What was the first recorded joke? When were Mondays invented? Who, or what, is “mellefied man”? In this week’s show we discover the answer to all of these questions from public historian and podcaster Greg Jenner.
Chief historian of the BBC’s Horrible Histories TV show and the host of chart-topping podcast You’re Dead to Me, Greg Jenner is a master in the art of turning the messiness of history into whip-smart comic entertainment.
He joined us to explore his favourite historical questions and their often surprising answers – as submitted by the general public. From chariot racing to bank robbery, Egyptian mummies to Monty Python, this episode of the How To Academy Podcast is a ride through some of the wildest and weirdest episodes in ten thousand years of human civilisation.