Almost History articles



    If you like the podcast, please take a second to help others find us by leaving a review! In August of 1216, the King of Scotland rode down the entire length of England to pay homage to a new English king at Dover. The Scottish monarch bent his […]

Louis of England – history’s forgotten King of England


  If you like the podcast, please take a second to help others find us by leaving a review!   In the summer of 1550, Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of Henry VIII, was packing her belongings and preparing to flee her home. Her Tudor brother was the figurehead for […]

Princess Mary Tudor’s flight to freedom



    If you like the podcast, please take a second to help others find us by leaving a review!   In 1647, the new puritan government tried to cancel Christmas. People in Canterbury protested in a peculiarly English way, with a destructive game of football followed by a mass […]

Canterbury’s cancelled Christmas and the Plum Pudding Riots


  . If you like the podcast, please take a second to help others find us by leaving a review!   In 1822, Gregor MacGregor committed what The Economist newspaper has called the ‘biggest fraud in history’ and ‘the greatest confidence trick of all time’. Investors, many of them Scottish, […]

The Prince of Poyais – settling in the country that never was


  . If you like the podcast, please take a second to help others find us by leaving a review!   Towards the end of the seventeenth century, Scotland sank a huge chunk of its national wealth into an audacious scheme to colonise central America. By building its own colonial […]

A wonderful paradise on the Isthmus of Panama



  . If you like the podcast, please take a second to help others find us by leaving a review! In the first half of 1940 only one question mattered in American politics. Would Franklin D. Roosevelt break with tradition and run for a third term as President of the […]

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s third term and the voice from the sewer


Almost History Series 1, Episode 1 . Everywhere you turn, you see the unmistakable face of Adolf Hitler. His voice echoes in your head, broadcast from a thousand loudspeakers. His wild, gesticulating speech is reaching its foam speckled crescendo. Nazi television is everywhere. Looming over city squares, above the concourse […]

Achtung! Achtung! Nazi Germany’s dystopian experiments with TV and radio


  If you like the podcast, please take a second to help others find us by leaving a review! In 1941, Adolf Hitler issued orders to Nazi Germany’s railway officials. He wanted them to develop a new type of railway. It was to be bigger, far bigger, than anything that […]

Hitler’s plan for monster railways across Europe