Early Modern

Traditionally, the Early Modern period covers the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries and we have kept to this tradition. One of history’s’ most famous Kings and his descendants Henry VIII are explored in podcasts in this section. Also featured are changes to Parliament, the relationship between leaders and the British people and the growth of the British Empire. Read more

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  • English Civil War

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine the English Civil War, including looking at the religious, political, social, and economic causes of the Civil War; the Scottish and Irish dimensions to the conflict; the role of the New Model Army in...

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  • Tudor Rebellions

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    In this series of videos, produced by Royal Holloway, University of London, staff and students examine the origins, course and outcome of the Lincolnshire Rising and the Pilgrimage of Grace, the largest popular uprising in Tudor England. The playlist also includes a two-part case study looking at the fortunes of...

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  • Early Modern Witchcraft

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    In this podcast Professor Alison Rowlands of the University of Essex delves into the witch trials and witchcraft of the early modern period. She examines the sources historians use for this time period, and how they differ between regions, from the continent to England and the colonies. Rowlands distinguishes the stereotypes of witches...

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  • Women’s involvement in 18th Century elections

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    In this podcast Professor Elaine Chalus of the University of Liverpool looks at women's involvement in 18th century elections in the UK. This podcast was funded by the Age of Revolution education legacy project and recorded with the help of Megan King, Student Ambassador at the University of Kent.  

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  • Tracy Borman: Elizabeth’s Women

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    Dr Tracy Borman gave the following keynote speech at the HA Annual Conference on 19 May 2018. Elizabeth I is often portrayed as a ruthless ‘man’s woman’, who derided her own sex – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman’ – and loved to flirt...

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  • Crime and Punishment in Wales: 1700-1830

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    In this podcast Dr Catherine Horler-Underwood of the Cardiff University looks at crime and punishment in Wales between 1700 and 1830.

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  • Law and Justice in Wales: 1543-1830

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    In this podcast Dr Catherine Horler-Underwood of the Cardiff University discusses changes to law and justice in Wales from 1543 to 1830.

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  • Parliament & Constitutional Change 1660-1702

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    In this podcast Professor Tony Claydon looks at Parliamentary and constitutional change between 1660-1702.

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  • British Women 1500-1700

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    In this podcast Professor Laura Gowing of King's College London looks at the how the role of women changed in Britain, both within the family and within society, between 1500-1700.

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  • The South Sea Bubble

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    In this podcast Dr Anne Murphy of the University of Hertfordshire looks at the origins and significance of the South Sea Bubble, one of the earliest modern financial crisis.

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  • Why did the Civil War break out in 1642?

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    In this podcast Dr Andrew Hopper of the University of Leicester discusses some of the reasons why the Civil War broke out in 1642.

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  • The Early Royal Society: From Bacon to Newton

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    In this podcast Keith Moore, Head of Libraries and Archives at the Royal Society looks at the early Royal Society.

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  • Charles II

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    In this podcast Professor John Miller discusses how we should judge the reign of Charles II and ask what was his domestic and international legacy?

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  • How close was England to Absolutism 1660-88?

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    In this podcast Professor John Miller of Queen Mary University of London looks at English Absolutism 1660-88.

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  • The Rise and Fall of Cardinal Wolsey

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    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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  • Oliver Cromwell

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    In this podcast Professor Gaunt asks what was the importance of Oliver Cromwell both to the Civil War and to the protectorate? What was his legacy?

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  • The Commonwealth, Protectorate and Radicalism

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    In this podcast Professor Peter Gaunt of the University of Chester discusses the strengths and weaknesses of of the Commonwealth and Protectorate from 1649-60 and examines how radical the new republic was.

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  • The Civil War: England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

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    In this podcast Professor Michael Braddick looks at the impact of the Civil War on relations between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

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  • The Levellers

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    In this podcast Professor Michael Braddick discusses how radical the political objectives of some of the negotiators were.

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  • The failure of negotiated settlement

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    In this podcast Professor Michael Braddick of the University of Sheffield looks at why it proved impossible to achieve a negotiated settletment between 1646 and 1649.

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