Tom Holland chooses Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
Melvyn Bragg examines King Alfred and the defeat of the Vikings at Battle of Edington.
Michael Portillo investigates Alfred the Great - English hero or Saxon spin-doctor?
Melvyn Bragg discusses the Greek mathematician Archimedes and his famous cry of “eureka!”
In 1800, 12-year-old Victor emerged from the woods, naked and behaving like an animal.
Only humans know they will die. Catharine Edwards on the Stoic philosopher Seneca
American commentator Joe Queenan chooses the Mongol leader Genghis Khan.
Greg Jenner goes back to the 12th century to meet the feared conqueror, Genghis Khan.
Melvyn Bragg discusses Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire.
Neil MacGregor with gold coins from Syria and the transformation of the Middle East.
Gwen Adshead tells Jim Al-Khalili how she treats the minds of violent offenders.
Origins of religious and western-learned medicine can be traced to Hippocrates and Galen.
Greg Jenner and his guests explore the legend of French heroine Joan of Arc.
Misha Glenny explores a crucial period in France's history.
The myth and reality of Joan of Arc, and the other Frenchwoman who did more to save France
Set in 15th century and 21st century France , the novel has Joan of Arc at its heart.
Forget Jeff Bezos, meet Mansa Musa – the richest man ever to live.
Join Greg Jenner for a fun history lesson on the richest man to ever live, Mansa Musa.
The artist whose portraits of a prince's life created a new vision for Indian art.
Neil MacGregor tells the story of a tiny gold chariot from ancient Persia.
Patricia Greene, the actress who plays Jill Archer, nominates Bess of Hardwick as her hero
Sunil Khilnani on the life of Rajaraja Chola, cult figure and self-styled king of kings.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the works, life and times of Seneca the Younger.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Roman gladiator and rebel leader Spartacus.
Steve Backshall meets polar explorer Ann Daniels.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the influence of St Paul on the early Christian church.
Melvyn Bragg examines the life and chronicles of the the Roman historian Tacitus.
Helen Mark journeys through north east Scotland in search of the real King Macbeth.
The contemporary paradox of charisma in banking, Christianity and beyond.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince take a dazzling look at the science of the sun.