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From long-lost Viking ships to kings buried in unexpected places; from murders and power politics, to myths, religion, the lives of ordinary people: Gone Medieval is History Hit’s podcast dedicated to the middle ages, in Europe and far beyond.
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From long-lost Viking ships to kings buried in unexpected places; from murders and power politics, to myths, religion, the lives of ordinary people: Gone Medieval is History Hit’s podcast dedicated to the middle ages, in Europe and far beyond.
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    The Danelaw

    The Danelaw

    The Danelaw was the part of England where large numbers of Scandinavians settled between the 9th and 11th centuries, and where Danish rather than English law was followed. Its set of legal terms and definitions was created in the treaties between Alfred the Great and the Danish warlord, Guthrum.
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Dr. Cat Jarman talks to Jake Stattel, a PhD candidate in Medieval History at Cambridge, whose research is teasing out new evidence about the political and social shifts in early Medieval Britain.
    This episode was mixed and edited by Annie Coloe and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 32 min
    The Princes in the Tower

    The Princes in the Tower

    Matt Lewis concludes his four special episodes on medieval mysteries with perhaps the most enduring historical enigma of them all.
    For more than 500 years, people have speculated about the disappearance of King Edward V - aged 12, and his nine-year-old brother Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York. They were lodged in the Tower of London by their paternal uncle the Duke of Gloucester, supposedly in preparation for Edward's coronation. But before the young king could be crowned, Gloucester ascended the throne as Richard III. The brothers vanished - and it’s generally assumed that they were murdered, probably by Richard. But Matt Lewis thinks differently.
    This episode was mixed and edited by Anisha Deva and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 52 min
    The Crusades and the Chertsey Tiles

    The Crusades and the Chertsey Tiles

    The largest group of tiles in The British Museum was found at the site of Chertsey Abbey in Surrey. These fragmented floor tiles depict the fictional killing of Sultan Saladin during the Crusades by Richard the Lionheart. Groundbreaking technological research has now revealed what the tile fragments originally looked like on the floor of the Chapter House, as well as some surprising revelations.
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Dr. Cat Jarman talks to Dr. Amanda Luyster, to find out how the Chertsey Tiles shed light on the impact that the Crusades had on the medieval visual culture of England.
    This episode was edited and produced by Rob Weinberg.
    The exhibition, Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece, is at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester MA, USA, 27 January - 9 April 2023.
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    • 37 min
    The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

    The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

    Matt Lewis continues his Mystery Month on Gone Medieval with another tantalising enigma of the Middle Ages - possibly the most mysterious manuscript that exists anywhere in the world. Carbon-dated to the early 15th century, the Voynich manuscript is hand-written in an unknown script, embellished with illustrations and diagrams, showing people, fantastical plants and astrological symbols.
    Yet the origins, authorship, and purpose of the manuscript continue to baffle experts, which have even included British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. Matt finds out more from Raymond Clemens, Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at Yale University.
    This episode was edited and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 26 min
    Ireland's First Convicted Witch

    Ireland's First Convicted Witch

    In 1324, Alice Kyteler became the first woman in Britain and Ireland to be tried for witchcraft. Married to four different husbands - all of whom died in suspicious circumstances - Alice was accused of murder, heresy and having carnal relations with the devil. But was she guilty? Or just another woman who fell victim to the medieval distaste for women in power?
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Dr. Cat Jarman is joined by Professor Claire Downham to discuss why Alice’s status as a successful business woman put a target on her back, how she found herself caught up in a web of religious politics and intrigue, and the significance of Britain and Ireland’s first ever burning at the stake for witchcraft.
    This episode was edited by Joseph Knight and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 34 min
    The Prester John Myth

    The Prester John Myth

    Matt Lewis continues his Mystery Month on Gone Medieval with another tantalising enigma of the Middle Ages - the legendary figure of Prester John.
    There’s a long history to the myth that “out there” in the east, a pious and noble Christian king ruled over a mighty kingdom — filled with strange beasts, fabulous wealth, and colossal buildings — who was prepared to lead his army to the defence of Christendom. But Prester John never showed up to help. Did he even exist? Matt examines the facts with Medieval era historian Dr. Nicholas Morton.
    This episode was edited and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

juliec229 ,

Medieval Marvels

Listen to all that Matt and Kat present but really enjoyed the episode regarding The Mongols. I never realised just how far they travelled and just what an influence they were on the
way our world has evolved.
Great job guys.

Makin' Whoopee Gift Shop ,

My #1 Podcast!

I listen to all the History Hit Podcasts, and loads of others, even the ones that are a bit too modern for me, which is pretty much the Tudors onwards…😉BUT… this is the best, by far! Cat & Matt are both excellent, they’re a great pair! Great scholarship, great guests, and still fun and laughs in amongst the serious stuff, I hate waiting for another episode!

Australia💪 ,

War of the Roses

Give Matt Lewis his own Podcast, superb narrator 👌
First crusade , none better 👏👏

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