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Charlie Higson's History of the Monarchy


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  • 69. BONUS EPISODE - A Guide To Mediaeval England

    46:08
    In this bonus episode, Charlie Higson welcomes back one his previous guests, Matt Lewis, who originally joined Charlie back on Episode 22 to make the case for 'Dick The Bad', unsurprising as Matt is chair of the Richard III society.Now though, Matt goes all mediaeval on us as he talks about his newest book, The History Hit Guide To Mediaeval England.

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  • 68. BONUS EPISODE - World War II Explained

    01:01:06
    In this bonus episode, Charlie Higson takes a more detailed look at the greatest challenge in King George VI's reign, The Second World War.To help Charlie understand some of the key points is a man who, by his own admission, is obsessed with WW2, James Holland, author of over 30 books on the subject, host of the We Have Ways podcast with Al Murray and co-founder of the Chalke and We Have Ways festivals.
  • 67. BONUS EPISODE - Chalke History Festival 2024

    01:05:28
    In this special episode, recorded live at the Chalke History Festival in Wiltshire, Charlie Higson invites 3 special guests to discuss whether we can trust history and how it is presented in films and television, books and in our schools.Joining Charlie on the outdoor stage, in front of a large audience, were broadcaster and writer Alice Loxton, historian, television producer and writer Justin Pollard and 'Ghosts' and 'Horrible Histories' actor and comedian Laurence Rickard.
  • 66. An Overview of the Royal story so far.....

    43:48
    After 42 monarchs and 66 episodes, Charlie Higson reached the end of the rhyme that he learned in school and in this special overview episode, Charlie discusses the winners, the losers, whether it's changed his view of the monarchy and the startling similarity between the Royals and the Corleones.
  • 65. Charles III

    01:04:48
    Willy Willy Harry Stee, Harry Dick John Harry Three, One Two Three Neds, Richard Two, Henry's Four Five Six.........then who? Edward Four Five...Dick The Bad, Harry's Twain and Ned The Lad, Mary, Bessie, James The Vain, Charlie Charlie, James again. William & Mary, Anna Gloria, Four Georges, William and Victoria, then Edward, George and Ned The Eighth, quickly goes and Abdicat’th...Then Comes George and Lizzie II....and Charlie Next To See UsThrough......And so, just over a year after he began, Charlie Higson reaches the end of his rhyme, though not the end of the podcast as you'll hear.This is the story of Charles III, a man who had to wait 73 years before he succeeded as King.Joining Charlie to discuss Charles is Stephen Bates, once royal correspondent for the Guardian, now author of The Shortest History Of The Crown.
  • 64. Elizabeth II

    01:24:00
    Willy Willy Harry Stee, Harry Dick John Harry Three, One Two Three Neds, Richard Two, Henry's Four Five Six.........then who? Edward Four Five...Dick The Bad, Harry's Twain and Ned The Lad, Mary, Bessie, James The Vain, Charlie Charlie, James again. William & Mary, Anna Gloria, Four Georges, William and Victoria, then Edward, George and Ned The Eighth, quickly goes and Abdicat’th...Then Comes George....and Lizzie IIThis episode is a first in that it deals with a Queen that some of us might actually have met. Charlie Higson did, albeit briefly and here, he brings us the story of a long and, for the most part, expertly handled reign. Joining Charlie to discuss Elizabeth II is Dominic Sandbrook an author and himself a king.....sort of. King of historical podcasts as one half of the very successful series 'The Rest Is History'.
  • 63. BONUS EPISODE - Live At HistFest

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    This special episode of Willy Willy Harry Stee was recorded live at HistFest, which took place in front of a full house at the British Library in April.Charlie Higson hosted a panel of proper historians to discuss the best ways to Survive A Tudor or Stuart Court. His guest panel comprised Ophelia Field, author of The Favourite, Nicola Clark, author of The Waiting Game - The untold story of the women who served the Tudor Queens and Alex Courtney, author of James VI, Britannic Prince.