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  1. Mr. Jeffers:
    I listen to your excellent broadcasts as I ride my bike each morning – the time passes quickly, I tend not to dwell on the pain of physical exertion and your style reminds me of sitting around a fire at summer camp listening to a well-told story. I have now caught up with you and am current. This means that I will need to find another back-channel to history while awaiting your next installment. I will subscribe after today’s ride, assuming I survive.
    Q: By the time they left, how much of their bloodlines did the Romans leave behind among the people of Britain?

    Sorry for using this vehicle of communications, but I neither like nor trust Facebook.

    1. I’m glad that the stories are coming across in a storytelling manner. That was my primary goal. :)

      The Romans mixed with the local Britons, certainly, and most Britons would have seen themselves as Roman subjects by the end of the occupation. But I have no idea how to quantify the amount of Roman blood stuck around. I would say “a fair amount.”

      1. Jamie

        I have just listened to your 5 minute introduction, and hope to be listening to your podcast in earnest in the coming weeks.

        I am glad to see you referring to the Britons in your reply to Jeffrey! It is a common mistake to confuse the ancient Britons, the English, and what becomes the the British. I am glad you won’t be confusing matter by mixing these people up.

      2. Check out this book – it’s very cool and talks about the genetics of the inhabitants of the UK. It looks at what percentage of the population is descended from the various groups that have lived in Britain through history. We liked it a lot.

        Plus it talks about hilarious little tidbits of genetic anomalies. Apparently there is a genetic variant which is most common around Glasgow that gives people a high pain tolerance and also makes them able to tolerate spicy food. Could explain why my husband can eat all these curries that are too spicy for me!

        The Face of Britain – How our Genes Reveal the History of Britain.

      3. I hope this is an appropriate comment for this forum, if not please just delete it, but I have what may be a typical DNA profile to offer up as a possible answer to the Roman bloodline query. I am a white American, and have traced a large portion of my ancestry on my mother’s side as coming from England in the early 1700’s and from my father’s side as having come from England as far back as Jamestown in the early 1600’s, and the line continues in England back to the early 1400’s (so far). My DNA profile proposes that I am of 100% European ancestry, but only 21% from Great Britain per se. While I have 15% Scandinavian ancestry, I imagine this to be left from the time of the Vikings stay on our little isle, I also have 8% of my DNA that originated from Italy/Greece. This small but significant amount is what I suppose to have been a parting gift from the Romans once they headed back to whence they had come for the last time. Besides a smattering from Ireland and a bit from the Iberian Peninsula, the bulk of my sequence (44%) showed my ancestors to have hailed from Western Europe, primarily France and Germany. The French part may well have been from the Norman Invasion, while the German part could very well have come from the original Germanic tribes that first ventured onto the island. This leaves me wondering what exactly the 21% listed as from Great Britain actually means. But that, I suppose, is a story for another time. Of course this is all pure conjecture on my part, trying to make sense of what I can of the DNA results I was given, when I have yet to find a single ancestor who traces back from anywhere except England. This, out of the more than 2,000 people I have currently documented in my family tree. But it is conjecture that makes sense to me now that I’ve begun to learn about the fascinating history of this place through the pure genius storytelling offered by Jamie. So Jamie, does any of this stand to reason, or is it more likely that my grandmother’s mailman was German? And again Jamie, feel free to edit or delete at your discretion. Thank you for a truly spellbinding podcast. I’m only on episode 10, but catching up will be a treat that I very much look forward to.

      4. I just started listening to all the podcasts from the beginning and just hit 100. I drive a lot and will be caught up before too long. I would become a member now but then I would get sidetracked and never get current. Are there archives once I join on past member podcasts? I love your style and am reliving my education. My degree was in British History with a concentration on the Middle Ages. I think I’m learning more from you than I learned at university.

        1. All the members episodes are available. But I’d recommend signing up sooner rather than later, since the things we cover over there relate directly to the episodes you’re currently listening to. Especially the later episodes, when we start doing the Shop Talk episodes.

          Thanks for listening!

      5. Hey Jamie, I’m attempting to become a member and whenever I hit add billing information nothing happens. I worked in technical support for years so cookies have been cleared and I have pressed the button maybe I’m still missing someone simple but there it is.

        1. Hmmm, I’ve had a look and I’m not seeing any record of an attempt. Sometimes the server hiccups, especially in high volume times, so it’s possible that was the problem. Can you give it another try and see if that’s the case? Also, if you have any pop-up blockers or ad-blockers maybe try disabling them.

  2. Excellent podcast Jamie.
    I listen to your podcast during on my daily train trip to and from work.
    Anybody who knows me could tell you how cheap I am. I occasionally give financial support to podcasts I love, but this is the first one that I have committed a monthly membership.
    Great work and hope to hear more soon!

    1. Thank you so much for your support, Carol! I’m hard at work on the next episode and hope to have it up soon!

  3. Jamie, I’d like to support; however, the “Donate” Paypal link isn’t working at the moment. This is the error I get:

    PayPal cannot process this transaction because of a problem with the seller’s website. Please contact the seller directly to resolve this problem.

  4. Hi Jamie,

    I love your podcast. I was waiting for somebody to start British History podcast. Reason is simple, though I don’t condone British Colonist I feel they were more tolerant/bearable compared to other European Colonist Nations.
    In your podcast I realized your dislike for Romans because they colonize Briton. I am just curious though how you will discuss British colonization (slaving) of various part of the world and freedom fights of those countries.
    Once again I will like to thank you on your attempt for bringing British History to podizens.

    History Lover

    1. I’m pretty much anti-colonial in general. But I agree with you on the fact that the Brits were kinder than many of their competing nations. The sad truth of it is that history is just one long story of colonization. It makes me wonder if the “GIMME IT, IT’S MINE!” attitude that pervades much of human history is a learned trait, or if it is something innate in humanity.

      Anyway, thanks for listening!


  5. Jamie,

    I’ve struck gold with this series, audible won’t like you though as I’ve put my membership on hold. I’ve temporarily abandoned ‘The Lady in the Tower’ whilst I get up to speed with your podcasts. My 9 year old is crazy about the Romans so I’ll share these with him too.

    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying it, and I hope your 9 year old does too. My goal is to make history accessible to everyone. Thanks for listening!

  6. Hi Jamie,
    Really liking your podcasts and your style of delivery. They help while away the hours in my boring job in the post office. I have always loved history and am also glad that you give a basic start up of the inhabitants of our island and that there were people here before the Celts arrived.
    I live in Scotland now, near the Antonine wall and I lived in Wales near Isca Silurum, ( Caerleon ) I was sick of hearing about how we are Celtic this and Celtic that. Surely one theory I read is that through trade and fashion, all this Celtic stuff was imported from mainland Europe and copied mostly by the Britons?
    This would be a style of living like us Brits do today by copying the American fashions. However it doesn’t make us American.
    Just a light hearted question with no ulterior motive. By the way, I just realised that no matter where you move in most of Britain you can’t get away from those pesky Romans.

    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast! The Celtic thing is actually a little controversial. There are a few theorists who claim that the Celts never invaded, and what we think of as Celts might have never existed. Personally, I don’t buy it. However, one of the fun things about history is that we’re always finding new facts. So who knows, maybe we were never Celtic in the first place. But seriously… I don’t buy it. ;)

  7. Covering the development of the English language also would be great. What old English was, how 1066 added French to English. I.e. Why we have so may names for the same thing.. Like beef (French) cow (old English?)’ pork and pig etc.

    Good job!

    1. Cow is Anglo Saxon. So the reason for that is actually economic. Note that we don’t call a cow “Beef.” Only the meat is Beef. That’s because the french nobility didn’t deal with farming, only with consumption. While the Anglo Saxons were raising the animals. So thus we have Cow/Beef, Pig/Pork, Sheep/Mutton, etc.

      1. I second that!! The History of English podcast is awesome! One of the best I’ve ever subscribed to.

      1. I am for sure going to check out that History of English podcast! I’m a linguistics uni student and this sounds like it’s right up my alley.

  8. I’ve been enjoying the podcast giving a free sample of the “member’s only” content was an excellent idea – got me to sign up at my first opportunity. Looking forward to more, and hope you’re enjoying making these as much as I’m enjoying listening to them.

  9. Hi Jamie!
    I just wanted to say thanks for your great podcast that helps me study british history for my exams in a fun way!
    As soon as I find a job I’ll suscribe, but I’m a student and I’m struggling a little with the money right now. But I’ll put the link on my facebook wall!!
    Congrats for your podcast again. =)

  10. l live in colombia and am a history fan, and l find your podcast extremely instructive, interesting and very easy to listen to.
    I am very thankful for your effort, this is the kind of history that could reach young people and make them love history through understanding.

  11. I just started listening to this rather addictive history podcast. Besides wondering “Why aren’t there more like this?,” I wanted to compliment you on making history at least as enjoyable as a comedy podcast. Keep up the good work, and thanks for the two-ep treatment of Boudica!

  12. Hi Jamie,

    I happened across your podcast several weeks ago (thank you zune podcast directory), and I’ve been diligently working my way through your backlog ever since. As soon as I got to the Boudica episode (yesterday) I came to your website and signed up. More than happy to pay for such a quality podcast. I am in yachting and do some work in editing sailing manuals, so if you ever need input on themes nautical, don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks very much and please stay with this project. I look forward to the Pippa episode sometime in 2022.

    1. Hi Sean!

      Thanks for joining! And I’m glad you enjoyed the Boudicca episode so much. It’s definitely one of my favorites. 2022 is a long way off, but in the meantime we’ll still have the anglo-saxon era (which I’m really looking forward to). It’ll be tough, because it’s the dark ages and there isn’t a huge wealth of information to work with, but it will still be some pretty exciting stuff!

  13. I would like to become a member, and maybe this is answered somewhere, but what is the difference in the memberships, besides the cost???
    Thank you and you are doing a great job!

    1. Hi Kim! There’s absolutely no difference, everyone gets the same content. It just gives people the option to contribute whatever amount they’d prefer.

      Thank you for listening!


  14. A really great podcast..Jamie manages to make complicated history fun and enjoyable to listen to. Thank you. I would love to give an annual membership rather than the monthly recurring that possible?

    1. Let me have a look into that. I don’t have anything like that set up at the moment, but I don’t see why it can’t be done. Once I’m done with this episode on Severus, it’ll be my next task. Thanks for listening!

    2. Mark, at the moment it doesn’t seem I can make yearly subscriptions an option unless I add another button. My main worry about doing that is that visitors might get confused and wonder what the difference is, etc.

      Sooner or later, I’ll be doing a bit of a site redesign, as well as setting up forums. When that happens, I’ll see what I can do about making support page that is a little more user friendly and will make it easy to become either a monthly or yearly member.

      For now, you can email me directly and we can work out a way to set you up as a yearly member.


  15. Jamie,

    I’m finally caught up with all the back episodes of the podcast and wanted to show my support and pass along my appreciation for the great work you’re doing. Hopefully this podcast has a long history of its own.

  16. Dear Jamie,

    I am a huge history fan, and being originally from India, have been looking for a good British history podcast for quite some time. Your podcast is by far the best I have found so far and have been listening to all the episodes from the beginning quite rapidly. I am now an officially subscribed member. I just wanted to thank you for doing this podcast and hope you can continue for a long time.

    Doing my early schooling in India, I have a good grasp of the british raj and its impact on the indian subcontinent. Understandably we are not given much british history beyond the Raj, nor do we get to see the Raj through british eyes. So I am particularly looking forward to that aspect of the podcast.



    1. If you’re interested, it might be fun to get you involved (maybe via skype or something) when we get to the Raj era. If that’s something you’d like to do, please let me know. Thanks for supporting the podcast!

      1. Sure, that sounds like a lot of fun. I’d love to take part.

        BTW: Romans ARE the greatest people in Antiquity, I think that’s scientifically proven, so maybe we can reduce the Rome-bashing a bit. :D Just Kidding, Bash on!! SPQR for life!!!

        It was great of you mention the Mike Duncan podcast, of which I am a loyal listener. I think a deeper understanding of Roman history will become invaluable in the British empire era, as the British colonization style was very similar to Rome’s as opposed to the more loot and smash colonization of other european powers. The fact that I started learning English in kindergarten, and still revert to saying “lift” instead of elevator when I am tired is a testament to that. :D

  17. Hello Jamie,

    I’ve been listening to your podcast pretty much since it started and I absolutely love it. I moved to the UK from Germany and I’ve always been interested in learning about the history of the place I live in, so this podcast really is ideal—I live in a place with quite a bit of Roman history that is still visible today :) Also cheers and kudos for keeping it up, as member of a team of podcasters I know how much of a struggle it can be sometimes, and how much sticking power you need to do a good podcast.

    So, basically, huge thanks for everything, keep up the good work, and thumbs up from a Sherlockian podcaster :D

    1. Hi Ardy! I just downloaded Episode 5 of your podcast (on the Guy Richie film) and look forward to listening to it. That’s pretty great that you’re living in an area with a bunch of Roman history… you know, I’d appreciate it if you’re willing to share any interesting bits of Roman history, photos, or anything of the like from the area you live in. I’m constrained by what scholars are willing to record, and there are so many local stories, artifacts, and whatnot that I just can’t get access to unless I get on a plane. So please let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in. Anyway, thanks for listening!

  18. Hi Jamie,

    I love the podcast! I just began a monthly subscription, and I’m so happy to help support it. I’ve heard you mention that you were offering certain podcasts as “members only”, and I was wondering how to access them. This was probably explained on a podcast at some point, but I missed it entirely.

    Thanks so much,


    1. Hi Haley! Thank you so much for becoming a member! I’m currently out of town, which is why I’m slow in replying, but there should have been an email sent to you at the email address your paypal account is linked to which has the info for getting the RSS. Can you check that address, as well as your spam folder (sometimes I get filtered) and let me know whether or not you got it?

      Thanks again!


  19. Hi Jamie

    I am a big fan of Mike Duncan’s History of Rome podcast and was becoming a little worried as Mike approaches the 400s AD and the end of the road. So I was delighted to find your podcast which is both informative and entertaining. Given the scope of your ambitions it looks like I will not have to worry about my weekly history fix for many years yet. I have subscribed in the hope that it will help keep your nose to the grindstone. It might be worth trying some cross advertising with THOR as I am sure many of that podcast’s followers would be instant fans of your podcast.

    One question. Are you really aiming for a history of Britain as opposed to England? If so that is quite ambitious – easy at the moment but will get more difficult once the Scots go their own merry way. However as an Englishman whose knowlege of Scottish history owes everything to Mel Gibson it will certainly be enlightening.

    Anyway thanks for the great podcast and keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Colin! Thank you so much for the compliments. I really don’t know if Mike would be interested in cross advertising, largely because he’s a much MUCH bigger fish than I am. He even does yearly tours of Rome now. His listener-base dwarfs mine. But it’s a great idea, and I’m always happy to point people to other podcasts/books/etc that I think they’d like. So who knows, maybe he’d be interested.

      As for your question, I know it sounds mad, but I’m really going to try to do the history of Britain. It might become too much of a mess, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. ;)

      Thanks again for becoming a member (and sorry for the slow reply, I’ve been out of town)!


  20. As a Brit through and through, I must say how much I enjoy your podcasts. They seem so very well researched. You have mentioned some of your sources occasionally but I was surprised to find no mention of either the Encyclopaedia Britannica or the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which are two of the most famous and authoritative reference works. Both are available online, either at a cost or for free (in the UK) through one’s local library.

    I agree with the suggestion of a yearly subscription/ donation as exchange costs make it impractical for a small amount to be paid in other currencies.

    Any ideas on podcasts like yours and Mike Duncan’s on China, India, etc.?

    1. Honestly it’s because the EB doesn’t go into enough detail for me to use it as a major source. A lot of what comprises this podcast, at least at this point, is pretty esoteric and consequently I need specifically targeted resources.

      I’ll see what I can do about the yearly sub situation.

      Thanks for listening!

  21. Hey jamie
    Loving your series and really enjoyed listening to your q&a session today…..i wonder if your wife did ever listen to this and realise how far down the family pecking order she is! Sorry to hear about your dog and also you being out of work. I really think that long term this will prove to be blessing disguise as you clearly have a passion that needs to lead you down a different road…..keep up the good work …. Andy

  22. Hi Jamie,

    I love this podcast and can never wait until the next one. I have just become a member and only wish I could give more as I think you are doing a fantastic job! You are funny, engaging and honest and these are all traits that are sometimes lost in the overwhelming tide of ‘educational lectures’ I am very glad you have held on to your personality.

    Thank you.


    1. Haha! It’s always nice to get messages like this, since I often wonder how my style is received by my listeners. Thank you so much! You won’t have to wait too much longer for the next episode. The hold up is its size. This next one is so big, in fact, that I’m trying to find places to pare it down. ;)

  23. Hi Jamie,

    Really good work really enjoy these podcasts. I hope you have plenty of people subscribing and listening to this as this is how history should be taught. It is an early version of various gossip magazines!(sorry that is not meant to belittle your podcast but you tell it in a personal and interesting way).

    I have not setup a monthly donation but I have and will continue to donate when I have any cash.


    1. Thank you very much, and I don’t take that in a belittling way at all. One of my favorite compliments I’ve received is that I make British History sound like a compelling Mexican Soap Opera. Haha!

  24. All right. I broke down and have now have a monthly subscription. I was starting to develop the same guilty complex similar to PBS membership drive week!

    I’ve enjoyed all your podcasts and got a kick out of hearing how you prepare each show (listeners’ questions episode).

    PS You’ve got the makings of a great reference librarian! I listen to most of your podcast in my library (middle school) and plan to use the section of you talking about endnotes and footnotes to my students.

    1. Thank you so much! I don’t know if I could stand being quiet long enough to work in a library. You might have noticed, but I sort of love to babble. ;)

      By the way, I’m really excited that you’re planning on using the footnote/endnote thing for your students. That’s awesome!

  25. Just listened to your early podcast about Caesar’s invasion in 55BC & (as someone who grew up on the south coast of England) I find one thing implausible: that the Romans had no idea about tides. The tides are obviously very similar on the north coast of France (and northern Spain for that matter) to those in England and ANY seamen would know all about them. Even after just a few days on the beaches of France any Romans from inland areas would know the basic pattern ie 2 high and 2 low tides per day. Caesar would have had plenty of information about The English Channel and would surely have prepared for the invasion well, and used experienced sailors too. So I don’t accept the idea that Caesar’s invasion was taken by surprise by rising and falling tides. It sounds like an excuse or propaganda to me
    Make sense?

  26. Hi Jamie,

    Thanks for doing this podcast. I do a job that requires no concentration, so something cerebral is most welcome.

    I hope I will be able to contribute soon.


  27. Dear Jamie,

    It is an excellent podcast. I feel a little sheepish that it has taken me until now to subscribe as I have enjoyed every one. I still get cross that Paypal refers to the Isle of Man as part of the United Kingdom though. You nearly lost a subscription through no fault of your own! I look forward to the extra content.

    I have no idea how much research you must have needed to do just for the Roman period. I was sorry to hear the reason that you had the time to do the podcast but am I selfish to hope that whatever you do in the near to medium future it provides you with the time to continue?

    All the best


    1. Hi David,

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcast! Thank you so much for supporting the project. To answer your question, even if I get picked up by a firm I’ll be treating this podcast as my second job and will keep working on it. My hope is that if I keep working at it, sooner or later I’ll be able to do it as a real job since I really love the work!

      Now I must admit that I’m rather excited that I have listener from the Isle of Man because I’m finally able to ask a question that’s been nagging at me. Are there any people who speak Manx as a first language? As you probably know, Welsh is making a comeback. Is there a similar movement for Manx? It would be wonderful to see our ancient languages return.

      Anyway, thank you again for supporting the podcast and for your kind words.

      1. Dear Jamie

        I think the last people with Manx as their first language died out in the early 20th Century. The Manx Museum has some fabulous recordings of native speakers.

        It is making a comeback in that it is being taught in most schools on the Island now whereas it wasn’t when I was growing up (and I am soon to be 40). The street or road names generally have a Manx translation and Manx will appear on many Government correspondence in addition to the English. The office where I live even has a weekly Manx lesson session which I am afraid I do not attend.

        So basically yes, there is much more Manx about than there was 20 years ago but I think the numbers who could sit in a room and converse are very few .

        All the best


  28. Jamie,

    In your latest podcast “Scotcast Part One”, you referred to Scotland as part of Britain. Please note that Britain refers to England and Wales only. Great Britain is Britain plus Scotland. The United Kingdom refers to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are and are not considered part of the United Kingdom, depending upon circumstances – e.g. sport, defence, membership of international bodies, etc.


    1. That’s a good catch. I was so concerned with how strange it was to be talking about Scotland before it was Scotland that I didn’t pay attention to letting the shortened name slip in. I’ll make mention of it in the next podcast.

      However, maybe I’m biased because all of my family is south of the Wall, and I was educated in the US, but I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one to occasionally shorten Great Britain to Britain. ;)

  29. I don’t agree with Gina. Britain (or more fully Great Britain) means the whole island of England, Wales & Scotland deriving I think from Britannia, the Roman name for the island. In many spheres eg the legal system, the FA etc the expression “England and Wales” is used to denote Britain excluding Scotland. She is right about the UK and the small islands though. However, the “British Isles” means Britain plus the whole of Ireland …. I think!
    Confusing eh?

    1. No more confusing than the US, I suppose. I live in Portland, which is in Multnomah County, which is in Oregon, which is in the Pacific Northwest, which is part of the West Coast (also known as the Left Coast), which is part of the United States of America, which is part of North America, etc.

      Actually, the America thing is a good example. I’m pretty sure that most people both in the US and outside of it, have described the US as America without realizing they were lumping Canada etc in with us. ;)

      1. If we are going to be pedantic(!), Ralph is both right and wrong, in that, to the Romans, Britannia extended as far as the Antonine Wall, and, thus, included the Scotia and not the Picts! I was actually referring to the modern usage of the terms Britain and Great Britain, because these are what most listeners will have in mind.

        I agree with your point, Jamie, about the use of the term America – I’ve been guilty of such slipshod usage myself but, then, I’m not broadcasting to the world when I do!

      2. Yep, as a bumbling Brit abroad (Korea) I manage to offend both Canadians and Americans ( er sorry US citizens) with that one. It won’t happen again, I’ve handed in my passport.
        As for “British” Isles, my mother’s family refer to our common archipelago as the “Irish” Isles. It could catch on.

  30. I’ve shown my support, Jamie! I’ve been listening to nothing but your podcast for several days, and I’m really, really enjoying it. You obviously work so hard to research everything and make it interesting and relevant. Congratulations, I think you’ve found your niche!

    Cheers from one Britophile to another,
    Abigail Rogers

  31. Jamie,
    I have recently discovered your pod casts via i-tunes. Having listened to many history pod casts both ancient and modern I have to say I find your delivery refreshing, sometimes irreverent, but always entertaining, informative and humorous. Humour in education is very important and I think you have achieved the correct balance. I listen to your pod casts when walking to and from work in Southampton and it makes the miles disappear, so not only do I get exercise but an education at the same time. I knew a lot of what you talk about but the difference is putting it in chronological order especially when it comes to the Romans. I can recommend to anyone who has an interest in this period a series of novels by Simon Scarrow about to men in the legions during the invasion of Britain and other adventures, he is an historian so the historical content is accurate but told from a personal level and also gives information on legionary life and battle. If you have read any of Bernard Cornwall’s “Sharpe” series then this is similar but set in the Roman era. Keep up the good work it is very much appreciated and enjoyed.

    1. Thanks! I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying the show and that you like it so much that you’ve taken the time to write and let me know. Messages like this really do make the stress of putting the show together worth while. Thank you! :)

  32. I just did the paypal thing to be a member – but I don’t know how you know how to tell me how/where to log in – I didn’t give any info other than the pay pal so how do you know who your members are?

    1. Hi Robyn,

      I do everything manually, so I just sent you an invitational email with a bunch of instructions on how to get the various stuff for the podcast.

      Thank you so much for joining up!

  33. “Bachelor’s of Arts in English” and yet you’ve succumbed to the far less standard antEYE, semEYE, multEYE crowd rather than the antEE, semEE, multEE (anti, semi, multi) although occasionally you have used the proper pronunciation As you can tell, I’m not a relativist when it comes to pronunciation.

    Other than that, keep up the good work.

  34. I love your podcast but I’m unemployed and can’t become a paying member. How do I become a regular member?

    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying the show! Members are paying subscribers, but you can always follow the main show by subscribing to it on iTunes or a downloading service. :)

  35. I just discovered your podcast and LOVE it. I recently started homeschooling my son due to a lack of enrichment opportunities in our area. What a great way for me to brush up on my history and help him understand the history of our ancestors.

  36. hi,

    How do I get at the membership feed. Paid my dues. No clue. The only “receipt” I have is the Amazon Payments is the Subscription Authorization ID 5c683050-32c5-4e89-82cb-71bfc724d3ae. Can I get a members sign in???

    1. Hi Tom, thanks for contacting me. I had a look at my records and I emailed you the instructions last month. I sent you another copy just now, but you might want to check your spam filter because its possible that my emails to you are getting filtered. If you can’t find anything, please write to me at [email protected] (and make sure that your email service isn’t set to filter that address) and I’ll see what I can do to help. :)

  37. hello Jamie,

    i started listening to the podcast a few weeks back after finishing the history of Rome podcast and i’m addicted!! i would love to become a member but when i click on the monthly subscription link, amazon shows me a lump sum with no mention of a monthly fee. as i said i really want to become a member because i believe in paying for quality products i enjoy but i suspect paying the yearly lump sum may incur the wrath of my wife!! please can you confirm that it will actually be a smaller monthly amount.


    1. Hi Liam, sorry that it isn’t clear on Amazon’s page. I can’t change the way they set up their payment pages, unfortunately, so I’ve just put all that information on this page. :) The monthly membership is $4.99/month and the yearly is $59.88/year.

  38. Will there be/are there other payment methods? I can make a direct bank transfer, and I can make payments with PayPal, but Amazonpayments is no good for me.
    Sorry if the question has already been answered.

    1. Right now the best way to sign up for membership is through Amazon. I don’t have a bank transfer or other system set up, and while I do accept PayPal donations, I don’t use PayPal because of the high level of fees they apply to each transaction. If there really is no other way for you to sign up, you can email me directly and we can try to figure something out, but really Amazon is the best and safest way to handle it right now. Thanks for writing in!

  39. Just an FYI if anyone thinking about joining now has read this far: No, do NOT sign up for your membership through Amazon. Amazon is taking down their subscription service for the BHP. Sign up here. I’m sorry to see that PayPal charges high fees. Perhaps Jamie should increase the membership cost to cover the fees.

  40. Hi Jamie,

    Just heard about the Amazon payments business. Sorry to hear you are having to go through all this at the moment, it’s certainly something you could have done without. I have just this minute re-subscribed via this site/pay pal as instructed. Because of your large fan base I doubt there is too much concern for the BHP coming to end. People will re-sign because they know you provide a quality podcast….plus the fact we’d all be terribly sad if it was no longer available. As always, keep up the good work :)

  41. Hi Jamie,
    I’ve been listening to the podcast for about six months now and this week caught up to the most recent. As a Brit living in the US, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning about my history in great detail–so thanks a bunch. My sister and I walked the central 70 miles of Offa’s Dyke last summer, so the Offa episodes have been especially interesting. The walk was fantastic an often we wouldn’t see another soul all day until we descended from the path down into a village to spend the night. I’ve signed up for a subscription today–I was planning to anyway when I caught up, but listening to your heartfelt plea prompted immediate action. Long live the BHP!

  42. Hi Jamie,
    I love your podcast, and have signed up through PayPal, which I much prefer to Amazon Payments. They messed up my subscription over a year ago and I had to send you a check for my 2014 membership. I have never been able to make them change the error, so I get a notice every month that my subscription will be renewed but it never does. I for one am glad that you are going to PayPal, Amazon Payments are terrible.

  43. My husband and I listen to your podcast together. It’s a great, relaxing activity to do together that isn’t TV, and we learn. We are very excited to become members as our anniversary present to ourselves!

  44. Hi Jamie,

    Thank you for having the brilliant idea, going though with it and making one of the best podcast out here. I started listening your podcast one year ago (I think) and originally thought I’ll become a member when I catch-up. It hasn’t happened yet, just got to Wulfhere’s death. And also this mess with Amazon… so here I am.
    I usually listen on my way to work, or back, or when walking and I think I’ll have to ask you to: please, speak up a bit. Your voice is getting quieter and softer, and it’s no challenge to the cars on the road or the tube. And I have to start to listen something more audible, and wait to hear to what happened next with the current star of the episode! It is so much better than Game of Thrones. Especially with the family of Ida … Have to say, though he was cruel when was needed, and killed more than one, Penda was so far my favourite. Maybe it’s just me, but I think he would make a good leader even today. I love that you don’t rush, you give time. When others would cover the Saxons in 1 episode, wouldn’t even cover the era between Roman and Saxon, you do in in 100! :) The Tudors are (I’m sorry) a broken record. Most english people don’t know any other king beside Henri VIII, Elizabeth and Victoria. And of course the current Elizabeth and now Richard III! Which is sad, because there is so much more! So please don’t give it up!
    Also, have you thought about a book? I have been looking, but couldn’t find any book about the Saxon era – in London – whith a quarter of your podcast’s information. And it would be sad to loose all this work you’ve done. You do an amazing work putting together pieces. I know, it’s in the podcasts. But I’d buy the book too. And once you finished with the English history (probably in 10 years time) you are welcome to start with the Hungarian history. Yeah, I’m a history and BHP loving Hungarian. :)

    1. Thank you so much! I have thought about a book, actually, but it’s a matter of finding the time to actually put it together. The deeper into the weeds of the Heptarchy I get, the more time research and production takes. But maybe I’ll be able to tackle it once I’m not talking about 7 english kingdoms, 5ish Welsh kingdoms, and at least 3 scottish kingdoms concurrently. (I think I know why most people skip this period…)

      Thanks again!

  45. Hi Jamie, Just signed up again through paypal. I hope the word has gotten out about the switch. I don’t know what I’d do without my regular fix of BHP. Love it. Regards. Chris Stevens, Indianapolis. IN

  46. Hey Jamie, I recently caught up to the most recent episode, and this Amazon issue won’t prevent me from being a listener of the next episodes of the BHP! Keep up with this excellent work. just signed up with paypal. Mattia, Bologna, Italy.

  47. Hi Jamie , loving your podcast !
    I am really interested in our modern words and where they have come from,
    Am I right in saying that the term Picts has found its way to our word picture depiction ?
    As you said they were painted or tattooed ?
    Keep up the good work,

  48. Hello Jamie. I’ve been listening to your podcast since day one (well maybe since Episode 5). I have thoroughly enjoyed the style and the indepth nature of the podcast. While I must admit to having wanted to get to 1066 when I first started listening, I am soooo pleased that you have taken your time painting an elaborate picture of both the Roman and medieval periods. Don’t change a thing!

  49. Hi Jamie, I am soooo happy to have found your podcast. I am doing research on my family tree and came across your podcast. I live in Canada but my ancestors came from Penrith, England and so I have been listening to your podcast while doing my research. It has become a ritual now. You have such an easy listening style that you are bringing history alive. As my daughter married a Brit and lives in England now I cannot wait until the next time that I visit to follow up on some of the interesting places that you have mentioned. I think I am becoming addicted. Great job on your podcast and continued success!

  50. Hi Jamie I’ve joined to keep your great project going. I find listening to fiendishly complicated Anglo. Saxon History is a great way to make work worries slide away and usher in Morpheus, keep up the good fight!
    Your a fan of beer do you attend Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland ?

    1. Sometimes. Honestly, there are so many beer events here that I’m forced to pick and choose, otherwise I’ll die of cirrhosis before I can finish the BHP. ;)

  51. Hi Jamie! I’ve been listening to your awesome podcast for almost 3 years now and ‘Congratulation on 4 Years!’ Wow time flys. Thanks for your research & the extra mile you go into developing each podcast. I was thrilled a while back when you mentioned Barbara Yorke’s book, ‘Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England, as one of your sources. She wrote an excellent history of Anglo-Saxon England. Plus to have her book on hand for a quick or longer look for any of the people, places or ‘things’ you’re talking about.
    Your right, the deeper you dig into history the more moolah you spend.
    Jamie, you’ll continue to be a delight to listen to when I’m walking Joey, barbecuing, road trips (oh, the places I’ve seen, listening to you). Haaa, the only place I don’t take you is to bed. I got sleep stupid with rewinding you!
    I added your yearly subscription (not the monthly I had) and can hardly wait to catch up on the members feed. My favorites are the poems/stories you read, The Wander for one. Thanks again for giving ‘us’ a 5+ Star podcast and giving the Anglo-Saxon period in England, it’s just dues. You’ve opened up an ancient history where the page has not been turned yet. A toast to you, Cheers!

  52. Hi Jamie, Happy to sign to the BHP again…Love your podcasts and wear the little Whatnot buttons with pride!
    Keep ’em coming.

  53. Hi Jamie. I’m not very tech savvy . I signed up to be a member last week. I have an android phone. I downloaded something called fireburner. I tried to download members only podcasts . I see all the episodes . When I click on one a big W appears asking for email and password. I put the ones in that you sent me but it says wrong. I don’t know what to do . Any clues? Cheers brian

  54. Hey Jamie! Just discovered your awesome podcast and loving it so far! Question: When discussing the Anglo-Saxon period, have we reached the point of massive Camelot/ Minas Tirith style castles yet or are we talking more hill forts and wooden structures?

  55. Jamie, just discovered your podcast yesterday! Loving it! Got me through a root canal and a sleepless night. Question, since your initial posting on Celts have you changed your opinion at all (I’m only on #15) about who they were and where they came from? I subscribe to the Celtic from the West theory which seems to be supported by both the linguistic evidence and the genetic. Perhaps you address this in a later podcast? I’ll be subscribing today. Thanks for a very entertaining day at the dentist!

  56. My husband and I just returned from a trip to Scotland and Ireland. We enjoyed the benefits of our Scotland Trust membership that came as an unexpected perk when I became a member!

  57. I’m becoming a member today. We took a trip to Scotland and London in June. I started listening in May and caught up to your present schedule. Thanks so much, we visited Skara Brae,the British Museum and so much more. Having the background made a huge difference for me. I miss having new BHP podcasts for listening on my commute.

  58. Hi, Jamie. I love, love, LOVE this podcast! I’ll probably write more elsewhere, but want to take care of an administrative detail first. I just tried to sign up via Paypal – the payment has gone through, but nothing else happened and I’m not sure what to do now. Was I supposed to be directed to a new page to set up a membership? (If it makes a difference, my Paypal account is linked to a different email address than the one I use for more personal stuff, which is the one I’m associating this comment with.)

    1. Hi Anne, thanks for signing up! I do all of this by hand so there is often a little bit of a delay while I get you set up (also longer delays for times when I’m sleeping and that sort of thing). Anyway, by now you should have an email in the inbox of your address that’s connected to your paypal account (you might want to check your spam folder, just to be safe). If it hasn’t arrived, please let me know and I’ll send another copy.

      1. Jamie, thank you so much for such a fast reply! I didn’t realize that you did this by hand — I was afraid that I had screwed up the registration process.

        Anyway, I’m going to go delve into the member podcasts immediately. I just spent the last week marathoning the Anglo-Saxon episodes and can’t get enough! I always considered myself a massive history fan, but my knowledge of this particular period was woefully incomplete. It’s not like I wasn’t interested, it’s just that the material is generally “Romans-Beowulf-King Alfred-William the Conqueror”, or else at such a detailed level that you need a previously-established platform of more basic knowledge in order to be able to absorb it. Yours is the first presentation I’ve found that’s both highly detailed and beginner-friendly.

        (In fact, I think I’m going to go paste this into the iTunes review page…)

  59. I just purchased a yearly membership for my wife’s birthday because she has loved listening to your podcast for some time. I think she is somewhere around episode 100 or so. She has enjoyed it so much that she named her Fantasy Football (American) team “Boudicca’s Rebellion”. Great show you’ve got going. I have also enjoyed it when I’ve been in the car with her and it has been on.

      1. Ha! Unfortunately it is not an all ginger team. Enjoying the show very much! Should I be worried that my wife has changed her hair color to a more reddish tint? Boudicca’s husband didn’t have a mysterious death did he? ;)

  60. Hi Jamie
    I wanted to sign up for the $5 per month subscription and pay with my credit card, but the payment program insisted on inserting the yearly amount. What do I do?

    1. There is a monthly option available through the paypal link. Because of how the technology works, the credit card option is yearly only, however.

  61. Hello, Jame, I want to ask… If I become a member, will I have transcript for all existing episodes or just that from a month I buy? thx very much :))

  62. I am a member. My phone, which is how I listen to your (Great) podcast, died and when I tried to access the bonus material I naturally was asked to sign in. It was then I realized I no longer remembered my sign-in information (name and password). Went to and reset my password, BUT it is not being accepted by your website/podcast. HELP! Thank you,

  63. I get caught in an endless loop of doom when I try to subscribe via Paypal: it asks me to log into Paypal, I do so, then Paypal is all, “Don’t know no Jaime, what do you want, woman?” When I click your button to pay with a credit card, absolutely nothing whatsoever occurs. I’m on an iMac, OSX 10.9.3, if that is of any use to you, using Safari as browser. And me and Paypal go waaay back; I just used it to get some essential earrings off eBay an hour ago, so that’s not the source. Please help me give you money.

    1. That’s so weird. I think there was a hiccup in the system (probably my hosting provider was getting slammed) because I’ve heard from a couple other people with the same problem. Can you try one more time and see if it is working?

  64. Jamie

    Loving your podcasts mate, it eases the boredom of a 4 hour commute to work and back, only on episode 18 so lots more to look forward to. When I get home I give the kids a lecture on what I learnt from your podcast, they love the stories of the brits painting themselves blue, walking around nude, drinking beer and attacking the romans (my version of events).

    I like your upbeat style with the music, I have given up on a few podcasts that were interesting topics but were delivered so badly, so great stuff

  65. Jamie,

    I’ve had a life-long love affair with British history since I was 10 and working my way through Le Morte D’Arthur. I’m now a history teacher and I just wanted to say that I absolutely LOVE your podcast. It has just the right amount of spunk and sass to make history appealing. So, from one teacher to another, thanks for doing what you’re doing! You’re helping crack the “i hate history” schtick and that warms my heart :)

  66. Jamie, you have MUGS! I don’t remember hearing anything about MUGS! Oh man the people at work are going to go nuts when I start drinking out of that!

  67. Hi Jamie, love the podcast and I’m almost caught up! I’m interested in potentially becoming a member, but I wondered whether the members-only content can be downloaded into iTunes or if it was streaming-only. I listen to the podcast on my commute and wanted to make sure I could keep just downloading to the iTunes Podcast app – streaming would eat up all my data! Thanks!

  68. Just processed an annual membership through PayPal. Thanks for all the hours of listening I’ve already enjoyed!

  69. Hi Jamie,
    Long time listener, first time caller ;-)

    Actually I’ve been listening for about 3 weeks. Love the content, style, and IMO the right amount of detail. I just finished Scotcast Part 1 and decided to pull the trigger and sign up for a monthly subscription. Although I don’t know how I’ll be able to ever get caught up now with all the extra content.

    But I feel it’s very important to support efforts like yours that provide a valuable service. There is very little content like this available of TV these days. Case in point; The History Channel has very little to do with history anymore.

    I was fortunate to live for about a year in Europe and spent about 3 weeks touring England, Wales, and Scotland. We have family in Llanfairfechan. They have a sheep farm and in the back of their property, there is a Roman road to a former quarry (according to cousin John).

    I wish I had the information from your podcast then! Oh well, just an excuse for another trip.

    Keep up the good work and I hope to get caught up soon.

  70. Dear Jamie, I started listening to your podcasts a few months ago and would love to support you so you can continue this great series. My question is whether the yearly membership fee is a one time thing on whether I will automatically get charged every year. I am not sure what my financial situation will be in a year’s time (is there such a thing as job security any more?) and do not want to get locked into paying every year if I am not able to.
    I am just at the start of your series and – though not a lot sinks into my easily distracted brain – I would love to continue. I just feel guilty getting all this great knowledge for free while you do all the hard work!

    1. Membership automatically renews at the rate you set (so every month for monthly and every year for yearly) however you can cancel anytime. And cancellation is relatively painless through PayPal’s site.

  71. I just paid for an annual membership – should have done it a few months ago when I first started to listen to the podcast, although I did immediately post a (small) donation then. I am a CPA, and you can imagine how busy my schedule is at this time of the year, but having your podcast on in the background as I work is terrific.

    Thank you for the very enjoyable history lessons!

  72. Jamie,

    our mutual friends in Tacoma, Leigh and Mike turned me onto your podcast. It is quickly becoming my favorite.
    I am going back and starting with episode 1 and will listen to the end.

    Keep up the great work!
    Thank you.

  73. Hi Jamie , love your podcast, it’s always great to be able to prove to my husband that I’m not the only history nerd out there. I signed up as a member, but I can’t access the members feed from my iPod. Help!

  74. Jamie,

    I was looking for a podcast on British history and I’m so glad I came across yours! I’m more of a battles history guy over culture, so when I first heard you discussing culture, common people, and commerce, I was a bit hesitant, and wanted you to get on with the good stuff, the kings and battles. But after to listening to more of your podcasts I’ve got to say I’m a believer now in getting the whole picture, and seeing how much more application it brings to real life. Also love that you bring your personality to your podcast!

    Hope this encouragement finds you well.


    1. One of us!

      I’m really pleased to hear this, Matt. Changing the way people see the world and they way they see history is one of the big goals of the show, so thank you so much for letting me know.


  75. Jamie,

    Oh… Sure… I see how you are. The first 190 something hits are free… *grin* I’m writing you as I eagerly await my login info so I have something to listen to while waiting for the next regular episode. It’s always fun to find another history nerd. To find a whole community of history nerds? Bliss! (And a great relief to my poor husband and kids…) Looking forward to the members only stuff. You are wonderfully engaging and easy to listen to while I’m at work. You have a way of making the events of long ago feel personal and current. Keep up the good work.
    Also… Pet Theory: Is it possible there were pregnant Anglo-Saxon women waving the Vikingrs ashore in the hopes that they brought some new names with them? Or maybe just some consonants? (‘Cause clearly the Welsh have been hoarding them for a long, long time.)

    1. Amusingly, scholars have argued that the Danes did so well with Anglo Saxon women because the Danes were much more cleanly than the Anglo Saxons. So you might be right, and AEthelthryth might have been waving the Drakkars to shore. ;)

  76. I’m only 4 years late to the party, but I’m here.
    I’m in the house.

    Thanks for the info of the podcast. Canadian school history is very, well, Canadian. Born in the UK and having moved here as a chil, I found the only things I learned about my history was what we did to the aboriginal population in North America. It’s great to learn about all of the history I missed out on. I love the story style of the podcast and it makes it really interesting to listen to and easy to follow.

    I’m only 20 or so episodes in at the moment, but I’d love to know a bit about the development of the counties – going as far back as pre rome :). I’m sure I’ll come across some of this in the coming episodes!
    Do you happen to touch upon religion at all? On folklore? Superstitions of the people? There is only one way to find out!

    Can’t wait to listen to more, thanks again.

  77. I was going thro the free content because I don’t want to be a member and now I am at this sign up page with no option to ignore it and continue with the free content. Pretty annoying man. Now I guess I have to work backward thro 180 episodes to get to where I left off.

    1. I’m sorry you’re annoyed. This show is made by one person (with some assistance by his fiancé). I don’t have a huge development department to build this, I have a laptop and a kitchen table. Consequently, bugs are bound to happen. But in my defense, membership (and those member episodes) is how I am able to provide you 100+ hours of free education and entertainment.

      If you want only the free content, click on the featured category on any of the episodes you are listening to and it should filter out the members episodes.

      If you accidentally end up on a member page, click the back button a couple times.

      Or you could always listen to the show via a device like an iPod or android, which filters out the member content automatically.

  78. Hey Jamie! Been a fan for awhile, I guess it’s finally time to step up and become a member. Thanks for sharing a detailed history in an interesting, storylike fashion.

  79. So, I’ve been listening to the podcast for a few months now, usually on my commute or while cooking. But I recently took a trip to Scotland and listened to 9 Scotcast episodes while driving through that beautiful country, which was just so cool. Decided I can no longer mooch episodes for free in good conscience. I’m currently on episode 140 (on the apple podcast app, which appears to number them differently than you do) and am just dreading catching up to where you are currently. I am, however, pretty pumped to get into the time of Alfred the Great. (Have you ever read any of Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Tales? They’re my favorite guilty pleasure.) Anyway, thanks — and keep ’em coming!

  80. Finally a member… thanks Jamie for all of the work put in so far. Can’t wait to dig into the 71 episodes of members content while i run. Any idea of how to get them on Apple Podcasts? Maybe i need to wait for the update you reference on Facebook.

    1. Hi Nate, all you need to do is login to the site and you’ll be taken directly to the Members Only page. Alternatively, you can login and then click the “account” button under your name in the login section of the main page. Once on the Member’s page, you’ll find instructions for setting up Apple’s Podcast app and a variety of other apps. Let me know if you run into any trouble.

  81. Hello! Love your podcast. I became a member about 6-8 weeks ago, after listening free for about 2 months. Hurray!
    I am concerned, though, that now that I am a member, I never receive notice to my e-mail that you have a new podcast to enjoy. Do you not send e-mail notices? I would surely love that. It will keep me on top of your game. (I checked my spam folder, nothing there.)

    1. If you’d like to receive email updates, you can sign up for the Email Notification option on the right side of the site. Your Podcast app should automatically update when there’s a new episode, though, so you might want to make sure your app is properly configured. Also, I always put out a notice on Twitter and Facebook every time I launch, so keep an eye on those sites. :)

  82. In an effort to encourage “fellow travelers” into the vortex that is the BHP, I managed to get my brother-in-law hooked on your podcast. I’d like to gift him a membership for his upcoming birthday. I’ve searched your site for specifics on gifting but couldn’t find it–though I swear I’ve heard it mentioned in the past. Back in the day, people used to give gift subscriptions to magazines…I’m assuming you’ll allow me to do something similar. Thanks and hoping to make the kid happy on his 65th.

  83. Hi Jamie,
    I just wanted to say that I have been following your excellent podcasts for years now and thought that I should finally throw some funds your way by becoming a member. You effortlessly manage to combine exhaustive research and insight into historical events with irreverent humour and I hope you continue for many years to come.

  84. Jamie,

    I love the podcast and today I finally became a member. Can’t wait to listen to the members only episodes. On an interesting note my last name Maxey originates from the British Isles. Oddly I did the ancestry DNA and got a very large percentage of Scandanavian DNA (42%). The theory I have seen is that Maxey is a name of Norse origin. Interesting. Thanks for the great podcast.


  85. Hi Jamie,
    I promised I would become a member when I caught up with all the episodes. I did this thinking I never would because there were over 200 to get through and I nwbwr thought I’d see it through. However I’m now a BHP podcast junkie and sad I have to wait a whole week before listening to the next one! Hence why I am now joining.
    I’ve tried some other history podcasts and have to say yours is the most enjoyable and compelling. I especially enjoy the religious history elements as I find British history of Christianity fascinating.
    Keep doing what you do!
    Amy (from London)

  86. Hi Jamie,

    Just started listening to your podcast after discovering the BBC series: The Last Kingdom in Netflix. Though a fictional story it still has elements of true history. The History of Britain is so interesting and how this Island(s) has been a dominate force in world history and is opening my mind. Thank you.

  87. I appreciate this storytelling greatly and I love hearing and learning more about the land of my ancestors.

  88. Hi Jamie!
    Just wanted to pop in and say I love the podcast and the way you´re telling it. Truly history as it should be told.

    Jacob from Sweden

  89. Hi Jamie, I’ve just become a member and love your podcast.I have to say it’s the first time I’ve ever had a paid subscription to anything. I’m looking forward to getting on the inside track. BTW I loved your talk with Zen about cultural imaginaries – looking forward to more of that. Great job and incredibly interesting and informative. Many thansk Nick Gregan

  90. I am asking for a membership for Christmas this year! Just discovered you about 1 month ago and have been blazing through the archives. Can’t wait to catch up! I’m so happy there are so many other British history junkies out there like me!

  91. Tomorrow is my husband’s 40th birthday, and I’m surprising him with a subscription. And a mug. We both love the podcast and are excited to support it beyond telling everybody we love that it’s amazing. Thanks to you (and Zee) for all the effort and energy it takes to tell these stories.

  92. Well I just signed up. We think the work you are doing is fantastic, you really make history come alive. I also spotted a tweet in which you mentioned ACA, and I think your work is well worth supporting. Well done. Looking forward to exploring everything you’ve done. World class *?

  93. This is the first time I’ve ever consistently listened to a podcast. I discovered you as we set out on roadtrips last summer to/from California from here in Colorado. I will admit to not realizing what I was getting myself into – I started with episode 1. And I was hooked. Only a few episodes in did I realize just how many you had done. This weekend, I listened to your most recent podcast. I felt a little like the time my husband and I binge-watched (which wasn’t really a “thing” back then) the first season of 24 in order to start season 2. And then by the time we caught up we felt like, “Geez, why do we have to WAIT for the next one?!” My children (ages 14, 11, 8) don’t appreciate you the way I do – often rolling my eyes as I drive them places, listening to you, and cackling with glee when someone gets their comeuppance or whatever. I introduced my mom to your podcast and she commented that your voice (tone/delivery/etc?) remind her of my husband, to which I shrugged and said, “That must be one of the reasons it feels so comfortable.” Anyway, my point is to thank you. I thought I was into British History before this, but it turns out I’m mostly just into medieval history. And by medieval, I mean the Plantagenets. But now I feel like I’m getting history and a story while I walk my dog, paint my kid’s room, run errands, drive to/from the ski resort with my family, etc. Thank you for providing such incredible research and doing it in a way that sounds like a pleasure. I’ve been waiting to sign up until I was all caught up (for reasons I can’t explain – I mean, it’s not like your information is a spoiler or whatever), but rest assured I will be a member, as well as make a donation to compensate for the past months. And it’s not all sad that I’m caught up – now I can see what this “Members Only Episodes” is all about. THANK YOU.

    1. What a lovely comment! I’m so pleased that you’ve been enjoying the show so much. Honestly, hearing about how the show fits into the lives of the community is one of the best parts of what I do. It always puts a smile on my face.

      As an odd side note, did you know that co-producer Zee is from Colorado? Small world!

      1. I did not! I was raised in California but moved here 10 years ago and haven’t regretted it (and that’s even with a foot of snow outside at the moment! no worries, it will melt in the next day). Something about the mountains speaks to me (though we live just south of Denver). I’ve often spoken with my mom about whether or not nostalgia can be hereditary – like if our Scottish and Norwegian ancestry is why being in the mountains feels very comfortable, like we’re “home.” That’s probably a romantic theory, since I don’t have the same feelings toward fishing or sheep…

  94. Hi I just finished 102, and your description of the Battle of The River Idle, and I was pushed to finally subscribe. Awesome story telling!

  95. Its been two weeks now since our daughter put my wife and I onto your BHP, and we’ve been enjoying it a lot. We tend to listen to one podcast a night as we’re cooking supper. My plan is, if we reach episode 50 or so with the same level of enthusiasm, we’ll subscribe.

    We live in Canada, having left the UK 30 years ago. My wife and I have our roots in Leicester, which was planning to become internationally famous for its “King in the Car Park” until the football team stepped in and won the Premier League! So if you reach Richard III during our lifetime, and we’re still listening in, we’ll be keen to hear your take on him :)

  96. I am a Spaniard living in London and a history lover. I was very interested in finding a good podcast on British history. I found several options, but this is by far the best one. I am also reading a great historical novel about Roman empire at the moment and I got super excited when I heard the stories of characters I knew, such as Cerialis, Agricola, Vespasian… :D

    I have only listened to 20 episodes or so, but I am enjoying it so much that I decided to become a member, super happy to support this kind of things! If only there was a similar podcast on Spanish history as well… Any chance anyone knows one? Otherwise I might have to do it myself ;)

    Really looking forward to listening to the rest of the episodes! Keep up the good work!!

  97. Jamie,

    First I would like to thank you so much for all the effort you put into your podcast. I really appreciate it!
    I tend to be rather bit of a glutton when it comes to history, however due to working full time I tend to not always have the time to sit down and read a book. So I started hunting for a few podcasts to listen to and yours has filled all desires for everything British. I really enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the conversational tone I receive every episode. Admittedly I am rather guilty of being a lurker for awhile, so far I have made it through almost a full years worth of your podcast… But I could stand that no longer and am now proudly supporting your endeavor. It’s been a wonderful experience so far and I look forward to catching up to the current episodes.

    Cheers, from a fellow Oregonian

  98. Hello,

    Just signed up for a membership, I can’t thank you enough for the entertaining and educational content you provide with this posdcast. I currently have a six hour round trip commute weekly and living in Alberta Canada, the drive is strait and boring. Listening to your podcast makes the time fly by.

    Thank you,

    P.S- only on episode 155…shhh no one spoil the ending ;)

    1. Jamie,

      I have started listening to the members’ only podcasts and really enjoy them. Did want to make a comment about the regular podcasts: It seems that you have lately sped up your cadence considerably on those episodes. I’m from Texas, and though I can’t speak “Northern” very well, I can usually understand it well enough to get along. However, the apparent digital adjustment that has been made to you and your guests’ cadence is so distracting to me that I can’t enjoy the podcasts nearly as much as I used to.

      Ray Ford

      1. Ray, I haven’t sped anything up digitally. This sounds like you might have pressed a button on your App. For example, Apple’s Podcast app allows for you to digitally speed things up (it’s the little 1x/2x/etc button in the lower right hand portion of the screen when you’re playing an episode). What I would do is google your app and find out how to turn off the speed modification for what you’re looking for. If you’re convinced that it’s actually me, one way to double check is to go to the episode in question on my website and listen to it directly from there. But I can assure you, I haven’t digitally altered the show in any way.

        1. I grew up in Vancouver WA so I guess I am very accustome to your accent. Consequently I have you sped up to about 3x for my listening pleasure and have little issues with it. If I ever meet you in person I am going to wonder why you are talking so slow!

          Loving the podcast and upset I am nearly caught up to you.

          Go Sounders!

  99. I have been listening to you since you started this. Been through everything with you for 7(?) years now and finally, finally, able to become a member. Thank you for doing this and telling this story for us.

  100. Fab podcasts, I’m really enjoying them. I found them after doing my family history for years (traced family in Sussex, Kent and Bristol back to 1600s). I did the Ancestry DNA test then uploaded my results to Gedmatch to find my admixture. Then I realised that I didn’t know enough about early British history to understand what my DNA results tell me about my British and European ancestry. Would be great to discuss with other members who have done DNA tests once I’ve become a member. (Hopefully upcoming birthday present). I’m currently listening to the Saxons and the Staffordshire horde.

    Kirsten, Hastings, UK

  101. Jamie, I’ve been binge-listening to ALL of the episodes of the BHP for the last three months and have run out of episodes today. Time to become a member! Despite all of your disparaging remarks about the Victorians (ahem, I’m a Victorian lit professor!), I have very much enjoyed listening. :-)

    Back in grad school, one of my qualifying exams was Medieval Lit, but that was a long time ago. I always loved that period, though, and it’s been a real treat to hear you take your time working through this rich period of history. You’ve even inspired me to develop a new gen ed class for next fall called, simply, Vikings (technically, it won’t just be Vikingrs but also Norse culture and lit). I can’t wait to listen to the members-only episodes on the Scandahoovians. :-) Thanks for all you do to bring such a high-quality, ad-free, educational show to the public. I’m very happy to become a supporter!

    Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

    1. By the way, my picture is not me but my beloved grandma, the daughter of a Swedish dad and Norwegian mom–the Scandinavian settlers in 19th-c US. She taught me at a young age to love a good story!

    2. That’s wonderful! I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying the show so much, and I’m quite jealous that I won’t be able to sit in on your new class. That sounds like it’s going to be an absolute blast.

      Thanks for being part of the project and for such a lovely note. :)

  102. I just joined up as a paying member – just love your work….I haven’t enjoyed anything better since Manchester’s volumes of Churchill’s life – wow….

  103. Loving the podcast and members only episodes. Wish you would explain w.t.f. a “hurdy gurdy” was in relation to Britiania. I mean, inquiring minds want to know….

  104. Mate, I saw the last comment on here was from Feb… I know there’s a lot of other mediums out there that I’m not taking into account but I just wanted to say thank you. You have been a staple on commutes to work, bicycle rides, trail runs and jogs around town for over 2 years. Thank you for the work you have done and the knowledge you have imparted. I am forever grateful :)


  105. Hi, Jamie! My name is Claire and I am a 19 year-old college student at the Univeristy of Iowa. I used to *sort of* be your neighbor state-wise; I lived in Fort Lewis, WA as one of many residences due to my father’s military career! At college, I am a triple major in Medical and Cultural Anthropology (BS), Ancient Civilizations: Ancient Mediterranean Religions Track (BA), and Religious Studies (BA) with a minor in Biology and a certificate in Medieval Studies. As you can probably deduce from the excessive list of majors, I am very interested in people, who we are as people, and how past people have made decisions that shaped our history. I am physically disabled from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and had to give up my first two dreams of going to medical school and becoming a physicist due to complicated health, so I am holding on pretty tightly to my ambitions for this interest. Upon learning about my heratige for the first time a few months ago and discovering I am mostly of the British Isles, France, and Germany, I began to research lineage on and other avalible sources. I have traced different lines with varying levels of success, one even back to 238 BCE! All in all, I am learning a lot of interesting things. I have just begun to listen to your podcasts this week, and am already on epidode 42. Because my family has been in the United States for a few hundred years, my ancestors did somewhat of a poor job of continuing cultural tradition and teaching new generations about our heratige. Therefore, I have absolutely no cultural identity (outside of a loosely formed American identity ((I say loosely because I have moved so often that I haven’t developed a deep connection to any regional culture within the United States))). I yearn to understand where I came from and who I came from so I can learn and pass down the traditions of my ancestors, but have yet to find infomation on the most significant cultural hallmarks of any of the countries of my heratige, but espeically any of the isles. Is there a podcast on this type of information that I just haven’t reached yet? If not, would you consider making one, please? I love your podcasts and they remind me that history is fun when I get overwhelmed with the method of presentation of the history in my textbooks; thank you for all your hard work! (I hope to become a member sometime around the New Year!)

    1. Welcome to the community, Claire!

      Congrats on your Uni career, that sounds like quite the curriculum. :)

      I’m pleased to hear that you’re enjoying the podcast. Though, something you might discover as you go forward in the show is that you can’t get a cultural identity from history. Or at least, not an honest one. The people who tend to build identities on the past end up creating myths, and often end up with warped ideas of the past (and of themselves in general).

      The past is a foreign country, and the truth is that if you met the people we’ve been talking about in the show, you both would find each other weird and alien. If there’s such a thing as cultural identity, it’s found in your community and the people who you socialize with.

      The past can be illuminating in telling us about the people who came before. It can illustrate things that have, or haven’t, worked in human development. But ultimately, history is a story about all of us. It’s a story about the incredible things that humanity has accomplished as a whole. It’s not a story about who we are right now, nor what our identity is now.

      And from the sounds of it, based on your clearly incredible work ethic, it sounds like “Claire” is already a pretty kick ass identity.

  106. I absolutely love this podcast. I have been an avid listener for about three or four years and became a memeber last year. I am a RN and listen mostly during down time at home and in the car to and from work. Even though I pursued a scientific career, I’ve always had a love for history (not sure why I didn’t pursue that then). History for me is like my best friend that provides comfort. Thank you for providing such a wonderful podcast for the history lover in me.

  107. Hello,

    I would like to know if there is full text of each episode in member section or only transcriptions of rough words. I am not native speaker and sometimes I dint catch everything.

  108. Question… If I become a member do I get the member only episodes using my normal podcast app or do I just download files to play?

    1. You can access the member’s episodes from most podcast apps. There are detailed instructions on how to do it in your Member Account once you sign up. :)

  109. I LOVE this podcast. I listen just about everywhere I get a moment. Mostly at work, and let me tell you, if horse dung was still needed, I’d have plenty for EVERYONE that listens!
    I look forward to catching up fully, as I’m only currently on ep.120! So far my favorite episodes have been about Boudica, because seriously, can you think of a bigger bada**? And anything involving Sutton Hoo! My husband is British, and while we were going through the visa process, I spent A LOT of time over in England (and still do, we go at the least two times a year). I remember when he took me to Sutton Hoo, and then I also remember seeing the helmet later on at the British Museum. Even while reading the descriptions, I never realized the significance of Sutton Hoo until listening to this podcast.
    When we go back in May, I will CERTAINLY be going back no that I realize how amazing it is!
    Thank you so much for starting this podcast Jamie!

  110. I am a brand new listener (on Episode 17) and am so hooked. I can’t believe it took me this long to listen! Absolutely wonderful work! I am enjoying every single episode. Thank you!

  111. I have finally caught up on all episodes, even the member episodes and excitedly await each additional episode. You do such a fantastic job of making history fascinating. Your commentary is really amusing! I love the episodes about royalty, but I also really appreciate the episodes about the common person, the food, the alcohol, the money, the jobs, the children, and the pets. It puts so much more context to history. The fact that you include so many women in the stories is great, too. As a woman, I feel like history classes miss out when they don’t have much on the women. We really did contribute to the world and the absence of women makes people think only men can contribute. Thank you! Also, Zee’s contributions are awesome. I loved learning about chemistry, finance, why the housing bubble happened and burst, etc. :)

  112. Jamie!

    I am OBSESSED with your podcast. I just started listening a couple of weeks ago and I love that you’re going in chronological order. Most of my ancestors hail from the the UK (I’m Canadian) and have had an almost life long obsession with the island, but have only researched particular eras, and with such a vast history, it’s hard to pinpoint where to begin without being overwhelmed by the amount of information, and to discern fact from fiction. So thank you kind sir for doing a wonderful service to my never ending craving to find out more, I have learned things that I didn’t even know existed, ie: Hill Forts. Yes, I’m that far behind, lol.

    1. I’m really glad to hear you’re enjoying the show, and thanks for chipping in and supporting the show after only listening for a few weeks! :)

  113. I discovered this podcast about 3 months ago and got through all episodes up to this point 1..327 so far. I guess that is a bit obsessive especially since I had to skip listening for 2 weeks because the family did not appreciate me playing podcasts during our vacation. So far I thoroughly enjoyed the content but also the style of narrating. Even for someone who is not British (but Dutch) it is fascinating!

    But… now I am stuck and fear withdrawal symptoms. I guess it it time to sign up to become a member. But, I cannot find a list of episodes nor am I sure how to get then into Google Podcasts. It seems this information is available, but only after I sign up. I will probably sign up anyway but may I suggest putting that in the public part of the site so people know what they are getting.

    As many others I’m looking forward to the next few hundred episodes!

    1. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the show!

      Instructions on how to set up the member’s feed is included in your Account page that you’ll gain access to once you sign up. :)

  114. Heya,

    So… back at the arse end of 2018 (one year ago, actually) I was diagnosed with quite a serious illness and ended up in hospital for the best part of 5 months.

    This podcast helped me keeping my brain occupied and keeping me sane during that time.

    I’m now better and back to work. The podcasts now keep me company during my 40 minute stroll to and from work.

    Thanks for everything, and keep going :)


    1. Hi Mark, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been having health trouble but I’m very pleased to hear that you’re feeling much better! And we’re touched that you found some solace in the BHP. It always warms my heart to hear how the show fits into people’s lives. :)

  115. Hi, I have been listening to your podcasts for a few months a now. Whilst I am at work delivering the post, I get to listen to you for a good 3/4 hours a day Monday to sat. I am absolutely hooked and enjoying the history lessons. I live in Northumberland so I can relate to certain podcasts. I will certainly take a moment to appretiated lindisfarm next time I cycle past it along the coast on my bike x
    Thank you for making my job more I interesting lol xx

  116. Hi Jamie,

    Literally only just got onto your podcast, I’d like to think myself as cool due to not following the clear crowd you have amassed over these years.

    I have just listened to episode 6 and you talk about the climate back in 55BCE that it was much warmer than today and used the idea that there were vineyards to n Yorkshire…

    Well I am sure someone else has already annoyingly corrected you, but there is at least one vineyard in Yorkshire and it’s on the Yorkshire Wolds and does a damn good sparkling *champagne* wine. I love quite close to it so can vouch it’s not all that bad a climate in Yorkshire even in 2020.

    Thank you for providing this jewel I have now discovered, think of the joys I have in store as I am literally only on episode 7. I know a lot of people will be very jealous now knowing what I have to discover.


  117. Hey Jamie, I discovered your podcast literally last Friday and soooo hooked on it. I love them. I’m listening to episodes every day and love your sense of humour. I must admit, I was getting a few weird looks on the plane as I was giggling along some of your comments, and perhaps sometimes louder than should have :D
    Please keep them coming – they are awesome!

  118. I’ve been blissfully binge-listening for the last year or two while walking our dog 3 miles every day. Yesterday an episode finished and I waited for the next one to start and it never did … I realized I was all caught up! It has been an amazing journey and now I have to learn how to actually wait for the next episode. I belatedly signed up for an annual membership today and I also donated another year’s worth to make up for that other dog walker out there somewhere who hasn’t signed up yet. Keep up the great work!
    Tim (and Beau) from Minneapolis

    1. I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the show, Tim. Thanks for supporting the project, and give your dog a cuddle from Zee and I!

  119. Jamie, I discovered your podcast a week ago and I’m finding it absolutely bloody marvelous, I’m listening while cooking mostly. You somehow manage to convey detail without it coming across as a super dense lecture and your passion for the subject is clear and infectious. I also admire you not being afraid to offer your conclusions based on the evidence available which are always well thought out and logical. I live in the Tyne Valley and drag anyone who visits along Hadrian’s Wall or to Newcastle Castle. I work as a geologist and I admire the Roman’s choice of building the wall along the Whin Sill – an appropriately dramatic land form for this incredible structure! Anyway mate, I’m going to become a member on 1st April (payday). Thanks so much for doing this podcast, it’s awesome, truly. Cheers, Josh, Tyne & Wear, UK.

  120. Ok ok….I am on episode 179 and keep telling myself that I really need to put up some $$ for all the enjoyment I am getting out your podcast. I have a two hour total commute everyday and your podcast keeps me from becoming Mad Max on the freeways. I have always enjoyed history but your episodes really make the people and events come alive. I’m so happy that you haven’t hit the battle of Hastings yet. That means I have hours and hour of commuter listening left to enjoy. Thanks for keeping me sane!!

  121. Jamie: You are what I would have loved to have been a purveyor of history. a person who has no axe to sharpen, but one who makes those who listen think. For reasons I shall not go into I could not gift to you until now. I must say I would like to give you more than the yearly $60.00 but could not figure out how to do that. My son, does STP and if the COVID-19 (or as I like to call it the plague) does not close it down—perhaps we could have a quick beer. If not keep up the good work and let me know how I may assist you with a few more dollars.


    1. I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the show, Judy!

      To donate a little extra, the best way is to use the donate button. To access it, click the “Login” button on the left hand side of the menu bar and then look for the “donate” button.

      Thanks again!

  122. I’ve been listening to your podcast for over a year now, mopping, doing the dishes and driving are now my favorite part of the day because I get to catch up with the show! Due to COVID I’ve been teaching English classes online, and just found out one of my private students is a HUGE fan of England and history; she’ll be listening to you too ;-)

    Thank you for this Podcast!!
    You are incredible,

    -Mayra Cisneros.

  123. Hello! I’m from Romania, and I really like your podcast. I’m fascinated with history and what you do is a great help because I hear new things, and I just can’t believe there are people who are also fascinated with it

  124. Hi Jamie

    Recently found the podcast and loving it.
    Thinking about joining to get the members only stuff which isn’t going to be a difficult decision.
    I’ve only been listening for a couple of weeks when I’m in the car but already up to Oswald and Sigoberht.

    I love reading historical fiction and this period forms the basis of Matthew Harffy’s Bernicia Chronicles.
    A worthy read!

    I just wanted to mention a couple of things…
    Ynys Môn is pronounced unus morn ? (I have Welsh antecedents as well).
    You mentioned recently that Mercia is/was land locked.
    I grew up near Repton also not too far from Tamworth, both of which were navigable from the Humber estuary via the river Trent. The Danes used the route frequently when both were part of Danelaw.

    Repton briefly was the Mercian capital
    It claims to be the first place in the Midlands where Christianity was preached. 653CE
    The church has a crypt that dates from the mid 8th century.

    Gloucester still has a set of docks.

    Many years ago I worked for the NHS based in the Wessex Regional Health Authority.
    One of my offices was in Bristol!

    Keep up the great work


  125. I am really really loving this (though I am just at the beginning) I would love to do a simultaneous study about what Rome was doing in Palestine at this time, and subsequently, the British presence there from the Bronze Age to B
    alfour. Suggestions?

  126. Hi Jamie

    sorry if you’ve already answered this but the series seems to start at 300, and i can see that it actually starts earlier than that. Is there something i am missing that stops me starting at episode 1?


  127. Absolutely loving this, didnt think I could every listen to history by anyone other than Dan Carlin, but I’m wrong done the first 30 in the last week and half

  128. Loving the podcast…late to the party but this way there’s more to listen to i history specially the early stuff .
    Well done for a proto Welsh man lol

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