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03 November 2013


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Another excellent podcast. The bungled capture of Charles was really funny.


Great episode once again, thanks Mike.

On a related note, I was in Wales last week and while visiting the Caernarfon Castle, I learnt that it was captured by Cromwell in 1646.

The castle is also apparently unique in the period in that it doesn't have round towers, and the design of the fortifications are instead based on the walls of Constantinople - and hey, who doesn't love connecting your two podcasts together?

There are some pics here for anyone who is interested:


Hello Mike,

I'm currently four episodes behind right now, will catch up soon (I prefer listening in bulk as i did with Rome this Summer) but after listening to your 2 series I was wondering if you could expound more on what you're reading to get a sense of the time period.

I've been listening to david crowther I I've loved how he has been able to incorporate his primary and secondary sources into his narrative, giving an easy to see guidepost to digging into the era's primary and secondary sources.

Christopher Taylor

Hi Mike,

I finished HOR just as Revolutions got underway. Perfect timing!

Thank you for doing this.


Hey I just wanted to say I love these podcasts. I really look forward to them!


Right when Charles was on the verge of getting a favorable settlement only to back off, I thought he really needed to learn how to quit when he was ahead. It took me a few undercaffeinated seconds before the pun finally dropped. I once took a very colorful undergrad course on the Tudors and Stuarts but I think we may have glossed over Charles' many botched attempts at being a Machiavellian puppetmaster. I think I'll be placing King Charles next to George McClellan and Kaiser Wilhelm II as the historical figures most likely to have me repeatedly facepalming while saying "What is *wrong* with you?!"

Luke Sleeman

I have a question: how common/ expected was it for armies not to be paid? From listening to the history or Rome and Byzantium it seems that there is a long and glorious history of not paying solders for up to years at a time. Coming from a modern age where most people work salaried jobs, the new model armies demands that they are paid don't exactly seem unreasonable. But how common was it for that era for party to be delayed?

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