The Sam Willis Podcast

Fresh off the acclaimed 3-part documentary series for the BBC - 'The Silk Road', Sam Willis takes us behind the scenes, interviewing the people that make the TV programmes on and gives us an insight into the life of a TV historian. Dr Sam Willis is an archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history, he also plays the guitar rather well. Follow Sam on Twitter: @DrSamWillis Producer: @DanMorelle
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Feb 21, 2017

The personal narrative of my history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting 'The Fighting Temeraire' continues with Chapter 3 'The Amphibious Temeraire'. In this chapter the captured French 74 gunner is brought into service in the Royal Navy and is turned against the French in a series of amphibious assaults that characterised British warfare in this period.

Feb 15, 2017

This is chapter two of my personal commentary of my book The Fighting Temeraire - which tells the history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting. In this chapter the Temeriare is captured in one of the most savage small-scale battles of the eighteenth century. Listen to this and find out what happens in the book without having to read it OR listen to an audio book! Clever huh?

Feb 10, 2017

This podcast continues a personal narrative of my book the Fighting Temeraire, a history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting. In this episode I describe what happens in Chapter one, as the French ship La Temeraire makes a desperate attempt to escape through the Straits of Gibraltar in 1759, as well as the fun and challenges of research and writing.