History Today Podcast
Interview: Roger Moorhouse
History Today editor Paul Lay interviews Roger Moorhouse, author of Berlin At War: Life and Death in Hitler's Capital.
The Crown Lost at Sea
Season 2, Ep. 21
This year marks the 900th anniversary of the worst maritime disaster suffered by the English Crown and, arguably, by England. The sinking of theWhite Ship – a vessel carrying the English king Henry I’s sole heir – on 25 November 1120, was a disaster from which anarchy would follow. Join Charles Spencer, author ofThe White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream(William Collins, 2020) in conversation with History Today Editor Paul Lay. Charles has also written an article on the White Ship for the December issue of the magazine, on sale at newsstands across the UK, on our website, and as a digital edition on the History Today app.
The Wars of the Roses: The Queen who Lost Everything
Season 2, Ep. 20
In the Wars of the Roses, Margaret is remembered as a warrior queen, the ‘she-wolf of France’. But the means by which she operated in the period of Lancastrian exile from 1461-71 – her unceasing diplomatic efforts in Europe and campaign of resistance in northern England – have tended to be sidelined in histories of this apparently national conflict.The story of Margaret’s campaign to regain the crown for the House of Lancaster is one of daring deeds, admirable courage and tragedy wrenched from the jaws of triumph.Despite her valiant efforts on their behalf, Margaret of Anjou would lose both her husband and her son in the dynastic tragedy of the Wars of the Roses.This article appeared in the November issue of History Today. Read the article online here, or buy a copy of the issue from our website.Written by Lauren Johnson. Read by Greig Johnson.Music: Kai EngelImage: Margaret of Anjou, seated with Henry VI, is presented with a book of romances by John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury (detail). French, 15th century© British Library Board/Bridgeman Images.
Foreign Correspondents in the Soviet Union
Season 2, Ep. 19
Over the past hundred years, foreign correspondents have been central to the West’s understanding of Russia’s political and cultural turning points, the revolutions, wars and changes in political power.In this episode, History Today Editor Paul Lay is joined by James Rodgers, whose latest book,Assignment Moscow,focuses on the stories of those journalists who have forged this understanding.Assignment Moscow: Reporting on Russia from Lenin to Putinis published by I.B. Tauris. You can read the History Today review from the September 2020 issue on our website.James also took part in the 'Head to Head' series in the October 2020 issue, which asked four historians to consider the question: Could the Soviet Union Have Survived?