Welcome to the French History Podcast

Ep. 15-Fate Meets Folly

Episode 22 • June 15, 2019

It's 53 BCE and Marcus Licinius Crassus is tired of watching Pompey and Caesar take all the glory. Crassus raises an army to invade Persia, a gambit which determines Rome's fate. Meanwhile, Caesar's divide and conquer tactics reach new heights as he turns the Gauls against themselves.

Ep. 14-A Year of Heroes: Lucius Vorenus, Titus Pullo and Vertico the Gaul

Episode 21 • June 1, 2019

Caesar begins the year by invading Britannia and harassing Belgica. Meanwhile Celtica rises up and the Gauls surround two Roman armies. With doom approaching heroes are born as Vorenus and Pullo make an epic last stand.

Between Throne and Altar: French Kings Versus the Papacy with Quentin Adams

Episode 20 • May 18, 2019

The fall of Rome meant the rise of the Vatican as Europe broke up into small feudal states. But when France emerged as a major nation its kings were done taking orders from the Papacy. What followed was centuries of on-and-off conflict to decide whether God's Chosen Ruler or Christ's Vicar on Earth ruled Europe.

Ep. 13-The End of the World and Beyond: Caesar's Invasions of Germania and Britannia

Episode 19 • May 18, 2019

Caesar's devastation of the Belgae opens up Gaul to a German invasion to the east. To the north, Britannia unsettles Gaul. To solve both problems Caesar will have to go where no Roman ever has and become more than a mere man.

Ep. 12 Belgica: Between Caesar and Germania

Episode 18 • May 4, 2019

After conquering Celtica, Caesar engages in two years of brutal war against the Belgae who are determined to maintain their freedom.

France and America's Cold War with Dr. Robert Buzzanco

Episode 17 • April 27, 2019

One of America's leading scholars on the Vietnam War talks about how France and the US clashed during the Cold War, largely over Indochina.

Ep. 11 The War Begins

Episode 16 • April 20, 2019

A migrating wave of Celts from Switzerland gives Caesar the opportunity to invade Gaul. But things aren't so simple; to conquer Gaul he'll have to defeat a German king before he can bring over an overwhelming number of warriors.

Notre Dame de Paris

Episode 15 • April 14, 2019

Ph.D candidate Gary Girod tells Notre Dame's fascinating history from the first stones laid for the Roman temple to Jupiter, up until present and explains why there's hope for a complete restoration after the April 15, 2019 fire.

Ep. 10 Destiny Meets Opportunity

Episode 14 • April 6, 2019

The main series recommences, as a crisis in Gaul sparks a war between civilizations a millenia in the making.

From Vichy to Alizée: Making The Modern French Woman with Dr. Sarah Fishman

Episode 13 • Mar 23, 2019

A conversation with renowned scholar Dr. Sarah Fishman on how French women under Vichy, who were among the most oppressed in the developed world, turned France into the most egalitarian major country on Earth.

The Munitionettes of World War I

Episode 12 • Mar 9, 2019

In this special episode, we examine the hardships, triumphs and transformation that women underwent in WWI while exploring why French women didn't receive the same rights as their British counterparts.

#MeToo and Roman Rape Culture with Darah Vann Orr

Episode 11 • Mar 2, 2019

Ancient historian Darah Vann Orr explains how modern feminist historians are re-evaluating Roman culture in the wake of the #MeToo era.

Ep. 9 Gaul before the Fall

Episode 10 • Feb 23, 2019

Where we examine the Gallic kingdoms before the Roman invasion.

Ep. 8 The Greek Empire in Gaul

Episode 9 • Feb 16, 2019

Anatolian Greeks establish an empire in Southern Gaul around Masallia, or modern-day Marseille.

Ep. 7 Celts on the Warpath: The Sack of Rome

Episode 8 • Feb 9, 2019

A lover's quarrel spirals out of control and leads to a war between Rome and the Gauls.

Ep. 6 The Celts

Episode 7 • Feb 2, 2019

The Celts are moving westward and bringing with them their culture, religion and art to France.

Ep. 5 The Metals Revolution and the Revolution of Ideas

Episode 6 • January 26, 2019

The tools and minds of the early French undergo a tremendous leap forward.

Ep. 4 The Indo-European Migration

Episode 5 • January 19, 2019

The Indo-Europeans are on the move and heading to Western Europe, bringing with them war, horses and apocalypse.

France and the Silver Screen Part 1 with Lyz Renshaw

Episode 4 • Jan 14, 2019

Film studies expert Lyz Renshaw takes us through the first forty years of French cinema history and gives us a list of titles to add to our Netflix queues.

Ep. 3 Civilization Before Civilization

Episode 3 • December 8, 2018

In this episode we will examine the megalithic structures of France, which are among the oldest still-standing buildings in the world.

Ep. 2 In the Beginning There Was France

Episode 2 • December 8, 2018

Long before there were people, France was a frozen tundra. This episode looks at France from 3 million years ago until the first humans arrived.

Ep. 1 The Journey Begins

Episode 1 • December 8, 2018

In this first episode I introduce myself, the podcast and the fascinating journey we're about to take.