Rank #1: 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 #2: 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- How do outdated discourses of sexually transmitted disease still resonate today?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 #3: 69: Book Club--The Other Boleyn Girl
After a brief summer break, Rude Tudors is back with bi-weekly episodes!
It’s the very first installment of the Rude Tudors Book Club! Our first choice is an oldie but a goodie, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Sit in on the best English class you’ll ever be a part of as literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating dig into this bodice ripper masquerading as history. Find out about the competition of sisterhood, the best Renaissance sex tricks to keep a capricious king, and 101 ways to get yourself accused of witchcraft. Join this raunchy jaunt through the period of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare.
Oct 09 2016
Rank #4: 14-Renaissance Gardening Tips
In this episode, Liz and Nicole react to the SHOCKING NEWS of a new, (incorrectly identified) portrait of Shakespeare! Then pick up some gardening tips and tricks to help your pumpkins win some prizes. Finally, delve into the weird and wonderful world of Shakespearean-themed fan fiction, Harry Potter style. rudetudors.com @rudetudors.com Reviews make our day, week, month, and years!
May 26 2015
Rank #5: 59-Three Kinds of Widows
In this Game of Thrones-inspired episode, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating get to the bottom of Renaissance stereotypes about widows. Learn about the merry widow who pulls fart-related pranks, the pitiful widow who sues for her livelihood, and the murderous widow who schemes to poison the husband of her friend. Questions answered in this episode include...
- What were dominant stereotypes about unmarried widows?
- How did these stereotypes play out in the records and literature of the period?
- Were English widows the original sexy lady cougars?
Listen to this irreverent mash-up of history and pop culture.
May 27 2016
Rank #6: 71-Mysterious Missing Children
What happened to the James family in 1606? The parents were found murdered in their home and the two children went missing. Learn about the brutal band of brigands who terrorized this family and whether justice was ever served. Find out the answer to the following questions:
- What is the connection between true crime & literature during the Renaissance?
- What role do stereotypes and miracles play in realistic genres?
Learn about true crime during the period of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare.
Nov 14 2016
Rank #7: 25-Love After Death
In this episode, Liz and Nicole ask, do you believe in love after death? Under discussion is the duration of love and marriage once the couple bites the dust, sandwiched with a consideration of Romeo and Juliet. Highlights include polyamorous ghost hauntings; in heaven, we are all angels, duh; unfinished love business; running cheerfully toward heaven; Jesus, the ultimate home wrecker; meeting new friends in heaven; the fuck-fiends of Sodom; posthumous intimacy in the grave; and the family history and filmography of Antonio Banderas. Plus, the latest installment of Two Truths and a Renaissance Lie. rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Aug 13 2015
Rank #8: 21-Do Your Dugs Hang Low?
In this episode, Liz and Nicole plumb the plump depths of Renaissance breasts. Highlights include: freeing captive nipples; confusing Dr. Seuss and Gertrude Stein; the whimsy of The Bresticle, a boobular monster; embossed boobs; the deliciousness of the Lezberita, a newly invented drink; the connection between breasts and testicles; Galen, the Web MD of the Renaissance; saggy demon boobs; the medicinal properties of breast milk. rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Jul 16 2015
Rank #9: 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 #10: 45-Talking Historical Smack
Who loves talking historical smack? In this episode, English Renaissance scholar Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating discuss libellous poetry. The Tudors and Stuarts had a knack for writing poems for every occasion, like acute political jealousy or petty neighborhood quarrels. Hear some examples from this raunchy jaunt through the archive available by earlystuartlibels.net! And check out their review of a production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure by London's Cheek By Jowl & Moscow's Pushkin Theater at the top of the show.
Feb 05 2016
Rank #11: 22-Secret Agent Man
In this episode, Liz and Nicole discuss William Herle, reputed pirate and spy for William Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Burghley) and Queen Elizabeth. Highlights include developing your Renaissance spy skills; Law and Order: Special Sea Victims Unit; the goings-on of the Marshalsea Prison; developing a convincing cover story; toilet rum and basement wine; the Ridolfi plot to overthrow Elizabeth; the pope’s beef with England; the average running speed of a papal bull; bro-ing out over Catholicism; transhistorical butthole smuggling; and Mary, Queen of Scotts, the ultimate Girl Who Codes. Plus, the latest installment of Wack Translations! rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Jul 23 2015
Rank #12: 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 #13: 72-Dirty Jokes for Dark Times
In this episode of English Renaissance podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating laugh and teach about historical jests. From poop to virgins to henpecked husbands, these dirty jokes amused people of the past. But how do they hold up? Find out in this episode...
- What elements of historical humor still speak to us?
- What remains funny, and what seems foreign?
Join this raunchy jaunt through the time of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare.
Nov 28 2016
Rank #14: 36-Werewolves
So many things to report about Renaissance werewolves. Find out about the German werewolf who liked to wear an enchanted girdle and tear the throats out of his victims. Plus a delusional Italian from an English play who digs up corpses because he thinks he's a werewolf. Truly horrific stuff. Liz and Nicole find a way to joke about it all. You'll be down if you like comedy, history, and/or edutainment.
And now, a long list of interests that may overlap with the content of Rude Tudors: English, literature, history, Shakespeare, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, theater, sexuality, comedy, feminism, women, gender, digital humanities, education, teaching
Oct 30 2015
Rank #15: 35-Killer Cannibals
In this episode, Liz and Nicole get morbid discussing Sawney Bean and his clan of 40+ incestuous cannibal killers. This is the stuff of legend, literally. Learn about why stories of this Scottish brood lasted for hundreds of years and even inspired the cult horror flick The Hills Have Eyes . Lots of gory, and funny, details to get you into the Halloween spirit.
Oct 23 2015
Rank #16: 62-Killer Unicorns
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Do you believe in unicorns? Want to find out if Renaissance folks did? Check out the latest episode of history podcast Rude Tudors, hosted by literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating. Some might assume that unicorns have always been glittery, Lisa Frank creations with rainbows shooting out of their butts. But the unicorns described in Edward Topsell’s English-language bestiary are the stuff of nightmares. Dangerous, mysterious, and sometimes the size of an elephant, these creatures were a mythological force to reckon with.
Find out the answers to...
- How were unicorns’ appearance and behavior described?
- Where were they supposedly found?
- What medicinal qualities did their horns have?
- Did English people actually believe in unicorns?
Listen to the latest mashup of English history and modern popular culture.
Jun 26 2016
Rank #17: 53-The Pirate Queen of Ireland
Have you heard of Grace O'Malley, the Irish pirate queen? Though ignored by chronicles and official histories, O'Malley's legend lives on poems, music, and romance novels. As the only woman on record as having a leadership role with her clan in 16th-century Gaelic Ireland, O'Malley's history jumps out of the shadows as this episode explores this important figure during a time of serious political upheaval. Though vilified by the English as manly, O'Malley defied gender roles and expectations as she defended her piracy and and fought for her family's ancestral lands. In doing so, she courted the understanding and favor of Queen Elizabeth herself. Join literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating as they get to the root of the following questions:
- What was the state of Ireland during the time that O'Malley lived?
- How was she able to become a leader in her clan and on her ships?
- What kinds of capers & hijinks did she get involved in?
Apr 15 2016
Rank #18: 39-Weird Dreams
Are dreams are interesting to no one but the dreamer? What about dreams from history? In this episode, Liz and Nicole discuss beliefs about dreams in Renaissance England. Highlights include embarrassing sex dreams about dogs; the naked and natural thoughts of our souls; indigestion and its effect on the brain; fever dreams and portentous ravens; prophetic dreams like in Buffy the Vampire Slayer; anxious displays of masculinity and femininity; the cannibalistic undertones of King Lear; lots of dead children and inheritances; wrestlers and their pregnancies; and much more! Leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher to enter the contest for a RUDE TUDORS T-SHIRT! Website Twitter Facebook
Nov 26 2015
Rank #19: 68-Brexit 1625
RUDE TUDORS IS NOW BI-MONTHLY
England is currently making a Brexit, but it’s not their first time running away from their problems. In this episode of Renaissance podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating explore the great flight from London in 1625. Learn how the ravages of the plague sent people running for the hills. In this episode, Liz and Nicole answer the questions...
- What was the social climate in 1625 in London?
- What kinds of people left the city? What criticisms were leveled against them?
- What possible benefits came from the great flight?
Join this raunchy jaunt through the period of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare.
Aug 23 2016
Rank #20: 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