History of France in English's Podcast (general)

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

Finally after a long, long, long break, HoFiE is back. We pick up where we left off - with a look at Caesar's Gaul and his relationship with a druid of some note. We also have a Cocktail Party Slapdown looking at a French calvary charge that captures a Dutch fleet. Yeah, you read that right.

Direct download: hofiec.wav
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm EDT

Episode 38 is an overview of Gaul as the Gauls were before and after Roman rule. We look at how they dressed and looked, their art and culture and the impact of Rome on the Gauls and on the Romans as a result of the Gauls.

And of course, we have a Cocktail Party Slapdown with a shoutout to Zack Twalmey because hey, we're covering a battle from the 30 Years War. The Battle of Lens was the last major battle in the war. France won, of course.

Direct download: hofie_38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:41pm EDT

History of France in English Episode #37

This week we sort of recap how we got to the point we're at and set the scene for what is left of Gaul and who lives there and what's going to happen next. We also have shout outs and Cocktail Party Slapdown.

Direct download: hofie_37b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

History of France in English Episode #36

This week we take a break from the chronological history of France and take a look at the famous Gaul Claudius. Yeah, that Claudius. We also have a Cocktail Party Slapdown with the Battle of Patay of the Hundred Years War.

Direct download: hofie_36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

The History of France in English Episode 35

This week we wrap up the war in Gaul between the Romans and the Gauls and Caesar and Vercingetorix... sadly. The Battle of Alesia puts an end to the Gallic hopes for freedom, but it does mean better trade relations! Also we look at a sad story that spells the end of a village during the Second World War.

Direct download: hofie_35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

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