Category: Culture

Episodes of The British History Podcast that include cultural history matters. You’ll learn about the diets, economics, and all the other aspects of daily life for the Celts, Romano-British, Britons, Anglo Saxons, and more.

290 – This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/290.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBrunanburh had been a titanic struggle. The Anglo Saxon Chronicle speaks of how the fighting lasted from morning to night, until “the field grew dark with the blood of men.” Blood spilled from warriors of no less than four separate kingdoms. The scribes speak of how the ground was littered with men impaled upon… Read more →

287 – The Conquest of Scotland

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/287.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFor the last six years, AEthelstan had been ruling in a manner that hasn’t been seen in Britain for generations. Beyond being a warlord, or even a King… AEthelstan was acting more like an Emperor. All of the Anglo Saxon territories were annexed into his new Kingdom of England, the Kings of Wales were… Read more →

286 – Noble Pursuits

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/286.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAfter generations of devastating war, England has found itself at peace. Which leaves a question we haven’t had to ask in a while. What did the Anglo Saxons actually do during peacetime? For the regular freemen (which was the vast majority of the population), this is a fairly straightforward question with a straightforward answer.… Read more →

285 – Full Court Press

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/285.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe Era of AEthelstan is one of contradictions. His behavior, his policies, his wars… pretty much everything that is happening during this period seems to have an element of duality. This man was discussed by scholars of his time in terms of his piety and his generosity both with the church and also with… Read more →

282 – How To Win Friends and Influence Jorvik

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/282.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAEthelstan had completed his annexation of Jorvik, and in doing so he had outperformed every last one of his predecessors, including his grandfather, Alfred the Great. But there were a few loose ends that he still needed to knot up. And as he watched the defenses of Jorvik burn and dolled out Jorvik’s wealth… Read more →

280 – King AEthelstan’s Love Life

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/280.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat is a King’s most important duty? Is it the defense of the realm? Or perhaps the growth of the kingdom’s borders? What about developing the economy? Fostering strong diplomatic alliances? Shepherding the souls of his subjects to Christ? How about just keeping his subjects happy and healthy? When it comes down to it,… Read more →

273 – I Do… Do I?

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/273.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLast episode we talked about the rapid growth of AEthelflaed’s power, Edward’s militarizing AEthelflaed’s borders, Edward visiting her at her capital city and bringing his army with him… the fact that she died shortly thereafter and Edward ordered his army to occupy the city… and then the signs of rebellion coming out of Northern… Read more →

264 – The Lost Rebellion

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/264.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn the year 909 we get an odd entry from the Chronicle. “This year St. Oswald’s body was removed from Bardney into Mercia.” It’s an weird entry that caps a very strange section of the Chronicle. In the seven year period from 902 to 909 we’ve got three blank years, two star gazing entries,… Read more →

261 – The Anglo Saxon Chronicle and the Mercian Register

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/261.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadI hope that after the last few episodes (and honestly, the last few years) have dispelled the myth of elegance that surrounds monarchy. Especially medieval monarchy. Even among the best monarchs, you won’t find a Prince Charming. Each one of these individuals had serious flaws … they all do things that are ineffective, short-sighted,… Read more →

257 – Political Accommodation Within The Danelaw

https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/episodes/257p.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThings in Britain are changing rapidly. In Scotland the MacAlpin dynasty is rising, and with it comes the merging of the Scottish and Pictish cultures. A similar blending is happening in the Anglo Saxon regions. As we’ve see in the last few episodes – cities are changing, economies are emerging. And the sudden appearance… Read more →