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The interviews for Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra, conducted by historian Dr. Edward Collins, cover a range of topics on the domestic and overseas histories of Portugal and Spain.  Episodes in the series have been downloaded more than 200,000 times.

Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra

History Hub is delighted to present Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra: conversations on the history of Portugal and Spain, 1415-1898. This podcast series features interviews with experts in the areas of Portuguese and Spanish history, from the beginning of the Portuguese discoveries in 1415 to the end of Spanish dominion in America in 1898.

The interviews, conducted by historian Dr. Edward Collins, will cover a range of topics on the domestic and overseas histories of both nations, which include, among others: the Portuguese explorations of Africa and Asia, Spanish navigation and settlement in America, the church in Portugal and Spain, monarchy and intermarriage in the Iberian kingdoms, natural science and mapping in America, the role of nautical science, Irish historical relations with Portugal and Spain, and imperial competition in Europe and overseas.

Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra is available via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud.

The interviewees comprise a number of established and renowned academics, as well as up-and-coming researchers from universities and institutions worldwide. This History Hub series is funded by UCD Seed Funding and supported by UCD School of History.

The series is currently our most popular with 2,000 downloads per month more than 200,000 in total since we launched the series in 2016. Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra is available via Apple, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra

How to listen

The series is currently our most popular with 2,000 downloads per month and more than 200,000 in total since we launched the series in 2016. Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra is available via Apple, Spotify and Soundcloud.

Podcast host

Dr. Edward Collins is a historian of early modern Portugal and Spain, and received his doctorate at NUI Galway in 2010 under the supervision of Professor Nicholas Canny. His research focuses on early modern Iberian navigation and nautical science, with particular emphasis on Portuguese and Spanish influences on the development of nautical science in early modern Europe. He has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on these themes, and is currently in the process of completing his manuscript based on his doctoral and postdoctoral research.

Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra Episodes

Image: Title page for Novum organum scientiarum, 1645, by Francis Bacon (1561-1626) (author) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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