A Legendary Pirate

History Extra | 3 June 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about his book, Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt. Tells the story of the infamous 17th-century English pirate Henry Avery, whose audacious raid on an Indian treasure ship sparked a global manhunt and changed the course of Indian history.

Rutger Bregman’s Optimistic History of the World

History Extra | 20 May 2020 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rutger Bregman about his book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, which ranges over the past to argue that humanity is inherently good.

The Northumbrians: from Bede to Geordie Shore

History Extra | 6 May 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Jackson about his book The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People – A New History. Traces the distinctive history and culture of North East England, from ancient times to the present day, before ending with a primer on the Geordie dialect.

Okinawa: the Battle and the Bomb

History Extra | 1 April 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Saul David about his book Crucible of Hell: The Heroism and Tragedy of Okinawa, 1945. Discusses one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the United States’ decision to use atomic weapons against Japan.

Shakespeare and America

History Extra | 20 March 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Shapiro about his book Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future. Considers why England’s foremost playwright has had such a profound impact on the United States, and how his words speak to contemporary concerns.

Hadley Freeman on a 20th-Century Family History

History Extra | 9 March 2020 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Hadley Freeman about her book House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family. Tells the story of how she uncovered the history of her family’s course through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century.

Simon de Montfort’s Medieval Revolution

History Extra | 22 January 2020 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sophie Ambler about her book The song of Simon de Montfort: England’s first revolutionary and the death of chivalry. Discusses the life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established the foundations of parliamentary government.

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.