The White Ship: A Medieval Royal Tragedy

History Extra | 4 November 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Spencer about his book The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream. Discusses the White Ship disaster, which drowned the heir to the English throne, triggering a succession crisis and the subsequent civil war known as the Anarchy.

The Dispossession of Native Americans

History Extra | 13 October 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Claudio Saunt about his book Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory. Tells the story of the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their lands by the US government in the mid-19th century.

Edward the Confessor

History Extra | 26 August 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tom Licence about his book Edward the Confessor: Last of the Royal Blood. Discusses the life and times of the pre-conquest ruler of England, King Edward the Confessor. Weighs the evidence for whether Edward promised the Kingdom to William the Conqueror.

The Extraordinary Life of Sultan Selim I

History Extra | 28 August 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alan Mikhail about his book God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World. Discusses his biography of the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, backgrounding how he transformed the empire in the early 16th century, and explaining the important consequences for the rest of the world.

Who Dares Wins: Britain in the Age of the Falklands

History Extra | 22 August 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Talk by Dominic Sandbrook exploring the history of Britain in the early 1980s. Argues that the Falklands War, not Margaret Thatcher’s election, was a cultural revolution that changed the UK’s national mood. Draws from his book Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979–1982.

The Picts

History Extra | 4 July 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gordon Noble and Nicholas Evans about their book The King in the North. Blends history and archaeology to discuss insights from Aberdeen University’s Northern Picts Project on first millennium AD Scotland.

David Abulafia on The Boundless Sea

History Extra | 8 July 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Abulafia about his book, The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, which recently won the 2020 Wolfson History Prize. Focuses on how the oceans increasingly interconnected humans through the medieval era.

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.