A Slice of Medieval Podcast

Welcome to a series of podcasts on Medieval History.

Many of the podcasts are about the Wars of the Roses period which I’ve taught and studied for longer than I’d like to admit. In these podcasts I hope I can provide a starting point for readers who want to find out more about the turbulent period in which some of my historical fiction stories are set. You can find out how the podcasts align with the fictional series here

I have just started a new podcast journey in tandem with my good friend, historian Sharon Bennett Connolly. Our new series of podcasts on A Slice of Medieval aims to blend history and historical fiction as we examine topics and themes of the Middle Ages. You can follow us on Twitter @medievalslice to find out what is coming next or to engage further in the series.

Finally, if you’re interested in historical fiction but have not yet sampled my books, you might want to see how I’ve woven the history into the fiction by having a look at my first book, Feud, which is also available as an audiobook on Audible UK or Audible.com or indeed Amazon or iTunes…

Podcast Playlists

A Slice of Medieval

Historian Sharon Bennett Connolly and historical fiction author, Derek Birks combine to produce fun and informative podcasts on aspects of medieval history.

Start Here

The Wars of the Roses Podcasts start here… with The Original Game of Thrones…

Causes of the Wars of the Roses

Playlist 1 of the series (1-10) covers the origins and causes of the wars up to 1459.

The Wars of the Roses: Crisis of 1459-64

Playlist 2 (from 11-18) covers the crisis of 1459-1464 when the Yorkists take the throne.

The Wars of the Roses: Crisis of 1468-1471

Playlist 3 (19 onwards) covers the crisis of 1468-71 when Edward IV is forced to defend his throne.

The Wars of the Roses: Crisis of 1483-85

Playlist 4 (from 28-42) moves on to look at the origins of the next crisis in 1483.


The final set of podcasts, Playlist 5 (from 43 on), considers the problems which the fallout from the wars caused for Henry Tudor after 1485 and also reflects upon the topic as a whole.

The podcasts are hosted on Soundcloud but you can also access them on iTunes, Spotify and other podcast platforms if you search for A Slice of Medieval. If you are minded to give a rating or review then that would be fabulous. You can also make comments on the podcasts – please be kind!

The music extract for the Wars of the Roses podcasts is from “Never Tell Me The Odds”, composed by Johannes Bornlöf and the music for A Slice of Medieval Podcast is ‘Mural Legends’ by Adriel Fair. Both are licensed for use by courtesy of www.epidemicsound.com


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