The History of England

The History of England


A weekly podcast on a gentle History of England. We follow England through the monarchy, starting with Cerdic at the start of the 6th Century.


196 England at the Dawn of the Tudor Age  

England in 1485 was at once a deeply traditional medieval society - and yet poised at the edge of change - economic, social, religious and political

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195 The History of Europe Part VIII  

15th Century European kingdoms were wracked by internal division as well as international war. By the end of the century, Rome was no more, Christendom was increasingly disunited and new monarchies were on the way.

194 The Wars of the Roses  

1485 was not the end of the Wars of the Roses; the fear of dynastic strife lasts well into Henry VIII's reign. But we draw a close at the battle of Stoke, and ask what the Wars changed - if anything.

193 The Blood of Innocents  

In 1483, the gates of the Tower of London closed on two innocent and defenceless boys; one, Edward, captured and the other Richard, given up by his mother. As far as we know, neither of were seen outside the walls again.

192 Bosworth  

At last in 1485 Richard got to meet his challenger in person at the Battle of Bosworth - a meeting he needed every bit as much as Henry Tudor.

191 The Reign of Richard III  

Unfortunately for Richard he was never able to simply concentrate of governing the realm; the hangover of his accession, the presence of Henry Tudor abroad - these things constantly took his attention away.

190 Good King Richard  

Some argue that in a short time Richard showed that he good have been one of England's best rulers - is there any justification for the idea of Good King Richard?

189 Richard III Prize draw  

The result of the voting...and the winners of prizes!

189 The Most Untrue Creature  

Richard sought to start the reconciliation of the factions in the realm. But despite his triumphant progress through the Kingdom to York, trouble was brewing - including from the most unlikely quarter

188 Richard III - Knave, Fool or Saviour?  

3 interpretations of the events of 1483 to help your all important vote - did Richard plan to usurp the throne; fall into it by mistake; or step into the breach to save the kingdom?

187a Jane Shore by James Boulton  

Jane Shore lives among the list of the most famous mistresses - along with the likes of Roseamund Clifford, Alice Perrers. Like Alice, Jane lives and loved at the very centre of political power for a while - but unlike Alice, left an attractive reputation.

187 Edward V  

The reign of Edward V is one of the great controversies of English history. This episode is as uncontroversial - just what happened. Then in 2 weeks time - we have the big debate and prizes, at THoE Facebook Page. It all starts with the death of Edward IV on 9th April 1483.

186 The King is Alive!  

It was critical that the heir to the throne, the young Edward, was tutored and governed to be brought up to be a successful king - and so Rivers was given the job, in Ludlow on the Welsh borders, and there was time. Then in 1483 the king fell ill.

185 Edward the King  

The 1470's were a marked contrast to the 1460's; a decade of complete calm, of control and authority. How did Edward do it?

184 Edward's Foreign Glory  

Edward IV fancied himself as a latter day Edward III, and with his love of the Garter tradition on the one hand and his determination to gain revenge for French support for Lancaster, a European adventure looked on the cards.

183 The Brothers York  

They had a complicated relationship - Edward, Clarence and Richard; Clarence and Richard had often been left together with Cecily and Margaret while Edward was with his father. In the 1470s, things came to a head.

182 Games and Beasts  

An odd episode, where we talk about games they played in medieval days; and then completely unconnected, some of domesticated animals and where they came from.

181a Arthur  

A third guest episode by David McLain. This time about Arthur, King of the Britons...

181 The 15th Century Rural Economy  

We know that the Magnates and peerage made some cutbacks and prettified fewer of their residences - but what of the Gentry, who by and large would have 1 or 2 manors? And the peasantry and their yardland?

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