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* CurbStompBattle: Happens several times, but most notably to Alfred the Great when Guthrum launches a surprise attack on his quarters at Chippenham.


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* TheDreaded: The Jomsvikings. Overlaps with EliteMooks.


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* EvilOverlord: If the sources are to be believed (and that's a big if), Aethelfrith of Northumbria was a real-life example of this trope. At one point, a kingdom allegedly ordered two hundred monks to pray that Aethelfrith's rampage would not overrun them. Aethelfrith is said to have massacred the monks.


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* GenreDeconstruction: In a way, the entire podcast is one for historical narratives that treat history as a settled story about the deeds of great kings. Jamie's most recognizable traits as a podcaster are his preference for social rather than "great man" history, and his willingness to say "we just don't know."


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* {{Jerkass}}: Suetonius, part-time mountain-climber and full-time jerk.


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* MacGuffin: The relics of saints were frequently real-life examples of this trope. Cnut and his followers executed an elaborate heist to steal a relic that was bringing money and prestige to London, the main base of opposition to Cnut's rule.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Plenty of the Vikings, though Eric Bloodaxe is a particularly good example.


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* TangledFamilyTree: A common problem in the Saxon era. Religious authorities had to step in more than once to prevent lords and kings from marrying their own stepmothers.

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* RoadTripPlot: In 208 Septimius Severus took his sons, Caracalla and Geta, who both hated each other and were each accustomed to a life of unbridled debauchery, on a campaign to Caledonia to try and fix their wagons. Unfortunately, it failed.


''The British History Podcast'' is a podcast hosted by Jamie Jeffers since 2011, a lawyer turned podcaster, focusing on the history of Great Britain. This podcast is known for its extraordinary attention to detail, with full episodes dedicated to battles or people who in almost any other historical work would be relegated to the footnotes. Official website [[https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/ here.]]

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''The British History Podcast'' is a podcast hosted by Jamie Jeffers since 2011, a lawyer turned podcaster, focusing on the history of Great Britain. This podcast is known for its extraordinary attention to detail, with full episodes dedicated to battles events or people who in almost any other historical work would be relegated to the footnotes. Official website [[https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/ here.]]



* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: The Scotcast and Welshcast episodes.
* AuthorTract: In-universe. Gildas, one of the most important sources for the history of Wales, has an unfortunate tendency to go off on rants about how evil and sinful he thinks everyone is.



** There's also the short-lived Roman emperor Magnus Maximus, whose name Jamie gushes over.



* TheChessmaster: Jamie voices suspicions that Hugh the Great might have been this, given how many seemingly healthy kings of England died young during his reign.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Eadric Streona joins and betrays practically every side of every conflict, sometimes more than once. [[spoiler:Until Cnut decides he has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness.]]]]
* CreatorProvincialism: The Venerable Bede's list of Seven Bretwaldas, or kings over all Britain, includes three kings from Northumbria while ignoring several Mercians who might have fit the bill. Bede himself was from Northumbria.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jamie himself.
* DiseaseByAnyOtherName: Alfred the Great and a few of his descendants suffer from a debilitating ailment. While nobody in their time would have been able to diagnose it, Jamie remarks that it was almost certainly Crohn's Disease.
* TheEveryman: Jamie is fond of using "Unferth" as a name for generic Brits during the Anglo-Saxon period.
* FemmeFatale: Gunnhild, consort of Eric Bloodaxe, is portrayed this way in some historical texts. Jamie has a great time coming up with increasingly outlandish nicknames for a beautiful, insatiable Danish sorceress.
* ForbiddenLove: Judith and Baldwin, who fall for one another while Judith is locked in a convent by her domineering father.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: While Aethelred was definitely a very bad king, Jamie argues that his historical reputation as the embodiment of incompetence is a little exaggerated. He notes that Aethelred takes flak for actions like paying danegelds that "good" kings Alfred and Aethelstan also did.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The citizens of Chester beat back a Viking army by hurling beehives at them.
* LadyOfWar: Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia.



* RunningGag: The Wilhelm Scream any time one of the descendants of Ida dies.

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* OutsideContextProblem: The Viking armies were this for the Anglo-Saxons. Saxon kings repeatedly expect the Northmen to play by their cultural rules--e.g. assuming they won't attack on Christian holy days--and pay a heavy price for it.
* RunningGag: The Wilhelm Scream any time one of the descendants of Ida dies.dies.
** Playing the intro to [[Music/FloRida Flo Rida]]'s "GDFR" whenever one of Aethelred Unraed's eoldermen marshals an army to fight the Vikings, only to cut out abruptly when the cowardly lord loses his nerve and flees.
* UnreliableNarrator: Jamie dedicates multiple episodes to why the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle should not be taken at face value. Its narration often cuts out completely when events occur that go against its agenda, forcing historians (and the podcast) to reconstruct the timeline from context clues.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Byrhtnoth has a Viking army trapped in a hopeless position, but allows them to leave so they can face each other in an honorable open battle. [[RealityEnsues He gets slaughtered.]]

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* BodyguardBetrayal: Almost every time the Praetorian Guard is mentioned is in this context.

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* ActionGirl: Quite a few. Jamie's discussion on Boudica's rebellion alone gets two episodes with a combined runtime of over an hour.

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''The British History Podcast'' is a podcast hosted by Jamie Jeffers since 2011, a lawyer turned podcaster, focusing on the history of Great Britain. This podcast is known for its extraordinary attention to detail, with full episodes dedicated to battles or people who in almost any other historical work would be relegated to the footnotes. Official website [[https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/ here.]]

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!!''The British History Podcast'' contains examples of:

* AwesomeMcCoolname: One of the scholars Alfred the Great brought to Wessex held the memorable name of Werwulf.
* LongRunner: Has been running since 2011, with nearly 350 episodes as of March 2020.
* RunningGag: The Wilhelm Scream any time one of the descendants of Ida dies.

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