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Sunday, February 09, 2014


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Keep up the fantastic work. I've been listening for like a year or something now and always look forward to each week's episode.

I think the interactive maps and images are always great, so any more of those would be good. I'm a graphic artist so if you need any image/photoshop help just ask.

Matt Firth

Some encouragement is certainly deserved - easily my favourite podcast, the anticipation in waiting for a new episode can be terrible! I think the range of topics covered is excellent and social and economic history is largely blended well with a cracking good story (sometimes called political or military history).

On the social/economic front...something that peaks my interest that I think would be interesting to cover - though it may bore the bejeezus out of everyone else:

Our story sitting right between the 'medieval warm period' and the 'medieval/little ice age'...yes, I want to cover climate change. What are our peasants doing? I assume grape vines are no longer flourishing in Yorkshire, but what else has changed? Are formerly productive lands no longer sustainable? Are people having to experiment with different crops?Is the average punter leaving the colder north and heading for the balmy south coast? Are there boom industries other than wool and textiles? Is one of the reasons wool and textiles are booming that Europe is getting colder, so there is increased demand for warm clothes?

These are the things that keep me awake at night...


Your podcast is already in that coveted spot on my podcast list. I love the puns and Britishisms (says the American). My knowledge of English history is pretty sketchy, so I don't really have any topics that I'd like to see covered - until the eighteenth century crime and punishment (purely for selfish reasons - my ancestor was transported to the US in 1767 for stealing a till with 6 d. He later achieved the American dream - a farm in the midwest, and fought in the Revolutionary War - I wonder why?).
Thanks for again for making such a fabulous podcast.

Kerin Ingman

I do love your podcast and the occasional Monty Python and Hitchikers reference thrown in keeps me amused. Maybe you can get the family involved again unless your children have done the 'oh dad, I don't want to do that again cos its embarrassing' :)


I have just crash-coursed your wonderful podcast over the last four months whilst out driving to and from work. I think the podcast series is very well paced and structured. Some OTHER UK-related history podcasts dwell and speculate on nothing - perhaps with the intention of never getting to the end. Only two things - out of chronology podcasts (guests or interviews?) on matters that are immediately topical such as Richard III , or sensational historical events of little actual historical significance (Jack the Ripper?) as I've scoured the web trying to learn about the event you referenced when the King was away and people staying at the castle stole Crown jewels and they were washing up in the Thames - as you can tell from this bad description I never could find anything on that . My only other request is that you write an equally entertaining book but I'm sure it is a crowded market.

Thanks for everything you do!

Mariah Smith

I'm not usually much of a commenter, but I have to say that the latest episode on Fashion and Clothing was wonderful. I know that war and high politics are compelling stuff, but I find social history fascinating. So- I recommend more social history, for what it's worth. Also, I love the chirping birds in the background! :)

Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi

Here is my entry into the contest for the George III penny:
here is a worthy subject for a podcast (or at least part of a podcast)...
what did people carry with them on their persons? This arises from my curiosity about pockets. This goes along the lines of David's sumptuary table on his website of what each member of society could wear. My suggestion is for each one of these classes, man and woman and child, what was hanging about their persons? what did he or she carry with them?

Robertson Shinnick

Note that it's a George III penny AND halfpenny up for grabs, here... and I'll throw in some other cheap-but-cheerful goodies, too!

I agree with Mariah's comment about social history being interesting, and a nice balance to war and politics. So far I think you've been providing a nice mix, actually.

I also agree with Sharon's interest in pockets, and what people carried around with them, but then if I wasn't, I wouldn't have just made a metal detecting trip to your side of the pond, right? It's hard NOT to be interested in pockets and what people carried around with them, when you're a coin nerd and metal detector geek as I am!

Per Milam

Keep up the great work! You're definitely in the history podcast pantheon. As far as suggestions for improvement, I don't have many. First, I'll echo others' love of social history and desire for breaks from the royal narrative and into stuff like sumptuary laws, economic changes, and whatnot. I too would love to hear about climate change in the period you're covering now. Also, as you hinted at in the last episode, we're coming up on a great period in English literature, so a podcast about, say, Chaucer would be fantastic--especially if there can be some reading in Middle English! Second, I'm tempted to ask you to move slightly quicker through history. But I'm not sure I really want that. And I'm pretty confident that if we were at the Wars of the Roses, I'd never suggest going faster. Finally, as always, more Crowther family primary source readings, excellent puns (weasels and stoats was brilliant!), and stories about Walter Manny.

Jessica Vineyard

I've been enjoying, nay, reveling in, your podcasts for several months. I had to start at the befinning and I'm now on podcast number 92a, so I'm almost caught up!

I love your humor (humour?) and witty asides, particularly when you jolt us into the 21st century for just a moment. I also particularly love details such as dress, entertainment, and the day-to-day experiences of the people of the times, the foods they ate, how they went about mundane chores. They're rare, but a real treat for me. I'd like to hear more of that.

Keep up the great work! You're my favorite bloke in a shad, as well as my fvcorite podcaster.

Warmly from across the pond,

Kathy Carroll

I have been a hanger-on since nearly the beginning -- and I hope you know what a fan I am of yours.
As an American, I don't always get your "throwaway" lines which I hear on the FB page are the funniest! So the only thing you could do to increase my pleasure, it would be to not throwaway these wonderful Crowtherisms, but to crow them loud and proud.
Thanks David and thanks Rob who made me finally do what I've meant to do for a long time - do a monthly donation. (BTW, I hear that Amazon charges you less for this same service.)

David Gonzales

I think you do a great job on the podcast for a "bloke in a shed". Yours is one of my favorites. I always look forward to every episode. (I've listened to all of them.) Thanks for your hard work. I know it takes a great deal of time and effort to produce the show. I anxiously await the arrival of Richard II.



Keep at it - I've been with you from the start and intend to be with you until the end of history....

I was watching the repeat of the BBC programme on York Minister's East Window the other day and it got me thinking about the dawn of the Renaissance, which was happening right around now in Florence (during Edward III's reign that is). Maybe it is a bit off topic and/or specialist but I wonder if it is worth a detour?

Mind you, I've always liked the political cut and thrust more than the cultural stuff, so completely understandable if you don't want to go there...

btw - the Black Death episode was up there with your best.


Honestly, the only thing you could do to improve the podcast would be to post more regularly - and in a strange way I don't really want you to do that because then you would get to the end too quickly. This is my favourite podcast - I really like your colloquialisms and humour. The tangents off for social history are excellent too. Thank you for your podcast.

Jonathan Vega

David- I must say that the pacing and the detail of the podcast are spot on. You have provided me with many insights into English history which is the beginning of mine (American history). What I think I am trying to say is that I appreciate the story you're telling. I tell my students (I teach U.S. History) that all history is is a story. Thank you so much for efforts and please keep up the fine work.


Keep up the great work!


I'm a recent convert to The History of England podcast, and I'm quit happy with the level of detail in the podcast. As a fan of history, I'm usually quite critical when it comes the little details and this podcast struck the right note.
Thank you so much and keep up the good work!


This is still a great podcast, and the level of detail puts my 400-level university classes to shame. As much as I enjoy hearing your voice each week, I appreciate how you bring in guests now and then. It gives me the chance to check out other interesting works out there as well. I am looking forward to Agincourt and the Wars of the Roses!


The podcast only needs one slight change-more re-enactments!!


I love this podcast! I listen to quite a few podcasts, and have a Masters in History (Canadian but my passion is British- they just didn't offer it) and this is by far my favourite. You clearly do a lot of research and put a lot of thought into your podcasts. I would love if you could talk about Katherine Swynford (Duchess of Lancaster- John of Guant's wife) in one of the upcoming episodes. There are some fascinating women at this point- and tons more to come! (The War of the Roses onwards- the women rule if you ask me; you can't talk about it without Elizabeth Woodville, Margeret Beauford, etc) I am really enjoying your current journey through the 100 years war, and the pace is fine with me- an area I don't know as much about. Keep it up!

Niels Christensen

Great pleasure to be in your company every week (almost)!

The one thing I can suggest is to spend a few minutes summarizing the most recently covered period once in a while. It's great that you dive in to the individual people's lives and pick up on interesting sidetracks - keep that up! - but a small summary would be helpful, say once every 3/4/5 episodes.

Mark Hubbs

I've enjoyed every one of your podcasts. I'm fairly well versed in British history, but your podcasts have been very helpful to me in applying the proper chronology and context to all the events and personalities that I've read so much about. I was spoiled early on when I discovered the podcast as I caught up with a new cast every day. Now I have to wait a fortnight like everyone else for a new on to be issued. Thanks for your hard work on this program! Mark in Alabamashire.


I'm a big fan of your mention of sources (in that way its much superior to Revolutions). I like it as 1. I get to hear again and again what I should read and 2. its always good to know where arguments come from (as an American the British pop/general history osmosis books mentioned especially during Richard reigns were especially interesting). I've just started to read Churchill's histories and if i'd have to give advice I might suggest picking quotes from him as it is generally wonderfully quotable.

also: don't feel the need to speed up (for example I think that hurt the end of Duncan's HoR as the rush to finish missed some good linkages).

As a side note: have you heard the British History Podcast and what are your thoughts? It's much more socially based and it sometimes describes it to a fault but it is also covering the broader early english history instead of just wessex (and given that he's already 150 or so episodes in, you seemed to have made a good call).

more: love the dynamic maps, and the website postings, keep it up. I would suggest that you perhaps make any other media recommendations for the period after some podcasts if you have any.

Caroline Palmer

I love the podcast for it's humor and accuracy.

Jamison Shck

great podcast. Last year I listened everyday on my commute home from work, but alas I am now caught up and have to wait... boooo....

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