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

This week, we have a special guest with Sandra helping out with the presentation of the History of France in English podcast. We look at the loss of Cisalpine Gaul to the Romans after invasion by the Teutons and the Cimbri or Kymrians. As usual, some Gauls side with one side while some side with the other. The Teuton forces and the Cimbri are wiped out.

In our new feature, A River Runs Through It, the Loire, the longest river in France, is examined in all its glory.

Cocktail Party Slapdown takes a look at the French victory of Fleurus, which saw the French Republic forces beat back the royalist supporting First Coalition armies of Britain, Austria, the Hapburghs and Netherlands.

Direct download: hofie_24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

A recent find that matches up nicely with last week's podcast on the princess of Vix tomb is examined as we see warrior graves and the graves of women from the second iron age found south east of Paris, about 100 kilometres. We also add a new segment this week and look at the first of the French river systems, the Seine. And we wrap things up with the Cocktail Party Slapdown, but all of this is preceded by some shoutouts and thank yous to you, the listeners!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EDT

We return to the chronological story of the History of France and head north to the centre of France or Gaul as it is known, and check out the resting place of a Gallic princess.

We also get back into the Cocktail Party Slapdown with the follow-up to George Washington's defeat to Canadien militia as he follows British general Edward Braddock back up the trail be helped build to aother defeat.

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Direct download: hofie_22.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EDT

Part 2 of the History of French Cuisine wraps up the special two part series in the History of France in English podcast.

Direct download: hofie_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

The week is part one of the history of French Cuisine. Who eats with their fingers and who uses a fork. The greasy answer is inside this week's episode and more!

Direct download: hofie_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

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