Eleanor of Aquitaine: Myth and Reality

History Extra | 12 December 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sara Cockerill, author of Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France and England, Mother of Empires. Explores the story of the remarkable medieval queen and challenges some common misconceptions about her life.

Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley

History Extra | 27 September 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, and author of Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow. Perspective on how Victoria balanced the expectations of the various roles she played.

Hitler’s War with Anglo-America

History Extra | 2 September 2019 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Brendan Simms about his biography of Hitler: A Global Biography. Argues that the Nazi dictator’s main preoccupation was rivalry with Britain and America, rather than the Soviet Union.

Max Hastings on the Dambusters

History Extra | 19 September 2019 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Hastings about his book Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943. A retake on a familiar story. Hastings argues that while the airmen were brave and Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb was innovative, that the disruption to the Nazi war effort was temporary rather than crippling. Arthur Harris, the head of Bomber Command, opposed the attack, received much of the public credit, and failed to capitalise by attacking the repair operation.

The Marshall Plan and the Cold War

History Extra | 15 March 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Benn Steil, author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. Explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe, how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR, and its impact on the European recovery after the Second World War.

Prisoner Dilemmas

History Extra | 8 August 2019 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Harry Potter, author of Shades of the Prison House: A History of Incarceration in the British Isles. Explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system.

The Battle of Trafalgar

History Extra | 11 July 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sam Willis about the dramatic 1805 British victory against French and Spanish fleets. Challenges misconceptions about the role of Nelson and the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon.

The Life of Saladin

History Extra | 10 June 2019 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Phillips discussing the life and legacy of the Muslim ruler Saladin, who captured Jerusalem and battled the Crusaders during the 12th century. Draws on ideas in The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin.