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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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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Rise of the Crusader States

    Rise of the Crusader States

    The Crusader states in the Near East were created after the First Crusade in order to keep hold of the territorial gains made by those known in the region as the Franks - essentially Christians from Western Europe. What can the military activities of the many different factions in the region tell us about how and why those states rose and then fell?
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis finds out more from Dr. Nicholas Morton, author of The Crusader States and Their Neighbours: A Military History, 1099-1187.
    This episode was edited by Anisha Deva and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 38 min
    Edward the Confessor

    Edward the Confessor

    One of the last kings of Anglo-Saxon England, Edward the Confessor regained the throne for the House of Wessex and is the only English monarch to become a Saint. But Edward the Confessor has also been blamed for causing the invasion of 1066―the last successful conquest of England by a foreign power.
     
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Dr. Eleanor Janega talks to Professor Tom Licence, author of Edward the Confessor: Last of the Royal Blood, about a compassionate and conscientious ruler, whose reign marked an interval of peace and prosperity between periods of strife.
    This episode was edited by Ella Blaxill and produced by Joseph Knight and Rob Weinberg.
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    • 46 min
    The Anarchy: Disruptive Women

    The Anarchy: Disruptive Women

    The Anarchy is an intriguing and often forgotten period of history. There are fascinating characters and moments of deep political importance to England's development as a state. The involvement of women in the Anarchy is vital to understanding how it played out over almost two decades. 
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis talks to Sharon Bennett Connolly - author of Women of the Anarchy - in which she demonstrates how certain women were prime movers in a time of conflict and how their strengths, weaknesses and personal ambitions swung the fortunes of civil war one way - and then the other.
    This episode was produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 38 min
    Fantastic Beasts of the Middle Ages

    Fantastic Beasts of the Middle Ages

    In the Middle Ages, animals were often the means for survival and the source of great wealth. No wonder then that in the medieval imagination, animals are not just animals. Animals were thought to have traits and characteristics that meant that they could be sorted into moral categories - good and bad, righteous and evil - that dominate the Christian imagination. Ants could be monsters and panthers could be your friend, dog-headed men were as real as elephants and whales were as sneaky as wolves. 
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Dr. Eleanor Janega is joined by Hana Videen, author of The Deorhord: An Old English Bestiary to discuss animals, language, and how - when it comes to thinking about the animal kingdom - we actually have a lot in common with our Medieval ancestors. 
    This episode was edited by Ella Blaxill and produced by Joseph Knight.
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    • 37 min
    Travel Guide to the Middle Ages

    Travel Guide to the Middle Ages

    If you are planning - or dreaming of - your next holiday, have you stopped to wonder whether our medieval counterparts did exactly the same thing? Why did people travel in the Middle Ages, and what was the experience like for them? Were there any similarities with travelling today?
    In this edition of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis talks to Anthony Bale.  His book A Travel Guide to the Middle Ages invites the reader to journey alongside scholars, spies and saints, from western Europe to the Far East and the Antipodes, giving an insight into how medieval people understood their world.
    This episode was produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 37 min
    Whisky: The Medieval Elixir

    Whisky: The Medieval Elixir

    Did you know we have our medieval ancestors to thank for whisky? It wasn’t exactly a medieval invention but the process of making distilled alcohol and the idea that it might be fun to drink was.
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Dr. Eleanor Janega finds out more from whisky journalist Matt Chambers about how we got from desalinating seawater in the Ancient period to enjoying a dram or two today. 
    This episode was edited by Ella Blaxill and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
244 Ratings

244 Ratings

Sharpeshooter62 ,

History made Interesting

Great show love both Eleanor and Matt and the way they bring history to life in their wonderful podcasts.

(Gibberer) ,

Shoosh!

• Host Catchphrase: “… Right?” ~ • EPISODE: No.270 St Nicholas, in which the guest is barely (and rarely) permitted to get a word in edgewise. ~ •EPISODE No.292 Sweyn Forkbeard: Unlistenable due to guest’s constant giggling. Annoying guest catchphrases: “… yeah …”; “kind of”; “sort of”. ~ •EPISODE No.303 Pilgrimage Annoying Guest Catchphrase: “If you will.”

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•EPISODE: No.306 “The Last Crusade”: Annoying Guest Catchphrase: “Quote-unquote”.

Donotpay_Feeldcrapnow ,

Can’t listen now

I’m sure she is an absolutely lovely person but I’m afraid I agree with the other reviews re Eleanor Janega 😢 I find the same thing with Alison Lister on Betwixt the sheets 🫨😖: I just don’t come here for jaunty, sexy, funky talk - I just want the history and to listen to the expert with a knowledgeable but respectful and generous host who doesn’t have to try too hard!! I only listen to Matt’s episodes now and Suzannah Lipscombe (not just the Tudors) also is a great example of fab podcast hosting.

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