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:
|1||The History of Rome|
|3||History of English|
|4||Dan Carlin's Hardcore History|
|5||In Our Time|
|7||British History Podcast|
|9||Stuff You Missed in History Class|
|10||Kermode and Mayo Film Review|
|11||This American Life|
|12||BBC History Extra|
|13||History of Byzantium|
|14||History of China|
|15||When Diplomacy Fails|
|16||History of WWII|
|17||Star Talk Radio|
|19||Skeptics Guide to the Universe|
|20||Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!|
|21||BBC Friday night comedy|
|22||History of the Crusades|
|23||Voices of the First World War|
|24||Binge Thinking History|
|26||12 Byzantine Rulers|
|27||History of Philosophy with No Gaps|
|29||The Ancient World|
|30||The Infinite Monkey Cage|
|33||History of the Papacy|
|35||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.