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Echoes of History

Echoes of History: A New Chapter

Introducing a new chapter of Echoes of History, the podcast that explores the incredible real-life stories and events that inspire the locations, characters, and storylines of the legendary Assassin’s Creed.


Join your host, historian Matt Lewis, and regular contributor Holly Nielsen, as they guide you into the worlds of Assassin’s Creed, talking to historical experts to uncover the secrets of the past before stepping ‘into the Animus’ to delve into how these moments are recreated.


New weekly episodes every Monday.


Echoes of History - a Ubisoft podcast brought to you by History Hit.


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  • The Tensho Iga War

    35:17
    In the sixth episode delving into the history behind the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Matt Lewis and Nathan Ledbetter follow the sound of marching footsteps and clashing blades into Japan’s mountainous Iga province, to learn about the fearsome conflict between samurai armies and guerrilla shinobi, or ninja, that was the Tensho Iga War between 1578 and 1581.Echoes of History is a Ubisoft Podcast brought to you by History Hit.​​Hosted by: Matt LewisEdited by: Anisha DevaProduced by: Joseph Knight, Peta Stamper, Matt LewisProduction Coordinator: Beth DonaldsonExecutive Producers: Etienne Bouvier, Julien Fabre, Steve Lanham, Jen BennettIf you liked this podcast please subscribe, share, rate & review.
  • Oda Nobunaga

    49:12
    Oda Nobunaga. He’s one of feudal Japan’s most infamous and consequential figures, known to many as Japan’s first ‘Great Unifier’. From humble beginnings as the daimyo of Owari province, he embarked on a mission to unite all of Japan under his sole control. But how did he emerge as Japan’s dominant warlord in an era of incessant social upheaval and civil war? In the fifth episode delving into the history behind the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Matt Lewis and Nathan Ledbetter explore Nobunaga’s ruthless ascent to power, his brutal battles with the Shinobi Ikki league and his tragic downfall at the hands of his ally, Akechi Mitsuhide. Echoes of History is a Ubisoft Podcast brought to you by History Hit.​​Hosted by: Matt LewisEdited by: Anisha DevaProduced by: Joseph Knight, Peta Stamper, Matt LewisProduction Coordinator: Beth DonaldsonExecutive Producers: Etienne Bouvier, Julien Fabre, Steve Lanham, Jen BennettIf you liked this podcast please subscribe, share, rate & review.
  • Yasuke: The First African Samurai

    29:30
    Yasuke is one of the most captivating and yet mysterious figures within Japanese history. In 1581, at the height of the civil war, he crossed paths with the country’s most powerful warlord, Oda Nobunaga. Their meeting bound the two men together and set Yasuke on a path to becoming the first known samurai of African descent in Japan.Delving into the history behind one of the two main characters in the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Matt Lewis and Thomas Lockley examine the few surviving historical sources to reveal what we know about Yasuke, Japan’s first African samurai.Echoes of History is a Ubisoft podcast, brought to you by History Hit. Hosted by: Matt LewisEdited by: Anisha DevaProduced by: Joseph Knight, Peta Stamper, Matt LewisProduction Coordinator: Beth DonaldsonExecutive Producers: Etienne Bouvier, Julien Fabre, Steve Lanham, Jen BennettIf you liked this podcast please subscribe, share, rate & review.
  • Portuguese Missionaries in Japan

    35:10
    When Portuguese merchants ran aground on the Japanese isle of Tanegashima in 1543 two worlds collided - Europeans had encountered Japan for the first time. For the next 50 years Portuguese-sponsored missionaries flooded into this newly discovered land aiming to exploit it for western benefit. But in the fiery cauldron of Sengoku Japan, Portuguese missionaries were but one player in the most bloody and brutal of political games.In the third episode of this series delving into the history behind the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, join Matt Lewis and Prof. Fredrick Cryns as they uncover how these missionaries fit into 16th century Japan’s patchwork of warlords and daimyos and the momentous impact they had on feudal Japanese warfare and society.Hosted by: Matt LewisEdited by: Anisha DevaProduced by: Joseph Knight, Peta Stamper, Matt LewisProduction Coordinator: Beth DonaldsonExecutive Producers: Etienne Bouvier, Julien Fabre, Steve Lanham, Jen BennettIf you liked this podcast please subscribe, share, rate & review.
  • The Unification of Japan

    44:46
    In the 16th century, Japan was embroiled in what is known as Sengoku jidai - ‘The Warring States’ period. It was a time of bloody battles, social upheaval and is known as the most violent in Japan’s history. But how, and when, did 150 years of bitter warfare and division come to an end? How did unification change the face of Japanese society?In the second episode of this series delving into the history behind the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Matt Lewis and Dr Christopher Harding discover how three men overpowered and outwitted Japan’s rival warlords and in doing so, brought about the unification of a fractured region.Echoes of History is a Ubisoft podcast, brought to you by History Hit. Hosted by: Matt LewisEdited by: Ella BlaxillProduced by: Joseph Knight, Peta Stamper, Matt LewisProduction Coordinator: Beth DonaldsonExecutive Producers: Etienne Bouvier, Julien Fabre, Steve Lanham, Jen BennettIf you liked this podcast please subscribe, share, rate & review.
  • Civil War in Feudal Japan: The Sengoku Period

    34:22
    Dating from 1467-1603, the Sengoku or ‘Warring States’ period is known as the bloodiest in Japan’s history; an era of continuous social upheaval and civil war which transformed the country. Shogun-led authority was shattered and 150 years of murder and betrayal followed as fearsome warlords ruled local territories with unflinching ruthlessness. In the first episode of this series delving into the history behind the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Matt Lewis and Dr Christopher Harding discuss the origins of the Sengoku Period. Together, they explore how political power was organised in Japan during this time, introduce some of the key players, and discuss how the seeds were sown for Japanese unification. Echoes of History is a Ubisoft podcast, brought to you by History Hit. Hosted by: Matt LewisEdited by: Ella BlaxillProduced by: Joseph Knight, Peta Stamper, Matt LewisProduction Coordinator: Beth DonaldsonExecutive Producers: Etienne Bouvier, Julien Fabre, Steve Lanham, Jen BennettIf you liked this podcast please subscribe, share, rate & review.
  • 8. The Wandering Pirate: Nathaniel North

    18:34
    The new season of "Echoes of History" features Ubisoft's new game: "Skull and Bones".Bermuda was at the crossroads between Europe and the New World, but it was also a haven for pirates. A child of the archipelago, Nathaniel North was lulled by the legendary tales of Thomas Tew’s exploits in the Indian Ocean. That's all it took to inspire him to embrace a life of crime. After escaping from the authorities several times, he sailed from crew to crew towards a tragic destiny...An original Ubisoft series produced by Paradiso MediaIf you liked this podcast please subscribe, rate and review. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.Hosted by: Michelle RodriguezWritten by: Gaspard WallutHistorical advisor: Philippe HrodejProduced by: Morgan Jaffe, Axelle Gobert, Clément LesaffreProduction assistants: Sofia Martins, Brendan Galbreath, Aimie FaconnierMixing and editing: Adrien Le BlondOriginal music: David SpinelliPre-existing music: CézameIllustration: Gilles FeuermannInternational coordination: Martin StahlUbisoft credits: Etienne Bouvier (executive producer), Julien Fabre (executive producer), Lionel Hiller, Alicia Dib, Thomas Soulé, Valentin Hopfner Sebastien Ratto, Jérôme Lambert, Carole Weissenbacher, Justine Villeneuve & Ubisoft Singapore teamsParadiso Media credits: Emi Norris (executive producer), Lorenzo Benedetti (executive producer), Benoit Dunaigre (executive producer), Louis Daboussy (executive producer)Special thanks to Molly O’Keefe
  • 7. The Marooned Captain: Edward England

    17:21
    The new season of "Echoes of History" features Ubisoft's new game: "Skull and Bones".Who said all pirates were cruel and bloodthirsty? Definitely not Edward England. For this buccaneer who had been in the English Navy, piracy was a dream of freedom and wealth. Nothing obliged him to torture, kill, or decapitate opposing crews. An unconventional stance that didn't win England many friends. Within his own crew, the captain soon discovered that violence was part of pirate life… Whether he liked it or not.An original Ubisoft series produced by Paradiso MediaIf you liked this podcast please subscribe, rate and review. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.Hosted by: Michelle RodriguezWritten by: Gaspard WallutHistorical advisor: Philippe HrodejProduced by: Morgan Jaffe, Axelle Gobert, Clément LesaffreProduction assistants: Sofia Martins, Brendan Galbreath, Aimie FaconnierMixing and editing: Adrien Le BlondOriginal music: David SpinelliPre-existing music: CézameIllustration: Gilles FeuermannInternational coordination: Martin StahlUbisoft credits: Etienne Bouvier (executive producer), Julien Fabre (executive producer), Lionel Hiller, Alicia Dib, Thomas Soulé, Valentin Hopfner Sebastien Ratto, Jérôme Lambert, Carole Weissenbacher, Justine Villeneuve & Ubisoft Singapore teamsParadiso Media credits: Emi Norris (executive producer), Lorenzo Benedetti (executive producer), Benoit Dunaigre (executive producer), Louis Daboussy (executive producer)Special thanks to Molly O’Keefe