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1 – Welcome To The British History Podcast

1 – Welcome To The British History Podcast

Today I’m posting my first Podcast!  This is something that I’ve been thinking about doing for some time, and I’m excited to finally share my thoughts on British history with the pocasting community.  The podcasts are going to be organized in chronological order and I’m going to try to be as thorough as possible, while still focusing on the human drama that drove the events. You’ll notice that, when you listen...

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2 – Invasion of Giant Deer, Cannibals, and Celts!

2 – Invasion of Giant Deer, Cannibals, and Celts!

We’re going to cover about 70,000 years in a single podcast!  Hold on to your seats for a fast paced primer that will get you ready for Caesar’s invasions! Giant. Deer. Megaloceros indeed! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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3 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 1

3 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 1

This episode covers the years 56 BCE to 55 BCE Today we’re going to talk about Giaus Julius Caesar. Just about everyone knows who Julius Caesar was, but for those of you who aren’t sure and are wondering if he’s the salad guy… remember that Roman who was stabbed to death on the Senate floor, including by his friend Brutus, which lead to the Shakesperean phrase et tu brutae? Well, that’s the guy! And Caesar wanted Britannia… In...

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4 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 2

4 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 2

This episode covers 55 BCE and centers around Julius Caesar’s first invasion of Britannia. Caesar is in Britannia with the Seventh and Tenth Legions, has fought a single battle, and has subsequently received the surrender of the surrounding tribes. But basically after that first landing battle, the Brits had had enough. This cold and eerily silent group of foreigners were just too well armed, too well organized, and just too effective in...

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5 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 3

5 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 3

This episode covers 54 BCE and the major characters are… Julius Caesar… veteran invader of Britannia, friend of Brutus, and (spoiler alert) he was also a rather famous senatorial pin cushion. Cassivellaunus… leader of the Britons, all around tough dude… and almost certainly not called “cassivellaunus” but the romans were famously bad at translating non-Latin names into Latin. So we’ll just call him Cassivellaunus. Last week we spoke about...

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6 – The Heir of Caligula and the Son of Commius

6 – The Heir of Caligula and the Son of Commius

We are rocking through about 100 years of history… from about 54 BCE to 42 CE, and we will cover the events that eventually lead to the Roman Occupation of Britannia. The major characters of this episode will be…. Octavius Augustus – the First Emperor of Rome Caligula – one of Rome’s more colorful Emperors. Cassius Chaerea – The Commander of the Praetorian Guard Claudius – One of the more underestimated emperors in...

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16 – Bonus Birthday Episode on the Celts!

16 – Bonus Birthday Episode on the Celts!

So it’s my birthday this weekend, and so I’m not doing one of my gigantic episodes. However, I thought I’d give you all a present (especially since we now have 500 members on the facebook page) and give you a sneak peak at the members-only content I’m putting together. So here’s the first part of the Early Origins – Celts. I hope you enjoy it! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share...

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35 – Scotcast Part One

35 – Scotcast Part One

We’re catching up with what was going on beyond the Wall during all of this drama. And to start with, lets talk about how Scotland got its shape and talk a little about the early inhabitants who lived there. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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36 – Scotcast Part Two

36 – Scotcast Part Two

We’re still in Pre-history… there’s a lot of it! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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37 – Scotcast Part Three

37 – Scotcast Part Three

Bronze Age Scotland! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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38 – Scotcast Part Four

38 – Scotcast Part Four

We’re closing out the BC period. Which means we’ve got iron, Celtic culture, and Brochs. Good times! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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42 – Wait… Where Are We?

42 – Wait… Where Are We?

This is a recap episode where we’re going to go over the nearly 1 year of podcasts, since it’s been quite a (nearly) year and I wouldn’t blame you if you have forgotten who Governor Scapula was. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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50 – The Denbighshire Hill Forts

50 – The Denbighshire Hill Forts

Today we have something pretty exciting. Listener Simon put me in contact with Erin Robinson and Fiona Gale, who are currently working on archaeological sites in Denbighshire north Wales, and they were kind enough to agree to speak to me via Skype. So today we are taking a break from our middle ages cultural discussion, and instead we have an interview on the Heather and Hillforts project… a project which focuses on a number of iron...

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52 – DRUIDS! (Bonus Episode)

52 – DRUIDS!  (Bonus Episode)

Ok, so we’ve hit 2000 likes on Facebook. So as promised, here’s the bonus episode. We voted for it on, of course, the Facebook site and Druids won. But beware… this is an old episode so there is a lot of “whatnot” in there. So if you’re playing the Whatnot Drinking Game, you might want to use beer… or even near-beer. Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike...

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59 – The Halloween Special

59 – The Halloween Special

As you might imagine since I’m doing an episode on it, Halloween has a lot of British influence upon it. In fact, the name itself comes from Scotland, where All Saint’s Eve (also known as All Hallow’s Eve) was shortened in the 16th century to Halloween. And the name stuck. But as you have probably gathered, originally the day was simply the day before All Saint’s Day (also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas). And this might come as a shock...

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88 – WelshCast Part One: From the Stone Ages to the Withdrawal of Rome

88 – WelshCast Part One: From the Stone Ages to the Withdrawal of Rome

Ever since I did the Scotcast I’ve been receiving messages on facebook, on twitter, on the forums, and I’ve even been getting personal emails asking for more about Wales. And my response has always been the same, I’ll do it but not yet. Well, I think that right now will be the best time to get that ball rolling. Why? Because the Germanic East and the Celtic West are about to come into direct conflict. Sure, things have never been all that...

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