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The Rest Is History
The Rest Is History
Goalhanger Podcasts

The world’s most popular history podcast, with Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook. They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer... more

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Episodes

Ancient Carthage: Rise of a Superpower (Part 2)

“An aristocratic republic, secret and well-ordered, where individuals are subject to the harsh laws of the austere and disciplined rich…” The... more

22 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
Ancient Carthage: Lords of the Sea (Part 1)

“Carthago delenda est.” Carthage must be destroyed: this was the rallying cry of Cato the Elder, the senator endlessly pushing for... more

19 Feb 2024 · 1 hour,
Britain in 1974: Thatcher Enters the Ring (Part 4)

The horrific Guildford Pub Bombings of Saturday 5th October 1974 sent shockwaves through Britain, worsening the sense of crisis sweeping... more

16 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
Britain in 1974: Countdown to a Coup (Part 3)

Following a tumultuous election in February 1974, Labour’s Harold Wilson has been re-elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Wilson,... more

15 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Britain in 1974: The Crisis Election (Part 2)

Three days after one of the most devastating IRA attacks launched upon British soil, the Conservative Prime Minister Edward Heath... more

13 Feb 2024 · 50 minutes
Britain in 1974: State of Emergency (Part 1)

“Who governs Britain?” Britain in the early 1970’s was a state in crisis, and by 1974, things had never seemed bleaker.... more

12 Feb 2024 · 59 minutes
The Canterbury Tales (Part 4)

Geoffrey Chaucer stands as a founding father of English literature, and ‘The Canterbury Tales’ is an enthralling account of his... more

08 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
The Murder of Richard II (Part 3)

“For within the hollow crown that rounds the hollow temple of a king...” Richard II, son of the dashing Black Prince... more

05 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
The Peasants’ Revolt: London’s Burning (Part 2)

On the 13th of June 1381, the rebel army of English peasants, led by Wat Tyler, entered London and brought... more

01 Feb 2024 · 52 minutes
The Peasants' Revolt: England Erupts (Part 1)

By the late 14th century, England was in decline. Already weakened by the Hundred Years’ War, both Edward III and... more

29 Jan 2024 · 54 minutes
Romans in Space: Star Wars, Dune and Beyond...

Extolling his love for democracy, the Senator took on autocratic powers, during a time of emergency, to save the Republic.... more

25 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
The Man in the Iron Mask

In the late 17th century, during the glorious reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, France was at its apogee,... more

22 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
The Nazis in Power: The Night of Broken Glass

By November 1938 the scene in Germany was at its darkest yet, as the full scale of Hitler’s intentions for... more

18 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
The Nazis in Power: Hitler's War on the Jews

As Hitler ramps up the German war machine, he remains obsessed with one idea: uprooting Jews from the Reich. The... more

16 Jan 2024 · 53 minutes
The Nazis in Power: Hitler's Dream

“We must have a healthy people to dominate in the world”. In July 1933, Hitler’s Nazi party passed a new law... more

15 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
The Nazis in Power: The Conquest of Austria

By 1937, Hitler’s ever-growing ambitions were driving Europe to the brink of war. Ever restless, he knew that Germany must... more

11 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
The Nazis in Power: Hitler’s Road to War

“No one can doubt that this world will one day be the scene of dreadful struggles for existence on the... more

08 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Nazis in Power: The Nuremberg Rallies

“We did not lose the war because our artillery gave out, but because the weapons of our mind didn’t fire” In... more

04 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
The Nazis in Power: The Night of the Long Knives

“Hitler had entered Röhm’s bedroom alone with a whip in his hand. Behind him had stood two detectives holding pistols,... more

01 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
The Mystery of the Pregnant Pope

A Pope of great renown once reigned during chaotic years for the medieval Church: she was an extraordinary figure, from... more

28 Dec 2023 · 49 minutes
Christmas: Pagan or Christian?

“The Church was anxious to draw the attention of its members away from the old pagan feast days, and the... more

25 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
Windrush: The Story of Black Britain

On the 8th of June 1948, the HMT Windrush sailed from Kingston with almost 500 migrants on board, destined for... more

21 Dec 2023 · 52 minutes
Victorian Britain's Maddest Mystery

In 1854, the twenty-five year old aristocrat Roger Tichborne, heir to an impressive fortune, died in a shipwreck ....Or... more

18 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Introducing... The Rest Is Entertainment

In their new podcast TV maestro and hugely successful author Richard Osman, alongside The Guardian's razor-sharp columnist Marina Hyde unravel... more

15 Dec 2023 · 10 minutes
The Savage Storm: World War II and The Battle for Italy

The Battle for Italy in 1943 proved to be one of the bloodiest and most brutal episodes of the Second... more

14 Dec 2023 · 51 minutes
JFK: The Mystery is Solved (Part 7)

In this landmark edition of The Rest is History, Dominic and Tom reveal the astonishing solution to the mystery that has... more

11 Dec 2023 · 53 minutes
JFK: A Conspiracy Unmasked (Part 6)

“We can’t accept very comfortably that two nobodies, two nothings - Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby - were able... more

07 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
JFK: The Second Assassin Strikes (Part 5)

“Jack, you son of a bitch, don’t do it!” Just hours after President Kennedy’s assassination, in the full glare of the... more

05 Dec 2023 · 42 minutes
JFK: Hunt for a Killer (Part 4)

It’s 12:31pm on Friday 22nd November 1963, and in Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy lies slumped against his screaming... more

04 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
JFK: Death in Dallas (Part 3)

“It wouldn't be very difficult to kill the president of the United States, you just have to be in a... more

30 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
JFK: Cuba, Camelot and the Cold War (Part 2)

By the late 1950s, John F. Kennedy was a rich and handsome Democratic senator with a beautiful wife and young... more

28 Nov 2023 · 56 minutes
JFK: The Road to the White House (Part 1)

“There were a lot of people who wanted Kennedy dead, a lot of powerful people. There are secrets still being... more

27 Nov 2023 · 49 minutes
Introducing.... Legacy

Everyone leaves a legacy.  In their new podcast series, produced by Goalhanger & Wondery, Afua Hirsch and Peter Frankopan tell the... more

24 Nov 2023 · 5 minutes
The Fall of the Aztecs: The Last Emperor (Part 8)

Tenochtitlan, once the glittering jewel at the heart of the mighty Aztec Empire, has fallen. Hernán Cortés stands triumphant, the... more

23 Nov 2023 · 58 minutes
The Fall of the Aztecs: War to the Death (Part 7)

"Conquer or die indeed, Cortes thought… The hour of decision was at hand…" It is the spring of 1521 and the... more

20 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
The Fall of the Aztecs: The Night of Tears (Part 6)

Things have never looked bleaker for Hernán Cortés and his band of Spaniards. They are trapped, starving and terrified in... more

16 Nov 2023 · 46 minutes
The Fall of the Aztecs: The Festival of Blood (Part 5)

“The blood flowed like water…” It is 1520 and word has reached Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan that another group of Spaniards... more

14 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
The Fall of the Aztecs: Prisoners of Montezuma (Part 4)

The year is 1519. Hernán Cortés and his Spanish comrades have arrived in Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the Aztecs,... more

13 Nov 2023 · 46 minutes
The Fall of the Aztecs: The City of Gold (Part 3)

“Conquer or die! Conquer or die! Conquer or die!” Making a decision that will change the course of history, Hernán Cortés... more

09 Nov 2023 · 50 minutes
The Fall of the Aztecs: The Woman Who Changed The World (Part 2)

Hernán Cortés has set sail from Cuba, eager to find the truth behind the rumours of gold on the coast... more

07 Nov 2023 · 54 minutes
The Fall of the Aztecs: The Adventure Begins (Part 1)

The meeting of the controversial Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and the formidable Emperor Montezuma in 1519 was one of the... more

06 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
Young Napoleon: The Shadow of the Guillotine

Within the turmoil of the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte stands out to his military superiors, first by defeating the British... more

02 Nov 2023 · 53 minutes
Young Napoleon: Teenage Revolutionary

“I would plunge the avenging dagger, up to the hilt, in the breast of the tyrant!” Born in Corsica a year... more

30 Oct 2023 · 48 minutes
Captain Cook: To the Ends of the Earth

Cook has been sent by the Royal Navy to the Pacific to track the transit of Venus from Tahiti, but... more

25 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
Captain Cook: History’s Greatest Explorer

The greatest sea explorer of all time, James Cook was born to a humble Yorkshire family, and first stood out... more

22 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
Baghdad: The Arabian Nights

The setting for so many of the Arabian Nights, like the stories of Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba and the... more

18 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
Baghdad: The Golden Age

Baghdad was a place of fabulous sophistication and teeming multitudes, where terrible things could happen, but great wonders could also... more

15 Oct 2023 · 53 minutes
Baghdad: Crossroads of the Universe

“No city in the world will ever rival it for prosperity...“ Baghdad, originally a Christian village in Iraq, was chosen... more

11 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Baghdad: The Forging of Islam

A story of great myth and of huge historical significance, the foundation of Baghdad is a fundamental episode in the... more

08 Oct 2023 · 53 minutes
Hitler and the Mitford Sisters

The Mitfords were the most glamorous aristocrats on the London scene in the 1920s, with at their head Diana, the... more

04 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
The Battle of Cable Street: Fascism Defeated

“You will never catch Sir Oswald admitting to anti-semitism - all he does is embody it!” Following the violent scenes at... more

01 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Oswald Mosley: Fascist Leader

The fascists in Britain have found a leader known across the country: the sinister yet complex Oswald Mosley. Following stints... more

27 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
The Birth of British Fascism

The cultural roots of fascism swirled around Britain at the turn of the 20th century, as medieval nostalgia, an obsession... more

24 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
The 1973 Chilean Coup: General Pinochet Seizes Power

The U.S. have given up on ousting the socialist President Allende through democratic means, and shift to a more militaristic... more

21 Sep 2023 · 52 minutes
The 1973 Chilean Coup: Allende, Nixon and the CIA

In the midst of the Cold War, the 1973 coup against the socialist Chilean president Salvador Allende, led by General... more

20 Sep 2023 · 46 minutes
PAX: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age (Extract)

In anticipation of the U.S. release of PAX, here’s the book’s introduction for you to enjoy, read by its author,... more

18 Sep 2023 · 41 minutes
The Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death

“Are you not entertained?!”  The emblem of Rome, the Colosseum was the unsettling but glamorous home of Roman violence, used for... more

17 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
The History Behind Hogwarts: Ancient Schools and Revolting Students

“To be a boy at one of these schools was to be alternately tyrant and slave.” More gruesome even than the... more

13 Sep 2023 · 57 minutes
The Real Harry Potter: Magic, Empire and Beastly Bullies

Eclectic traditions, obscure codes and cryptic ancient languages: the world of Harry Potter has captivated the imagination of children from... more

10 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Architect of Modern China

“Let us advance courageously, to change the backward condition of our country, and turn it into a modern and powerful... more

06 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
Le Marquis de Sade: Sex and Violence

The father of sadism and a prophet of totalitarianism, the Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat and writer, an... more

03 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
Introducing... The Rest Is Money

Does money really make the world go round? Economics, business and finance have long been subjects we leave to the... more

31 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Sixties Fashion: Swinging London

In a swirling world dominated by miniskirts, feather boas, posh photographers, youth culture, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles, London has... more

30 Aug 2023 · 55 minutes
Sixties Fashion: The Teenage Revolution

The Sixties is one of the only moments in history when Britain could claim to be the epicentre of world... more

27 Aug 2023 · 52 minutes
The Taj Mahal: Love and Death

“The mutual affection and harmony between the two had reached a degree never seen between a husband and wife…” The... more

23 Aug 2023 · 48 minutes
The Lost Library of Alexandria

One of the greatest institutions of the ancient world, the Library of Alexandria was the embodiment of ultimate learning, and... more

20 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Fear City: New York in the 1970s

“A cloud of black, acrid smoke hung over the area. It was a scene from a warzone, a battlefield -... more

16 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Martin Luther King's Dream

"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” Arguably the most celebrated speech of the 20th century, Martin... more

13 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Viking Sorcery

Warning! This one isn’t for the faint-hearted... A naked, torch-carrying man, who would walk backwards around a funeral pyre, with... more

09 Aug 2023 · 55 minutes
NEW PODCAST: THE REST IS FOOTBALL

Join Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards for a new podcast bringing strong opinions on all the latest stories... more

08 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Historical Love Island: The Sequel

“There’s a lot of severed heads at this villa!” The great TV sensation of the summer returns on The Rest... more

06 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
The Blood-Drinking Bride of Christ

A woman of immense influence on medieval Christendom, Catherine of Siena was one of the first female Doctors of the... more

02 Aug 2023 · 51 minutes
Roman Apocalypse: Pompeii 79 AD

Mount Vesuvius' eruption in the autumn of AD79 remains one of the deadliest and best-known in history. The plume of... more

30 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
Paris 1968: The Return of De Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle was a war hero in the First World War, and, having refused to accept his government’s armistice... more

27 Jul 2023 · 44 minutes
Paris 1968: The Students' Revolt

May 1968 saw underlying tensions reach a climax in France, resulting in a period of civil unrest coloured by rioting,... more

24 Jul 2023 · 48 minutes
Amsterdam: Kings, Canals, and Coffee Houses

A city which played a fundamental role in the Dutch Golden Age and in the birth of the Dutch monarchy,... more

20 Jul 2023 · 57 minutes
Amsterdam: Miracles, Money, and Mud

A city built on water, Amsterdam has often set the tone of European modernity. It first gained prominence as a... more

17 Jul 2023 · 41 minutes
The Triumph of George Washington (Part 4)

With the French and Spanish siding with George Washington’s revolutionaries, the game is up for the British, and it seems... more

13 Jul 2023 · 1 hour,
The Birth of the United States (Part 3)

“O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!” The U.S.... more

10 Jul 2023 · 51 minutes
The Boston Tea Party (Part 2)

“Last night three cargos of tea were emptied into the sea. This morning a man of war sails. This is... more

06 Jul 2023 · 1 hour,
The American Revolution (Part 1)

“America, late the strength, now the foe to Britain, dismembered, torn, I fear forever lost to England, whence she sprung.” The... more

03 Jul 2023 · 1 hour,
The Mystery of the Holy Grail

“Who drinks the water I shall give him, will have a spring inside him welling up for eternal life.” A... more

29 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
Raiders of the Lost Ark

The most important object in the universe, but also a somewhat invisible presence in the Bible, the Ark of the... more

26 Jun 2023 · 1 hour,
Oppenheimer: The Witch Hunt

Following the use of the atomic bomb in Japan and the end of the Second World War, Oppenheimer pushes for... more

23 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
Oppenheimer: The Father of the Atom Bomb

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” This was J. Robert Oppenheimer’s reaction to the first atomic bomb... more

22 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Downfall and Prison

It’s 1895, and with the libel case brought against the Marquess of Queensbury having collapsed, Oscar Wilde is now arrested... more

19 Jun 2023 · 48 minutes
The Trials of Oscar Wilde: Sex and Scandal

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” As his most popular work, "The Importance of Being Earnest", hints at,... more

15 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Hadrian and Antinous

A mysterious death on the Nile, an unconventional love affair, a Roman-Greek hero turned God - the story of Hadrian... more

12 Jun 2023 · 52 minutes
Ireland: The Easter Rising, 1916

The Easter Rising began in Dublin's General Post Office on Easter Monday, 24th April 1916, with Patrick Pearse’s dramatic proclamation... more

08 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Ireland: Home Rule, Mutiny - and Civil War?

The year is 1912. The bitter arguments about Home Rule for Ireland are reaching boiling point. But with Ulster in... more

05 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Ireland: Union, Famine and Parnell

At the start of the 19th century, the kingdoms of Britain and Ireland were officially 'united' with the Acts of... more

01 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
Ireland: Celts, Conquest and Cromwell

“In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the past... more

29 May 2023 · 58 minutes
The Freemasons: History's Greatest Conspiracy Theory

A grubby, secretive cabal of devil worshippers that run the world, or a fraternity of like-minded individuals who enjoy eccentric rituals?... more

25 May 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Athens and the Birth of Democracy

What did "demos" really mean to the Athenians? Why were women such a crucial part of Athenian democracy? And who... more

22 May 2023 · 58 minutes
The Republic of Britain: Life under Cromwell

It's 1649 and a new republic has been declared, the Commonwealth of England. It's an age of 17th century republicanism,... more

18 May 2023 · 58 minutes
King Solomon's Mines

In 1885, H. Rider Haggard’s brother offered him a wager: five shillings if he could write a book half as... more

15 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
American Witches

It’s 1647, and in New England, where puritan settlers live in fear of God’s wrath and a hostile indigenous population,... more

11 May 2023 · 58 minutes
Herodotus: The Birth of History

Born on the Western edge of an empire that stretched all the way to India, Herodotus was a Greek historian... more

08 May 2023 · 56 minutes
Coronations: Chaos, Ceremony and Empire

What was the most calamitous coronation of all time? Which ceremony does Tom think is the most boring topic he's... more

06 May 2023 · 56 minutes
Coronations: Sex, Holy Oil and Civil War

Whether it’s London descending into a riot, a bad hangover with Samuel Pepys, or a royal lacking discretion… Charles III... more

05 May 2023 · 56 minutes
Coronations: The Deep History

The roots of the coronation ritual are fabulously ancient: certain elements of the ceremony are vestiges from the later Roman... more

04 May 2023 · 52 minutes
The Year of Revolutions: 1848

Few years in European History saw as much change and turmoil as 1848: across the continent, from Vienna to Paris... more

01 May 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Fall of Saigon: Apocalypse Now

“It is 105 degrees in Saigon, and rising.” This announcement, made through U.S. Armed Forces radio on a spring morning... more

27 Apr 2023 · 55 minutes
Fall of Saigon: The Nightmare Begins

It's 1975, and in the final act of the Vietnam War, the U.S. have ordered all remaining civilian and military... more

24 Apr 2023 · 52 minutes
History's Greatest Dogs

Rin Tin Tin, born on the Western Front in 1918, became one of the biggest movie stars of the silent... more

20 Apr 2023 · 59 minutes
East Germany: Life Behind the Iron Curtain

The German Democratic Republic was born in the ashes of the Second World War, and described itself as a socialist... more

17 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Hundred Years' War: A Storm of Swords

The Black Prince has gained lands in Aquitaine and Gascony through his brutal and thorough attacks. But faced with financial... more

13 Apr 2023 · 52 minutes
Hundred Years' War: The Black Prince

As the spectre of the Black Death haunts Europe, a more tangible foe terrorises the French king and his subjects:... more

10 Apr 2023 · 56 minutes
Hundred Years' War: Triumph of the Longbow

State of the art military technology. Blind battle commanders. Iconic kingly lines. Tom and Dominic continue to delve into the... more

06 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
Hundred Years' War: A Game of Thrones

Dynastic turmoil, inconvenient treaties with Scotland, tales of knights, longbows and the golden age of chivalry. In a time of... more

03 Apr 2023 · 54 minutes
African Amazons

A story spanning modern-day Ghana, Angola, and Benin, historian Luke Pepera joins Tom and Dominic to discuss the tradition of... more

30 Mar 2023 · 56 minutes
The First Abolitionist

It's 1718, an English Quaker lands in Barbados. He is soon horrified to discover the treatment of people working the... more

27 Mar 2023 · 53 minutes
Atlantis: Legacy of the Lost Empire

From claims that the alphabet was originated by Atlantians, Francis Bacon using the story as a model of utopia, to... more

23 Mar 2023 · 56 minutes
Atlantis: The Legend

Majestic palaces, untold riches, and indeterminable power... the story of Atlantis is a tale as old as time. But is... more

20 Mar 2023 · 58 minutes
Climate Apocalypse

Have humans always been haunted by fears of a climate apocalypse? Or is that a modern phenomenon? Is there a... more

16 Mar 2023 · 56 minutes
Reagan, Iran-Contra and the Cold War

Warmonger or nuclear disarmer? Ronald Reagan’s presidency survived an assassination attempt, the AIDS epidemic and the Iranian hostage crisis. He... more

13 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Reagan: The Road to the White House

His Hollywood career drying up, Ronald Reagan works both for the Screen Actors Guild and General Electric in the 1950s.... more

09 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ronald Reagan and the American Dream

Ronald "Dutch" Reagan was born in 1911 to a humble family of Illinois, his father an FDR-loving democrat, his mother... more

06 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
Columbus: Villain or Hero?

Christopher Columbus caused debate in his own time, and remains a controversial figure today: some argue he initiated both the... more

02 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
Columbus: Death in the Caribbean

Columbus returns to the remnants of his first voyage to the "Indies", having convinced Isabella and Ferdinand to fund a... more

27 Feb 2023 · 50 minutes
Columbus: A New World?

Having convinced the Catholic Monarchs to fund his journey across the Atlantic, Columbus sets sail with three ships, a crew... more

23 Feb 2023 · 52 minutes
Columbus: The Adventure Begins

A controversial figure both now and in his time, Tom and Dominic discuss Columbus and his drive for discovery, power... more

20 Feb 2023 · 59 minutes
The Fall of the Roman Republic

In this second episode on perhaps the most notorious assasination in world history, Tom and Dominic look at the bloody... more

16 Feb 2023 · 59 minutes
The Murder of Julius Caesar

“He was trapped - he couldn’t get up. There was blood everywhere. The faces were coming closer, the knives rose... more

13 Feb 2023 · 1 hour,
The Bloodiest Crusade

Thought by some as the first genocide in Europe, the Albigensian Crusade was the bloodiest crusade in history. Following the... more

09 Feb 2023 · 56 minutes
The Mystery of the Cathars

Was the Catholic Church Europe’s first revolutionary group? How are the Cathars linked to the genesis of genocide? Where does... more

07 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
The Real Da Vinci Code

Secret societies, Jesus' ancient bloodline, Catholic conspirators; all backed up by documents in the Bibliothèque Nationale. It must be true,... more

06 Feb 2023 · 1 hour,
The Real Downton Abbey

Edwardian Britain: Domestic service is at its peak. However, as Britain modernises, things were about to change. Tom and Dominic are... more

02 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
The Greatest Female Pharaoh

"One of the greatest rulers to have ever lived" - Tom Holland. But how much do you know about Hatshepsut?... more

30 Jan 2023 · 56 minutes
The Nazis: Total Power

Hitler is chancellor, but he is not yet all-powerful. How does he go from becoming the leader of the Reichstag,... more

26 Jan 2023 · 1 hour,
The Nazis: Hitler's Triumph

Wall Street crashes. The German economy capitulates and governments start to fall. Backroom deals and political scheming come to the... more

23 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Nazis: The Beer Hall Putsch

German hyperinflation. The Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler’s trial. Join Tom and Dominic as they discuss the Nazis in the early... more

19 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Rise of the Nazis

Where do the origins of Nazism lie? The Second Reich? Hitler’s time in Vienna? The First World War? Join Tom... more

16 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Lady Jane Grey: The Axe Falls

‘It had the alchemy of a bitter Tory leadership race’. Reigning for the shortest period of any British monarch, can Lady Jane... more

12 Jan 2023 · 52 minutes
Lady Jane Grey: The Nine Days' Queen

Edward VI is dead - but who will succeed him on the throne?  In the first of two episodes, Tom and Dominic... more

09 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
The Shadow of the Holocaust

In our second episode exploring the story of Rudolf Vrba, Jonathan Freedland joins Tom and Dominic again, to discuss the... more

05 Jan 2023 · 47 minutes
The Man Who Escaped Auschwitz

Tom and Dominic are joined by Jonathan Freedland to discuss the incredible story of Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler, who... more

02 Jan 2023 · 56 minutes
2022: A History

Join Tom and Dominic for the final episode of 2022 in which they discuss the historical importance of this year.... more

29 Dec 2022 · 54 minutes
Drink

For a festive special, Tom and Dominic are joined by author and alcohol historian Henry Jeffreys to discuss some Christmassy... more

26 Dec 2022 · 58 minutes
Jesus Christ: The History

Join Tom and Dominic for the second of two episodes on 'Historical Jesus'. They discuss scepticism around his existence, the... more

22 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Jesus Christ: The Mystery

*The Rest Is History Live Tour April 2023*: Tom and Dominic are going on tour in April 2023 and performing in... more

19 Dec 2022 · 57 minutes
England: Beef and Liberty

England: Roast Beef and Liberty While it has now been dethroned by the mighty Tikka Masala and the moreish fish and... more

18 Dec 2022 · 54 minutes
Canada: Beaver Wars

Canada: Beaver Wars Join Tom and Dominic as they discuss the illustrious history of the beaver. This story intertwines these small... more

17 Dec 2022 · 49 minutes
Denmark: The Great Escape

Denmark: The Great Escape In today's episode, Tom and Dominic look at the story of how the vast majority of Denmark's Jewish... more

16 Dec 2022 · 44 minutes
Ecuador: Darwin's Adventure to the Galapagos

Ecuador: Darwin's Adventure to the Galapagos Join Tom and Dominic as they discuss Charles Darwin's time in Ecuador, where his observation... more

15 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
Morocco: The Rif War

Morocco: The Rif War In today's episode, Tom and Dominic discuss the Rif War, predecessor to the Spanish Civil War, set... more

14 Dec 2022 · 59 minutes
Spain: The Caliphate of Córdoba

Today, Tom and Dominic are in Islamic Spain discussing Roman conquests, melancholy Emirs and vibrant harems... Don't miss the extraordinary... more

13 Dec 2022 · 55 minutes
Serbia: The Birthplace of Civilisation

A little known story. Serbia, the home to one of the first great civilisations. They had the first written scripts,... more

12 Dec 2022 · 42 minutes
Cameroon: The Slave General of Peter the Great

In today’s World Cup special on Cameroon, Tom and Dominic tell the fascinating story of “probably the most famous Cameroonian... more

11 Dec 2022 · 38 minutes
France: The Mystery of Le Prince

In today's episode, Tom and Dominic explore the origins of the motion-picture camera, a device invented by "gentle giant" Louis... more

10 Dec 2022 · 30 minutes
Japan: Samurai and Shoguns

In today's episode, Tom and Dominic discuss the history of Japan through six characters, with leading cultural historian of Japan,... more

09 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Netherlands: The Maid of Holland

Join Tom and Dominic as, for the first time ever, they dip their toes into the Dutch republic. They discuss... more

08 Dec 2022 · 31 minutes
Argentina: The Welsh Colony

Why are there Welsh speakers born in Argentina? Join Tom and Dominic to understand the fascinating and unlikely story of... more

07 Dec 2022 · 42 minutes
Switzerland: Calvin's Cancel Culture

Today, Tom and Dominic are in 16th century Calvinist Geneva, where Michael Servetus is being condemned for heresy. Execution, imprisonment,... more

06 Dec 2022 · 41 minutes
Portugal: The Carnation Revolution

In today's World Cup episode, Tom and Dominic return to the history of Portugal to discuss military coups, defence of dictatorship, Castro... more

05 Dec 2022 · 52 minutes
Senegal: The Door of No Return

In today's episode, Tom and Dominic discuss the Senegalese island of Gorée, and its complex relationship with the transatlantic slave... more

04 Dec 2022 · 40 minutes
Belgium: History's Greatest Artist

Who is the greatest artist of all time? Join Tom and Dominic as Belgian historian Bart van Loo puts forward... more

03 Dec 2022 · 46 minutes
Poland: Copernicus, the Dragon and the Salt Mine

Join Tom and Dominic as they explore the seven wonders of Poland. Hear all about Krakus the dragon-slayer, the Wieliczka Salt... more

02 Dec 2022 · 55 minutes
Ghana: The Ashanti Empire

On today's World Cup episode, Tom and Dominic discuss the Ashanti Empire. Tune in to hear about the Anglo-Ashanti wars, the... more

01 Dec 2022 · 50 minutes
Brazil: The Last Emperor

As promised during the Portugal mini-series, Tom and Dominic are returning to Brazil to discuss its history post-independence. This episode... more

30 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
Wales: The Roar of the Red Dragon

What are the origins of Wales? And how do the Welsh define themselves against Englishness? As England play Wales in... more

29 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
South Korea: The Riddle of Hwang Jini

Join Tom and Dominic on their journey to the 16th century Korean peninsula, as they discuss Hwang Jini - a gisaeng,... more

28 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes
Saudi Arabia: The Mystery of the Kaaba

Join Tom and Dominic for their World Cup episode on Saudi Arabia, where they discuss 'the most famous structure in global Islam'... more

27 Nov 2022 · 54 minutes
Mexico: Day of the Dead

On the Day of the Dead you eat pan de muerto and exchange calaveras with your friends. This celebration is... more

26 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
USA vs England: The 200-Year Rivalry

In today's World Cup special, Anglo-American relations are at their most tense, as the USA and England take to the... more

25 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Tunisia: Dido of Carthage

Join Tom and Dominic as they tell the story of the tragic heroine of Virgil’s Aeneid - Dido of Carthage.... more

24 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
Uruguay: The Tupamaros

In 1963, with the influence of the Cuban Revolution strong in South America, the left wing guerrilla group the Tupamaros... more

23 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
Croatia: The Man Who Saved The Roman Empire

"In conditions of chaos, people from outside the Roman social elite can rise to the top." Join Tom and Dominic for... more

22 Nov 2022 · 55 minutes
Iran: England - 'The Little Satan'

On the day of England vs. Iran, Tom and Dominic are joined by friend of the show, Ali Ansari, to... more

21 Nov 2022 · 55 minutes
Costa Rica: Civil War

Join Tom and Dominic as they continue the World Cup series by discussing the Costa Rican Civil War. This event... more

20 Nov 2022 · 36 minutes
Australia: The Mystery of the Somerton Man

In today’s Australian-themed World Cup episode, Tom leads us through the incredible true story of the Somerton Man, a murder mystery... more

19 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
Germany: The White Rose

“Since the conquest of Poland, 300,000 Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way ... The... more

18 Nov 2022 · 53 minutes
Qatar: A History

It is finally here. Tom and Dominic are embarking upon their mighty World Cup themed extravaganza. Every day they will... more

17 Nov 2022 · 54 minutes
The World Cup: The Falklands, despots, and corruption

In their last episode on the World Cup, Tom and Dominic are joined by the face of football, Gary Lineker.... more

16 Nov 2022 · 1 hour,
The World Cup: Post-war reconciliation, Brazilian dictatorship, and North Koreans in Middlesbrough

Welcome to the second episode of The Rest Is History's definitive guide to the history of the FIFA World Cup.... more

15 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
The World Cup: British Imperialism, South American rivalries, and Mussolini

Welcome to The Rest Is History's definitive guide to the history of the FIFA World Cup, which looks past the... more

14 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
History's coming home... (preview)

Forget the football, the next month's entertainment is coming from The Rest is History! Join Tom and Dominic over the coming... more

12 Nov 2022 · 11 minutes
Alfred the Great: Return of the King

Battling with the expanding power of the Vikings, listen to Tom and Dominic discover how King Alfred the Great earned... more

10 Nov 2022 · 53 minutes
Alfred the Great: Fury of the Vikings

Alfred the Great is under invasion from the Vikings. Join Tom and Dominic as they discuss Alfred's anointment by the Pope... more

07 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
Treason in Modern Britain

Join Tom and Dominic for the second part of their exploration of the history of treason. How has the 1351... more

03 Nov 2022 · 55 minutes
Medieval Treason

Join Tom and Dominic at the National Archives as they explore the history of treason in Britain, going right back... more

31 Oct 2022 · 54 minutes
Monty & Patton vs. the Nazis

Do commanders matter? Were the British generals effective or "foppish"? How did the Allies rebound from huge losses such as the Battle... more

27 Oct 2022 · 59 minutes
The Fall of Liz Truss

After just 45 days, Liz Truss has resigned. Join Tom and Dominic for this special episode to discuss her place in... more

21 Oct 2022 · 55 minutes
Trafalgar: Victory

In this final episode Tom and Dominic discuss the legendary Battle of Trafalgar. Despite being outnumbered and facing the biggest... more

21 Oct 2022 · 1 hour,
Trafalgar: Countdown to Annihilation

In the second episode of Tom and Dominic's Trafalgar trilogy, the stakes could not be higher. They discuss: Napoleon's plan... more

20 Oct 2022 · 56 minutes
Trafalgar: A World at War

Was the Battle of Trafalgar the most decisive battle of the 19th century? Join Tom and Dominic as they embark... more

17 Oct 2022 · 51 minutes
French History on Film

Tom and Dominic welcome film critic Muriel Zagha to discuss the home of cinema, France, and its history through ten... more

13 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Young Churchill: Prisoner and Fugitive

In the final instalment of our series on Young Churchill, learn how Churchill escaped a prisoner of war camp in... more

10 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
Young Churchill: Soldier of Empire

Join Tom and Dominic in the second episode of our mini-series on Young Churchill as they dive into his imperial... more

06 Oct 2022 · 56 minutes
Young Churchill: Born to Lead

‘The child is the father of the man.’ In the first episode of this mini-series on Young Churchill, Tom and Dominic... more

03 Oct 2022 · 54 minutes
The Regency Revolution

How were the bonnets, corsets, and empire line dresses of the Regency period expressive of a revolutionary era? In this episode,... more

29 Sep 2022 · 1 hour,
Marilyn Monroe

Actress, singer, model and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe has long been associated with old school Hollywood glamour and American pop... more

26 Sep 2022 · 1 hour,
China and World War II - Part 2

Tom and Dominic welcome back special guest Rana Mitter to discuss China's position during World War Two. This episode covers the Rape of Nanjing by... more

22 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
China and World War II - Part 1

Friend of the show Rana Mitter joins Tom and Dominic this week to discuss the role of China in the Second World War. In the first... more

20 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Germans Behaving Badly

Why is modern society so self-obsessed? The answer may be found in a group of late 18th century German rebels, including... more

15 Sep 2022 · 1 hour,
The Loch Ness Monster

Does the Loch Ness Monster exist? When was the first mention of it recorded in history? And who are the... more

12 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Queen Elizabeth II - part 2

In February 1952, on the death of her father King George VI, the 25-year-old Elizabeth became Queen. During her long... more

09 Sep 2022 · 47 minutes
Queen Elizabeth II - part 1

The death of the Queen at the age of 96 brings to an end seven decades of her reign over... more

09 Sep 2022 · 47 minutes
Portugal: Football, Fado, and Fascism?

In the final chapter of this series on the history of Portugal, Tom and Dominic explore Portugal in the 20th century, the two... more

08 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Portugal: Gold, Earthquakes, and Brazil

Earthquakes, gold rush, and Brazil. Join Tom and Dominic for the third episode in this history of Portugal series. *The Rest Is... more

07 Sep 2022 · 57 minutes
Portugal: The Golden Age of Discovery

In the second episode of this Portugal mini-series, Tom and Dominic discuss the Portuguese setting sail for far flung reaches... more

06 Sep 2022 · 55 minutes
Portugal: On the Edge of the World

Welcome to The Rest Is History's Portugal mini-series! In the first of four episodes on Portugal, Tom and Dominic chart the... more

05 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
ARCHIVE: Gorbachev, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the rise of Putin

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, died aged 91 this week. In March 2022, Tom and Dominic recorded... more

02 Sep 2022 · 1 hour,
The Lord of the Rings

Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling books ever written,... more

01 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is one of the most prestigious authors in modern history, best known for writingThe Hobbit and... more

29 Aug 2022 · 1 hour,
Roman Holidays

Grand villas on the Bay of Naples, engraving names on Egyptian singing statues, and sightseeing tours of Biblical sights in... more

25 Aug 2022 · 1 hour,
Sun, Sea, and Sex

The rise and fall of Butlin's, Benidorm and Franco, class, package holidays, bikinis, mass tourism and sunbathing. The third episode... more

22 Aug 2022 · 53 minutes
Victorian Holidays

The birth of guide books, resorts, and the package holiday. In the second episode in our holidays series Tom and Dominic... more

18 Aug 2022 · 54 minutes
Introducing Empire with William Dalrymple

Today's feed drop features friend of the show William Dalrymple discussing his new podcast, Empire, which he hosts alongside Anita... more

16 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Holidays: Byron's Grand Tour

Welcome to the first of four episodes on the history of holidays: Byron's Grand Tour; The Invention of Mass Tourism;... more

15 Aug 2022 · 52 minutes
Justinian & Theodora: The Secret History

Wars, disease, and legacy. In the final episode of the trilogy, Tom and Dominic discuss the Byzantine reconquest of Italy, the... more

11 Aug 2022 · 55 minutes
Justinian: Making Rome Great Again

The Riot that destroyed a city and almost brought down an Emperor... In the second part of our trilogy, Tom and... more

09 Aug 2022 · 41 minutes
Theodora: Empress of Byzantium

In the first episode of a three part series, Tom and Dominic dive into the incredible story of Justinian and... more

08 Aug 2022 · 51 minutes
Plague and the decline of the Roman Empire

Tom and Dominic are joined by friend of the show Kyle Harper to discuss how pandemics and disease played a... more

04 Aug 2022 · 52 minutes
Pigeons

‘If it became necessary immediately to discard every line and method of communications used on the front, except one, and... more

01 Aug 2022 · 55 minutes
Stalingrad and the Red Army

Tom and Dominic are again joined by Iain MacGregor to discuss the climax of the Battle of Stalingrad, Pavlov's House, and... more

28 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
The Battle of Stalingrad

Stalingrad: the bloodiest battle of the Second World War. Tom and Dominic are joined by Iain MacGregor to discuss the build... more

25 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
London: Moments

Welcome to the fifth and final episode in our London Week. Enjoyed the series? Click here to become a member of The... more

22 Jul 2022 · 35 minutes
Haunted London

Welcome to the fourth episode in our London Week mini-series. To get tomorrow's final episode right now, become a member of The... more

21 Jul 2022 · 52 minutes
London: People

Welcome to the third episode in our new mini-series: LONDON WEEK. From Monday to Friday we're releasing an episode daily. Monday's... more

20 Jul 2022 · 41 minutes
London: Places

Welcome to the second episode in our new mini-series: LONDON WEEK. From Monday to Friday we'll release an episode daily. Monday's... more

19 Jul 2022 · 39 minutes
Londinium

Welcome to the first episode in our new mini-series: LONDON WEEK. From Monday to Friday we'll release an episode daily. Today's... more

18 Jul 2022 · 55 minutes
From Revisionist History: Margaret Mitchell and A Star is Born

We’re sharing a bonus episode from our friends at Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast about things misunderstood and overlooked. This season,... more

15 Jul 2022 · 39 minutes
George Orwell

George Orwell is one of the most celebrated novelists, essayists, and journalists in modern British history.  Tom and Dominic are joined... more

14 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Historical Love Island: THE WINNER

Historical Love Island has swept the nation and the podcasting world since Monday, when four couples made it to the... more

13 Jul 2022 · 16 minutes
Historical Love Island

The Love Island phenomenon is sweeping the nation, so Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by Tom's daughter, Katy... more

11 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Last Days of Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has resigned. In a special episode of The Rest Is History Tom and Dominic dissect the tumultuous last few... more

08 Jul 2022 · 59 minutes
Gone with the Wind

"There was a land of cavaliers and cotton fields called the Old South". Tom and Dominic are joined by Sarah Churchwell... more

07 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
American Civil War: Aftermath & Legacy

In the final episode of this 'American Civil War' series, Tom, Dominic and historian Adam Smith look at the end... more

04 Jul 2022 · 51 minutes
American Civil War: Gettysburg

Tom, Dominic and historian Adam Smith look at the most famous battle of the war and Abraham Lincoln’s 272 word... more

30 Jun 2022 · 52 minutes
American Civil War: Outbreak

Welcome to the second episode in The Rest Is History's 'American Civil War' series. The release schedule of the remaining two... more

28 Jun 2022 · 52 minutes
American Civil War: The Causes

Welcome to The Rest Is History 'American Civil War' series. The release schedule of the four episodes is as follows: The Causes... more

27 Jun 2022 · 59 minutes
Stonehenge

On today's pod Tom and Dominic are joined by Stonehenge expert Mike Pitts to discuss all the big questions that surround Stonehenge: Who... more

23 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Cleopatra's Downfall

Join Tom and Dominic for the fourth and final instalment in their Cleopatra mini-series, as they discuss Octavian's propaganda, the war... more

20 Jun 2022 · 47 minutes
ARCHIVE: Watergate (Part 2)

Watergate 50th Anniversary re-release (Part 2): Last October we recorded a two part special on the remarkable political story which became... more

17 Jun 2022 · 53 minutes
ARCHIVE: Watergate (Part 1)

Watergate 50th Anniversary re-release: Last October we recorded a two part special on the remarkable political story which became known as... more

17 Jun 2022 · 50 minutes
Antony & Cleopatra

After centuries of Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s relationship being told and fictionalised by Plutarch and Shakespeare alike, Tom Holland and... more

16 Jun 2022 · 42 minutes
Julius Caesar & Cleopatra

Join Tom and Dominic for the second episode of this four part mini-series on Cleopatra, where they discuss her relationship with Julius... more

14 Jun 2022 · 43 minutes
Young Cleopatra

Welcome to The Rest Is History Cleopatra series! The release schedule of the four episodes is as follows: Young Cleopatra (Monday 13th... more

13 Jun 2022 · 45 minutes
The First Fascist

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss the 'first' fascist, Gabriele D'Annunzio, with historian Lucy Hughes-Hallett. D'Annunzio was a key figure in Italian literature... more

09 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
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Welcome to The Rest Is History Cleopatra series! The release schedule of the four episodes is as follows: Young Cleopatra (Monday 13th June) Julius Caesar... more