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All about the Middle Ages from Medievalists.net. Join Danièle Cybulskie and her guests as they talk about the medieval world, from Byzantium to the Vikings.

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All about the Middle Ages from Medievalists.net. Join Danièle Cybulskie and her guests as they talk about the medieval world, from Byzantium to the Vikings.

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80 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Informative and fun to listen to!

By MFC1514 - May 07 2020
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The host does an incredible job!!

Love this podcast!

By JessePara - Apr 14 2020
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I love this podcast. Very informative with great interviews and little unnecessary banter.

iTunes Ratings

80 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
7
1
1
2

Informative and fun to listen to!

By MFC1514 - May 07 2020
Read more
The host does an incredible job!!

Love this podcast!

By JessePara - Apr 14 2020
Read more
I love this podcast. Very informative with great interviews and little unnecessary banter.
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The Medieval Podcast

Latest release on Sep 17, 2020

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All about the Middle Ages from Medievalists.net. Join Danièle Cybulskie and her guests as they talk about the medieval world, from Byzantium to the Vikings.

Rank #1: Books in the Middle Ages with Erik Kwakkel

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How were books made and used in the Middle Ages? Danièle is joined by Professor Erik Kwakkel from the University of British Columbia, a 'rockstar' of the Book History world. Learn about the process of making manuscripts, including why medieval scribes made doodles in their works. You can follow Erik on Twitter @erik_kwakkel 

Jan 07 2019

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Rank #2: Medieval Sexuality with Eleanor Janega

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Sexuality was a huge part of medieval culture, from the rules about how and when to have sex, to the dirty jokes that found their way into religious art. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Eleanor Janega about getting medieval in the bedroom.

May 08 2019

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Rank #3: Medieval Medicine with Winston E. Black

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What happened when someone got sick in the Middle Ages? Medieval medicine and healthcare might be two of the most misunderstood aspects of the whole era. This week Danièle speaks with Winston E. Black about some of the myths we have about medicine in the Middle Ages.

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #4: Medieval witches with Gemma Hollman

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It’s the spookiest season, which means it’s the perfect time to investigate medieval witches. This week, Danièle speaks with Gemma Hollman, author of Royal Witches, about some of the fifteenth century’s most high profile accusations of witchcraft.

Oct 31 2019

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Rank #5: The Hundred Years' War with David Green

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The Hundred Years' War would see England and France fighting for much the 14th and 15th centuries. It was one of the most important conflicts of the Middle Ages. Danièle speaks with Dr. David Green of Harlaxton College, the author of The Hundred Years War: A People’s History. They talk about the causes of the war, and how the conflict impacted peasants, the Church, soldiers and women. You can follow David on Twitter @David1356 

Jan 16 2019

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Rank #6: The Beowulf Manuscript

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Beowulf may be one of the world’s most famous poems, but there’s a lot more to its manuscript than this poem alone. This week, Danièle looks into the other content of the Beowulf manuscript, its history, and what makes it both unique and special.

Aug 28 2019

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Rank #7: Queens of Infamy with Anne Thériault

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In this first episode of 2020, Danièle connects with Anne Thériault, author of Longreads’ Queens of Infamy series, to talk about some of her favourite queens, saints, and foxes, and what it’s like to write infamous history on the internet in 2020.

Jan 08 2020

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Rank #8: Myths about the Middle Ages that are so very, very wrong!

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This week, Danièle asked her listeners which myths about the Middle Ages really drive them crazy. From the Flat Earth to daily hygiene, here is our attempt to shed light on some of the most common (but wrong!) ideas we have about the Middle Ages.

Jun 12 2019

41mins

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Rank #9: She-Wolves: Medieval Queens with Helen Castor

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From the submissive to the scandalous, medieval queens held a huge amount of influence over the politics of the day. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Dr. Helen Castor about queenship, the challenges of studying even the most prominent medieval women, and how their stories still resonate today.

Apr 24 2019

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Rank #10: Why Is English So Weird?

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The English language is notoriously difficult to learn and to spell. In this episode, Danièle talks about the medieval roots of English and how it got to be so weird.

Aug 07 2019

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Rank #11: Crusaders with Dan Jones

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Who were the men and women who took up the cross and journeyed to Holy Lands? Danièle speaks with Dan Jones about his latest book on crusaders and on why it’s important for historians to talk about the crusades today.

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #12: Christine de Pizan

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She’s said to be the first professional female author, a champion of women, and the builder of The City of Ladies. She was also one of the most popular writers of the fifteenth century, despite virtually disappearing until the twentieth. This week, Danièle explores the life and writings of one of the most outspoken women of the Middle Ages: Christine de Pizan. 

Dec 04 2019

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Rank #13: Education in the Middle Ages

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year - time to go back to school! This week, Danièle takes a quick look at medieval education.

Sep 04 2019

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Rank #14: Questions and Answers about the Middle Ages

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This week, Danièle answers questions sent to The Medieval Podcast by our listeners, including how did people get rid of human waste in the Middle Ages? How were medieval cities planned? What was it like to be a seamstress? And who is Danièle’s favourite knight?

Nov 13 2019

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Rank #15: Medieval torture with Larissa ‘Kat’ Tracy

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What was torture really like in the Middle Ages? Everyone knows, or thinks they know, that torture was an integral part of medieval life, but many of our beliefs are really myths. Larissa ‘Kat’ Tracy joins Danièle to talk about iron maidens, dungeons, executions and more.

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #16: The Battle of Agincourt with Michael Livingston

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It was one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, and one that has been studied by many historians. Yet, we do not know exactly where the battle was fought. Danièle speaks with Michael Livingston about his latest research on where the battlefield might be.

Feb 20 2019

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Rank #17: Medieval Marriage with Ruth Mazo Karras

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What was marriage in the Middle Ages really like? Danièle is joined by Ruth Mazo Karras, Lecky Professor Of History at Trinity College Dublin, a leading expert on medieval relationships, especially marriage. They discuss love, weddings and partnerships in medieval society. 

Feb 13 2019

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Rank #18: The Crusades with Andrew Latham

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The Crusades were a phenomenon that had profound consequences for Europe and the Middle East. Why did they begin and how did they evolve? Danièle is joined by Andrew Latham of Macalester College, author of Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics, to talk about the Crusades, including Richard the Lionheart's strategy during the Third Crusade. 

Jan 23 2019

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Rank #19: The Black Death and COVID-19 with Winston Black

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This week, with headlines turning once again to stories of the plague, Danièle catches up with Winston Black to talk about The Black Death and COVID-19, what’s different about them, and what we can learn today from looking back on the biggest pandemic in human history.

Mar 25 2020

46mins

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Rank #20: Where to get your medieval fix - travel recommendations for medievalists

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It's vacation time and people are looking for places to visit. Danièle is joined by Peter to offer their picks for travel destinations to experience the Middle Ages. We have places in Denmark, England, France, Iceland, Poland and Scotland to tell you about. 

Jul 31 2019

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Preventing the Misuse of the Medieval Past with Amy Kaufman and Paul Sturtevant

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There are those who abuse the medieval past in order to promote ideas of racism, white supremacism, and other toxic ideologies. To counter these views, Amy S. Kaufman and Paul B. Sturtevant have written The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past. They join Danièle to talk about their work and how the Middle Ages was more diverse, compelling, and complex than is often portrayed in mass media.

Sep 17 2020

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The Monks of Bury St Edmunds

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What was life really like within a medieval monastery? This week we take a look at the Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, by Jocelin of Brakelond, which tells the tale of an English abbey at the turn of the thirteenth century. It's a surprising story of money, power and gossip. 

Sep 11 2020

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Books about the Middle Ages - Favourite Series

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This week, Danièle recommends her favourite series of primary sources for those people who want to read the voices of the Middle Ages in friendly editions. From Latin sources, to Middle English, to modern English translations, these recommended series bring medieval writers to modern readers.

Sep 03 2020

32mins

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Medieval Inventions

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Many people seem to have the misguided idea that the medieval era was a time in which science and technology were all but forgotten. For the 75th episode of the podcast, Danièle talks with Peter Konieczny about ten medieval inventions that changed the world.

Aug 28 2020

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Margery Kempe

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This week, Danièle explores the life of Margery Kempe: a 15th-century mystic said to be the first female autobiographer in English, and one of medieval Europe’s most colourful - and memorable - figures.

Check out the other podcasts hosted by Medievalists.net

Byzantium & Friends - https://www.medievalists.net/tag/byzantium-friends/

Scotichronicast - https://www.medievalists.net/tag/scotichronicast/

Aug 20 2020

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Medieval Monks: A Beginner's Guide

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Can you tell your Benedictines from your Franciscans and Dominicans? This week, Danièle gives a brief overview of the the backstory of some of the major monastic traditions, and how you can tell them apart.

Aug 13 2020

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The Murder of Charles the Good

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Looking for a medieval chronicle that is a page-turning read? The 12th century account known as The Murder of Charles the Good is an action-packed tale of assassination, revenge and war. In this episode of The Medieval Podcast, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to talk about this riveting chronicle. 

Aug 07 2020

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Rose versus Violet

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What’s better - a Rose or a Violet? That is the question written about by Jean Froissart in the 14th century. This debate between plants - each with their own lawyer - tells us a lot about medieval culture and how writers from this period created allegorical poems.

Jul 30 2020

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The Ghost Knight

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This week, it’s medieval story time, with a tale that crosses over between fabliau and courtly love: The Ghost Knight. Danièle shares the story of how a knight manages to win his lady with a little supernatural sleight-of-hand.

Jul 16 2020

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Romance of the Three Kingdoms

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Written in 14th century China, Romance of the Three Kingdoms can best be described as a historical novel. This week, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to talk about this famous work of warriors, generals and rulers.

Jul 10 2020

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King Henry VI with Lauren Johnson

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Although people love to read and learn about The Wars of the Roses, there’s one historical figure who is rarely found in the limelight: Henry VI. This week, Danièle speaks with Lauren Johnson about the somewhat forgotten “shadow king” Henry, his life, his illness, and his quiet but important legacy.

The sponsor for this week’s episode is Skillshare – you sign up for a two-month free trial by going to www.medievalists.net/skillshare

You can also help support the podcast and Medievalists.net through our Patreon – go to https://www.patreon.com/medievalists to learn more.

Jul 01 2020

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Byzantium with Anthony Kaldellis

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This week, Danièle speaks with the host of the Byzantium and Friends podcast, Dr. Anthony Kaldellis, about Byzantium, its place in history and in academic departments, and why it’s an area of study that is definitely worth our time.

Jun 25 2020

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The Year 1000

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This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Valerie Hansen to get a global perspective on the Middle Ages at the turn of the millennium, including how cultures were connecting in the year 1000, what goods people were trading, and just how far the trade routes went.

Dr. Hanson's new book is The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World and Globalization Began.

The sponsor for this week’s episode is Skillshare – you sign up for a two-month free trial by going to www.medievalists.net/skillshare

You can also help support the podcast and Medievalists.net through our Patreon – go to https://www.patreon.com/medievalists to learn more.

Jun 18 2020

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Medieval Graffiti with Matthew Champion

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This week’s episode is about one of the places where art and memory, serious messages and playful doodles intersect: graffiti. Danièle interviews Matthew Champion to find out about what sort of images you can find on the walls of a medieval church, just who was tagging, and a little bit about pandemic graffiti.

You can learn more about Matthew's work by visiting his website http://www.mjc-associates.co.uk/ or follow him on Twitter @mjc_associates

The sponsor for this week’s episode is Skillshare – you sign up for a two-month free trial by going to www.medievalists.net/skillshare

You can also help support the podcast and Medievalists.net through our Patreon - go to https://www.patreon.com/medievalists to learn more.

Jun 11 2020

35mins

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Reflections on Racism in Medieval Studies

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We know for a fact that the medieval world was diverse, we know for a fact that civilizations outside of the major European nations were interesting, but at the moment, Medieval Studies is still a very white field. So why does this matter, especially in the current moment? Because black history matters. Black scholarship matters. And black lives matter.

Jun 03 2020

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Jousting in the Middle Ages with Emma Levitt

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This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Emma Levitt about tournaments and the joust in the Middle Ages. Dr. Levitt tells us all about how to score a joust, how the tournament changed over time, and how jousting was used to mend fences during the Wars of the Roses.

May 28 2020

37mins

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Isabella of France, Queen of England

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This week, Danièle tells the story of one of her favourite queens, Isabella of France, who went from being a child bride to storming England and toppling an anointed king.

May 21 2020

44mins

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Five Myths about Medieval Peasants

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This week, Danièle takes on five common myths about medieval peasants.

May 14 2020

36mins

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Castles in the Middle Ages

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This week Danièle talks about castles: what they were like, what they were for, and where we get some of the everyday words we use to describe them.

Apr 30 2020

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Three funny tales from the 14th century

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This week Danièle shares three funny tales by Franco Sacchetti, written to entertain Italians during the tough times they experienced in the fourteenth century.

Apr 23 2020

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iTunes Ratings

80 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
7
1
1
2

Informative and fun to listen to!

By MFC1514 - May 07 2020
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The host does an incredible job!!

Love this podcast!

By JessePara - Apr 14 2020
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I love this podcast. Very informative with great interviews and little unnecessary banter.