Thank you for Becoming a Member!

Thank you so much for supporting the project!

You should be properly registered in the system.  There might be a small delay, as the system waits for your payment to clear, but that shouldn’t take more than a day (and often happens nearly instantaneously).

Once the payment clears, you can set up the Member’s feed on your devices. Instructions on how to do that can be found in your Account Page (also sometimes called the Members Only page). Please email me if you have any trouble finding that page or logging in.

Thanks again!


  1. Love the podcasts. You provide very interesting insights that were overlooked in my college world history classes. My heritage is British and always wanted to learn more. I have a long daily commute and I look forward to new podcasts. Keep up the great work. Sorry it took me this long to become a subscriber.

    Cheers, Dennis

  2. Jamie, great podcast, found you while looking for the most recent podcasts from David Crowther “The History of England Podcast”

    Love yours , brilliant…I am asls abn expat from Blighty, however came after school still talk funny!

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    1. Hi Angus, thank you for supporting the show! I’m quite chuffed that you think this project compares well with Crowther’s podcast, actually. :)

      Thanks again!


  3. Hi Jamie thankk you very much for such an interesting and insighitfull podcast you really humble me with the fact you do this for free which is i becamame amember especially as you give youre free time and career as a lawyer to do this i live a stones throw ftrom Dumbarton castle and robert the bruce cave and sanctuary so if uyou wish any photo graphic material of either in the future please let me know

  4. Thank you for this great podcast! I found this podcast in connection with the History of Rome podcast on iTunes and I have enjoyed it every bit as much as Mike Duncans work. I am a History teacher in Southern California and I have enjoyed the human element you have given to a very hyper studied subject. Can’t wait to listen to some members only episodes! Thank you for the hard work.

    1. Thank you so much! It’s always nice to hear that the project is appreciated, but it’s particularly exciting when I hear from history teachers since I’m sort of traipsing through your backyard with this show. So I’m very happy you’re enjoying the show. :)

  5. Hi Jamie, have been listening for a few months and I’m now finally caught up, so thought it wise to become a member, so glad to see your show going from strength to strength, keep up the good work! I live in aberdeen, north east Scotland and did some celtic history at uni, but mainly a part time anthropologhy/history geek. You should totally follow up the Scotcasts by coming up here to Pictish country! plenty of mysterious rock formations, some with inscriptions still around, but what I’d really love to see but still waiting for the chance/excuse, is those amazing 6000 year old caves on Orkney.(I’m sure there’s a pub or two around too). maybe when you get another thousand members? or maybe when you hit jacobites, i’d be happy to show you around ;)

  6. Subscribed as a big thank you – I start work early (05:00) and for two and a half hours am working alone. In one podcast I get education, entertainment and company! Great podcast, please keep it up Jamie, and thank you. ( hope all is well with your family), Paul.

  7. Sorry about the card snafu–I was a target shopper casualty. Do I at least get a Hipster Hadrian button this time?
    Thanks for the history!

  8. I’m almost all caught up and I am so excited to join this community! I can’t wait to hear the members only episodes!!

  9. I’m a history podcast junkie. The BHP is a favorite of mine and became a household one as well. Your podcast was an inspiration for my 13yo son to read Churchill’s History of the English Speaking Peoples. That’s considerable storytelling magic. Thank you for the BHP.

  10. Jamie. So pleased I can support what you are doing. The BHP is the best podcast and the one I look forward to most out of the many I listen to.

    You have brought history to life for me and especially a part of history that I didn’t learn about at school.

  11. Glad to finally be a member. Really, it’s been to long. I feel like we’ve been through so much together. The ice age, giant Elk, that Iulius Kaiser guy… what a dick… Boudica, Emperor Constantine, Emperor Honorius and his pulling out faster than a nervous prom date hearing a door slam.. Meeting the new neighbor, Hengist and Horsa they seem nice… uh… lot of relatives.. really, the years just fly by!

  12. I finally became a member! I’ve listened to the first 130 episodes, and decided that it’s high time I joined the group. I want to hear the members-only Scotcasts and the St. Patrickcasts(?). My ancestors are Welsh; my maiden name was Parry.

  13. Hi Jamie,
    I just signed up for the second time. I just love your podcast and the way you present it. It fills in the gaps that are left by the conventional teaching of the history of Britain. For those of us whose families originated in the British Isles it is our history and I thank you for the great effort you have made in bringing it to life.

  14. Hi Jamie,

    I’ve been a long time listener and am now financially able to be a member! Thanks for producing such a great podcast!

  15. Hi Jamie,
    I took the plunge to membership to encourage these illuminating podcasts to keep coming. I so appreciate the ’roundedness’ of content in your shows, covering not just kings and battles but everyday life for commoners, and how social structures and technology change over time.

  16. Thanks Jamie for the exellent content, I cant begin to imagine how much work goes into each episode. In school I loved History and growing up I always had my nose in a history book especially Celtic, Roman and Early Middle ages Britain, I went on to do Engineering and the History books got replaced with Engineering and Physics books, but stumbaling across your podcast about a year ago has completly rekindled my passion for the good stuff! Ive also recently introduced my Egyptologist sister to the show and she also loves it, especially as we are from Anglesey so its nice to hear about your ancestors and things on your doorstep.

    Keep up the Good Work!

  17. I’m so excited to be a member! I’ve just discovered your podcast and am having so much fun listening to it.

    I’m third generation American, but a century in this country can’t erase the thousands of generations that my people were in Britain. And I have always felt deeply connected to my heritage.

    I’m also a big British History nerd (my 7th grade term paper was Religion in England after the Break From Rome) and so I’m just drinking in your podcasts. Honestly, I’m so glad I have so many to listen to!

    Thanks so much for doing this!

  18. Jamie, I enjoy listening to your podcasts and believe you have a great story-telling gift. I’m glad to finally become a member.

  19. Thank you so much for working on this, I can’t imagine the time spent researching. The first 30 episodes augments The History of Rome and The 12 Byzantine Emperors podcasts so well. Also, I can’t wait to hear about the English civil war, I really don’t know anything about it and I’ve heard its an extremely confusing period. Have you ever heard of Dan Carlin and the Hardcore History podcast? If no definitely give listen, I like him for the same reasons I like you.

  20. Just became a member-I can’t thank you enough for what you’re doing!!

    I have a BA in history, but I’m doing marketing in a Silicon Valley software company. i am still drawn to history over and over again, I love to read it in my spare time; there are so many great stories to learn and tell!! I envy you getting to do this full time. Keep up the great work!

  21. Well, I never thought I’d live to see the day where a podcast would inspire me to part from my minuscule postgrad funds, but your work, both on audio and on Facebook, is absolutely worth it. Even without a British accent! Madness! ;) After Mike Duncan and Lars Brownworth I thought the history podcast world would run out of brilliance, but I’m stoked I ran across TBHP. Thanks for enabling my Anglophilic and history addictions, and thanks for doing so with humor and wit!


  22. Hi Jamie! I’m an Irish citizen. As a piper, I am well-versed on the history of bagpipes, but I never knew how short the kilt history was! I listen to your podcast especially for any mention of Ireland.

    I started from the beginning; only 100 episodes to go!

  23. Hi Jamie,
    I’m glad to finally be able to become a member and give something back to you and this community. I’m a chronic insomniac and have been listening to your podcasts overnight for ages now. I feel like I know you, in the least weird way possible. Thank you for your commitment and enthusiasm for this project.

  24. Hey – Just joined for the year and here’s why: You ask, politely but directly and clearly lay out why joining is worth it.

    I think you should do a podcast for podcasters on how to monetize – too many are afraid to ask for compensation for the value they create, and let me tell you Comcast isn’t afraid to tell you how much you cable will cost.

    So kudos, and my kid ask that you cover Rhys ap Gruffydd when you get to him around 1160 or so. She has the name thing going on with him and all and he seems like a really interesting personality of his time.

    1. Awww thank you so much. And don’t worry, I’ll be covering quite a bit about Welsh history once we have more information to go on. At our current spot, though, there’s even less information than we have for the Anglo Saxons. :/

  25. Jamie, I’ve been listeningf for a whole and really appreciate the time, effort and detail that goes into this. Being a Welshman born very near the path of Offa’s Dyke, it was often asked which side of the Dyke you were born on. It’s good to hear all about this again. Iechyd Da! Diolch yn fawr i chi , diolch yn fawr iawn!

  26. Hi Jamie,

    I feel a bit ashamed – I’ve been meaning to sign up as a member for a long time now. Your efforts have been very entertaining and informative, and I think a contribution is the least that can be done by way of thanks.

    However, it really was your cry for help over the Amazon kerfuffle that got me off my arse. I too would hate to see such an impressive body of work go down the plug’ole. So, apologies I have not acted sooner.


  27. After being a long time listener, I am finally getting around to becoming a member. Your podcast is one of the best narrated and best written podcasts that I listen to, so you’ve more than earned my money. I have learned a tremendous amount over the 150+ episodes. I can’t imagine that I’ll be able to catch up on members-only episodes, but I’m looking forward to exploring those.

    I will also admit that I’ve been getting lost recently with all of these Egg/Eck- and Aeth- names, and kings who last about as long as social media memes. But I still like it.

    Anyway, sorry you got hit with the flu and with this Amazon payment fall-out. I hope you get better soon and get things settled with the podcast, and get back to what you do best: telling great stories!


    1. Thanks, Bryan! Also, I will probably end up putting together a summary episode pretty soon to help put a lot of this in context and hopefully sort out all the aethels and ecgs. :)

  28. Hi Jamie! I have been a fan of the podcast for about two years now. I always listen to it when I am cooking and cleaning, and even when I am exercising. I love British history, really British anything, and I love the way you deliver our “lessons” — not dry or boring in the slightest. I was so sad to hear that Amazon is screwing you over and I thought, “Okay, I’ve been considering becoming a member for a long time now… NOW is the time!”. I’m from Northern Manitoba, Canada! But my heart is in England! You may or may not remember me from Facebook — I’m the Grimm fan who asked if you ever watch because you’re from Portland, lol! Take care!

  29. Finally worked my way through the 160 episode backlog since discovering your amazing podcast in December! I don’t quite understand how you can produce such high quality content faster than I can consume it; I’m assuming you must be some kind of robot? Sorry it’s taken so long to sign up, it was more out of feeling overwhelmed at the thought of all those members’ episodes becoming available too, rather than any unwillingness to pay money for such a great product.
    Looking forward to being guided through the next 1039 years of history in your capable hands.

    All the best,


    1. Hi Richard, thank you so much for signing up and I’m really impressed you managed to get through 160 episodes in about 6 months! Well done. :)

  30. Hi Jamie,

    Thanks so much for such a great podcast. I’ve been listening from the beginning and have finally caught up with the episodes and am pleased to be able to support you so you can keep going with what your doing. I’m really looking forward to hearing all about the Vikings…

    It’s obvious you are passionate British History and it comes through….

    Great work and a fantastic listen.

  31. Renewed/switched over. Was on my second year thru Amazon with third coming up in August, if correctly recalled.

  32. Jamie, I freeloaded for the first 35 podcasts and finally the shame was too much; I am now a fully paid up member! I fervently hope you get your Amazon problem sorted so that we get to hear a whole lot more!

  33. Jamie,

    I found your podcasts a while ago, but have really just started listening to them a few days ago. I am a history teacher, after 20 years in the Air Force (with three years spent at RAF Bentwaters/WoodBridge). My mother was a war bride and I actually have more relations in England than in America. While I have always been interested in British history, and have been able to trace my family back to the Early 1800s so far, your podcasts have brought new insights in to British history. I was listening to your podcast on the Ninth Legion this morning on the way to work this morning and it suddenly came to me that besides the fact that you are presenting interesting information, its like carrying on a conversation instead of it being a lecture. Maybe if history was presented like this, instead of how it usually is, more kids would be interested in it. I am looking forward to when you get to the Great War, which I realize is a long way off, as my Grandfather was one of the Old Contemptibles who served from the first days of the war to the end. Any way more than anything else I just wanted to thank you for the great podcasts.

    1. Hi, I just signed up. I am out in Iraq, and from Framlingham, near Woodbridge!, and liston to these epic casts in the gym rowing, in bunk houses, and gulf boat, camps, and on movements around the country. Its great stuff, and great deep cover having a Yank voice, I listoned to the 9th yesterday, that’s how far I am up to. I have to keep rowing until they finish, so I pray for short ones. What I find interesting, being where I am, is the Roman use of terror. Same here, all sides, and there are many. Also, the insights into pacification, PR, integration, I liston to the cast and virtually nothing, really virtually nothing, even a bit of gladias action, has changed, by any of the actors. To achieve this really living history, and have a laugh, and wonder what coast that accent comes from… is just brillient.

  34. Jamie, great podcast – just joined up to help you continue such a fascinating project. I hope all goes well and you get the subscription issue sorted out – you are just getting to the interesting parts, the Vikings, unification of England, the Normans – all interesting stuff. keep up the great work. Les

  35. So the transfer from Amazon is done. Jamie many thanks for the time you take to deliver the BHP. Love the detail of each episode and the fact there is no running fast to get to the more popular bits. Keep going :-) Simon, Hove, UK

  36. Hi Jamie. I’m a Brit, living in London. Have only reached Episode 45 so far (just found the show a few months back). Am looking forward to getting up to date with the rest of my country’s history.

    Congrats on consistently producing an informative and entertaining programme – that must be tough to pull off, so congrats. And I admire your stamina for keeping going with such a big project.

  37. Your litigator and legal researcher background certainly serve you well here; it’s not that people hear what you’re saying, it’s that we are compelled to willingly listen. Nice work. Only problem is accent- not the lack of British, but one that sounds southern to us here. Cheers from Seattle!

    Thanks, looking forward to the members content!


  38. Just renewed via Paypal. Congratulations for creating a really big something. It can’t be easy, but I hope that its fun. Your podcast is in the best possible Reithian tradition, which is one of the many reasons a subscription feels very fitting.

  39. I love what you do and the way you do it. Thank you so much for making this podcast. I listened to all the back episodes so I just had to start a membership!

  40. It only took me two and a half months to hear of Amazon’s treachery. I joined back up as soon as I heard. I never used to like history until the BHP and SYMIH came along. Thanks for all the hard work you do to tell the British story in a memorable way!

  41. If I may dust off a cliche “Best. Podcast. Ever.” In all honesty this podcast presents the history of Britain in a super engaging way.

    Jaime, you do a great job keeping the narrative engaging. You are covering SO MUCH history that you run the risk of either only touching on topics superficially (which you never, EVER do) or the information gets so bogged down that its tough to keep interest (you avoid this really well too). I think it is your personable delivery, and your general passion for your subject.

    Life got in the way and I fell behind, but when I heard that Amazon was cancelling I had to get my membership square again. Luckily I had paid for the yearly on Amazon (don’t need prorating if I even had time left, consider it a donation).

    You mentioned you wanted to take this through WW2, but can you please cover post-war Britain and the dissolution of the British colonial empire. In my history classes it was always a ton of emphasis on the war then as a note “after the war Britain’s colonies were given independence” and only India really got any real depth. Of course this is probably years away at the pace you are going (not a criticism). We’re currently in what I find to be the most interesting period of the island’s history. Not the vikings, but the jockeying among the heptarchy. I also love the Chinese Warring States Period and Japan’s Warring States Period, something about that backdrop that sucks me in. Turns out Britain has its own warring states period and it just gets sidelined under the Dark Ages moniker.

  42. You are the best History podcast I have listened to and not just because you do the Welsh Cast. I have really loved the content of these podcasts and it is rare to find one that takes the time to cover the so-called Dark Ages. I salute you and hope to hear more great stuff.

  43. So excited to finally be a member! Love this podcast it makes my commute to grad school so much more fun and relaxing! Thanks for a great show!

  44. Hey, Jamie – Thanks so much for taking on and sustaining this epic project! I continue to look forward to every episode and the respect you always show for the details and unknowns. The member extras continue to be awesome and illuminating. Alas, my Android podcast app–the multifaceted, user-friendly veteran Dogcatcher–may have finally reached its expiration date. I just upgraded to a Galaxy S 6 and it doesn’t really seem to support the app: the device silences the app every time that it receives a notification from Gmail, Facebook, anything, constantly. A newer version of Dogcatcher doesn’t appear in the Play or Amazon app stores. So I’ve been shopping for other podcast apps. Unfortunately, none of the ones that I’ve tried allows me to enter my BHP member ID and password, so the members’ podcast never really loads. Is there a recommended Android app that actually does let you enter a username and password? Or is there a part of the website I haven’t found where I can log on with my credentials to listen, instead? Any advice would be appreciated!

    1. Hey, I emailed you directly with some suggestions. You also might want to check the forums, since there are other android users on there as well who might have some ideas.

      1. Hey, thanks, Jamie – For now, my stopgap solution is iTunes, which I at least have on my laptop. I went back to your introductory membership email, followed the instructions, and voila! Member’s episode #62, Fury of the Northmen Part 6 is on my laptop. Perhaps I’ll save these to listen to when I get home ….

  45. Hi Jamie, i’ve really enjoyed listening to your blood and guts accounts of British history, having caught up with your podcasts I’m looking forward to the benefits of membership. I’m from the Potteries so I hope you enjoyed your visit to the area last year!

  46. I’m a bit late to the game but listening to your podcast has helped me keep my sanity with being a new stay at home mom. Plus, I think my 5 month old is really enjoying your account of British History!

    Thank you so much for making this podcast. I can’t wait to catch up–I’m only on episode 10–but it’s excellent!

  47. I grew up near Dore and went to King Egbert’s school for a while. Your podcast has deftly dealt with this tricky part of English history. I have even planned a hike along Offa’s Dyke next year, along with a visit to Sutton Hoo. Thank you for making your podcast interesting and provocative. I ummed and ahhed about getting a membership but when the “mail kimp” comment made in a recent episode made me laugh so much I almost ran over a pedestrian, I knew it was time. Thank you.

  48. I’ve been meaning to do this for months, and always felt guilty when listening to your opening for each show. Finally done it. I listen to quite a few podcasts, when of them topical so each week I listen to those first while washing up / preparing food /gardening and when run out start catching up on my BH podcasts. Really enjoy them, especially at the moment as I know so little about the post Roman era up until the Normans. They are always thought of as dark ages and yes there might have been a lot of blood spilt and they gave up on a lot of good Roman practices (baths and central heating!), but looking at some of their jewelry and gold work you can see they were very skilled at that. I read an archeology magazine as well and a lot of what you are talking about fits in with what I read there.

    I’m from Britain, originally Birmingham, now based in Leeds. I recently went to Birmingham to see some of the Staffordshire Hoarde – fantastic.

    My only gripe about the show is something all Americans have a problem with – pronunciation of some basic words (route and data are the worst culprits), but then again I can’t understand some things Geordies or Scots say!

    1. Thank you so much for supporting the community, Graeme. And with regard to pronunciation, I challenge you to find an official consistent way to pronounce anything. It really does change from village to village.

      Also, if you want to hear a nightmare of mispronuciations, listen to an Englishman try to pronounce anything in Wales. ;)

  49. Hello Jamie. I am so excited about your awesome podcast. I listen to many history podcasts, but you Sir, must be the rock star of them all. I have finally caught up and am ready for my membership. I had to wait, as I am sure that I am going to obsess on all the great information. I have loved going through your shows and watching or would that be listening, to how far you have come with all of this. I am excited for you and for all of your peeps. The Viking preview gave me chills. Well done Sir. Well done and thank you for the fun.

    1. Thank you so much, Judy!

      Truth be told, I wasn’t too happy with the Viking promo and second guessed myself for whether or not to launch it but I figured I was probably just being overly critical (as I am wont to do) so I’m very pleased to hear that it was effective. :)

      Thanks again for supporting the community!

  50. Is it weird that an Asian-American is obsessed with British History???? I don’t care. I’ve been listening to this podcast since August and I’m obsessed and caught up. Thank you for providing this avenue for me to soak it all in. Hopefully one day, I’ll get to take a tour of all the places you’ve gone through in this podcast. In the meantime, I will listen and dream of visiting the country across the pond. (How the heck did I do a European trip without going to Britain???? blame it on my ignorant 20’s)

    1. Not weird at all. History is pretty universal and doesn’t require blood ties. And race is largely a construct anyway. People are people, so history is all of ours, no matter where it is from. Which is why I don’t think it’s weird that I’m a Welsh immigrant who is also really interested in Edo era Japan. :)

      Thanks for writing in, and good luck on your next trip!

  51. Just wanted to say how much I love the podcast! I started listening this summer on a long drive from Baltimore to St. Louis and became completely hooked. You’re a fantastic storyteller!

    I know you’ve said in the past that you’re curious how your members listen to the show. I listen to an episode while taking a walk in the park across the street from my apt every afternoon or evening. It’s the perfect way to unwind a bit.

  52. Hi Jamie,

    This past month I’ve been listening to the BHP pretty much nonstop, and I love the way you bring such detail into the narrative. It’s tough to follow sometimes, but I appreciate it nevertheless! At this level of detail, when do you predict that you’ll get us to the present day in the podcast? I only ask because I’m really looking forward to you doing the “History of China” podcast, or the “History of the Middle East” podcast, or even the “History of Rome” podcast, which I’m sure your followers would love, even though there are a few existing podcasts out there already on Rome.

    I became a member of BHP today and I’ll become a member of your next endeavor whenever that time comes. I’ll even pay extra if you go back to using BC/AD instead of BCE/CE, the latter of which designation I find to be too close in pronunciation, as well as somewhat annoying, since the year 5 BC and 5 AD were probably pretty dang similar, neither one of them being more “common era” than the other.

    Anyway, great work on the podcast. It’s the first time I’ve ever become a member of any podcast.

    1. Hi Brad, thanks for supporting the community! I’m pretty sure I’ll do American history next… if I ever get there. But it will be years before I’ll be done with Britain. The Wars of the Roses alone is going to take quite a long time.

      And sorry that BCE/CE bugs you. It’s the current academic standard, and honestly the switchover from BCE to CE is no less arbitrary than from BC to AD (especially since current thinking is that the fella who inspired that particular switchover wasn’t actually born on year 0).

  53. Love the show. I just found it recently and I am working my way through the archives. I’ve been toying with membership for a while now.

    After the Maude/Greg the cat story I was sold. History, cheesy humour, episode starting with Arrested Development quotes, AND soft spot for sad animals? Yeh. I need to support this.

  54. Hi Jamie,
    Just wanted to say how much I’ve been enjoying your podcast. I started listening a few months ago and have nearly caught up – really looking forward to exploring the members only content next! I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know, regardless of their interest in history, as it’s such a different approach to the subject. Thanks for the many hours of entertainment!

  55. Hi, Jamie. I’ve been meaning to join since I listened to the Boudicca episode, but my sweet hubby and I just listed to the episode about Hadrian’s Wall, and I knew I had to support you financially. Who knew that a wall could be so interesting? We listen to your podcasts while we travel around Florida. Rarely are we both interested in the same thing enough to spend hours listening, (we’re far more an “opposites attract” couple) so this makes for very pleasant travel and great conversation between episodes. Thanks for what you’re doing, and doing so well!

  56. Hey man. I’ve been listening for well over a year now. I really appreciate the info and dig your thoughtful and occasionally irreverent “Dead Poets” style delivery.

    I generally begin listening an hour or so before hitting the sack. I love being transported out of my present world but also learning something to boot. The podcast has become a real comfort to me as I end my day.


    All the best,


  57. Hi Jamie, Love the show. It is the only podcast I have truly enjoyed since Mike Duncans’ The history of rome!! Finally all caught up on 180 episodes and need some more episodes to keep my weekend night shift bearable.


    Keep up the good work


  58. So happy to be here! I have listened to the first 10 episodes. I wish I had found you earlier. Lots of good content is ahead of me.

  59. Been binge listening to these excellent podcasts for a while now and finally caught up. Realised I needed to become a member as not having any more podcasts to listen to left a real history shaped hole in my walk to and from work.

    Thanks for all your effortsand please keep up the good work.

  60. Hi Jamie, As a devoted historian, you won’t be surprised to hear I was quite behind the times on this one having only recently found you! The BHP was my first Podcast pick as an introduction to the world of Podcasts and I couldn’t be happier with it. I’ve never heard History recounted in this way and, BHP has become my number one choice for filling those moments in between (like on the bus, or cooking dinner, you know when life or work isn’t getting in the way) anyway I’m super thrilled to pick BHP as my first ever membership subscription (to anything online… ever… well except Amazon Prime but most folk have that right ?)
    So keep up the great work, and let me at those member only Podcasts… i’m dying to catch up on the ones i’ve missed before Episode 100.
    Thanks for the awesome !

  61. This is the best podcast out there. You know…I think it’s even better than the history of Rome. And I love the history of Rome. So much. Jamie, love the detail and the care you put into this project. It really adds something positive to the world. Good on ya mate!

  62. Hi Jamie, I’ve been lurking and listening for a year or so now and the highest compliment I can pay you is; I’m a born an bred Brit, living in Oxford and your podcast has illuminated the dark ages better than any other resource I’ve been able to find. To my taste at least your approach is perfect. I’m a big fan of the other mainstays of history podasting and despite my initial ‘urgh!’ of which I shamefully acknowledge as baseless racism of an American describing the events and circumstances of these Isles, your work speaks for itself. It has totally won me over enough to ensure I must subscribe, or forever bear the guilt.

    P.S I’ve also enjoyed the odd ‘old fashioned’ or two as recommended

    chin chin!

  63. Just discovered your podcast. Your treatment of Julius Caesar’s adventures in Britannia was great and I look forward to many months of listening to the rest.

  64. Hey brother, first off, great podcast. I am a history major who one day wants to teach, and I get a huge amount of enjoyment, as well as inspiration on how to compellingly communicate history that matters in the future. Secondly – please cool it with the Starbucks references… You had me sold on a subscription a year ago, but I’m a deployed soldier on a cramped post and would assist a few baby seals slip their mortal coil for a Javachip Frap. I don’t care if buying from the evil Seattlite empire makes me a supporter of the left wing commies. I was doing ok with the cravings but Starbucks kept popping up in the pitch. I say the desire for that, unrequited by baristas willing to serve it, is unfair trade coffee. That aside, what you’re doing is great and engenders a sense of community among folks who, maybe like me, have a hard time finding like minded people to share their niche passion of history with. God bless

    1. Hey Justin, I’m so pleased to hear that the show gives you a sense of community. That is one of the main goals of the show, actually. I always wanted a group of fellow history nerds to talk to, so as soon as the show started taking off I thought “this is my moment to finally build a group like that!” So it’s really great to hear this, man!

      Also, stay safe over there! And as if you need another reason to stay safe, you need to make it back because the dark wizards over at Starbucks have invented a drink that, no shit, tastes like Harry Potter’s Butter Beer. (Co-Producer Zee just said “Haha, telling him about that is f*cked up!”) But seriously, if you’ve ever wondered why Americans are fat… this is why. It’s intense. And I’ll try to mix in some beer into my pitches in the future so it isn’t all coffee related.

      1. You’re welcome, I really appreciate the responses, and entreaty to stay safe. Thankfully the threat level is somewhat low at this time. The West Coast is sort of my promised land – beautiful country, and amazing scenes from intellectualism, cars, art, to extreme sports etc. and it means a lot the offer for tips on good eats and places to go. I hope the near butter beer coffee is better than Starbucks liquor, I’ll definitely give it a shot. And thanks Zee, it’s not that serious. I am a nerd more in the bent of Firefly, Star Trek, etc so were they to offer something akin to Romulan Ale I’d be going nuts. Look forward to hearing these podcasts for years to come! Take care, Þancas & Sīe þū hāl – copy and paste Old English thanks and farewell. That language is no joke, the infantryman in me loves the brutal sounding Germanic influence.

  65. Hi Jamie,

    I’ve been catching up on the old 2012 podcasts since January on the dog walk and whilst being stuck on the M25 between client visits. Thought I better join to get access to the members only audio as I’m going through the old ‘casts at a rate of 10 a week!!! I’ve just made it out of the Scotcasts and looking forward to the dark ages as I know relatively little about that era.

  66. Hi Jamie. As someone who’s never really studied history and knows little about it, I find your style very engaging and informative. Especially when you talk about your views on how history should be studied and shared (e.g. your views on the great man theory, or the Victorian historians). Love that you occasionally add music and big sense of drama when the material requires it as well. Keep doing what you’re doing! :)

    Ps. Also really enjoyed the Lovecraft reading as well. I listened to it 4 times in quick succession. Would definitely listen to other readings like it if you did them!

      1. Dear Jamie, I really do like your podcast, keep up the good work. I have noticed that even the most ardent Scot knows very little about their history. It is good that somebody can put the records right.

  67. Hi Jamie,

    I finally signed up as a member. After introducing my Mother and Brother to your podcast (I had a feeling they would love it and I was right) and after getting a 4% raise I decided it was time! I love the podcast and the way you share history. On a side note if you share my name as a new member in your next podcast it is Anna rhymes with piranha not banana… or also pronounced like the disney princess from Frozen.

    Love the work you are doing!

  68. Jamie:
    I just signed up after listening (for free) to the first 3 podcasts. Loads of my ancestors emigrated from Britain to the US from 1650-1850. I’ve always been curious about why they all left, and also, why anyone stayed. I’m hoping to learn more.

    Is there any way to easily download all 300+ podcasts? I frequently drive long distances where my internet connection isn’t always great. It’d be terrific if I could download them, put them on a CD or two, and then listen to them at leisure as I drive without worrying about internet connections. If not, that’s OK. I’m enjoying your show as it is. Thanks

    1. Any podcast app will allow for that. Just download a podcast app to your phone, subscribe to the show, download the episodes to that app, and you’ll be good to go.

      Unfortunately, there aren’t any CDs available.

  69. Dear Jamie
    Thank you for these great podcasts!

    I’m very new to it – having been introduced by my husband. I’m only on episode 13 but I’m completely hooked – had to become a member to thank you for your great work. So glad I’m only at 13 – so much to look forward to!


  70. Hi Jamie,
    found your podcast last January and have been dropping hints for birthday and Christmas since but to no avail. So I have bit the bullet – (before our dollar drops further against yours).
    Anyway love your work, I’m up to 162, not sure how much I’m retaining but obviously some by the bits of new vocabulary that keep dropping into my conversation :-)
    Cheers, Tom

  71. Hi Jamie. Hi Zee.

    Thanks very much for the effort you put into these. I’m out in Missouri, USA now, but for two and a half magical years, we lived up the hill in East Harnham, Salisbury. I worked up on the Salisbury Plain in Netheravon. I’m happily binging my way to current, and just left Guthrum holed up in Chippenham! I really enjoy your analysis, Jamie. You are narrating 3D characters, my friend – really bringing them to life again! Well done!

  72. Hi Jamie,
    244 episodes in 6 moths, feel like a guy with a Midlife crisis running around my new Tesla.
    thanks for great time.
    Bill B.

  73. Hi Jamie. I’m a new listener (just finished episode 13) but am thoroughly enjoying the podcasts. I’m just about to sit in my pool at 10.30pm in Sydney with a wine and “travel” through a bit more time with episode 14! I found out about these from my daughter’s English boyfriend so I like the link from a Brit via an American to an Australian and all that related ancestry. Thanks very much, Judy

  74. Hi Jamie,

    Take my money PLEASE! Have been listening for a month and have been thinking this podcast is too good to be free but was too lazy to sign up until just now. Happy I’m a member now and looking forward to when you eventually get to 12th century renaissance and the Beckett controversies (the focus of my studies).


  75. Hi Jamie, following BBC’s ‘In our Time’ I soon realised that I had to fortify my BH foundation. Now after catching up with BHP in what must record time (about 3 months) I notice how what I’ve learnt threads out into mainland Europe and Scandinavia where I live. Only last week . we were told on our Swedish History podcast that Alfred the Great was discontented (pissed off, you would say;) with the lack of information on northern Europe in antique geography sources. So he interviewed some vikings and added information on how to navigate intothe Baltic Sea, for the benefit of future readers. ‘Yeah, that sounds just like the Alfred Jamie told us about’, thought I. Kep it up, Jamie! Rutger

  76. I’ve been listening since around episode 40 and I finally have a credit card, so why not. I really enjoy the normal podcasts and the shop talks are especially interesting to me from the ones I’ve listened to! Really enjoy the critical analysis that comes out of them!

  77. Finally!! Thank you so much Jamie for all your hard work and dedication to this project!! I amaze my friends and co-workers on my knowledge of British History almost daily, and that’s all thanks to you. Which I of course let them know…I give credit where it’s definitely due…lol. You rock Jamie, keep up the great work, and all the best!!!

    1. That’s awesome. I think you have a lot more forgiving friends than me. Most of mine have long grown tired of my history facts. Haha. ;)

      Thanks for supporting the show!

  78. Recently discovered this podcast, and more recently restarted gainful employment. About half way through the podcasts, thank you for starting this journey and continuing this full time. As a fellow formerly practicing attorney, I’m more than happy to help you keep adding significant value to our society through the podcast instead of returning to the practice of law.

  79. It’s taken me far too long to get round to registering. Then again, I am a Northumbrian, so a bit of chaos is allowed – right? As someone who was brought up with a deep reverence and love of the history of the UK, especially the top right-hand corner of England, I find your podcast interesting, informative and quite simply a delight. Thank you Jamie and Dr Zee for your hard work.

  80. Hey Jamie,
    Just came out of a financial dark age that forced me to let my membership lapse for a while, but I’m back and looking forward to buying some sweet swag!

    Are the shirts real comfy and soft?

  81. Hey hi from Australialalalalalala! I love your podcast so much! I’m only at the fifth episode but this is exactly the attitude to history that I’ve been wanting for the whole of my 39 years and 9 months of personal living history!

    Have you read ‘London, A Novel’? It follows a fictional familial line from Druidic times through the various ages and so on, to the modern day. It’s a good device for giving one a sense of immersion in the attemptedly-historically-accurate progression in times. It has been the most satisfying historical information I’ve had until Hillary Mantel (and Dickens – LOVE A Tale of Two Cities) and now YOU!

    I’d say more, but I’m missing out on concentrating on listening to you talk about Roman conquest of Britain. Shhhh. I gotta go.

  82. Love the series of podcasts. I’ve been listening and gradually getting more serious about the subject. Actually, I was born in Edinburgh and moved to Iowa at age 4. So I’m anxious for more Scottish history. Particularly because I intend to retire there soon. I’m studying up for my big move!

  83. Jamie, I have regrettably been absent from the site for a bit, and am pleased to return as a member. I have much catching up to do, and am looking forward to it! I expect we will all be watching developments with Brexit with a unique perspective!

  84. This is the happiest I have ever been to give someone my money. I’m 150 episodes in and devoted. Thank you, Jamie!

  85. Hi Jamie,

    Only discovered the podcast about six months or so ago and I’m catching up with you!
    Absolutely love what you’re doing. Keep it up! Oh and on a side note, I’m in love with North Wales and travel there frequently for outdoor sports. I love it even more now when we’re driving through the hills, as I know more of the history of the people and land. It really adds another level of connection to a beautiful part of the country.

  86. G’day Jamie. Just discovered podcasts, and so just discovered this. I’ve been downloading for free, but you really deserve credit (hence my financial support). I thought I knew ALOT about the Dark Ages (not early medieval for me) and I do, but I have learnt so much and enjoyed it even more.
    You have a brilliant way of making the confusion interesting. I grew up when it was invasion (Beaker People, Anglo-Saxons) and then the 60’s generation (rightly) questioned the paradigm. IMO it’s going to be closer to the invasion and dispossession of the Victorians (genetics seems to indicate it) but of course there was an aboriginal population that stayed put and adapted.
    PS. My Ydna indicates old British but I am not biased that way, however I think the A-S migration must have been substantial. There are so few Brythonic words in A-S (I know us English speakers are terrible with speaking other languages) but a mixed population would still use some words from the ‘others’.

  87. I have been listening the BHP for five years now, and to this day it is the highlight of my week whenever a new episode drops. I think the pace you’ve been on is perfect – just the right balance of detail, high-level perspective, and humor (with a little bit of speculation to help fill in the gaps). My fear is that one day you will reach the “end of the story”, so *please* take your time and don’t rush things.

  88. Great podcast! 100+ episodes in and didn’t realize this podcast was still going strong. I’ll gladly lend my support. Keep up the good work!

  89. I found BHP last year when I became an empty nester. My husband died 16 years ago, so I was living alone for the first time ever. The BHP has been my constant companion since then…and I’m concerned about getting to the point where I have to wait for the weekly episodes! Binge-listening makes one kind of addicted! At any rate, I’m looking forward to listening to the member’s only episodes and joining the community.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that things have been difficult, but I’m glad that the show has brought you some small degree of comfort.

      And if you run out at some point, the nice thing about podcasts is that you can always relisten (Zee and I have poured through Serial multiple times, for example) and there are also lots of other shows to discover while waiting for the next installment of the BHP (like season one of Serial).

  90. Hi Jamie, thank you for a fantastic podcast. I listen whilst traveling, mostly to and from work. I enjoy your presentation and story telling. I live and work in Surrey and Hampshire, after immigrating here from South African 20 years ago, and I find the history fascinating! Well done!

    In preparation for my first trip to the UK in July I thought I’d better get clued up on the place. I found the BHP on spotify six weeks ago. I have now maxed out the public episodes and am looking forward to devouring the members content.
    I’m Pakeha New Zealander and my ancestors migrated from those islands to these ones just a handful of generations back. It has been nice listening to the BHP to get a sense of how migration has been such an overarching feature of British history since the very beginning.
    As we say in NZ, Ka Pai to you and Zee for doing such a choice job! Tu Meke!

  92. Have less money than ever while starting a new business (like, minus amounts), but I’ve been meaning to support you for ages and after just tweeting to you about St Dunstan and my Dad, I thought I should just do it. I really appreciate what you do and how you do it. And the fact that you don’t pretend to like Blue Apron. It’s inspirational to me, starting out on my own, that you have made it work for you. Excelsior!

  93. Thought about supporting until I catched up with the episodes, but seriously, the show is SO GOOD I just felt guilty to be enjoying it so much and not contributing. Thank you Jaime (and team) you make cooking, cleaning, and pretty much any mechanical task so very enjoyable. Greetings from Mexico.

  94. Finally caught up! Your detailed recounting of the history of the Anglo-Saxon period has been absolutely fascinating. I’m an Isles C DNA wise so the roots are deep!

  95. Jamie, my American son-in-law put me on to your podcasts and I am hooked. I listen every night and fall asleep to BHP – I’m on #39 so have many to go. This means I have to rewind the next night to make sure I haven’t missed anything! How on earth do you find all the information? Your interpretations and insights bring the whole thing to life. I’m half Welsh Celt and half Anglo-Saxon and with every year I feel more drawn to the ancient ways, particularly as I live in the US now. I’m learning so much. Thank you. If you are familiar with hiraeth, that’s what you give me!

  96. In memory of the 75th anniversary of the landing of the allied troops on the coast of Normandy to liberate Europe I choose this day well( actually it was yesterday but I had to leave Starbucks to protect my bank account) to join my fellow history geeks in British history podcast membership.

    Jamie I love your presentation.I am currently listening to podcast to 266 so I’d like to say congratulations to Dr.Z on her momentous achievement.

  97. Jamie,

    I am a lad born in Essex of Lancashire stock, living in South Wales (since 11 years old) with a Scottish (or possibly Irish?!) surname – so pretty much as British as it gets!

    I have listened to your podcast for some time now – so thought it only right to support, as I absolutely love it! It took me a while to get up to date – listening on my commute to Bristol every day. It is absolutely fascinating and I love how you explain it all so well.

    As a UK citizen born and bred, I am currently counting down the years to 1066 (pretty much the first date you are taught in History lessons in Secondary (High) School in the UK!). We’re not far away now!

    One thing – my Grandad (a proud Lancastrian), who taught me to love history and took me around the country to many castles and what not when I was a younger, claimed that the Men of Harlech (of hymn fame – sung regularly at the Welsh Rugby in Wales and by Cardiff City fans (also famously featured in the film Zulu) were actually Lancastrian kinghts! i.e. that Lancastrain knights defended Harlech at some point. We are probably a way off that period podcast wise – but I am hoping you can confirm for me when the time comes! Also would be great to hear of Owain Glyndwr’s exploits too (1188?).

    You are doing an amazing job and I wish you all the best.


  98. Hi Jamie, I’ve been a huge fan for a while and your back catalogue got me through painting my entire house! I’ve finally stopped sponging and started paying you for your content (go me!) Thanks for the podcast and I owe you a drink when you do your next U.K. trip.
    Paul (near Offa’s dyke)

  99. Hi Jamie and Zee thanks so much for inspiring me to love history again! I’ve listened all the way through and like Paul above am stopping sponging and signing up!
    The battle of maldon episode was fantastic you tell the stories so well like a modern skald!

  100. Jamie! I discovered your podcast about a year ago, and it has really helped me through some boring times at work. Then yesterday something awful happened… I caught up, making it difficult to binge episodes. Luckily you had a solution for that, so I became a member. Is there nothing you can’t do? 😉

    Keep up the good work


  101. So after two years of fretting that I’ve listened to the latest episode the statutory two or three times and will have to wait another four or five days for the next one, I’ve just bought a new pair of sunglasses online. They cost me over a hundred quid, I’ll probably lose them in less than a year, and I live in Ireland so I’ll never use them anyway. Why the hell do I do this but never bite the bullet and sign up for membership of the BHP?

    Sanity has at last prevailed, the bullet has been bitten, and my BHP-dependency can be fed by catching up on the members’ backlog. Maybe you should push a few more people to take the plunge by changing the wording of your plea for money at the beginning of future shows? I know you’re trying to imitate the old skalds by repeating ritual phrases at the beginning of every tale, but changing it up might put a few more coins in the bog for you.

    Look me up next time you visit Dublin and I’ll buy you both a pint too. Love the show, and am hugely impressed by the way you do your thing.


  102. Hello, I found your podcast today and knew immediately I had to join! I look forward to listening to all of the existing episodes..

  103. I just listened to the first 5 episodes of your podcast and that was enough to convince me to become a member. It’s brilliantly witty and easy follow. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of if!

  104. I’m on a bit of a backlog, only on episode 21! I’m absolutely loving this though, and I’m so thankful that you’ve made this! ❤️❤️
    Thank you Jamie!

  105. Just became a member. I listen to the BHP every day at work. I work in a industrial company that recycles electrical equipment so it’s very loud and everyone has a stereo. Almost everyone plays country music, and every one plays some form of music. I spend my day listing to BHP and generally being that history guy over their. I often summarize a episode or two. Regaling my co-workers with tales of Romans, Brits, Norseman, Welshman, and all those crazy characters from olden times. Thanks for giving us crazy, loud, country folks with your amazing podcast.

    Btw: “The king is dead, long live the King” has become a running joke in the factory. Now theirs a bunch of oily, beefy, Southerners running around screaming that over the sound of chisels, saws, hammers, country music, and the BHP.

    1. That’s excellent! One of the main reasons why I started this show was to make these stories accessible and available outside of academia. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you guys are chatting about these figures and that these tales are helping the day pass quicker. Thanks for sharing, and for supporting the podcast!

  106. Hi Jamie, 13 in I’ve committed to membership. Extremely interesting and informative podcast, being English myself we covered the Roman invasions and occupation at school, although obviously not to the level you do. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the rest of the journey with you!

  107. Still catching up (celebrated reaching Offa with a day’s walk along his dyke). Scotcasts helped make sense of a family week in Argyll – were the Scots Irish, or were the Irish Scots? Discuss… I hope I’m around to find out how it all ends🙂

  108. Hi Jamie. I started listening a couple of months ago. I’m listening to episode 242 right now (whatever is Alfred going to do about Hastein? I’m worried his plan for an England might not pan out. No spoilers). Thanks for putting out this show. I love the deep dives into culture. You have a great delivery and an awesome podcast voice. Just wanted to express my fandom.

  109. This podcast makes my life better. :)
    I am at episode 159, so still lots to come and at the moment I am looking forward to long drives. ;)

    I like that the show diggs deep without being dull.

    One question, so you know if you have many German listeners?

    Best regards and please keep on going.

    1. Hi Konstantin,

      Yes, we have some German listeners. I don’t know how many, though, since I don’t have individual analytics. But I do see downloads coming out of Germany, so you’re not alone. :)

  110. Hi, Jaimie. I too am a lawyer in the PNW (Seattle) and, like you, a huge fan of history. My wife and I passed through the Rose City just last weekend on the way to Ashford to see MacBeth. I’ve been listening for about a month and am on episode 99. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the exquisite detail you go into in your episodes. My motto is, “The more you know, the more you can know.” You provide me with an invaluable springboard into understanding the history of the Isles. I’ve read lots of history, but in the last few years tried to focus on British history as a microcosm of the development of culture, technology, warfare, and political ideology worldwide. I wonder if others appreciate how many hours of research and drafting are required to provide the information in each of your podcasts–as a fellow traveler in the law, I think I do. I hope my subscription helps keep you on the air and out of the courts. Best wishes. RocknLee

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