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Archive by Era: Medieval

  1. Abelard and Heloise

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the medieval tale of Abelard and Heloise.

  2. Agincourt

    The history and legacy of the English army's defeat of the French at Agincourt in 1415.

  3. al-Biruni

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Central Asian scientist and historian al-Biruni.

  4. Alchemy

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alchemy, the ancient science of transformations.

  5. Alfred and the Battle of Edington

    Melvyn Bragg examines King Alfred and the defeat of the Vikings at Battle of Edington.

  6. Averroes

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 12th century Islamic philosopher, Averroes.

  7. Avicenna

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the Persian Islamic philosopher Avicenna.

  8. Bohemia

    The history of the ancient kingdom and its religious, national and ethnic ideologies.

  9. Byzantium

    The culture, history and legacy of the eastern Byzantine Empire.

  10. Catharism

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Cathars, a medieval European Christian sect accused of heresy.

  11. Chaucer

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature.

  12. Chivalry

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss medieval chivalry.

  13. Constantinople Siege and Fall

    Melvyn Bragg examines the 1453 siege of Constantinople which ended the Byzantine Empire.

  14. Dante's Inferno

    Melvyn Bragg examines Dante’s ‘Inferno’, a medieval journey through Hell’s nine circles

  15. Genghis Khan

    Melvyn Bragg discusses Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire.

  16. Greyfriars and Blackfriars

    Melvyn Bragg looks at the religious orders of the Dominicans and the Franciscans.

  17. Heritage

    Melvyn Bragg explores the relationship between heritage culture and the study of history.

  18. Ibn Khaldun

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 14th-century Arab philosopher of history Ibn Khaldun.

  19. Icelandic Sagas

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Icelandic sagas.

  20. Le Morte d'Arthur

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Malory's epic medieval tale Le Morte d'Arthur.

  21. Maimonides

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the medieval Jewish scholar Maimonides.

  22. Merlin

    Melvyn Bragg examines Merlin, prophet, magician, king maker and the mad man of the woods.

  23. Miracles

    Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the history of miracles.

  24. Ockham's Razor

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the ideas of William Ockham including Ockham's Razor.

  25. Robin Hood

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the centuries old myth of the most romantic noble outlaw.

  26. St Thomas Aquinas

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss St Thomas Aquinas.

  27. Sunni and Shia Islam

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins of the split between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims

  28. The Abbasid Caliphs

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Abbasid Caliphs, rulers of the Islamic world for 200 years.

  29. The Arab Conquests

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Arab conquests which helped communicate Islam to the world.

  30. The Arabian Nights

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the myths, tales and legends of the Arabian Nights.

  31. The Battle of Bannockburn

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of Bannockburn.

  32. The Battle of Tours

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of Tours of 732.

  33. The Black Death

    Melvyn Bragg and guests examine the Black Death and its effect on medieval society.

  34. The Carolingian Renaissance

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Emperor Charlemagne and the Carolingian Renaissance.

  35. The Dissolution of the Monasteries

    Melvyn Bragg examines Henry VIII's policy of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

  36. The Domesday Book

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Domesday Book.

  37. The Fisher King

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the enigmatic myth of the Fisher King.

  38. The Four Humours

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the four humours in medical history.

  39. The Holy Grail

    Melvyn Bragg examines why the Holy Grail legend has fascinated writers for centuries.

  40. The Magna Carta

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Magna Carta.

  41. The Medieval University

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the foundation of the medieval universities.

  42. The Norman Yoke

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ‘the Norman Yoke'.

  43. The Norse Gods

    Melvyn Bragg examines the myths and theology that inspired the Vikings.

  44. The Peasants’ Revolt

    Melvyn Bragg examines the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt, a pivotal moment in England’s history.

  45. The Renaissance

    Melvyn Bragg explores the veracity of modern claims about the culture of the Renaissance.

  46. The Schism

    Melvyn Bragg examines events surrounding the medieval division of the Christian Church.

  47. The Scientist

    Melvyn Bragg explores the origin of the concept and the historical role of the scientist.

  48. The Siege of Orléans

    Melvyn Bragg discusses Joan of Arc's role in the 1428 Siege of Orléans.

  49. The Spanish Inquisition

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Spanish Inquisition, defenders of medieval orthodoxy.

  50. The Translation Movement

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss classical Greek ideas in the Arabic and the Islamic world.

  51. The Tudor State

    Melvyn Bragg looks at the re-shaping of England as a modern state by the Tudor dynasty.

  52. The Unicorn

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history and mythology of the unicorn.

  53. The Venerable Bede

    The life and work of the Venerable Bede who revolutionised Christian scholarship.

  54. The Wars of the Roses

    The 15th century wars of the royal Houses of Lancaster and York.

  55. Third Crusade

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the highs and lows of the Third Crusade.

  56. Witchcraft

    The history of witchcraft in Reformation Europe.

  57. Wyclif and the Lollards

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss John Wyclif and the Lollards.

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