History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.
Mary Ellis was a pioneering and courageous aviator, and was one of the first women to fly Spitfires, heavy bombers and jet aircraft. Hear Mary reminisce on the incredible feats she undertook as a spitfire pilot during WW2.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are finally here. From Ancient Greece to when it was reborn in 1896, the tournament has nearly 3,000 years of history. Hear the story of how the Olympics became the international sporting event we know today.
Professor Suzannah Lipscomb explores the relationship between Elizabeth I and Catherine de' Medici - the two most powerful Queens of their time - one of the most intriguing Royal relationships of the 16th century.
How did a young boy from Georgia become a merciless politician who shaped the Soviet Empire in his own brutal image? Historian and bestselling author, Simon Sebag Montifiore, is back on the podcast to talk to Dan about the rise of Joself Stalin, a man ...
From Roman sundials to medieval water-clocks, people of all cultures have made and used clocks for thousands of years. Find out what accurate timekeeping can tell us about the history of human civilisation.
In the summer of 1518, one of the most bizarre afflictions in history struck the city of Strasburg; dancing mania. This epidemic of dancing spread through the population with many people dancing to the point of collapse & even death.
Robin Hood is one of the most famous legends of British history, but did he exist and if so who was he? Gareth Morgan helps Dan separate fact from fiction when it comes to this archetypal hero & explore Robin's home, Sherwood Forest & Nott...
Saladin was one of the greatest Sultans of the middle ages, & the first sultan of Egypt and Syria. He famously defeated the Crusader army at the Battle of Hattin, & recaptured Jerusalem. Dan is joined by Jonathan Phillips to discuss this legend...
Alex von Tunzelmann joins Dan to discuss how and why statues are erected in the first place; how this is far from a new phenomenon; how, perhaps, we should deal with controversial statues and whether statues have had their day?
From spiral stairs to tunnels leading to pubs & brothels, to witch markings; join us as we find out the truth about medieval buildings. Matt Lewis, from our sibling podcast Gone Medieval, & architectural historian James Wright debunk the myths.