This is the first in Tony's series of podcasts called "Mightier than the Sword" about influential historical documents. This episode is about Magna Carta, 1215.
Today on our first "Fireside Chat" Tony, Freya and Chris in the UK talk about how education historical board games can be, and how they can be used in the classroom.
Some of our historical board games.
Tony relates a personal history about his grandfather, Arthur Noel Robertson, and the Battle of Monte Cassino, to mark its recent 70th anniversary.
With thanks to John Robertson for supplying important details.
The following painting is of "A patrol of 1/6th Bn The East Surrey Regiment entering Cassino with the Monastery above." Tony's grandfather is the soldier in the centre. The painting is dated 18th May, which is the day that Art was badly wounded.
This photo is from the Queen's Royal Surreys website and is labelled for reuse by Google.
If you're interested in reading more about The Battle of Monte Cassino, either of these books are worth a read.
Tony discusses recruitment in the British Army in the nineteenth century.
Tony discusses the Irish Rebellion of 1789.
If you're interested in finding out more about the Irish Rebellion of 1798, this Osprey book is a useful summary of the subject with some great pictures. Click on the image to go to the Osprey site.
Freya examines the importance of the stirrup in mounted warfare, from the domestication of the horse around 4600BC to the rise of the medieval knight and the French couched lance. She also looks at The Great Stirrup Controversy, which discusses whether the stirrup contributed to the rise of feudalism.
If you're interested in reading more about the development of cavalry in Europe, this Osprey book is a useful guide to the period. Click on the cover to go to Osprey's site.
Informative podcasts from the W.R.A.P. Team