2 – Invasion of Giant Deer, Cannibals, and Celts!

A whirlwind tour of the 70,000 years of the history of Britain, taking us through pre-historic Britain and landing us finally at the eve of Julius Caesar's invasions of Britannia. You will learn about the early beginnings of England, Scotland, and Wales while also getting a sense of what ice age Britain was like. For example, did you know that we had woolly mammoths and giant deer?

(History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland)

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  25 Replies to “2 – Invasion of Giant Deer, Cannibals, and Celts!”

  1. July 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Just started listening to this podcast. Really good so far and the accent doesn’t bother me at all.

    • Jamie
      September 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

      That’s great to hear, Stuart. Thanks for listening!

  2. Joy Biscay
    September 25, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Your lecture is fantastic, clear, and easy to follow.I would like learn more about the history of British, and especial when it become Great Britain. Also, I would ask you to post scripts of podcast because the English is my second language.

    • Jamie
      September 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Thanks for listening, Joy! I’ll see what I can do about transcripts. The problem is that I tend to either simply go off notes, or if I’m working with a script I go off-script on tangents. Consequently, any script I put up wouldn’t track perfectly unless I wrote it after the fact, and that would require a bunch of work.

      • Joy Biscay
        September 26, 2011 at 3:52 am

        I really appreciate your hard work.

  3. November 9, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Heavens, talk about a giant deer! Geez.

    Anyhow, just wanted to pop in and say hi, I just found your podcast and I love it. Can’t wait to listen to more!

    • Jamie
      November 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

      I know, right? That’s who should be pulling santa’s sleigh. It would be way more impressive than reindeer. ;)

      • July 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        OMG, yes! Giant deer are way better than reindeer. :D (Made me laugh!)

  4. Susan
    November 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I love your podcast. I just found it last week and was able to download several episodes for a long trip out of state. It made long waits in airports much easier.
    A comment on the Celts. It helps to think of Celts as a language group rather than a united “people”. Yep, they spoke variations on the same language, but that did not ensure cohesion. Imagine that:)
    BTW, on the wonder of the internet. I was taught that Manx was a dead language, (yes, that was when I was in college, which was before the earth had cooled) but an internet search gave a UTube recording of the last native Manx speaker, and offers of Manx language lessions.
    Who knew?

    • Jamie
      November 15, 2011 at 7:58 am

      Wow! I’ll have to check that Manx video out. Thanks! :)

  5. March 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Just discovered your podcast, and am looking forward to working my way through, but I couldn’t suppress a groan at your mention of the druids and Stonehenge.

    The druids were, roughly speaking, the priestly and professional class among Celtic language speaking cultures which, as you point out, didn’t arrive until much later.

    • May 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      What came first, the Druids or the Celts? Things took an incredibly long time back then.

  6. S
    March 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I’m listening to these podcasts for the first time. My school history lessons (I’m in my 20s) were boring, and uninformative, and so I know very little about the history of the country I live in. Now I can finally catch up! Thanks for making these great podcasts! Also, RE the accent comment up there ^, I think it’s quite appropriate that you don’t have a BBC English voice, given the culturally eclectic nature of the Britain and its past.

  7. Mark West
    October 25, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Just started listening. I’ve never had an interest in British History. I went to private school and history was about as interesting as latin. I went on to study Chemistry instead at Uni. I took an interest after reading ‘The Saxon Chronicles’ by Bernard Cornwell and i found one of your pod’s on Saxon history. I’m starting from the start now. Looking forward to getting clued up.

  8. Cassandra
    November 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    So glad I found this Podcast! Makes my morning and evening commutes to work wonderfully entertaining!

    • November 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Welcome! And drive safe :)

  9. Marla simpson
    January 20, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Found your podcast about 6 weeks ago. Now that ive listened to all the back episodes im stuck waiting a whole week for the next one. Love it though and you have really added to what i learned in medeval history in college! (Yes im a huge history nerd. It was even an elective)

  10. M. J.
    March 21, 2015 at 11:38 am

    My children and I have just begun listening to your podcast! We are in love! We have been breezing through it, and it has given us such a beautiful love of our ancestry. Thank you for creating this!

  11. Rob
    December 28, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Really loving these podcasts. Thank you.

  12. Harry C
    January 1, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Love this, thank you so much.
    Small note – the Giant deer displayed at Crystal Palace park, along with the Giant Sloth, are modeled on specimens at Chicago’s Field Museum.

  13. Jake
    January 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I’m an american teenager disappointed with my school’s history department and its inability to cover anything in depth. Just found this site today; I’ll be sure to start listening. Thanks for all your work!

    • April 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Sadly it was the same in my day as well and I only graduated high school in 2008. Most of the history taught in U.S.A public schools leaves much to be desired and is in no way comprehensive. I’m glad you are searching elsewhere for what your education may lack. Its an amazing podcast and he has a way of describing the events that captures your attention and keeps it for hours after you have stopped listening. In fact he even makes references to different materials and resources for certain events and time periods and even explains to some extent their level of credibility. Wish I had this when I was still in school.

  14. Paul
    February 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Quite a lot of woffle, I’m afraid.

  15. Mert
    October 8, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    How do you spell the man that was believed to be eaten?

  16. Jennifer Marshburn
    October 10, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve just discovered the podcast, and it looks like I have a long way to go before I’m all caught up! No worries, though. This is exactly the kind of information I’ve been looking for to assist in the kind of research that I’m doing. Thank you for everything you do!

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