Medieval History for Fun and Profit
By Dr Alice Rio & Dr Alice Taylor
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Everything you’ve always wanted to know about the middle ages but were afraid to ask! Two professional medieval historians answer questions from the audience about anything and everything to do with the middle ages. Did they know about other kinds of sex? How long would I really have lived? Who was the best medieval? What were the best swearwords? Listen and find out… Please send us more questions via Facebook, Twitter or email – we will always try to answer! /Latest episode Facebook: www.facebook.com/medievalfunandprofit Twitter: @medfunprof Email: email@example.com
||ExplicitEpisode 14: Best Medieval part 2: Dhuoda||The mini-series “Who was the best medieval?” continues with Dhuoda – ninth-century wife, mother, and towering intellectual.||4 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Justice||How fair was what passed for a criminal justice system?” How could the concern for justice be so universal, yet exclude so many people? Were lords less likely to be convicted than poor people? (And what about pigs or butterflies?) Listen and find out.||21 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Humour||“What did they find funny?” We turn to the silliest side of the middle ages – and also the nastiest…||1 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Magic||“Did they have magic?” Yes – and everyone was doing it (though sometimes without knowing it).||17 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Slaves||Did they have slaves? We’re used to seeing slaves in films and books set under the Roman empire; not so much in those set in medieval Europe – but is this misleading?||2 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Best Medieval part 1: Henry the Young King||"Who was the best medieval?” What better way to settle this once and for all than with a dedicated (and intermittent) mini-series? First up in this high-stakes competition is Henry the Young King (1155-1183).||19 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Pets||“Did they have pets? Or just animals to munch on?” The truth about cats and dogs – and monkeys and elephants and polar bears…||6 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Childbirth||How did they handle childbirth? Was it really as dangerous as it is perceived to have been?” Find out how medieval people dealt with one of the most common, as well as one of the most dangerous, of life experiences.||22 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Time Travel||“If I got into a time machine and appeared in contemporary clothes talking the way I talk, would I automatically be burned as a witch?” Not necessarily, though that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t have other things to worry about.||8 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Extreme Sports||Was battle a bit like modern-day sport?” Find out what it took to be a medieval knight, and how best to show off your skills.||25 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Swearwords||“What were the best swearwords?” Before you get out that Latin slang dictionary, find out what you’re getting into, and the true cost of rudeness in the middle ages…||11 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Smell||“How badly did it smell, really?” Find out about one of the least savoury aspects of the middle ages. Sensitive souls: you have been warned.||28 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Death||“How long would I really have lived?” Was life really so brutish and short during the middle ages? How young did most people die, and of what?||13 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: Sex||“Did they know about other kinds of sex?” Yes, they did! Come with us on a journey of discovery, and find out how to make someone wild with desire for you by kneading bread with your buttocks.||29 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
As someone with a more general interest in social history, I can't recommend this highly enough. Expert, but wears its scholarship lightly, witty and engaging even to the casual listener (who had a vague idea that the "medieval" period was sometime between the Norman Conquest and the Tudors which I now see was embarrassingly wrong). One small request from someone listening while walking the dog through central London, would it be possible to turn the volume up slightly? Not sure how these things work, but even with my iPhone turned up to maximum, I sometimes miss bits on noisy roads. And, as Aerosmith so wisely said, I don't want to miss a thing.
This podcast is a great mix of fun and expertise. It's a real treat to have two actual historians discuss listener questions that range from the serious to the silly and explore the topics through a mixture of explanation and conversation. Very interesting and informative, and also highly enjoyable.
Hwæt an awesome podcast!
Utterly fascinating podcast from both a medievalist perspective and a social history perspective. These two presenters manage to tackle complex academic arguments in a relatively informal way that can be understood by a wide audience, and totally flip the preconceived notions of the 'Dark Ages' on their head.
(Drs Alice, apologies for the misuse of Old English for stylistic purposes in the review title)