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Neil takes you with him on an unforgettable journey, from your lockdown couch to the history beneath your feet - walking in the footsteps of our ancestors to discover what made them tick and how they made us who we are today. Check out, Neil’s Video Podcasts on his Patreon site - Neil Oliver. The series Instagram account – Neil Oliver Love Letter And send any questions to – neiloliverpodcast@gmail.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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In this podcast we’re prowling the beautiful coves and bays of the Irish coast with Barberry Corsairs. On a dark night in 1631 a notorious Dutch pirate known as ‘Captain Murat’, who operated out of Morocco with the blessing of the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul, sailed ashore to Dunashad castle in Baltimore, County Cork. On this one fateful night Capta…
 
In this podcast Neil takes us to a place where all our modern senses and sterile sensibilities are thrown into shock. London at the turn of the C17th was a major metropolis, a city teeming with life, where pestilence and poverty sat cheek by jowl with great wealth and riches. A major industrial centre it was ripe with every stink of animal and huma…
 
In this podcast Neil takes us with him, setting foot into a building whose history is inextricably woven into the story of the British Isles. A landmark building, that’s as beautiful as it is beguiling. In 1944 General Dwight Eisenhower camped beside it and planned the D-Day landings, William Shakespeare and his troop of actors performed in it’s Gr…
 
This week we’re witnessing the final destructive crescendo that put paid to a powerful, but ill-fated invasion fleet bent on conquering England. Queen Elizabeth I stood firm against the mighty Spanish Armada, and the elemental forces of nature came to her assistance. The Spanish ships sent to invade England were bristling with the latest weapons of…
 
This week Neil takes us along an Elizabethan jetty to hear one of history’s great speeches. In 1588, as Sir Francis Drake sailed to meet the mighty Spanish Armada, Queen Elizabeth I travelled down the river Thames to Tilbury fort where she addressed her army. If the powerful Spanish force landed and invaded England these are the men who would defen…
 
This week Neil is taking us aboard the Golden Hind, a legendary ship that sailed around the world and into history. In 16th century Aldeburgh, which was then an important east-coast port, shipbuilders set to work building a vessel that was to have a profound influence on British history. Once completed and seaworthy Francis Drake and his crew climb…
 
This week Neil marches with us across the wild beauty of Northumberland to a battleground that broke Scotland’s heart. In 1513 Margaret Tudor watched as her husband, the glamours renaissance king, James IV of Scotland, set off to invade England and do battle with her brother, Henry VIII. When Henry invaded France James felt duty bound to honour the…
 
This Week Neil’s on his home turf delving into the deep history of one of the most glorious castles in the British Isles. They say Stirling castle is the silver brooch that hitches the Highlands of Scotland to the lowlands. Neil very much regards it as his personal touch stone. It’s a place that was already well trodden by our ancestors when the Ro…
 
This week Neil follows the money! By the C13th the Hanseatic League had crystalised its power base and was busy spinning lucrative trading routes right across northern Europe, from the Baltic to the British Isles. Neil travels to the Norfolk town of Kings Lynn, which thanks to the Hanseatic League became the third richest port in England. Two build…
 
This week, side by side with Neil, we’re striding across a vast, treacherous bay where one false move could see us paying for it with our lives. Almost 500 years ago, in 1548, the people of Morecambe Bay Sands asked for help, because crossing this vast tidal expanse was so treacherous many lives were being lost. The tides race across the sands fast…
 
This week Neil comes face to face with the mighty walls of an almost impregnable castle, which down through its history inspired many heroic ‘last stands’ and a song that famously features in one of Neil's favourite films. On the orders of Edward I, Harlech castle was built between 1283 and 1285 by James of St George a military engineer of unsurpas…
 
This week Neil steps into the middle of a brutal family feud - the Wars of the Roses. The warring family, the Plantagenets, have been described as ‘a race dipped in their own blood. The factions within the family and their unremitting quest for power and the English throne led to a civil-war that ripped England apart for 30 years and left tens of t…
 
This week Neil steps foot into Cambuskenneth Abbey, a place that was to prove crucial in the making of a legendary king - Robert the Bruce. The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 was a defining moment in the long Wars of Scottish Independence. Overlooked by the mighty Stirling castle, which sits atop the crag and tail of an extinct volcano, is a low-lyi…
 
This week Neil’s journey takes us to one of the most beautiful glens in Scotland where we discover, what is believed to be, the oldest living thing in Europe - the Fortingall Yew. The legendary Fortingall Yew nestles at the eastern end of Glen Lyon – the glen which Sir Walter Scott called the ‘longest, loneliest and loveliest in Scotland’. Many exp…
 
This week Neil takes us to a place of legends, a place where, with a glint in his eye, he proudly tells us he was once the warm-up act to Bono and U2 on the Pyramid stage. Glastonbury Tor is a magical landscape shimmering with ancient traditions, beauty and horrors. It’s a place that has always been, and still feels ‘special, the air around it thic…
 
This week we travel with Neil to Angus where the glowing red eye of Arbroath Abbey casts a watchful look over us. It was here at the Abbey in 1320 that the Declaration of Arbroath was written, a revolutionary document whose words would resonate around the world. Drafted as a declaration of Scottish independence and a show of support for the celebra…
 
This week Neil takes us off the beaten track to St Nectan’s Glen in Cornwall. It’s one of a number of enchanted places that are dotted all over the British Isles, which have a real aura and presence around them. Shimmering with crystal clear waters and enclosed by cliffs coated with rich moss and ferns it’s a place that somehow manages to stop you …
 
This week Neil travels to an island at the heart of the British Isles. Snaefell is the highest mountain on the Isle of Man. On a clear day, from it’s peak, they say you can spin 360 degrees and see seven Kingdoms. The Isle of Man is at the geographical centre of the British Isles archipelago, but it’s a place apart. A constitutional anomaly that’s …
 
This week, Neil travels to see an iconic document that shook the world. In 1215 a battling king squared up to his rebellious barons in a power struggle produced Magna Carta and a new political order. A charter of rights that started to pin back the monarchy, Magna Carta declared not even a king is above the law. Never again would an English monarch…
 
This week Neil travels back in time, almost 1000 years, to what became the city of Durham and the construction of a majestic building whose beauty and power have resonated down through the centuries ever since – Durham cathedral. Our ancestors have always been driven by the need to build. In the years following the turn of the first millennium a gr…
 
This week Neil’s journey takes us in search of the battle whose ferocity, violence and savagery shocked the whole of the British Isles and shaped its borders for ever – the battle of Brunanburh. The repercussions from this momentous battle, fought in AD 937, have reverberated right up to the present day. Long remembered as the Great War this was th…
 
This week Neil takes us in search of the remains of one the greatest Kings ever to reign in the British Isles. Not far from Winchester’s city centre, in amongst modern residential streets, Neil is on the trail of the location where Alfred the Great’s bones were buried. Alfred the Great took on the Vikings and won. On the field of battle he was a br…
 
This week Neil takes us back in time to meet a king who stopped the Vikings in their tracks. Sitting in the Ashmolean museum in Oxford is a precious golden artefact called the Alfred Jewel, which is over a thousand years old and inscribed with the words, ‘Alfred ordered me made’. This jeweller’s masterpiece tells us so much about the man who commis…
 
This week Neil winters with the Great Heathen Army, the mighty Viking force that was poised, ready to sweep across the British Isles. After the Vikings defeated the powerful Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia they chose to over-winter their army in its capital, Repton in Derbyshire. It was here they rested and recuperated, plotting and planning their ne…
 
This week Neil takes us with him to a place of stunning beauty with a dark and brutal past. For years the Vikings well-deserved reputation for violence and brutality left a bloody stain right across the British Isles. They were masters of devastating ‘hit-and-run’ attacks, then at the end of the ninth century things took a turn…. for the worse! Vik…
 
In this episode Neil takes us to an island stained with the first bloody fingerprints of an invader who would change the British Isles forever. Heading to the Northumberland coast, at low tide, Neil walks to the tidal island of Lindisfarne. During the 7th century this small island became home to a thriving priory that grew to be rich and famous aro…
 
This week, on his journey around the British Isles, Neil takes us to Northumberland to meet the legendary, King Arthur. Climbing the battlements of the imposing Bamburgh Castle, swirling with mist and myths, legends and history, Neil explores the legend of King Arthur, the fabled hero, who resonates with us still in the 21st Century. The site is he…
 
In this episode Neil’s journey takes us to a magical island where the landscape, the light and the very air you breath come together to soothe the soul. This week Neil sails from Oban, on the west coast of Scotland, to the island of Mull, from there he takes another boat to island of Iona. On the edge of the British Isles, Iona is steeped in ancien…
 
In this episode Neil steps into an opulent Roman Villa grand enough to have housed the governor of Roman Britannia and maybe even put up a visiting emperor or two. Lullingstone villa, in Kent, was built in the first century AD and developed and expanded over the next 300 years or so. Large in size, by anyone’s standard, and decorated with fine mosa…
 
In this podcast we’re walking with Neil alongside the largest Roman artefact in the whole world, Hadrian’s Wall, the boundary of Empire. And we comes to a stop at a stretch of the Wall called Sycamore Gap, where one of the most beautiful trees in the British Isles stands. Over 70 miles long, Hadrian’s Wall is an incredible feat of engineering. Inte…
 
In this episode Neil travels across the channel with legions of heavily armed, well trained Roman soldiers and heads to Bath in Somerset In AD 43 a conquering Roman army invaded the British Isles and brought the modern world with it - forms to fill in, records to keep, taxes to pay, straight roads and central heating. Exploring Rome’s influence on …
 
In this episode Neil takes us to a place of great power and beauty, an island off the west coast of Ireland, with its shoulder set hard against the mighty Atlantic. High on the dramatic cliffs of Inishmore Neil explores two formidable Iron Age forts - Dún Aengus and Dún Dúchathair. The compelling mystery behind the remains of these breath-taking fo…
 
In this episode we travel with Neil to one of the most magical lakes in the British Isles. In the beautiful dark waters of Llyn Fawr, in Mid-Glamorgan, Neil comes face to face with the reflections of another world - home to ritual, ceremony and an ancient way of life that spanned the Bronze and Iron Ages. He rubs shoulders with an elite group of th…
 
In this episode Neil takes us on board the oldest known seagoing boat in the world – the Dover Boat. Next door to the White Cliffs of Dover, one of the most unmistakeable, and instantly recognisable landmarks in the whole of the British Isles, Neil comes face to face with what for him, is one the most extraordinary artefacts he has ever seen. An in…
 
This week Neil takes us with him to Llandudno to explore deep within the belly of a mountainous sea serpent. Across the world the powerful marriage of copper and tin was producing a new metal alloy that was propelling the future of our species and driving a new age, the Bronze Age. Around 4000 years ago, at the Great Orme in Clwyd our ancestors sta…
 
In this week’s podcast we travel with Neil across the British Isles into the Bronze Age, investigating the metal alloy that would transform the human species. The ancient world knew Cornwall as one of the richest sources of tin on the planet. And in the Bronze Age tin was in demand, because it is one of the two metals, along with copper, needed to …
 
This week Neil takes us to a place swirling with myths and legends. In Cardigan bay lies the fabled Welsh Atlantis, Cantre’r Gwaelod. Legend tells of a rich land that was prized and protected but lost to an unstoppable flood. Setting off from Borth, Neil walks across an ancient landscape that intersects with history and archaeology to reveal some o…
 
In this week’s episode Neil takes us to Salisbury to meet a Time Traveller from around four and a half thousand years ago who still has much to say. Neil uncovers the stories this remarkable man tells us about the journey he took, walking right across Europe to Wiltshire in a time when you could hear the banging and clattering of building work at S…
 
This week Neil travels to the largest artificial, prehistoric mound in Europe. Half a million tons of chalk were used by our Neolithic ancestors to build Silbury Hill. Neil explores this colossal monument, the mystery and myths that surround it and the role it played in the lives of the people who constructed it. Built at a time when our ancestors …
 
In this week’s podcast Neil’s journey continues across Wiltshire’s powerful ritual landscape, taking us to the largest stone circle in the world. Avebury is a colossal monument built over centuries by our Neolithic ancestors. It consists of three stone circles and at its heart is the cove stone weighing nearly 100 tons. This complex and mysterious …
 
In this episode Neil takes us to a place that is famous around the world and speaks of massive intent. Constructed with huge stones weighing up to 40 tons and great sarsen trilithons - Stonehenge is truly monumental. It brought our ancestors and their ideas together, tracking the light, the planets and time - and 5000 years after it was begun it's …
 
In this episode Neil takes us across Wiltshire’s Ritual Landscape to investigate a mysterious chambered tomb. Built by our ancestors over 5000 years ago West Kennet Long Barrow is one of the largest chambered tombs in the British Isles. In it were found stone daggers, beads and pottery together with skulls, long bones and other human remains – a pl…
 
This week Neil explores heaven itself. Travelling back in time to the Neolithic and the inspiringly beautiful Great Langdale in Cumbria’s Lake District, Neil delves into the history behind the famous greenstone axe heads. Telling the story of our ancestors who produced them and finding out what them tick. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-o…
 
In this episode Neil takes us deep underground chasing the beautiful, ‘must-have’ raw material our ancestors craved. Travelling to the incredible lunar landscape of Grime’s Graves in Norfolk, Neil unravels the story of how, 5,000 years ago, our ancestors mined high quality flint on an almost industrial scale. Miners with a deep sense of responsibil…
 
In this episode Neil travels to a time when our ancestors lived with their dead in a way many of us would find shocking today. Journeying to the World Heritage Site on the east coast of Ireland, where the incredible Neolithic tombs at Newgrange and Knowth sit, Neil explores an age that still has many hidden secrets. As soon as he steps foot inside …
 
In this episode Neil turns the British Isles upside down! Travelling to Orkney, off the north-east tip of Scotland, he uncovers ancient burial tombs, ceremonial halls and gives us a glimpse of an influential powerhouse long hidden by time. As he tells the story of the profound changes this once formidable centre of influence has undergone, Neil unr…
 
This week Neil takes us to the roots of the most profound, self-inflicted, social upheaval our species has ever known. Travelling to the west coast of Ireland, Neil tells the story of how our view of the world, and our place in it changed forever - the introduction of farming and the daily grind around 10,000 years ago has had social and psychologi…
 
This week Neil brings us face to face with the violent, bloody birth of the British Isles. In this episode Neil takes us to Angus, in Scotland to see the breath-taking beauty of the Montrose Basin and evidence of the biggest natural disaster the world has seen in the last 8000 years. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Neil’s journey across the British Isles, and through its history, continues as he takes us on a walk down one of the oldest streets on the planet. In this episode Neil is confronted with some of the oldest art ever found in Britain. Around 16,000 years ago Creswell Crags, in the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire borders got its latest tenants, a group of…
 
In this episode, Neil’s journey across the British Isles brings us face to face with a dead body and a case of mistaken identity. In Goat’s Hole Cave, on the Gower Peninsula, Neil uncovers tantalising clues and profound emotions surrounding a grave that is 34,000-year-old - the grave where the remains of the oldest modern human ever found in the Br…
 
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