This is my retelling of that story of the English, in a regular, chronological podcast, from the cataclysmic end of Roman Britain, all the way through to the present day. I’m a bloke in a shed, so this is not a dry retelling of events; I make sure this is good, properly prepared history, but I fill it with my love and enthusiasm for history, and some of the things that make me laugh.
Ths episode is the first of 3 to bring us up to date with the history of Europe to the time of Henry IVth. This week it's all about the Economic development of Europe, and about some of the technological change that impacts on it
I promised faithfully to tell you something of the results of the History of England Survey - so here we go with a few snippets! First of all, it's obviously impossible to cover everything, or even very much; but thanks to all of the 389 of you who responded, not least for the casual wit that runs throughout!
David, thanks for the England clarification. It's a bummer when you get those Englands mixed up...
The Winner of the 1853 Silver Florin from Rob
And the winner is....Robert Smart (applause). Congratulations, Robert, come on down and collect your prize - or at least drop me an email of where we can send it!
Your Favourite Podcasts
I thought it'd be interesting to show you all who got listed in listeners top three podcasts. I have taken out THOE...since it's quite possibly what reserachers might call self selecting! What I've done is take every podcast that got 2 or more votes in any of the top 3; and I weighted them (3 points for first choice, 2 for second, 1 for third). And here's how it looks:
The History of Rome
History of English
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
In Our Time
British History Podcast
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Kermode and Mayo Film Review
This American Life
BBC History Extra
History of Byzantium
History of China
When Diplomacy Fails
History of WWII
Star Talk Radio
Skeptics Guide to the Universe
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!
BBC Friday night comedy
History of the Crusades
Voices of the First World War
Binge Thinking History
12 Byzantine Rulers
History of Philosophy with No Gaps
The Ancient World
The Infinite Monkey Cage
History of the Papacy
The Egyptian History Podcast
No great surprises there I guess...though interesting to see quite a connection between science podcasts and history podcasts
Not as old as you might think
I expected we'd be moderately long in the tooth...50% of us are over 45, if that counts as long in the tooth. But quite and even spread between 18 and 65 it has to be said.
You are from all over the place - but quite a lot from the good 'ole US of A
49% of you are from the USA; 27% from the UK. Quite interesting that half of the English people put England, the other half UK...hmm...then there's 7% from each of Oz and Canada, and then a load of othere exotic places - Denmark, The Netherlands, Finland (hello Jarmo), Germany, Wales, Scotland, Ireland. Even Olivier from France. I burn with shame, Olivier, I burn.
I then had a dig into where you came from in THOE's larger centres...in Australia, quite a lot of you from Victoria - is that significant Aussies?
No great theme in Canada - Steve, all the way up there in the Yukon...how's the weather? I burn with envy - it's crowded over here in little England, REALLY crowded. No great theme in the UK I have to say; maybe a bit southern softie? But plenty from God's Own County. One fellow Leicestershire bod - but someone else who is a Tigers fan. TIGERS!!!
As for the US of A...well you come from 41 states, which is quite wide-flung I thought. Leading state if California with 15%, but Texas, not far behind!
Which is the favourite period?
Well, the chart's below. And blow me down and knock me over with a feather, the winner if the forgotten period of English history, the good old Anglo Saxons. Whoo hoo! And the blessed Tudors pushed into 3rd place...hurrah! But disappointed by the Civil War, though.