The British History Podcast

The British History Podcast Podcast

The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the histories of England, Scotland, and Wales.

349 – AElfgifu’s Tale
Successful Kings don’t rule alone. This is... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

347 – Aggressive Diplomacy
What we call history was, at one point, just... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


345 – Building Blocks
In the early 11th century, the English were... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

Bonus Episode: Slavery
More material is coming, but here is a bonus... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


344 – Cnut’s Mad Lads
In the year of 1021, the Anglo Saxon Chronicle... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

344 – Cnut’s Mad Lads
In the year of 1021, the Anglo Saxon Chronicle... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

343 – By Thorkell’s Beard
This is a story of palace intrigue, murder, and... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


Bonus Episode: Shrove Tuesday
Today is Shrove Tuesday. And if you’re not in... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

341 – King Cnut of England
Cnut made a lot of smart moves in a very short... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


340 – A Bit of a Cnut
When we left off, Cnut had managed to get Eadric... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

339 – Cnut the Conqueror
It’s been a strange few years. The fall of the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



334 – No Cnut November
There are worse things than spending a holiday in... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


332 – The Jomsvikings
So here we are.  With two full companies of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

331 – Thoughts and Prayers
AEthelred, for the first time in quite a while,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


330 – The Purge
The Court of AEthelred had turned over three... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

329 – Forkbeard
When you go to your local grocery store there’s a... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


326 – The Year 1000
It’s so easy to lose the forest for the trees.... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


325 – From Bad to Worse
When we left off, England was reforming its legal... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

324 – Law and Lawlessness
With the Scandinavian raiders gone, and with... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

323 – Brotherhood of the Wolf
And we are back! Thank you all for being patient... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


PSA: Are We Dead?
(We aren’t) For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

321 – Course Corrections
992 was a bad year. There was treason, Vikings,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


320 – Our Wooden Wall
The Battle of Maldon was a catastrophe. The brave... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

319 – The Battle of Maldon
Battles don’t appear out of thin air, not even in... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

318 – Chaos is a Ladder
By 984 the Regency council had been broken and a... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


317 – A Culture of Corruption
At 16 years old, King AEthelred was considered... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

316 – The Old Guard
Before we get back to our story, I’ve been seeing... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


313 – How to Make a Martyr
“No man can make himself king, but the people... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

312 – King Edward
King Edgar is Dead… and in his place reigned his... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


311 – Team Edward
King Edgar the Peaceable was buried at... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

310 – Political Theater
Human beings can’t really be summed up in a... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


308 – A Thirst for Reform
Across the North Sea, in Scandinavia, a man named... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

307 – Cleaning House
The King is dead.  Long live the King. Eadwig,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

306 – King Eadwig
The King is dead, long live the King. So … last... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


304 – A Kingdom Divided
Northumbria was always the hot mess of the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

303 – Eric Bloodaxe
We can probably assume that Harald Fairhair, the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


302 – King Eadred
Ok, where were we? With all this focus on... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

301 – Common Folk
Today, we’re going to wrap up this cultural... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


300 – Noble Lives
When we left off, we were talking about Thegns.... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

299 – The Shape of Power
Ealdormen… Thegns… Ceorls. These were the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


298 – Uptown Ceorl
Long ago there was a settlement that had been... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


The Halloween Special
I love Halloween. I think it might be my favorite... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

296 – Darkening Skies
It begins in France. The struggle for power... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

295 – The Return of England
You know the pieces on a chessboard? There’s the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


293 – The Beacons are Lit
When we left off, AEthelstan had recently died,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

292 – King in the North
How we understand any event comes down to what... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


291 – Pandemonium
When King Edward died, the plan was that his... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

289 – Brunanburh
You can’t just go to war. I mean… I guess you... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


286 – Noble Pursuits
After generations of devastating war, England has... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


285 – Full Court Press
The Era of AEthelstan is one of contradictions.... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


281 – England
The last couple of episodes have focused on the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


279 – Dynastic Cults
Want to know something strange? When Edward died,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

278 – The Thunderbolt
There’s a dirty secret to history podcasts, and... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


276 – The Bastard Rebel King
The story of Edward is one of contradictions.... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

274 – The Missing Shire
In the last several episodes I’ve been breaking... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


273 – I Do… Do I?
Last episode we talked about the rapid growth of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


269 – The Western Front
Wessex and Mercia have had a busy decade. Both... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

268 – Viking Invasion
AEthelflaed, Lady of Mercia, and her brother,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


267 – The Southern Expansion
O potent elfleda! Maid, men’s terror! You did... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


264 – The Lost Rebellion
In the year 909 we get an odd entry from the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...




255 – Londonwic to London
London is a world unto itself, and it has been... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

254 – Worcester
If you read of old Britain… even if you read of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


251 – Chapter Seven: England
We are entering a new era in the BHP. Support the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

250 – The Year 900
It’s the year 900. We’ve closed out another... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


247 – Our Wooden Wall
The Danes encamped at Bridgnorth had been... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


244 – Haesten’s Advance
“Then came the king’s troops, and routed the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



241 – Haesten
What was Alfred’s reaction to the news of a... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


239 – The Dying Time
Today we’re going to cover 5 or 6 years, and... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

238 – A Patchwork of War
The Sons of Rhodri Mawr were in a difficult... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

237 – Asser
The Sons of Rhodri, rulers of vast swaths of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


236 – A Return to Scholarship
“I can not find anything better in man, than that... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



230 – Guthrum Gets a Bath
For Alfred, everything had changed at Chippenham.... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

229 – The Battle of Edington
Four months is a long time. It might not seem it.... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



225 – Alfred in Somerset
It was January of 878. The dead of British winter... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

224 – Chapter Six: Wessex
For generations, the Anglo Saxon dominance in... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



218 – The Kingdom of Jorvik
Today we begin in Orkney. The history of Orkney... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



212 – Alfred the Last AEtheling
It’s mid April of 871. For four long months, the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


210 – The Battle of Ashdown
“God, in his goodness and justice so much... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

209 – The Battle of Reading
When we left off, the Danes had occupied Reading,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


205 – Saint Edmund the Martyr
Last episode we ended with the engagement of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


204 – Snottingham
At the end of last episode, the gates of Jorvik... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

203 – Jorvik
I’d like to start today’s episode with a poem.... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

202 – The Fall of Eoforwic
When we left off last time, King Edmund of East... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


200 – The Q&A
To celebrate the 200th episode, I took questions... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


The April Fool’s Episode
Things are changing at the BHP, and here’s a... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


195 – Red Sea Rising
Today’s episode will focus upon the goings on in... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


192 – Alfred the Young
We’ve discussed Anglo Saxon propaganda, and what... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

191 – Urban Fervor
You might not realize it, but we on the precipice... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...




182 – Ragnar Lodbrok
Ok, when we left off, a fleet of 120 ships set... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


181 – Vikingrs Gotta Viking
When we left off last week, the Vikingrs had... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


179 – The Battle of Carrum
When we left off last week, 35 ships launched... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

178 – Dereliction of Duty
When we last left off we were talking about what... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

177 – The Road to 830
Last episode I gave you a forest view of where we... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


176 – The Prophecy of Jeremiah
“Behold, a people shall come from the north, and... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

174 – CeltCast Part 3
We start today with a few bare statements in the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


173 – The CeltCast Part 2
I’m continuing my quest to organize and bring all... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

172 – CeltCast Part 1
Today we’re beginning the process of creating a... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

171 – The Welshcast Part Seven
When we left off last time, we were talking about... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


170 – The Welshcast Part Six
It’s been two years since we checked in with the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

169 – The Rise of Wessex
This season we’ve seen the Anglo Saxons come... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

168 – The Fall of Mercia
When we left off, King Beornwulf was reigning... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...




Q&A: How to Start a Podcast
I’ve gotten this question a lot over the years... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

160 – An Offa Inheritance
King Offa of Mercia has died after a surprisingly... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


159 – An Offa End
Lets start with Christmas Day 795. That’s the day... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

158 – Offa With His Head
Last week was dark, wasn’t it? Not only that, but... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

157 – Lindisfarne
Northumbria was no stranger to problems… blood... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


156 – An Offa Marriage
When we left off things were looking pretty good... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

154 – Having it Offa
Today we’re covering more about King Offa, and... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


152 – Limited Time Offa
Today we begin in Northumbria. King AEthelred of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

151 – Offa and Acceptance
Alright, where did we leave off. We had a new... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


150 – King Offa: The Turnover
Today’s episode is going to go all over the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...





136 – The Power of Mercia
This episode will cover the years 678 to 685 and... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


135 – A Reshuffling of Power
Today we’re going to cover the eventful years of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

133 – Scotcast: Part Ten
To start with, we have nine praise poems that... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


131 – Scotcast Part Eight
So we will begin the account of what was going on... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


129 – The Life of King Wulfhere
About a year and a half ago I did a series on the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


127 – The Synod of Whitby
The major players for today will be Hild (who was... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



119 – King Penda: No Posers
So where were we? Oswiu had arranged for the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...





109 – Edwin’s Ambitions
When we last left Edwin, Bishop Paulinus finally... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

108 – The Christmas Special
Ever since I was a kid in Catholic school, I’ve... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

107 – Edwin’s Conversion
Ok, so when we left off, Bishop Paulinus thought... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



103 – Edwin the Conqueror
Alright, last week we finally saw the fall of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

102 – Have Exile, Will Travel
Ok, when we left off, Edwin… the exile from... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


99 – False Starts
This episode is going to have a lot of moving... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

98 – The Zeal of Augustine
Ok, when we last left off, Augustine had become... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



94 – Dark Age Beliefs
As we go forward in this series, what I hope... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...




84 – The Q&A Episode!
We made it to 100! How awesome is that? (Well, it... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


82 – War. What Is It Good For?
So the year is 586, and Ceawlin is the leader of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

80 – Bloodletting
Ok, when we left off, Ida had become king of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


78 – It’s Only Natural
I’m going to wrap up the discussion of the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


76 – Developing Class
Today we start with a death. Wihtgar, brother of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...





63 – King Arthur Part One
We’ve reached 3,000 likes on facebook!  So as... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


59 – The Halloween Special
As you might imagine since I’m doing an episode... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


58 – Dark Age Medicine
This is a combination episode covering medicine... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



52 – DRUIDS! (Bonus Episode)
Today we’re going to talk about Druids, who they... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

51 – Dark Ages Feasting
This is a combination episode covering everything... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


49 – Dark Age Economics
This is a combination episode covering matters of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


46 – Hengist and Horsa
So to start with I’m going to try to compile the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

45 – Britain: The Last Outpost
So today we’re going to do a forest view of what... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

44 – Sources of Confusion
Ok… the dark ages. This is going to be a hell of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...



40 – Scotcast Part Six
Here we have the sixth and final episode of the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

39 – Scotcast Part Five
We’re getting ever closer to uniting the two... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

38 – Scotcast Part Four
We’re closing out the BC period. Which means... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


37 – Scotcast Part Three
Bronze Age Scotland! (History of Britain, History... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

36 – Scotcast Part Two
We’re still in Pre-history… there’s a lot of it!... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

35 – Scotcast Part One
We’re catching up with what was going on beyond... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


34 – Cribs: Britannia Edition
We’re nearly done with the Romans! (History of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

33 – Strength and Honor(ius)
This one was a beast, but we’re finally done with... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

32 – Theodosius and Theocracy
With special guest Valentinian II. (History of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


31 – Magnus Maximus
There’s some serious name envy going on in this... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

30 – What is Best in Life?
Things in Britannia just keep getting worse!... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

29 – An End to Prosperity
Our luck could only hold out so long. And now... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


27 – York’s Revenge!
Constantius, throwing caution to the wind,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

26 – Occupy Britannia!
I’m back and so is Carausius! Here we go!... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


24 – Another British Empire
This time Carausius is going to try his hand at... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


22 – The Dim Ages – Part 2
It’s starting to get dark in here! One of the... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

21 – The Dim Ages – Part 1
Someone turn on the light! (History of Britain,... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


19 – Britannia’s Emperor
Ok, this one is pretty heavy on Roman intrigue.... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


15 – Hadrian’s Wall
Have you ever wanted to know about Hadrian’s... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...


13 – Agricola
We’re going to talk about the governorship of... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...

12 – The Road to the North
70 CE to 78 CE. This episode we’ll be talking... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...





1 – A History of Britain
Hi! Welcome to the British History Podcast. My... For a full transcript, go to thebritishhistorypodcast.com...