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 Comments

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

    1. 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.

  11. 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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