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Gary: All right, the big episode to end out the year, and I am joined by a very special guest, Ben. Why don’t you introduce yourself and what you do? Ben: Hey Gary, thanks for having me on. I’m Benjamin Bernier. By all means call me Ben, but no, I am the host of the Thugs and Miracles Podcast which unfortunately I got to podcasting about a year or …
 
Hello everyone. Today’s episode is sponsored by Wisdom App. Wisdom App is an innovate new platform for mentors to deliver talks directly to listeners interested in learning new skills, expanding their horizons and improving their lives. To introduce you to the app, I am hosting a talk on Tuesday Jan 4. at 5pm PST. I’m going to talk about how to set…
 
Hello everyone. I hope you had a manageable 2021. I’ve had quite a year myself, getting my doctorate and producing another 40 episodes. Moving forward I am excited to announce some big changes to the show. From now on, every year I will be doing special series episodes. 2022’s theme is the wonders of France, wherein I will deliver long-form episode…
 
Hello everyone. Today’s episode is sponsored by Wisdom App. Wisdom App is an innovate new platform for mentors to deliver talks directly to listeners interested in learning new skills, expanding their horizons and improving their lives. To introduce you to the app, I am hosting a talk on Tuesday Jan 4. at 5pm PST. I’m going to talk about how to set…
 
Gary: Hello everyone. Today’s episode is sponsored by Wisdom App. Wisdom App is an innovate new platform for mentors to deliver talks directly to listeners interested in learning new skills, expanding their horizons and improving their lives. To introduce you to the app, I am hosting a talk on Tuesday Jan 4. at 5pm PST. I’m going to talk about how …
 
Hello everyone. Today’s episode is sponsored by Wisdom App. Wisdom App is an innovate new platform for mentors to deliver talks directly to listeners interested in learning new skills, expanding their horizons and improving their lives. To introduce you to the app, I am hosting a talk on Tuesday Jan 4. at 5pm PST. I’m going to talk about how to set…
 
When last we left off in the political narrative Emperor Charles the Bald died after nearly reuniting the Carolingian Empire. From his base in West Francia he conquered Italy, then Lotharingia and marched east to conquer the German lands. A disastrous battle forced him to retreat, and the empire remained fragmented. Before we move forward with this…
 
Well that last episode was depressing wasn’t it? I figure this one should be a palate cleanser. So today we’re going to talk about humor in Gaul and Francia. If you thought my jokes were bad…you still will, but I wasn’t the only one. In fairness to the Gallo-Romans and later Franks, jokes are a lot funnier when they were sudden, unexpected and the …
 
Most people recognize the name ‘Dior’ as one of the world’s premier fashion houses. People interested in fashion and French history know Christian Dior was its founder and one of the most important figures in modern fashion. But far fewer people know the story of Christian’s sister, Catherine. While not as famous as her brother, she lived a remarka…
 
Today’s episode has our first content warning, since I am going to talk about potentially upsetting subjects. Namely, miscarriage, abortion and infanticide. If this sounds too disturbing you can skip this episode; if not I encourage you to listen since these are essential topics to understanding pre-modern society and are often sorely under-studied…
 
This month the Agora Podcast Network is putting on scary stories from history. I’ll post a link on the website and you can come listen in to your favorite podcasters sharing terrifying tales that are even scarier because they’re true. 61: Carolingian Women: The Other Half of the Empire Women are half of humanity, […]…
 
My next guest needs no introduction but I’ll give him one anyway. Mike Duncan is one of the most influential and popular history podcasters in the world. His smash-hit series The History of Rome, which ran from 2007-2012, traced the history of the Eternal City from its founding until its fall in 476. After finishing […]…
 
Episode 60: Life in the Carolingian Empire Prologue: The Great Dance One of the most common misconceptions people have about history is that there is a natural development from one political or societal state to the next. Marxist doctrine holds that societies begin as tribalistic confederations, advance to a primitive form of communal organization,…
 
Gary: Today’s special episode is an interview with Robert Pike, wherein we discuss his new book, Silent Village: Life and Death in Occupied France, which is about Oradour-sur-Glane, which experienced a Nazi massacre in 1944. Robert Pike is currently a PhD student at Cardiff University. He graduated from the University of Exeter, where he studied [……
 
Intro: Today’s special episode is an interview with Dr.s Christine and Tracy Adams. Christine Adams is a professor of history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland whose works include A Taste for Comfort and Status: A Bourgeois Family in Eighteenth-Century France and Poverty, Charity and Motherhood: Maternal Societies in Nineteenth-Century France. Trac…
 
Intro: Today’s special episode is an interview with Jesse Alexander and Catherine Pfauth on an upcoming project they are involved in called Glory and Defeat. Cathérine is a research assistant at the Ludwigsburg University of Education. Jesse is a historian, educator and higher education professional based in Vienna, Austria. He holds a BA in Histor…
 
Gary: Today’s special episode is by Emma Kavanagh. Emma is a doctoral candidate in Musicology at the University of Oxford, where she is the inaugural Louis Curran scholar at Linacre College. She holds a BA from the University of Cambridge, and an MA from the University of Nottingham. Emma’s research interests focus on opera and […]…
 
Gary: Today’s special episode is by Matthew McDonald. Matthew is a PhD candidate in European History at Princeton University. He is a scholar of the history of the French language, with a particular interest in how European elites spoke French in countries like Germany, Sweden, and Russia during the Ancien Régime. Today he will tell […]…
 
Two quick announcements. First, this month we are recommending you check out the podcast ReConsider. ReConsider covers timely and timeless social and political issues for liberal democracies, with a nonpartisan approach that helps listeners question their own beliefs. Hosts Xander and Erik break down and dissect the partisan storytelling, bring fac…
 
Gary: Today’s special episode is by Ainan Liu. Ainan is a PhD candidate from the French and Italian Department at Princeton University. His research interest lies in French theater in the early modern period. His current work focuses on 17th century playwright Jean Racine’s tragedies, in particular the reinvention of his classical sources. Today Ai…
 
Gary Girod: Today’s special episode is by Dr. Kaylee Alexander. Dr. Alexander earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, having defended her dissertation in February of 2021. Specializing primarily in nineteenth-century visual culture, Kaylee’s research interests include funerary material culture a…
 
Gary: Quick announcement before we start the episode. The Intelligent Speech Conference is back. This April 24th top history podcasters like the History of England, Ben Franklin’s World, Wittenberg to Westphalia and others will deliver educational talks. Sign up for just $20 for 24 hours of content spread across four different streams. Interact wit…
 
Quick announcement before we start the episode. The Intelligent Speech Conference is back. This April 24th top history podcasters like the History of England, Ben Franklin’s World, Wittenberg to Westphalia and others will deliver educational talks. Sign up for just $20 for 24 hours of content spread across four different streams. Interact with your…
 
Gary: Today’s special episode is by Sophie Higgerson. Sophie is a PhD student in the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. Her research focuses primarily on the architecture and urbanism of French and German border spaces, socio-political identity in aesthetic movements, and critical heritage studies. She has previously held internsh…
 
In 476 the Germanic leader Odoacer overthrew Romulus Augustus, the last Roman Emperor in the West. Centuries passed as migrating peoples entered the previously Roman lands. Rome never disappeared, even though its political leadership, culture and language declined. New kingdoms adopted Roman laws, customs, clothing, military techniques, technologie…
 
Gary: Today’s special episode is by Aaron Kestle, a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University’s French Department. He is currently preparing a dissertation examining the marvelous in medieval Arthurian literature, focusing on the mythical sorcerer Merlin and his representation in late twelfth and early thirteenth century French romance. His interests also…
 
Today we talk with Danièle Cybulskie host of The Medieval Podcast, and the author of the book, Life In Medieval Europe. Book Recommendation: Life in Medieval Europe by Danièle Cybulskie Host: Rosie Social Media: Twitter @historyeh | Instagram @historyeh.podcast | Facebook @historyeh | Website www.historyeh.com Follow the Guest Guest: Danièle Cybuls…
 
When last we left off King Charles of Francia became King of the Lombards, adding the northern half of the Italian peninsula to his vast kingdom. Over the next thirty years Charles created the first great post-Roman, European empire. Under his well-organized, well-equipped military machine, the Franks engaged in near-continual warfare across Franci…
 
More chats about The Dig... Host: Rosie Social Media: Twitter @historyeh | Instagram @historyeh.podcast | Facebook @historyeh | Website www.historyeh.com Follow the Guest Guest: Professor Howard Williams Website: ARCHAEOdeath | Twitter: @howardmrw | Youtube: Howard WilliamsJoin me on the Blog for more in-depth information: The Dig with Professor Ho…
 
The Sutton Hoo excavation, the movie The Dig, and Professor Williams' own experiences ... Host: Rosie Social Media: Twitter @historyeh | Instagram @historyeh.podcast | Facebook @historyeh | Website www.historyeh.com Follow the Guest Guest: Professor Howard Williams Website: ARCHAEOdeath | Twitter: @howardmrw | Youtube: Howard WilliamsJoin me on the…
 
49 – Charlemagne: Becoming a King Hey kids, want to hear about Charlemagne? [Intro Music] History is speckled with important individuals who dramatically alter the course of humanity. Scientists like Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie, philosophers like Descartes and Voltaire, artists like Renoir and Monet led the world on paths of their own imagining. …
 
[Picture: Parti populaire français meeting 1943] Gary: Today’s special episode is an interview with Dr. Chris Millington of Manchester Metropolitan University on his book, A History of Fascism in France from the First World War to the National Front. We’re going to talk about the rise of the far right, particularly in the 1920s and […]…
 
48 – Between Giants: Today’s episode is about Pepin the Short and of course, we have to start with his name. Pepin was not actually short; unlike peasants, aristocrats got enough food and were noticeably taller than most people. Moreover, northern Europeans were among the largest people in the world. Pepin is near-universally called ‘the […]…
 
Gary: Today’s special episode is by Arazoo Ferozan, Ph.D candidate at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Her work focuses on Mediterranean cross-cultural mercantile networks in the early modern period. Her most recent presentations have focused on the city of Marseille as a nodal point for economic and cultural connections. Today’s talk is abo…
 
Episode 47: The Battle of Poitiers Chapter 1: The Arabs and the Last Revelation The Battle of Poitiers, often called The Battle of Tours in the Anglosphere, has long been mythologized as a world-changing event. Edward Shepherd Creasy listed it as one of the decisive battles that shaped human history, as did a number of […]…
 
[Pictured: French maquis fighters, 1940s] Gary: Before we get into today’s episode, I wanted to make a very exciting and important announcement. I have poured a lot of time, work and passion into this podcast and have been wanting to devote even more time to it. Those of you who signed up on Patreon and […]…
 
Today's episode is about Material Objects during the Viking Age, which include cheese and cloth! The wonderful Steven T. Dunn, owner of Fjorn's Hall, talks about his dissertation topic. Host: Rosie Social Media: Twitter @historyeh | Instagram @historyeh.podcast | Facebook @historyeh | Website www.historyeh.com Follow the Guest Guest: Steven T. Dunn…
 
In the first episode of this podcast I talked about how the words ‘France’ and ‘French’ are not set, but are ever-evolving concepts. Related to this is the question: when did ‘France’ begin? There are certainly precursors to France, going all the way back to the first humans. In the 19th and 20th centuries French […]…
 
It took the podcast quite a while but we finally have an episode with pirates. Today’s special episode is by Mike LaMonica, a PhD student at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. “French ‘Corsairing’ in the Americas during the War of the Spanish Succession” tells the story of French pirates who acquired the right to legally […]…
 
Episode 45: The End of the Merovingian Dynasty For roughly 120 years from the ascension of Clovis I to Dagobert the scions of the House of Merovech were the undisputed rulers of the Franks. The long-haired kings controlled incredible wealth, numerous holy places and were accomplished generals. For a long time it seemed the only […]…
 
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