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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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Jun 30, 2017

This chapter brings the story of HMS Temeraire, the famous ship in JMW Turner's painting 'The Fighting Temeraire', up to 1805 and her heroics at the battle of Trafalgar where she won yet another layer of fame.

Jun 2, 2017

The story of the ship in Turner's famous painting The Fighting Temeraire continues to 1801 where there is one of the most violent and unpleasant mutinies in the history of the Royal Navy aboard HMS Temeraire. It begins with plotting below decks and ends with sailors hanging from the yardarm. One of the most interesting events in the period of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

Apr 26, 2017

My commentary on my book the Fighting Temeraire, which explores the history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting, continues! We are now up to Chapter 5 'The Blockading Temeraire' which covers the crucial period of history from July 1799-October 1801 in which the Temeriare is part of the Channel Fleet sent to blockade the French fleet in their harbour in Brest.

Mar 12, 2017

The personal narrative of my history of the ship in Turner's most famous painting 'The Fighting Temeraire' continues with Chapter 4. In this chapter the book continues to 1793 with the advent of the French Revolution and the construction of an enormous new Second-Rate ship of the line - the 'new' HMS Temeraire which was the ship that went on to fight at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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.

Jan 22, 2017

A Personal Commentary on my book, The Fighting Temeraire, a book which tells the story of the ship in Turner's famous painting. Introduction.

Jan 6, 2017

There I was minding my own business fishing when I met a man who told me a wonderful story...you won't believe your ears.

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