History of France in English's Podcast

The History of France in English is a weekly podcast. Oddly enough, it's about the history of France and in the English language. Every week there is a larger piece on the history of France and a shorter, cocktail party slapdown that offers a bit of history that runs counter to the usual stereotyping of character the world attributes to this great country.

The Podcasts

Caesar meets Vercingetorix and has a nasty time of it, almost getting chased out of Gaul. Meanwhile in Cocktail Party Slapdown, the French take St. John's thanks to some good planning on their part and bad planning on the British side. And St. John's and Newfoundland are awesome!

Direct download: hofie_34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

We continue our chronological history of France with Caesar still messing with Gaul in 52 BCE plus a Cocktail Party Slapdown and the Battle of Toulon in 1707 - a big French win on land and a bad decision in the harbour. Sigh.

Direct download: hofie_33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

This week, we return to the chronological story of the history of France as Gaul meets Caesar. Of course can't get enough of Gaul and so takes pretty much all of it.

We also see Charles 'The Hammer' Martel stop the Muslim expansion in Europe at the battle of Poitiers. He's very sneaky.

Direct download: hofie_32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

We wrap up the look at France's major contributions to science and inventions with a lot of different things and people including work by Pasteur and Marie Curie. We also have the French contributions to the art of war with the Cocktail Party Slapdown and are played into that by a guitar-playing Stephen Guerra of History of the Papacy Podcast. He also intros us and silky-voiced Sandra announces to kick things off.

Direct download: hofie_31_part_two.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

This week we start off a series of special podcasts on the history of France's contributions to science. We start at the end of the Dark Ages and wrap up this week with advances to the end of the French Revolution. We also have a Cocktail Party Slapdown examining French contributions to the art of war.

Direct download: hofie_30_part_one.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

This week in the History of France in English, we celerbate the life of a Frenchman who fought for the United States during the American Revolution, designed the first Congress building, the homes of the rich and famous of his new adopted homeland and designed the look of Washington, the capitol, Pierre Charles L'Enfant.

We also have a Cocktail Party Slapdown  - the Battle of Grenada, a French Naval Victory of the Royal Navy.

Direct download: hofie_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

This week we wrap up our look at the Gallic influence in the Third Servile Revolt or the Third Slave Revolt, featuring Spartacus and the Gaul Crixus. We also look at the Battle of Amiens in the Cocktail Party Slapdown but not before Zack Twamley of When Diplomacy Fails introduces the podcast and plays us in to the Cocktail Party Slapdown. Thanks Zack!

Direct download: hofie_28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

This week we look at the History of France in English in the year 73 BCE as the slave revolt erupts in the Italian Peninsula we see familiar faces with Gauls and Greeks and Germans all fighting Romans for freedom. We find out why Crixus and his fellow Gauls went to war on the Romans alongside Spartacus. First off, we're introduced by friend of the podcast, Stephen Guerra, host of History of the Papacy Podcast. The Cocktail Party Slapdown is a follow-up on the slave rebellion with a look at the battle by Mount Vesuvius.

Direct download: hofie_27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

This special edition, introduced by award-winning journalist Randy Richmond, updates us on the latest news from the podcast's favourite mummy, Oetzi the Iceman.

Direct download: hofie_26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

This week, Sandra returns to help out Tom as he copes with the Roman and French names of this episode. We deal with Rome as it tries to settle things on its borders and improve relations with its allies. We also check out the latest episode of A River Runs Through It, and take a gander at the Rhone River. We also have a Cocktail Party Slapdown and this week it's another Battle of La Rochelle.

But it's all kicked off by When Diplomacy Fails, Zack Twalmey.

Direct download: hofie25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EDT