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 to the podcasts, I’m trying to keep to a conversational tone.  Basically, I’m not working from a script, which I felt resulted in a wooden delivery, and instead I’m working loosely off of notes.  I hope that this format results in a more engaging and personable style.

As I mention in my Introduction podcast, I’m a Brit who’s lived most of his life in the US.  Consequently, I speak with an American accent and I hope that isn’t too much of an issue for my listeners.  I know there are expectations on accents for certain subjects, but there’s little I can do about it now.  I lost my accent many years ago, after all.

Anyway, I’m quite excited about this new project and I hope you enjoy listening to the podcasts!

If you have any questions or comments, please write me at thebritishhistorypodcast@gmail.com

Thanks for listening!

19 Responses to “1 – Welcome To The British History Podcast”

  1. Jonathan says:

    Jamie

    Have just started listening to your podcasts. Thanks very much, really enjoying them so far. What is your background in British history?

    Jonathan

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying it! As for my background, I’m a bit sheepish to say that this is all just purely personal research.

  2. Mckenzie says:

    Hello! I just started listening to your podcast today and am really enjoying it so far. I’m a big fan of history but I’m afraid that I have a popcorn brain and reading history books bores me quickly. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in a concise, comprehensive podcast series.

    Ps. like Caesar, I am a fan of fish and chips :)

  3. Hi Jamie,
    I love your podcast! I have just discovered the world of podcasts and couldn’t believe my luck that there was one on British history – one of my fav subjects. I am looking forward to hearing them all.
    Renee

  4. Tru Bruchez says:

    This is really great. I’m looking forward to listening to the whole series!! Personal research is a great launching point for someone wanting to learn. :) Next, I have to take a look at your reading list.

    • I’ll be adding a lot of books to that list in the coming weeks. Amazon limited the number of books I could put on there. So I’m going to be putting up the suggestions in a different format.

      Thanks for listening!

  5. Matthew Roberts says:

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the podcasts, Jamie, and I have subscribed. It was the least I could do, especially if it helps you to keep producing these podcasts. I definitely echo the suggestions of others that you seriously consider teaching. :)

    You have also convinced me that I need to look into changing my degree. I am currently reading English Language at Edinburgh (the history and evolution of the language, from its Ango-Saxon origins to present day, is my main interest), but as much as I enjoy English, I think straight up history (well, social history) is where my true interest lies. I have been fascinated by your podcasts, and we’ve only just begun our journey though time. So thanks for helping me to make up my mind!

    Also, did I read somewhere that you come from North Wales originally? I’m half Welsh, my father’s family being from Abergele in North Wales. I wonder if you know it. As for the accent, I don’t know why anyone would object! I wouldn’t expect to hear a podcast on Roman history in Latin, after all.

    I look forward to the next episode!

  6. Hi. I am a history geek. And an old one too… well not that old but I’m not a student. I travel a lot for business and your podcast is a great way to while away the flight hours especially if I have to travel economy as then watching entourage or californication is not really possible as everybody can see you watching the naughty scenes. Anyway
    a) I consider myself to be one helluva an expert on the events leading up to and including 1066 – will you get that far? I was born near the battlefield and still tour it regularly boring anyone near me with my version of the reality
    b) I understand from previous posts that you are an amateur too? Impressive. You seem exceptionally well informed – I had assumed you were one of those educated yanks living in rainy Blighty in some red brick university somewhere?
    Keept it up – I’ve loved all those podcasts I’ve managed to listen to so far. I’m up to the 9th legion and you’re right – the movie was crap on every level. Worse, even, than Clive Owen’s King Arthur which at least entertained (a bit).

    • Hi John! I’ll definitely get to 1066. If for no other reason that I think that one of the most tragic moments in British history is at the scene were Harold is stood victorious over the bodies of his half-brother, Tostig, and his army… and just at that moment he gets word that William had invaded in the south.

      Yes, I’m very much an amateur. I do all my own research and writing for the show, but I come from a background of law and literature. (Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that I really wanted to be a history professor until I spent most of my youth and a tremendous amount of money becoming a lawyer. Haha.)

      Oh man… Clive Owen’s King Arthur… That was quite a stinker. Especially when they tried to turn Gwenhwyfar into Boudica. Heh.

      Thanks for listening (and also for choosing the podcasts over Entourage)!

  7. Oh I can tell I’m going to enjoy your 1066 podcasts… I am fairly certain it was Hardrada’s army onto which the despicable Tostig tagged his vindictive self… I rue the day England turned southwards and, culturally at least, started to align itself more with the continent rather than the heady days of Anglo-Saxon england where we looked decidedly in the direction of N. Europe/Scandinavia. If (a) I believed Harold was killed by an arrow (which I doubt) and (b) I could time travel I would certainly go back & provide the great man with a pair of ballistic goggles.

  8. Many of the upsides of which would be no silly Norman words like “mutton” or “venison” or “beef”… we would simply be saying “sheep”, “deer” and “cow”. Much simpler all round… & why has no-one made of a movie of this great historical tale?

  9. I love, love LOVE, your podcasts. I am also an anglophile and I love listening to your viewpoint when presenting your information. I used to teach history to sixth graders. Unfortunately, there was very little reference to British history, so I made up my own unit and taught it at the end of the year, so the kids could have a bit of extra-interesting history to take into their summers.
    Thank you again.
    Kim

    • Good for you for taking the initiative and adding historical material that has been left out of our text books! I’m so pleased you’re enjoying the project. Thanks for listening!
      Jamie

  10. I stumbled upon the podcasts here and have loved them so far! I find it funny, actually, I have been writing a bit about British History (http://british-history.net), much for the reasons that you outlined in this first podcast. I’m doing my own research and learning as I go, but like you, I’m also pursuing the law (currently a 1L in school). Time is somewhat scarce, and I fit in history where I can (I have a B.A. in history), but I absolutely love it. Thanks for the interesting podcasts and I will be checking in frequently as new ones come out. I’ll also link to this on my site, as it’s such a great resource. Thanks again.

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