Rank #1: 48-How to Fake Demonic Possession
Faking demonic possession was easier than you might think. In this episode, Renaissance scholar Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating explore the signs and symptoms of devilish possession laid out in religious history, the New Testament, and early modern pamphlets. Whether Catholic or Puritan, Satan was a problem for everyone, tempting minds even if he wasn't possessing bodies. From physical manifestations like swelling and stiffness to mysterious lumps roving through the body, the visuals associated with demonic possession were creepy as hell. Find out how some people could have simulated these signs of distress and why they were both doubted and believed.
Mar 04 2016
Rank #2: 44-Science and Embroidery
What do science, embroidery, and Mary Queen of Scots have in common? Find out in the latest episode of Rude Tudors! Mary had a knack for replicating images of American wildlife in her detailed embroidery. Where did Mary find her sources? How familiar was she with the flora and fauna of the Americas? And what the heck is a sou?
Jan 29 2016
Rank #3: 75-Syphilis Smells
In this episode of English Renaissance podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating discuss a listener question! They dig into the history of syphilis: its supposed origins, symptoms, and treatments. Things get graphic with descriptions of chestnut-sized pustules and penile growths the size of plums, so gird your loins. Questions answered in this episode include:
- Why was this disease such a common, cheap joke in Shakespearean drama?
- Who was blamed for its spread?
- How do outdated discourses of sexually transmitted disease still resonate today?
Join this raunchy jaunt through the time of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Christopher Marlowe.
Jan 23 2017
Rank #4: 38-Uggos and Makeup
In this episode, Liz and Nicole discuss a tale as old as time: women's quest for beauty in the face of popular messages telling them they're ghouls. Find out Renaissance recommendations for beautifying the face, feet, and everything in between.
Keywords: Rude Tudors, Renaissance, England, history, English, comedy, education, women, teaching, drama, literature, Shakespeare, Liz Rodriguez, Nicole Keating, Tudor Dynasty, Rudeness, funny, culture, podcast, Fake Geek Girl Productions, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Renaissance fair, festival, makeup
Nov 16 2015
Rank #5: 12-Menstruation, the Woman's Sickness
In this episode, Liz and Nicole demystify the menses. How did people feel and deal with their special lady moon time? What magical and medicinal properties was menstrual blood believed to have? And what were their practical approaches to blood management? Plus, this week’s “Crazy Shit” segment celebrates the recent royal birth. Congrats, Will and Kate, you crazy kids. rudetudors.com @rudetudors Leave a review and help a lady out!
May 12 2015
Rank #6: 41-Twelve Days of Christmas
How did people celebrate Christmas before internet shopping? In this episode, Liz and Nicole talk about Renaissance gift-giving traditions, Twelfth Night celebrations, the Russian ambassador's Christmas visit to England, rent hens, conspicuously gold decorations, and much more!
Dec 23 2015
Rank #7: 74-Worst Year Ever
In this episode of Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating reflect upon another contender for the Worst Year Ever: 1347. Catastrophes in the East, like storms raining poisonous amphibians or smoke that turns people to stone, portended something bad for Europe. Spoiler alert: it was the plague. Find out the answers to:
- What kinds of events signal the worst of times in history?
- What role does the Middle East play in fantasies of the apocalypse?
- Can 2016 really lay claim to being the Worst Year Ever?
Also, as a call to arms against the incoming Trump administration, an examination of Steve Bannon’s ill-fated, rappin’ Shakespeare adaptations. People with such bad taste have no place in politics. Other highlights include Nicole's rant against frogs, criticism of our Eurocentrism, and predictions about Carrie Fisher.
Join this raunchy jaunt through the time of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare.
Jan 09 2017
Rank #8: 30-Hairstory
In this episode, Liz and Nicole criticize the inanity of Renaissance hairstyles. Don't you want to know what a lovelock is? Highlights include: haters and foes; celebrating the old-as-fuck Elizabeth Windsor; red-headed hotties; dyed horse tails; gruel-bowl haircuts; proleptic Benjamin Franklin hair; Shakespeare's preferred shampoo; hanging out with Arthur and gleeping; the Folger Shakespeare Library's strangest holdings; Shakespeare's pube; Samuel Ireland, notorious forger; unmanly curls and the Royalist cause; Renaissance Jherri curls and rat tails; the political statements aligned with being bitchy about hair; commemorative Charles I hair embroidery. rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Sep 17 2015
Rank #9: 8-Richardmania
Who is your favorite villain? In this episode, Nicole and Liz discuss historical badboy Richard III’s recent rediscovery and reburial. How much do you think it hurt when the top of his skull was lopped off? And just what do you wear to a twenty-first-century funeral of a medieval king? Plus, a steamy reading from Philippa Gregory’s overly graphic Renaissance fanfic The Other Boleyn Girl.
Apr 14 2015
Rank #10: 20-Virginity Tests
In this episode, Liz and Nicole get real about virginity. Highlights include: semi-offensive Australian stereotypes. Forging notes from your gynecologist. Ye olde paternity tests. The hymen as a problematic membrane. The evil that makeup obscures. All-female virginity squads. How to get yourself an annulment. Also check out our spot on Renaissance Festival Podcast for an extra dose of Rude Tudors. rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Jul 09 2015
Rank #11: 37-Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot
In this episode, Liz and Nicole get to the bottom of "Remember, remember the fifth of November." Apparently, Catholics were pissed about the Protestant government and wanted to stage a revolution. Unfortunately, they didn't spend much time planning. But there was a whole lot of digging. And gunpowder. Find out the origin of Anonymous' iconography. And what Bonfire Day is all about. rudetudors.com
Nov 08 2015
Rank #12: 47-London So White
Othello wasn't England's only black friend. In this episode, Renaissance scholar Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating explore the everyday lives of black people living in London. From making shovels to playing the trumpet to managing brothels, the black inhabitants of London lived varied lives. Find out about an interesting cross section of a population that numbered in the hundreds.
Feb 26 2016
Rank #13: 26-Stoned Shakespeare
In this episode, Liz and Nicole get to the bottom of this stoner Shakespeare business. Under discussion is recent media coverage of Shakespeare's possible marijuana use. Highlights include crappy DEA websites, invention in a noted weed, drugs' relationship to art, CSI-ing historical artifacts, early modern drug dealers, learning to speak with historical locals, academics making bad stoner jokes, figuring out jackhole riddles, being skeptical about evidence on the internet, trying to dig up Shakespeare's bones, to weed or not to weed, Shakespeare's bath-salts plays, writing press releases every time you get stoned, and humanizing geniuses. Plus, the latest installment of Wack Translations. Send us pics of your pets via Twitter or Facebook to get involved in Cat Hamlet! rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Aug 20 2015
Rank #14: 40-Divine Warnings
Do you know how God sent warnings to people during the Renaissance? Find out as Liz Rodriguez and Nicole Keating discuss the 1608 pamphlet A True Relation of the Birth of Three Monsters. Highlights about include be-boobed, ballerina babies; adult-sized children; the gaping maw of the vengeful earth; viral human interest stories from history; the Virgin Mary’s appearance in various baked goods; sexual sins, like woman-on-top; good and evil sisters; classism, bastardy, and poor people; flesh ruffs and tutus; Christian punishment and Thor; learning the true meaning of Christmas; and much more!
Dec 03 2015
Rank #15: 27-Behind the Disney, Pocahontas
In this episode, Liz and Nicole sort fact from fiction among what we know about Pocahontas. Highlights include: Disney’s lack of documentaries; digging into AP American History; Jamestown’s lack of amenities; baby capitalism, joint stock companies, and making money; DIY governance and the colonial way; never forgetting about racism; John Smith, the big blond bully; Paris Hilton might save your life; hanging out in James Fort’s mud; excitement and nudity; whitey getting to Pocahontas; clubbing on the East Coast; whitewashing and commodification of history, the Disney way. Plus, the latest installment of Crazy Shit: Amazon Reviews. Send us pics of your pets via Twitter or Facebook to get involved in Cat Hamlet! rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Aug 27 2015
Rank #16: 17-Renaissance Darwin Awards
In this episode, Liz and Nicole sheepishly laugh at stupid ways to die during the Renaissance. Wrestling, harvest diapers, and bacon all factor in. Check out the impressive source for the fatalities featured in this episode: Everyday Life and Fatal Hazard in Sixteenth-Century England. Plus, a new installment of Wack Translations. rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Jun 16 2015
Rank #17: 29-In Colde Bloode
In this episode, Liz and Nicole discuss the sordid details of a French triple murder. Find out just how uncanny Nicole's intuition for murder is. Highlights include: Rude Tudors' Buzzfeed listicle; shoutout to dildos; old timey good cop; rowdy wine-selling; noisy neighbors; fucking with knives in the French fashion; Russian ax holds; discovering criminal intent; Notorious G.O.D.'s all-seeing eye; Regis Philbin, noted regicide; what to read before the internet; law and order tabloids; surly Cockney Renaissance baby. Plus, Two Renaissance Truths and a Lie! Send us pics of your pets via Twitter or Facebook to get involved in Cat Hamlet! rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Sep 10 2015
Rank #18: 13-Kissing Cousins
In this episode, Liz and Nicole dig around in a ripped-from-the-headlines pamphlet about an incestuous romance that caused monstrous progeny. You know, the usual. Why would a couple risk the wrath of God for a few minutes of taboo pleasure? Because the devil. Find out how this all plays out. Plus, we play Guess the Shakespeare Play with negative Amazon reviews. rudetudors.com @rudetudors Leave a review and support the rude arts!
May 19 2015
Rank #19: 19-Toilet Time
Wherein Liz and Nicole discuss which is scarier: a haunted Port-a-Potty or a man-eating Port-a-Potty? Iconic historical locations of pooping. Questing for the Ur-Toilet. Potty-training your little prince. Death by enema. The dispute of the One-Toileted Man. And OG Toilet Daddy, John Harrington. Plus new segment: Renaissance Jokes!
Jul 02 2015
Rank #20: 23-Messiah Complex
In this episode, things stop being polite and start being holy as Liz and Nicole discuss William Hacket, self-styled messiah and angel of the apocalypse. Highlights include Charles Manson's need for his own reality show; the fact that Jesus was born during the Renaissance; messiah hype men; watersports as a tenant of Puritan faith; stopping gay abortions; staying up too late talking to God; putting your soul on the line; running between raindrops; and how the state stuck it to religious outliers. Plus, the latest installment of Crazy Shit That People Say On The Internet About Things Relating To The Renaissance. rudetudors.com @rudetudors patreon.com/fakegeekgirlproductions
Jul 30 2015