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22 September 2013


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Another amazing podcast, thank you so much!

Geoff McCurdy

Thank you Mike, not just for THOR, but this and the many other history podcasts you have inspired. I do warehouse work and podcasts keep me from going crazy.


Mike, do you think that you could revert the podcast's format back to THOR's? I understand that it would be a pain, but my podcast stopped for no reason three times during this episode and the way this is designed prevents me from 1) seeing where exactly I'm moving the resume feature and 2) takes forever to load once I've moved it.


Great episode - although, wow, have we got a lot of names to learn! I must say, I'm really starting to dig this Haydn theme a lot more than the last one, too.

Mike Duncan

@pat5168: I think clicking the link between the episode description and the player will get you where you want to go. The posting format is the same, I just added the player to give people another option. Hope that helps.


@Mike Duncan: I didn't even realize that was clickable, thanks for pointing that out for me. I found THOR when you had already finished it so going from 1-5 podcasts a day to this weekly pace makes me appreciate your fans who were listening even when you went on that hiatus early on. Also, what picture is that background of in the player and banner?



Am loving the new show - was ridiculously excited when I heard you'd be back to podcasting ahead of your planned schedule. Out of curiosity, do you think you might dedicate a minute or so to explaining exactly what function/purpose the English exchequer served? I sort of assumed it was more or less like the 17th century British IRS, but as of this most recent episode they have their own judicial system? I get the impression the information's going to be pretty relevant for this period.

Again, loving the show. Thrilled you're back.

Prince Andrei

Back in the day, I tuned-in to Duncan's 'History of Rome' pod-cast after it had been running for some time and -- praiseworthiness aside -- I blitzed through the entire archive in a week perhaps. I simply couldn't stop myself from listening to "one more episode, just one more for the night, I swear!," on account of the pod-cast's quality and depth of subject-matter on the one hand, and Captain Duncan's narrative ability and his infectious enthusiasm on the other hand. I preface my post with this praise in order to describe an acutely painful side-effect I'm experiencing while listening to 'Revolutions': a craven hunger for weekly... Nay, DAILY episodes! What must we do to keep you locked in your home, at your desk, and in front of the microphone, while pumping out an episode every other day? Hmm? We are an accommodating group of fans and I'm sure my frustration is felt throughout the 'Revolution' community. Quit whatever job is stealing time from both your true calling in life and our privileged enjoyment of that calling. Make it happen.

All kidding aside, the pod-cast is working on all cylinders. I'm a huge fan and routinely expose friends and acquaintances alike to your work in the hopes of leveraging the power and effectiveness pod-casts exhibit in the classroom and in life.


Prince Andrei - I'm afraid there is no cure for the new-episode blues, other than to try and forget about it and not sit refreshing a screen for too long, but have you tried some palliative remedies? I can recommend a few other history podcasts you may enjoy:

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
12 Byzantine Rulers by Lars Brownworth
The History of Byzantium podcast, by Robin Pierson (which picks up where THoR finished off, and is doing a good job)

These might give you a few more archives to blitz through while you're waiting for the new episode of Revolutions!

Prince Andrei

Alas, they've all been blitz'd, but thanks for the consideration. I'll just try reading a bit more.


Two episodes listened to last night, and a broad smile on my face. It was *so* good to hear "Hello, and welcome to..." again.

When non-Irish people approach Irish history, one always quails a little in advance - weird names, many myths. I'm delighted to say that you're starting out clearly and splendidly. If you need help with pronunciation of anything Irish in future, drop me a line and I'd love to help. (One very minor thing: did I hear that Wentworth inherited a baronet from his father? Might it have instead been a baronetcy?)


I would also like to know a bit more about the exchequer. Thanks


how to download mp3?
I still did not find out how to download as I listen the shows on mobile phone?



Right click, then save as on the

002 - Personal Rule

the one that links to


underneath the description
"In the 1630s, King Charles ruled without Parliament. His financial policies and religious innovations annoyed many of his subjects." etc.

That should save an mp3 to disk for you.


Mike, I'm just finishing up with THOR, and the towards the end of that series a major theme is how it is hard to accurately bookend a timeline with specific events.

With that in mind, how do you think that juxtaposes against this podcast series about specific events in the timeline of humanity?


Very excited about this new podcast, enjoyed the hell out of History of Rome, mostly after the fact. Happy to be on the beginning of this one, and since it is starting off with English history my wife is really into it as well!


St. John is the name of a character in Jane Eyre, pronounced the same. Wonder if this is where Bronte got him from or is this a common thing in England?


Hiya Mike,
Any chance you could make this podcast available for Windows Phone? Other podcast I've seen, including THoR, appear there, but not this one for some reason.

Mark D

P J. The St John being pronounced as Sin-Jen isn't exactly common here in England but it does happen occasionally with these kinds of mostly upper class names - there was an 80s conservative politician called Norman St John Stevens who pronounced it this way for example.

I guess it is a case of the sound of the name getting corrupted over the years and nobody bothering to correct the spelling of the word to reflect this - hence you get an Cambridge university college spelt Magdalene is pronounced mawd-lin, or the city of Leicester is pronounced less-ter. In the case of the more upper class cases it almost seems like a way of recognising those people who are on the inside, i.e. The ones who know the right way to say the name?

Equally there are plenty of town names or surnames that seem to have St in which is pronounced normally ie as saint including the Scottish town and soccer team St Johnstone

J. MIller

On the St John (Sinjin) thing; I recently listened to a documentary-ish video on the proper, historical pronunciation of Shakespeare (found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9s )

It makes me think that what we have here, is just an archaic pronunciation that seems odd to us, but would be common place in the time period.


J. Miller and Mark D.

Thanks for the info.

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