The National Archives Podcast Series

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Listen to talks, lectures and other events presented by The National Archives of the United Kingdom.


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The life and death of King John

November 29th, 2016

King John's acts of misgovernment prompted his barons to demand reform, setting the kingdom on the road to civil war and leading to John's grant of Magna Carta. Why was he seen as such a terrible king and how did Magna Carta come about?Professor David Carpenter, Professor Stephen Church and Dr Marc Morris discuss the life and reign of King John,...

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Defeating the Zeppelins

November 24th, 2016

For almost two years during the First World War, German airships roamed over the British countryside, bombing towns and villages without fear of a significant response from the aircraft assigned to defend the country. But all that changed in the late summer of 1916 when a new weapon was introduced, one that spelt the end of the Zeppelin...

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The Battle of Agincourt

November 16th, 2016

In 1415, King Henry V led an army to victory on the field of Agincourt. In this talk, which commemorated the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Professor Anne Curry discusses the events leading up to the conquest, and the myths surrounding it that have developed over the centuries.

In this talk, broadcaster and acclaimed author Jonathan Dimbleby shows how Britain’s success in the Battle of the Atlantic led to the allied victory in 1945. Through extraordinary personal diaries and letters written by both sailors and politicians, he will tell the epic story of how the allies won the war.Jonathan Dimbleby's illustrious career...