AGE OF VICTORIA PODCAST
By Chris Fernandez-Packham (Victorian History Lover/Queen Victoria Fan)
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The Victorians were the first truly world wide, high speed, high tech civilisation. This monthly podcast will see how the Victorians shaped the world, changing it from world of horse, musket, cannon and sail to the age of steam, rifle and iron. You will see how the Victorians changed our landscapes, and mastered new energy forms that have led us to move from being a part of the natural world to shapers of it. Learn how the Victorians gave birth to our modern understanding of weather, climate, history and even time and space.
||CleanMINI010 VICTORIAN FISH AND CHIPS||Summer heat wave is here, so it’s time for Fish & Chips. You love em. I love em. The Victorians invented them. Don’t scoff, instead join me for a gallop through the history of Victorian fish and chips. Learn why Dickens was the key as always,||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP012 CONGRESS OF VIENNA PT 2 “TURNING BACK THE CLOCK”||As Napoleons downfall and Frances defeat become inevitable, the hard work and hard partying of the great diplomats and statesmen of Europe reached a fever pitch. In a whirl of balls and banquets the shape of Europe for the next 100 years would be decid.||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMINI009 “A Victorian Scandal?”||Join me and decide who, if anyone was the truly scandalous one. The aristocrat? The banker? The Sporting Superstar? This is a minisode that is a stand alone episode on a scandal involving Beatrice Sumner and Charles Hoare in the very late Victorian pe||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMINI008 Announcements & thank you’s.||A very short update on upcoming episodes, reviews, thank you’s and a shout out to the excellent Pontifacts podcast.||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP011 Congress of Vienna pt 1 “A Brave old world”||Every European school child should have learnt about the Congress of Vienna. Seriously. It is actually possibly the most important series of events in modern history that no one has ever heard of. Honestly, how many of us have heard of it,||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1ST BIRTHDAY SPECIAL||The podcast is one year old today. Celebrate with listener questions (who should be on the Victorian Mount Rushmore?), poetry, trivia and many thank you’s to all my listeners and podcast buddies.||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP010 EXIT NAPOLEON||Here end the Napoleonic Wars. The revolution is over. France is beaten and it seems Britain is set to take over power in Europe, and perhaps the world. Learn how France fell, how the political battles ousted Napoleon & doomed the Marshals,||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEASTER SPECIAL 2018 MATCH STICK GIRLS||Easters here! To celebrate the end of winter, learn about the struggles of the worst Victorian job and the people who did it. The Victorian matchstick girls. Exploited, downtrodden, at risk of the terrifying condition “Phossy Jaw” and always on the||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP009 GOD, SAVE ME FROM THE SURGEON’S KNIFE||After the bloody day of Waterloo, many soldiers found themselves in need of a doctor. Learn how the wounded were recovered, treated and operated on in the aftermath of one of the great battles of European history.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 008 Waterloo Pt 3: The climax||The climax of the Battle of Waterloo. The fate of Napoleon, France and Europe hangs in the balance. The French seem poised for victory. Can a thin line of brave Scotsmen and the dashing British cavalry save the Allies from defeat?||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOV NEW YEAR SPECIAL 2017||Happy New Year. A very short special: learn about how the Victorians did New Year, some old superstitions and why Auld Lang Syne was actually a happy song. Don’t forget to leave an iTunes review or drop me and email.||12/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAOV CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2017: “A Christmas Carol analysed”||Christmas Special 2017! Scrooge, Ghosts, Food, Tiny Tim. A real deep dive into the book that made Christmas……don’t miss it. Enjoy with a mince pie and something festive. Covers Why Dickens wrote it. Finances. Structure.||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode 007 Were the Victorians influenced by the Napoleonic Wars?||This minisode deals with the listener question “How does the Napoleonic Era relate to the Victoria Era?” The idea of a “Napoleonic Era” and a “Victoria Era” Key concept of continuity and why labels can be misleading.||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 007 Waterloo Pt 2: Into the cannon’s mouth||This episode covers the early stages of the battle, including the desperate struggle for Hougoumont which has been immortalised in art, film and British Army legend. It goes on to cover the huge opening roar of the cannons of the Grand Battery.||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 006 Waterloo Pt1: Destiny dawns||The dawn of the day of Waterloo brings only fear, discomfort and suffering. This is the first in the Waterloo episodes series. It covers The feelings of the men and a most important breakfast. Why Napoleon felt he was onto a sure thing.||10/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode 006 Upcoming episodes and poetry||Shades of McGonagall!! Actually a quick update on plans for October/November plus some poetry. Good to be back.||9/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 005 Quatre Bras – the chance to change history||Europe was at war. The fate of nations and armies hung in the balance. As people made hard choices, Napoleon began his attack. He planned to beat the Prussians, but that meant Marshal Ney had to face the British and their allies.||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode 005 Big Ben||The story of the most distinctive clock and bell in the world. Learn how a tragic fire, and a brilliant Victorian rotter, gave us the iconic Big Ben. This minisode details the great fire at Westminster, the rebuilding, commission of the clock,||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode 004 Say what about California?||A quick minisode announcing our new twitter address, musing on topics, and why I’m not covering Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for a “This day in history slot” my discovery of the war in California on this day in history (07/07/1846),||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 004 Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte marches to war!||In the trouble world of 1815, there can be no peace in Europe. Napoleon must go to war. Join me in discovering how the storm clouds of war that had gathered over Europe finally broke. This episode covers An introduction to the position of the forces on.||7/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode 003 Victorian Ice Cream||A heatwave is gripping Britain in June 2017. That can mean only one thing – ICE CREAM TIME! But how did the Victorians make it? Was it really brought to Britain by an European immigrant, or did the Americans invent it first?||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode 002 The adventures of Max Havelaar||Join me for another mini window into the curiosities of the Victorian age as we see how drinking coffee can help you find an unlikely hero. Adventurer, rogue, gambler, dualist, womaniser and civil servant; no not me……Max Havelaar.||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinisode 001 Musings on service & Dickens||This is the first mini-episode “Minisodes” These will be mini releases to give listeners extra content between the main episodes. They will cover various topics that interested me, caught my eye, or don’t fall in the neat chronology of the main sh||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 003 The British Armed Forces in 1815||This episode covers the British army in 1815, its tactics, weapons and organisation. It also explains how it differs from the other European period. I start with a general explanation of the cost of living and the Royal Navy.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 002 Napoleon and the French Army in 1815||In this episode I indulge my passion for Napoleonic history, and explore my fascination with Napoleon. I cover the great gamble of his return from exile, his struggles, the options available to him, and that magnificent instrument of war…..||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 001 Britain & Europe in 1815||This is the first full episode. It covers the situation in Europe in 1815, and gives a feel for life in Britain on the eve of the great events of the last campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. I’ve now added the transcript of this episode at http://www.||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 000 Introduction||A quick explanation about the Age of Victoria Podcast, release schedule, contact details, why I’m podcasting and what is going to be covered.||5/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I listen to a lot of history podcasts and this is one of my favorites. I've always been interested in the Victorian Era, but never had the chance to study it that closely. Great to learn more information about about this fascinating period. The host is knowlegable, winning, and clearly very enthusiastic about his subject matter. Really brings the material to life. It brightens my week when I see a new episode has been uploaded. Keep up the great work, Chris!
Chris does an excellent job with what is, when you think about it, a HUGE subject. The Age of Victoria, as he notes in the intro, covers an incredible amount of history. The narrative is not only informative, it is also enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and start listening to this (and share it with your friends).
Fantastic podcast if you're a fan of history. Chris has an amazing voice and his passion for the subject matter never fails to draw you in!