Pax Britannica: A History of the Brit...

Pax Britannica is a narrative history podcast covering the empire upon which the sun never set. Beginning with the accession of James VI of Scotland to the throne of England, Pax Britannica will follow the people and events that created an empire that dominated the globe. Hosted by a PhD candidate in British Imperial history, and based on extensive scholarship and primary sources, along with interviews with experts in their field, Pax Britannica aims to explain the rise and eventual fall of the largest empire in history. After all, how peaceful was the 'British Peace'?

Society & Culture
01.29 - Impeachment!
The 1626 Parliament takes aim at the incompetent, corrupt, and unpopular Duke of Buckingham
30 min
01.28 - The Useless Parliament
The king faces off against his first parliament, while the English holiday in Spain.
29 min
01.27 - Long Live the King
A tour of Charles' realm, and catching up on events in Virginia.
25 min
01.26 - The King is Dead
James oversees his last parliament, as the last chance of peace slips away.
37 min
01.25 - The Spanish Match
Charles and George's Excellent Adventure!
22 min
01.24 - The Winter King
Frederick is enthroned and then dethroned, and James clashes with another parliament
29 min
01.23 - King in the North
By the Old Scots and the New, Protector of the Realm
30 min
01.22 - The Pilgrims and the Mayflower
The first months of Plymouth Colony, and the religious situation in Jacobean England
31 min
01.21 - Rise of the Favourites
Court politics and favouritism, corruption and murder.
33 min
01.20 - The East India Company
India, Virginia, Bermuda, and Slavery
35 min
01.19 - Flushing it all away
The Prince is Dead! Long Live the Prince!
29 min
01.18 - The Discovery of Witchcraft
James: The Devil's Greatest Enemy, or the Wisest Fool in Christendom?
60 min
01.17 - The Sun is Gone Out
War is brewing, and the Great Equaliser comes for Earls and Princes
25 min
01.16 - The Great Contract
The final sessions of James' parliament meet. It doesn't go well.
25 min
01.15 - The Trinity of Knaves
A closer look at James' closest advisers
27 min
01.14 - What's it like to make a History Podcas...
I have a chat with Brandon from Dead Ideas about the business of podcasting
41 min
01.13 - The Prince that was Promised
Who was part of the Stuart Royal Family?
28 min
01.12 - Laboratory of Empire
Vast tracts of land in Ulster, confiscated from Irish Earls, are planted with British settlers
30 min
01.11 - The New World
England's fatal first attempts at colonising the Americas
30 min
01.10 - The Flight of the Earls
The king wrestles with his parliament (not literally) as Ireland faces the post-war world
33 min
01.09 - Gunpowder Treason and Plot
James VI and I faces down murderous plots against his life
38 min
01.08 - The King of Great Britain
James Stuart arrives in London and becomes King of England, Scotland, and Ireland
37 min
01.07 - Personal Unions with Sir John Elliott
I speak to Sir John Elliott, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at Oxford University
56 min
01.06 - The Devil's Greatest Enemy
James VI of Scotland's early life and reign, surviving coups and rebellions aplenty
30 min
01.05 - The Great Earl's Rebellion
The Nine Years War breaks out as simmering discontent between Old Irish, Old English, and New English boils over
27 min
01.04 - The 'First Battle of the Atlantic'
England's friends become foes, and foes become friends, as religious and strategic ambitions collide
31 min
01.03 - Gold, Praise, Glory
Piracy, plunder, slave trading, and wool. England opens its naval horizons
32 min
01.02 - The Emerald Isle
Ireland, Tudor rule, and English Plantation
41 min
01.01 - A British Peace
An introduction to the podcast, and to the Tudors
35 min