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The Dubious Book of Famous Deeds

Host Paul Bates dismantles the British Empire one deed at a time as he guides us through history, as told by a skewed and suspect book from 1889.
Sep 27 2021

Chapter 12. Edward Baines of Leeds, or: Trowel Drop

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The Dubious Book of Famous Deeds

Chapter 12. Edward Baines of Leeds, or: Trowel Drop

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About The Dubious Book of Famous Deeds

One day, Paul Bates found a book in an alley. It wasn’t a magical book, but it was very old – 132 years old, to be exact. It’s called The Pictorial Treasury of Famous Men and Famous Deeds: its cover is beautiful, its language is flowery, and its tone is problematic. It’s also full of wildly obscure and preposterously inaccurate stories about people and deeds you’ve probably never heard of. And, it’s the basis for this history podcast. Each episode Paul shares a chapter with a guest and together they cut through the rhetoric, fill in the blanks and bring a modern perspective to this relic from the height of the British Empire.

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Category: History
Type: Episodic
Frequency: Weekly