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 287 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 6 days 12 hours 46 minutes

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CHRISTMAS 2021!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get all festive and offer for your delectation for this 2021 yuletide season an episode on the unexpected history of CHRISTMAS! Which is all about neolithic mince pies found at Stonehenge, Charles Dickens, selling Christmas Carol, and expensive first edition books; its also all about markets, theft, the history of emotions, festive feasts, shopping lists and spices in the reign of Henry VIII, and Christmas...


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   42m
 
 

SQUID!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis are inspired yet again by the blockbuster Netflix drama series Squid Game and plumb the depths in search of the unexpected history of SQUID! Which is all about H.G...


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   38m
 
 

DEBT!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis are inspired by the blockbuster Netflix drama series Squid Game and dig deep into their pockets to discuss the unexpected history of DEBT! Which is all about the age of American Independence and character, morality and charity, debtors prisoner, the law and punishment (via Charles Dickens)...


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   35m
 
 

Rain!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis run for cover to discuss the unexpected history of RAIN! Which is all about superstitions, rain-making, rain dances and prayers for rain, Jonathan Swift and the etymology of 'It's raining cats and dogs', Hollywood rain scenes in Singing in the Rain, the sixteenth-century Spanish explorer, Francisco de Orellana, Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas, WWI and the trenches, and much much more...


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   48m
 
 

COWBOYS!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis get inspired by the Jeymes Samuel film The Harder They Fall and uncover the unexpected history of COWBOYS! Which is all about black cowboys in the Wild West, Gunslingers, medieval chivalry and the duel; Victorian honour codes, and much much more!

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 2021-11-02  45m
 
 

SKIN!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis uncover the unexpected history of SKIN! Which is all about the history of love and beauty, seduction and eroticism; it's about the skin as a canvas onto which society imprinted itself (tattoos, scars, markings), colour, race and identity; it's also about protection; and the consumption of skins (fur and leather); and it's also about HALLOWEEN via books bound in human skins and witches and amniotic membranes...


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 2021-10-30  48m
 
 

Leaves!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis uncover the unexpected history of LEAVES! Which is all about agent orange and the Vietnam War, good luck, four-leaf clovers, superstition and nettle-eating, Christmas and what to do with festive foliage, and leaf-peeping in modern day New England! Who knew!

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 2021-10-10  37m
 
 

Dolls!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis uncover the unexpected history of DOLLS! Which is all about seventeenth- and eighteenth-century fashions, the history of Barbie, twentieth-century consumerism and patriarchy, Lord and Lady Clapham and the Victoria and Albert Museum and Victorian Automatons! Who knew!

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 2021-10-08  34m
 
 

Cousins!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis uncover the unexpected history of COUSINS! Which is all about Samuel Pepys, money-lending and pomposity, prohibited marriages, Lydia and Samuel DuGard and seventeenth-century love! Who knew!

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 2021-10-05  46m
 
 

Gin!


In this latest episode, the Unexpected duo, Professor James Daybell and Dr Sam Willis uncover the unexpected history of GIN! Which is all about dutch courage, crime in the eighteenth century, addictive architecture, liquid poison, female drinkers and of course William Hogarth! Who knew!

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 2021-09-27  36m