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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  • Why did the Royalists lose the first Civil War?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Andrew Hopper of the University of Leicester examines why the Royalists lost the first Civil War.

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  • Tudor Royal Authority

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran of Christ Church College, Oxford, looks at the changing nature of royal authority under the Tudors, the impact of the Reformation and the development of a print culture, propaganda, the influence of gender, the extent to which faction undermined royal authority and faction under...

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  • The Road to the First English Civil War

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Jackie Eales of Canterbury Christchurch University and former President of the Historical Association looks at the road to the First Civil War.

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  • The Early Stuart Parliaments

    Podcast

    In this podcast Mr Simon Healy from the History of Parliament Research Project looks at the Early Stuart Parliaments.

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  • Cardinal Wolsey - Career and Legacy

    Podcast

    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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  • Henry VIII, Spain & France

    Podcast

    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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  • Mary Tudor

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Anna Whitelock of Royal Holloway, University of London discusses perceptions of Mary Tudor, Mary Tudor's background, her submission to Henry VIII and the rise of a warrior princess, Mary as a courageous political pioneer, Mary and religion, negative critiques, Mary and policy making, Phillip as king...

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  • The English Reformation and the Rise of an Empire

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Steven Gunn examines the significance and impact of the English Reformation, the church and state relationship, changes in church structure, the impact of changes on the individual, the effect of the English Reformation on England's status within the British Isles and within Europe and the rise...

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  • Tudor Rebellions: Henry VII - Elizabeth I

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Steven Gunn of Merton College, Oxford, looks at the causes of rebellions, changes and continuity in the nature of rebellion, how historians have approached Tudor rebellion, rebellion as a process of negotiation, ways in which Tudor governments avoided rebellion, new ways to communicate, the growth of...

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  • Elizabeth I and Spain: The road to war

    Podcast

    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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  • Poverty under the Tudors

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran explores poverty, population increase and unemployment under the Tudors. Motives for tackling poverty: charity, rebellion and humanism. Distinctions between the poor: the deserving and the undeserving. Government responses and approaches - the Poor Laws - support and discipline. The approaches of local authorities and...

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  • The Development of Parliament during the Tudor period

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sue Doran looks at Parliament as a point of contact between the crown and the community, she explores whether there was an organised puritan opposition group, looks at the growing influence of parliaments under Elizabeth and how Elizabeth managed her parliaments.

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  • Tudor Ireland

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Sean Connolly of Queen's University Belfast examines the Tudor monarchy in Ireland.

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  • Was the Protectorate a Military Dictatorship?

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Barry Coward, former President of the Historical Association asks: "Was the Cromwellian Protectorate a military dictatorship?"

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  • The Irish Confederate War and the Cromwellian Conquest

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Sean Connolly of Queen's University Belfast examines the Eleven Years War, its' context within the English Civil War and alliances between differing Catholic and Protestant sides.

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  • The Huguenots in Britain & Ireland

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Kathy Chater looks at the history of the British Huguenot community and the largest mass migration in European history until the 20th Century.

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  • South Asian British History 1600-1800

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Sumita Mukherjee looks at the history of South Asians in Britain between 1600 and 1800.

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  • African and Caribbean British History: Georgian Period

    Podcast

    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

    Podcast

    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

    Podcast

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

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