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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  • African and Caribbean British History: Georgian Period

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    In this podcast Onyeka examines African and Caribbean British History during the Georgian period.

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  • African and Caribbean British History: Stuart Period

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    In this podcast Onyeka looks at African and Caribbean British History during the Stuart period.

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  • African and Caribbean British History: Tudor Period

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    In this podcast Onyeka discusses African and Caribbean British History during the Tudor period.

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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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  • Cardinal Wolsey - Career and Legacy

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    In this podcast Dr Steven Gunn of Merton College, Oxford, discusses Wolsey as a statesman, historical interpretation, the revival of strength of royal government, the church, reform, heresy and education, Wolsey's impact on government, Wolsey and finance, Wolsey and military, Wolsey and social policy and Wolsey's legacy.

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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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  • Class in 18th Century Britain

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    In this podcast Professor Roey Sweet of the University of Leicester looks at the development of 'class' in 18th century Britain and Ireland.

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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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  • Cromwell Discussions

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    This set of podcasts feature Professor Ronald Hutton, Professor John Morrill, Dr David Smith and Dr Patrick Little discussing Dictatorship, Cromwell and the Crown and Richard Cromwell.

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  • Early Modern British Jewish History

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    Shakespeare. Cromwell and Ben Israel. Marrano Jews become an integral part of the community.

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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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  • Elizabeth I and Spain: The road to war

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    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran of Christ Church College, Oxford, discusses whether war with Spain was inevitable, why Tudor relations with Spain decline, the Netherlands, Elizabeth I's desire to avoid war, 1581 and the road to war.

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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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  • George I and George II

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    In this podcast Lucy Worsley of Historic Royal Palaces looks at the early Georgians, the changing relationship between Parliament and Monarchy and Court Politics under George I and George II.

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  • Henry VIII, Spain & France

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    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran discusses Henry VIII and Spain, relations with Ferdinand and Charles V an uneasy relationship, the problem of the annulment and overtures to Francis I of France.

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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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  • Intellectual & Scientific Revolution in Britain

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    In this podcast Dr Nigel Aston of the University of Leicester looks at the origins of the Enlightenment in England.

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  • Ireland under the reigns of James II and William III

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    In this podcast Professor David Hayton of Queen's University Belfast looks at the significance of reigns of James II and William III in Ireland.

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  • James II, William III and the Glorious Revolution

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    In this podcast Professor Tony Claydon of Bangor University discusses the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

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  • Joseph Banks (The Early Years)

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    In this podcast Dr Jordan Goodman discusses the early life of Joseph Banks. In 1778, Joseph Banks (1743-1820) was elected President of the Royal Society, a post he held until his death. There was no one in science, politics and culture, whom Banks did not know.

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