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    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


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


  In 1647, the new puritan government tried to cancel Christmas.n 1647, the new puritan government tried to cancel Christmas. People in Canterbury protested in a peculiarly English way with a destructive game of football. The city’s Plum Pudding Riots led to a royalist revolt and the second round of […]

How an attempt to cancel Christmas and a game of football led ...


Amongst a glittering treasury of splendours, the Habsburgs revered two objects above all others. One was a bowl reputed to be the Holy Grail and the other was a unicorn’s horn.  . A truly Imperial collection The Habsburgs were amongst Europe’s pre-eminent collectors. They collected titles (from the Count of […]

What were the inalienable heirlooms of the Habsburgs?