2018
  • I love this podcast! Unfortunately I cannot afford to be a member (ZAR do not stretch as far as US$) but I have listened to every single episode. I found it by accident last year and the gaps (read gaping great holes) in my knowledge of English history, which was not part of the curriculum of South African schools, has grown exponentially with each episode. I love the quirky factoids dropped here and there and the easy listening style of the podcast. The depth and breadth of the research is evident in each episode. Thank you so much for hours and hours of listening pleasure!

    Tracey Wild
    4/02/2017
  • Awe inspiring, because the way he floats through the stories of Britain of such length and magnitude is commendable. I can only imagine the amount of hours and the level of dedication he puts into his work.

    And he has a great exciting form of narrative that engages you and makes you flip through books after you listened to his podcasts. And finally, a superb voice that is fun as opposed to the grim monotonous voice of other commentators out there.

    Pipi Newmai
    4/20/2017