Religion

In this section religions, religious belief and many elements of religiosity are explored and discussed. Early pagan beliefs in Britain and Ireland to the worship of gods across Europe are explored as are the religious changes that monotheism introduced. How religion affects themes of power, individuality and architecture are debated as are key historical movements such as the Reformation and the crusades.

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  • The Life & Significance of Constantine the Great

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Mark Humphries discusses the life and significance of Constantine the Great focusing on Constantine's role in the development of Christianity and the founding of Constantinople.

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  • The Life & Significance of St Peter

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Mark Humphries looks at the life and significance of St Peter and his role in spreading Christianity into the Roman Empire.

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  • The Origins of the Reformation

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Peter Marshall of Warwick University takes you through the causes of the Reformation, explanations of why this Reformation was successful, the importance of technological developments to the Reformation and why a de-centralised Germany proved fertile grounds for the development of the Reformation.

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  • The Reformation: Key Figures and Groups

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Penny Roberts of Warwick University takes you through the other key contributors to the international appeal of the reform movement aside from Calvin or Luther: Zwingli , Bullinger, Theodore Bezer, Martin Bucer and also radicals, rebels and resistance: the Huguenots, the Dutch rebellion, the Anabaptists and...

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  • The Reformation: Social and Cultural Implications

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Beat Kumin of Warwick University gives you an overview of the impact of the Reformation, discusses the social and cultural implications of the Reformation, talks about some of the debates among historians about the reformation and looks at the impact the Reformation had on European foreign...

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  • The Reformation: The Response of the Holy Roman Empire

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Henry Cohn of Warwick University takes you through the importance of relations with the state for the survival and growth of Protestantism, division and the Peasants War, the rise of state control over the Church, the response of the Emperor and the limitations of imperial power,...

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  • The Restoration in Ireland

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor David Hayton of Queen's University Belfast discusses the impact of the Restoration on Ireland.

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  • The Rift between the churches of Rome and Constantinople

    Podcast

    This podcast looks at the relations between the Papacy and the Patriarchate of Constantinople - between Schism and Union.

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  • The Rise and Fall of Cardinal Wolsey

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Steven Gunn of Merton College, Oxford, looks at the rise of Wolsey, his foreign and domestic policy, failure in the 1520s and loss of favour, Wolsey's Rivals and his divided responsibilities: Papal servant vs Kings man.

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  • The Rise of an Islamic Civilisation

    Podcast

    An HA Podcasted History of the Rise of an Islamic Civilisation featuring Dr Caroline Goodson of Birkbeck, University of London.

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  • The Second Crusade

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Jonathan Phillips of Royal Holloway, University of London examines the Frankish establishment of control of the coast, economic and political development of the Latin East, the Revolt of Count Hugh of Jaffa and Melisende, Edessa and the re-emergence of Jihad, Bernard of Clairvaux, motives for going...

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  • The Spanish Inquisition

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Francois Soyer looks at the origins, organisation and impact of the Spanish Inquisition.

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  • The Umayyad Caliphate

    Podcast

    In this set of podcasts Emeritus Professor Gerald Hawting of SOAS, University of London provides an introduction to the Umayyad (661-750) Caliphate.

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  • The impact of the Reformation on Jewish-Christian Relations

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London looks at the impact of the Reformation on Jewish-Christian relations?

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  • What was the Byzantine Empire?

    Podcast

    This podcast covers the basics: name, dates, geography, origins in the Late Roman Empire, and how the Byzantine Empire fits with Medieval History, East and West in general.

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  • Women & Religion in Ancient Greece & Rome

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Richard Hawley of Royal Holloway, University of London looks at the role and position of women in Ancient Greece and Rome.

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