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

We break away from Hannibal's fight alongside the Gauls against the Romans to see how the Gauls are doing on their own against their nemesis. Hey, they're doing pretty well. And in Cocktail Party Slapdown, The Sow offers some sage advice to the King of France prior to the Battle of Bouvines in the 13th Century.

Direct download: hofie19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

This week's History of France in English we look at the massive destruction of the Roman army at Cannae and the role the Gauls played in it. We also look at how they got there and why they were so angry when they did.

Direct download: hofie18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am EDT

The Gauls and Hannibal's Carthaginians outfox the Romans again with the biggest ambush in history, which is good because the locals are getting tired of the big hungry army hanging around.

In Cocktail Party Slapdown, Montcalm's 3,000 French and French Canadians smash a British-American colonial assault force of 18,000 men in the battle of Carillon during the Seven Years War.

Direct download: hofie17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

The Gauls and Carthaginians are still showing no love for the Romans as they get down to business on the banks of the Trebia River. In Cocktail Party Slapdown we salute the French Fighter pilots who volunteered to battle Nazis on the Eastern Front. And we thank a fellow Canuck for some kind words at iTunes!

Direct download: hofie16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:12pm EDT

This week in the History of France in English, Hannibal and the Gauls are getting together to open a can of whupass on the Romans in Northern Italy. We also have a Cocktail Party Slapdown and check out Napolean as he bursts on the scene showing off his party dress and getting all fancy with math and stuff like he was Barbie... um. Yeah. He's at the siege of Toulon and he's working on the side of the Revolution, as opposed to the Rebellion.

Direct download: hofie15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

This week we see how important the Gauls are to Hannibal and why as he moves through the Alps and into Italy, where he will see his greatest victories. Also we hear how the French dealt the first successful attack against the German blitz in 1940. Don't forget to rate us on iTunes or historylayb.ca/podcasts to be entered in a draw for a tee shirt or a labcoat.

Direct download: hofie14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm EDT

This week's History of France in English is a great example of just how complicated history can be. We have Romans asking Gauls for help while beating down on them in Italy. We have some Gauls helping Rome hold off Rome's greatest enemy while other Gauls are helping beat Rome. We have a Cocktail Party Slapdown with religious wars that sort of go beyond the bounds of religion and help forge a stronger nation. And we find out what those pointy sticks poking out of the water in a illustration on the History of Europe Facebook page. See here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=214831151996297&set=a.194279187384827.64990.178158845663528&type=1&theater&notif_t=photo_comment

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Direct download: hofie13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

This week in  the History of France in English we return to the Gauls out of Gaul and find our favourite people back in the Italian boot and looking for decorating ideas... in a weird way.

We also have a cocktail party slapdown and this time it's Vercingetorix vs Caesar.

We also have details on a new contest, so check it out.

Direct download: hofie12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm EDT

This week, History of France in English wraps up our look at the roaming Gaul's eastern expansion and their establishment of Galatia in what would become Turkey. We also check out the French progress in the Med during the Seven Years War as they push the Brits off Minorca and keep them off for the whole war.

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Direct download: hofie11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

This week we look at the roaming Gauls as they head on over to Greece and Macedonia and meet Alexander the Great. Then they sack and pillage and finally get chased off and set up house in the area of the Hellespont.

Cocktail Party Slapdown is about the sea battle for Minorca and the classic match between France and the British Royal Navy. France wins this even match and a British admiral is executed.

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Direct download: hofie10.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT