Friday, April 11, 2008

The story of Mad Jack

As I wrote before about Your History Podcast, this podcast attempts to tell history by means of stories. The podcast has started only recently , but also in the latest edition we can see it remains true to this approach. As far as history is concerned, I wonder how much you can learn from this, unless you know exactly in what context to place the story. However, the story as such is delivered as a narrative that works very well.

The latest episode is about a nobleman named John Mytton, but who is better known as Mad Jack. Your History Podcast's host Dan Brown very aptly tells the story. He succeeds in taking the listener in and pass the narrative on in a way that is both informative and entertaining. For me, as a non-native English speaker, it takes a little bit of getting used to Dan's accent and diction, but apart from that his performance is very effective and professional. (transcript)

I can recommend this podcast to everyone who loves funny, illustrious and charming stories that take place in the past. Assuming that nearly everybody is sensitive to a good story, this means the podcast is fit for all audience. In addition I could say, that the stories, since they dig into one specific set of data, will serve as an illustration more than an explanation of history.

Previously on Your History Podcast:
The story of Spring Heeled Jack

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