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  216 Replies to “Become a Member”

  1. July 21, 2011 at 8:21 am

    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.

    • Jamie
      July 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

      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.”

      • Chris
        July 31, 2011 at 12:46 am


        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.

        • Jamie
          August 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm

          Thanks for listening! And I’m glad I’ve passed the “Britons test.” ;)

      • Anna McCartney
        February 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

        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.

      • August 4, 2016 at 3:49 am

        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.

      • T. Edward Page
        April 9, 2017 at 6:27 am

        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.

        • April 10, 2017 at 7:51 am

          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!

      • Stacey
        January 27, 2018 at 2:20 pm

        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.

        • January 27, 2018 at 5:41 pm

          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.

    • Richard
      May 24, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      you can try looking here >

      These guys have tons of info regarding early genetics/migrations, etc. although almost all of it sails past “my” head, perhaps it may be of help to y’all.

  2. Carol
    July 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    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!

    • Jamie
      July 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

      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. Craig
    July 28, 2011 at 6:30 am

    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.

    • Jamie
      July 28, 2011 at 7:54 am

      Ok, it should be working now! Sorry about that, and thanks for your support!

  4. Andre
    July 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

    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

    • Jamie
      July 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

      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. Ricky Maloney
    August 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm


    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.

    • Jamie
      August 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      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. Andy
    August 20, 2011 at 3:02 am

    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.

    • Jamie
      August 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      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. David McMurray
    August 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    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!

    • Jamie
      August 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      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.

      • Tara
        September 20, 2011 at 5:29 am

        Although lamb is still lamb… and very tasty too. baaaa!

    • Jules
      January 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Check out the History of English podcast. It has all that stuff and more!

      • Kristine Miller
        March 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm

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

    • March 25, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      David, Im sure by now you might have seen the History of English language podcast. Like this .one, it’s excellent

      • Jen
        September 29, 2015 at 10:19 pm

        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. Nic Morgan
    September 5, 2011 at 8:33 am

    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.

    • Jamie
      September 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks for joining, Nic! It’s hard work, but it’s lots of fun to do. :)

  9. Christopher
    September 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    A very high quality product that I am happy to subscribe to.

    • Jamie
      September 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks for subscribing!

  10. Gwen
    September 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I love your podcast. Is it possible to donate/subscribe by mail?

    • Jamie
      September 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Hi Gwen,
      Unfortunately, I don’t have way for people to subscribe via mail at this time. Thanks for listening!

  11. Lucile
    September 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    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. =)

    • Jamie
      September 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Lucile,
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the podcasts and finding them useful! Thanks for listening!

  12. juan jaramillo
    September 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

    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.

    • Jamie
      September 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Getting kids interested in History is a big goal of the podcast, actually. :) Thanks for listening!

  13. Neal
    September 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    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!

    • Jamie
      September 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it so much! Thanks for listening!

  14. Sean Cabrey
    October 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    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.

    • Jamie
      October 11, 2011 at 7:31 am

      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!

  15. Kim Napier
    October 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

    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!

    • Jamie
      October 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

      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!


  16. Mark
    October 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    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?

    • Jamie
      October 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      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!

    • Jamie
      October 13, 2011 at 8:25 am

      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.


  17. November 2, 2011 at 7:13 pm


    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.

    • Jamie
      November 3, 2011 at 8:19 am

      Thanks, Dean! Congrats on catching up. :)

  18. Abhinav
    November 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    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.



    • Jamie
      November 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      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!

      • Abhinav
        November 9, 2011 at 11:23 am

        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

  19. Ephor
    November 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

    All ok?


    • Jamie
      November 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      Yeah, I’ve explained the cause of the delay in the new podcast. I’m really sorry!

  20. December 1, 2011 at 5:03 am

    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

    • Jamie
      December 1, 2011 at 7:27 am

      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!

  21. Haley
    December 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    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,


    • Jamie
      December 10, 2011 at 7:55 am

      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!


  22. colin stringer
    December 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    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.

    • Jamie
      December 10, 2011 at 7:59 am

      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)!


  23. Virginia Lavender
    December 11, 2011 at 8:34 am

    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.?

    • Jamie
      December 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

      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!

  24. Andy
    December 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    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

    • Jamie
      December 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Haha. Actually, my wife and her parents both heard it and laughed. So it seems I’m off the hook…. for now. ;)

  25. John in Michigan
    December 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    About the halo seen on the heads of saints in medieval paintings — that definitely is the solar disk, according to Egyptologist John Romer’s Testament series.

  26. John in Michigan
    December 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    About the halo seen on the heads of saints in medieval paintings — that definitely is the solar disk, according to Egyptologist John Romer’s Testament series.

  27. Kate K
    January 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    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.


    • Jamie
      January 5, 2012 at 9:37 am

      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. ;)

  28. Stephen
    January 6, 2012 at 12:13 am

    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.


    • Jamie
      January 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

      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!

  29. Nicki Kirchoff
    January 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    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.

    • Jamie
      January 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

      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!

  30. January 24, 2012 at 3:03 am

    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?

  31. Janet
    January 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    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.


  32. David Solly
    February 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

    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


    • Jamie
      February 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      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.

      • David Solly
        February 19, 2012 at 11:37 pm

        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


  33. Gina Swifte
    February 21, 2012 at 2:54 am


    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.


    • Jamie
      February 21, 2012 at 8:01 am

      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. ;)

  34. Ralph Dixon
    February 21, 2012 at 7:57 am

    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?

    • Jamie
      February 21, 2012 at 8:09 am

      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. ;)

      • Gina Swifte
        February 22, 2012 at 7:10 am

        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!

      • Matt
        March 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm

        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.

  35. February 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    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

    • Jamie
      February 28, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Thank you so much! But you should pace yourself. I only release once a week, so you’ll run out really soon! ;)

  36. Will Wright
    March 18, 2012 at 11:04 am

    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.

    • Jamie
      March 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      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! :)

  37. robyn
    March 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

    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?

    • Jamie
      March 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

      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!

  38. Prairie Listener
    June 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    “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.

    • June 27, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Haha! THAT’S what you decided to criticize me on? Not my swearing or casual use of diction? ;)

  39. Max Jensen
    January 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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

    • January 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      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. :)

  40. January 9, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    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.

  41. tom peterson
    January 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm


    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???

    • January 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      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. :)

  42. liam
    January 28, 2015 at 8:27 am

    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.


    • January 28, 2015 at 9:39 am

      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.

  43. Puddlewhite
    February 21, 2015 at 11:35 am

    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.

    • February 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm

      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!

  44. Steven Leary
    April 7, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    OK, Jamie… Resigned! Hope this all gets worked out!

  45. Steven Leary
    April 7, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Er… Re-Signed

  46. Carol
    April 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    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.

    • April 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      I’d gladly pay a bit extra to help cover fees. I’m not rich, but I’m pretty sure I can spare an extra dollar or two per month.

  47. Chris Szigeti
    April 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    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 :)

  48. Stanf
    April 9, 2015 at 2:37 pm


  49. Lesley
    April 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    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!

  50. April 10, 2015 at 6:59 am

    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.

    • April 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Yeah, I’m really sorry about all of that mess, Cynthia. I’m glad we’re done with it. :)

  51. April 12, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    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!

    • April 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      Happy anniversary! And thank you :)

  52. Melinda
    April 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    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. :)

    • April 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      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!

  53. Chris Stevens
    April 14, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    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

  54. April 17, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    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.

  55. April 22, 2015 at 9:40 am

    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,

  56. Neil Simpson
    May 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    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!

    • May 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you so much! :)

  57. Beverley Ann Sabo
    May 14, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    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!

  58. David Cryer
    May 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

    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 ?

    • May 15, 2015 at 11:27 am

      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. ;)

  59. June 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    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!

  60. Chantell
    June 11, 2015 at 3:26 am

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

  61. Brian bickerstaffe
    June 27, 2015 at 3:49 am

    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

    • June 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

      I’m going to email you directly. Check your inbox shortly.

  62. Mason
    June 30, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    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?

    • July 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

      The huge fancy stone castles like Caernarvon won’t come until the high medieval period of the Anglo Norman days.

  63. Margo Kavanaugh
    July 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I love your podcasts!

  64. August 5, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    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!

  65. August 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    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!

    • August 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      That’s great to hear!

  66. William
    September 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    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.

  67. Anne Geyer
    September 9, 2015 at 8:53 am

    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.)

    • September 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

      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.

      • Anne Geyer
        September 9, 2015 at 10:28 am

        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…)

  68. Matt Phelps
    October 7, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    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.

    • October 7, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      That’s fantastic! Is it an all ginger team? Thanks for supporting the show!

      • Matt Phelps
        October 7, 2015 at 2:28 pm

        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? ;)

        • October 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm

          Worry not. Prasutagus appears to have died of old age. :)

  69. October 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    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?

    • October 8, 2015 at 2:20 pm

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

  70. Alex
    October 25, 2015 at 8:05 am

    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 :))

    • October 25, 2015 at 9:11 am

      All the members material is available, so all the rough transcripts and all the extra episodes. :)

  71. Alex
    October 25, 2015 at 9:18 am

    great, thx, gonna reccomend you to classmates :)

  72. Robert Frank
    November 14, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    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,

    • November 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Robert, I wrote to you privately with instructions on what to do. Thanks!

  73. Brenda
    November 16, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    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.

    • November 18, 2015 at 6:09 am

      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?

      • Brenda
        November 18, 2015 at 3:46 pm

        Ah, the healing hands of time! It worked. Thanks, Jamie!

  74. Diesel
    November 23, 2015 at 11:55 am


    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

  75. Ashleigh
    December 3, 2015 at 12:27 am


    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 :)

    • December 3, 2015 at 6:45 am

      Thank you so much!

  76. Kathie Johnston
    December 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

    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!

  77. Jack C
    December 31, 2015 at 9:57 am

    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!

  78. Terri J
    January 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm

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

  79. Brad
    February 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    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.

  80. Lindsey
    February 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    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!

    • February 10, 2016 at 7:51 am

      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.

  81. Charlene
    February 9, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    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!

  82. JT
    March 16, 2016 at 12:01 pm


    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.

    • March 25, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Fantastic! Thanks for listening :)

  83. Tara Candelaria
    March 25, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    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!

    • March 25, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Hi Tara, I just emailed you. Can you check you inbox and let me know if you got it (and if the email fixed the problem)?

  84. Matt
    March 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm


    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.


    • March 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      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.


  85. Matt and Cait Williams
    March 29, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Took us long enough, but Matt and Cait Williams are finally members!

    • March 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks a bunch!

  86. Melissa
    March 29, 2016 at 8:34 pm


    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.)

    • March 29, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      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. ;)

  87. Josh
    March 29, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    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.

  88. scott
    April 12, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    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.

    • April 13, 2016 at 6:46 am

      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.

  89. Eric Pollock
    April 23, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    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.

  90. Emily Stowell
    April 24, 2016 at 6:54 am

    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!

  91. Nate Damro
    April 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    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.

    • April 29, 2016 at 6:56 am

      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.

  92. May 5, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Hi BHP, I clicked the “PayPal” link and this popped up.

    Is this supposed to happen?

    • May 5, 2016 at 9:34 am

      ARGH! This site will be the death of me. Lets try again.

  93. May 6, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Ah! It works now. Thank you. (Love the Podcast by the way)

  94. Denise Powell
    May 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    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.)

    • May 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

      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. :)

  95. Sarah Reetz
    June 6, 2016 at 10:12 am

    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.

  96. Adrian Ward
    June 17, 2016 at 5:41 am

    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.

  97. Andrew Maxey
    July 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm


    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.


  98. Amy
    July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am

    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)

    • July 20, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      Awww thank you so much! And welcome!

  99. Sean Cooney
    July 26, 2016 at 11:03 am

    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.

  100. Joseph Baker
    August 16, 2016 at 8:06 am

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

  101. Jacob Åkerblom
    September 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    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

    • September 26, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks, Jacob!

  102. October 10, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    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

  103. November 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    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!

  104. Jenny M
    January 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    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.

    • January 13, 2017 at 7:09 am

      Thank you so much, and happy 40th to your husband!

  105. Jonny Evans
    January 13, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    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 *👏

    • January 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Jonny. I hope you enjoy the members episodes! The Shop Talks, in particular, are some of my favorites.

  106. Sarah H
    January 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    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.

    • January 16, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      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!

      • Sarah H
        January 17, 2017 at 6:44 am

        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…

  107. Marcus Cartier
    January 17, 2017 at 5:14 am

    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!

    • January 17, 2017 at 9:54 am

      I had a lot of fun with that one. I’m glad you liked it!

  108. January 29, 2017 at 11:37 am

    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 :)

  109. February 3, 2017 at 3:06 am

    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!!

  110. Alexander Herberger
    February 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm


    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

  111. Elizabeth Pothier
    February 20, 2017 at 10:04 am


    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 ;)

    • Ray Ford
      March 16, 2017 at 9:02 am


      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

      • March 16, 2017 at 9:18 am

        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.

  112. Chris Hill
    May 31, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    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.

    • June 1, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Thanks for signing up, Chris!

  113. Kirsten Iles
    October 4, 2017 at 12:13 am

    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

  114. Diana Archibald
    November 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    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

    • Diana Archibald
      November 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      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!

    • November 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      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. :)

  115. Margaret Scaia
    December 8, 2017 at 9:36 am

    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….

    • December 8, 2017 at 11:02 am

      I’m so pleased to hear that! Thank’s for listening :)

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