Histories of the Unexpected

Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects. Like SLIME. Or COURAGE. or APPLAUSE.... Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 33m. Bisher sind 297 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle 5 Tage erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 6 days 19 hours 22 minutes

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PYJAMAS!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis unpack the unexpected history of PYJAMAS! Which is all about festive Christmas family traditions (yes, you've guessed it - matching family Christmas pyjamas), it's about the pre-history of the pyjamas in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the diary of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire on London. It's also all about Robert Louis Stevenson and pilots in pyjamas! Who knew!







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DINOSAURS!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis uncover the fossilised remains of the past with unexpected history of DINOSAURS! Which in addition to being all about the Tyrannosaurus Rex or T-Rex, the stegosaurus and diplodocus and more is in fact all about Charles Dickens and Bleak House, which contains the brilliant lines: 'would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill'...


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   38m
 
 

RESOLUTIONS!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis wish listeners a HAPPY NEW YEAR with the unexpected history of RESOLUTIONS! Which is all about leafing through old notebooks, spiritual purity and self-improvement, and self-denial; sobriety, John Wesley and English Methodism; it's about power in Tudor England, paranoia, Victorian failure and medieval shoe throwing and jumping beans...


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   31m
 
 

GENEROSITY!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive ONE MORE TIME and inspired by the Christmas Story offer another Christmas special on the unexpected history of GENEROSITY! Which is all about the history of gift-giving and the change from Christmas being an adult affair, to one being centred on children and the family from the Victorian period onwards; Sam's favourite psychological experiment, the Ultimatum Games, King Henry VI of England, and...


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 2021-12-24  45m
 
 

WISE MEN!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive ONE MORE TIME and inspired by the Christmas Story offer another Christmas special on the unexpected history of WISE MEN! Which is all about Christina Rossetti's 'A Christmas Carol', T.S...


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 2021-12-22  39m
 
 

BABIES!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive ONE MORE TIME and inspired by the Christmas Story offer another Christmas special on the unexpected history of BABIES! Which is all about fictional round robins and David Sedaris, literary depictions of the nativity via John Donne, Christina Rossetti, G.K. Chesterton and John Milton...


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 2021-12-18  43m
 
 

ELVES!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive again and offer yet another Christmas special on the unexpected history of ELVES! Which is all about Louisa May Alcott, and unpublished novels, Swedish and Danish folklore, and the Yule Goat! It's also all about David Sedaris and working in Macy's Department Store in New York City at Christmas time (including manning the 'Vomit Corner!'), J.R.R...


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 2021-12-15  38m
 
 

STARS!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive again and offer another Christmas special on the unexpected history of STARS! Which is all about celestial navigation, walking at night, being guided by the stars, telling the time, and predicting the weather; and a 7th-century Chinese star chart and political power in Ancient China! It's also all about the history of Star Wars and the death star, and the symbolism of stars! Oh yes, and it's...


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 2021-12-15  40m
 
 

SHEPHERDS!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive again and offer another Christmas special on the unexpected history of SHEPHERDS! Which is all about costume and social status, shepherd's staves and the link with bishops' croziers (hooked pastoral staffs of office), Christian pastoral care, and the German Reformation! It's also all about Christmas carols in the eighteenth century, medieval mountain life, heresy and the Inquisition, and oral...


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 2021-12-12  44m
 
 

DONKEYS!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive again and offer another Christmas special on the unexpected history of DONKEYS! Which is all about A.A...


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 2021-12-10  33m