History Today Podcast
Terror on Wall Street
Season 2, Ep. 16
A terrorist attack on Wall Street on 16 September 1920 aroused suspicion of anarchists, socialists and foreigners, as America saw danger around every corner.This article is from the September issue of History Today: buy a copy of the issue from ourwebsite, from newsstands across the UK, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store.Read by Greig Johnson. Written by James Crossland.Music: Kai Engel.Image: Aftermath, Wall Street bomb, 16 September 1920 © Bettmann/Getty Images.
The Power of the Royal Mistress
Season 2, Ep. 15
In 1660, the Royalist exiles were returning with European languages, manners and culture in tow. Yet, of all the European imports that Charles and his Royalist entourage ferried back to their homeland, it was the courtly position of themaîtresse-en-titrethat would prove most significant.Despite the scandalous overtones of adultery inherent in the job title, it was a much sought-after role, offering financial and social opportunities not only to the mistress herself but also to her relatives, carving out a space for female agency in a patriarchal institution.Join Annalisa Nicholsonin conversation with History Today Editor, Paul Lay, as she discusses her article from the August issue.Buy a copy of the August 2020 issue of History Today from ourwebsite, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store.
The Rise of the Valkyries
Season 2, Ep. 14
Life and death in a Viking battle depended not on military prowess, but on the favour of the valkyries. Why were these mythical figures, who decided a warrior’s fate, female?This article was part of our Miscellanies series. Sign up to receive this free weekly long read in your inbox, at https://www.historytoday.com/miscellanies.Written by Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir. Read by Greig Johnson.Music: Kai Engel.
Henry VIII Meets his Match
Season 2, Ep. 13
Shortly after 5pm on 7 June 1520, Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France met for the first time. That first meeting, and their time together over the following fortnight, became known to history as the Field of Cloth of Gold. In a spirit of rivalry and cooperation, the two young Renaissance monarchs asserted their power and authority at one of the last great demonstrations of the chivalric age. This article is from the July issue of History Today: buy a copy of the issue from ourwebsite, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store. Introduced by History Today editor, Paul Lay. Read by Greig Johnson. Written by Glenn Richardson. Image: The Field of the Cloth of Gold, English, c.1545 © Getty Images.
A History of the Oceans
Season 2, Ep. 12
In this podcast, History Today Editor Paul Lay is joined by David Abulafia, winner of the 2020 Wolfson History Prize, for his book The Boundless Sea.The Boundless Sea traces the history of human movement and interaction around and across the world's greatest bodies of water, charting our relationship with the oceans from the time of the first voyagers.David also wrote an article for the November 2019 issue of History Today, which you can read on our website: https://www.historytoday.com/archive/feature/virgin-islands-atlanticImage: Caravel from 'Atlas of Lázaro Luis (detail), 1563. Bridgeman Images.
The Wrongful Death of Toussaint Louverture
Season 2, Ep. 11
The hero of the Haitian Revolution’s lonely death in a French prison cell was not an unfortunate tragedy but a cruel story of deliberate destruction.This article is from the June issue of History Today: buy a copy of the issue from ourwebsite, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store.Introduced by History Today editor, Paul Lay. Read by Greig Johnson. Written by Marlene L. Daut.Music: Kai Engel.Image: Portrait of Toussaint Louverture, chromolithograph by George DeBaptiste, c.1870 © Getty Images.
Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution
Season 2, Ep. 10
Join Marlene Daut in conversation with History Today Editor, Paul Lay, as they discuss the background of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint Louverture, and the revolution's legacies.Marlene has written an article for the June issue of History Today on 'The Wrongful Death of Toussaint Louverture', which is also available to listen to as an audio long read on our podcast.Buy a copy of the June issue from ourwebsite, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store.Marlene L. Dautis Professor of African Diaspora Studies at the University of Virginia and author ofTropics of Haiti: Race and the LiteraryHistory of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World(Liverpool University Press, 2015).Image: Toussaint Louverture fighting the French in Saint-Domingue, 19th-century engraving © Getty Images.
Thebes: The Forgotten City
Season 2, Ep. 9
The city of Thebes was central to the ancient Greeks’ achievements in politics and culture. For many centuries it has been largely – and often deliberately – forgotten.Join Paul Cartledge in conversation with History Today Editor, Paul Lay, as they discuss Paul Cartledge's article on 'Thebes: The Forgotten City', which is in the June issue of History Today.Buy a copy of the June issue from ourwebsite, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store.Paul's latest book, Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece is published by Picador.Image: Illustration for Seven Chiefs Against Thebes, c. 1794, John Flaxman. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Great Migration Mystery
Season 2, Ep. 8
In the 17th century, fanciful solutions to the mystery of the swallow’s whereabouts were the result of an intense battle over the nature of scientific reasoning, which had been raging for centuries – and which is still raging today. This article is from the May issue of History Today. Buy a copy of this issue from our website, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store. Written by Alexander Lee. Read by History Today Editor, Paul Lay.