Introduction An interview with Paul Couchman, the Regency Cook, about his work, the townhouse and the surprising lockdown success of a fictional housekeeper. What You’ll Hear 1:23: Paul’s role and his interest in history 2:23: Regency townhouse restoration 4:56: Biggest challenge and success 6:30 Cookery workshops and lectures 10:26 The feisty Mrs Finnegan 16:45 Visiting…

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Introduction The life and times of Emmeline Pankhurst: activist, political campaigner and agitator for women’s rights. What You’ll Hear 1:07: Suffragettes or Suffragists? 2:11: Early days 3:03: Political activity 5:26: World War I and its aftermath 6:05: Emigration, return and decline in health Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email…

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Introduction The story of Bess of Hardwick, who became the second-richest woman in England in the 16th century, and whose passion for architecture left a mark on Derbyshire. What You’ll Hear 01:23: Bess’ early life 02:20: Second marriage 03:42: Scandal at the Tudor court 05:01: Fourth marriage 06:11: Construction of Hardwick Hall Prefer to read…

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Introduction Over the weekend (October 2020), the British government announced another national lockdown, to last a minimum of four weeks, requiring all but essential service businesses to close. This wasn’t a surprise, with infection rates rising daily, but everyone in the country hoped it could be avoided. By Thursday, 5 November, bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas…

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Introduction The story of Wu Zetian, China’s only female monarch, and her ruthless and bloodthirsty climb to the top. What You’ll Hear 1:07 Introduction 2:00 Arrival at court 3:27 Return to favour 4:33 Ascent to power 7:36 Death and legacy Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email required! This episode…

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Introduction Cleopatra, her bloody quest for the throne and her relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.   What You’ll Hear 1:02: Early days 1:58: Growth of influence 2:37: Relationship with Caesar 3:25: Return to Egypt 4:06: Relationship with Mark Antony Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email required! This…

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Introduction The story of ‘the mother of the Tudors’ and of King Henry VII, Margaret Beaufort. What You’ll Hear 1:02: Margaret Beaufort’s early life 2:10: The beginning of the Tudor dynasty 3:35: Edward IV takes the throne 4:39: Conspiracies and rebellions 5:58: The Battle of Bosworth Field 7:33: The King’s Mother Prefer to read instead?…

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Introduction The British flying pioneer   What you’ll hear 1:23: Early life 2:04: First flights 3:03: Record attempts 4:10: Life and achievements 5:19: Death Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript. No email needed.

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Introduction This bonus show marks the 50th episode of the Time Pieces History Podcast. We talk about the inspiration and early episodes, as well as look at the future plans for the podcast. What You’ll Hear Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript – no email required! Mentioned in This Episode 1:14: The…

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Introduction The Iceni queen who took on the Romans   What you’ll hear 1:40: Background to conflict 2:30: Boudicca leads the uprising 3:35: Impact of the rebellion 4:24: Re-assertion of Roman authority Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript. No e-mail required.

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