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The Essay

Anglo-Saxon Portraits

Episode 1: Vortigern

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Professor Barry Cunliffe discusses Vortigern, the king whom history has often held responsible for inviting to the British Isles the first Anglo-Saxon invaders. Show more

The Essay

Anglo-Saxon Portraits

Episode 2: The Peasant Farmer

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Professor Helena Hamerow of Oxford University discusses the peasant farmers who have shaped the English landscape as we know it today. Show more

The Essay

Anglo-Saxon Portraits

Episode 4: Three Alpha Females

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Martin Carver recreates the lives of three powerful pagan women: a privileged pagan girl from the earliest period, a 'cunning woman', and a princess buried in her bed. Show more

The Essay

Anglo-Saxon Portraits

Episode 5: King Raedwald

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

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Martin Carver recreates the life, death and burial of the inhabitant of the Sutton Hoo ship burial, thought to be King Raedwald. Show more

China: As History Is My Witness

Episode 2: Kublai Khan: The Barbarian

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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The Chinese emperor who inspired Coleridge and Columbus was not Chinese. Carrie Gracie finds a pattern in the way China digests foreigners and their ideas. Show more

China: As History Is My Witness

Episode 3: The Duke of Zhou: The Ancestor

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Many Chinese look to Confucius for guidance. But Confucius looked to the Duke of Zhou. He handed power to his nephew 3,000 years ago, but his ideas still motivate leaders today.

China: As History Is My Witness

Episode 4: Du Fu and Li Bai - The Poets

Duration: 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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Carrie Gracie explores the lives of Du Fu and Li Bai, two men whose poetry remains as vivid in the Chinese imagination as Shakespeare is in our own. Show more