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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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    What the Romans Did for Us

    What the Romans Did for Us

    Early Medieval Britain was more Roman than we think. The Roman Empire left vast infrastructural resources, not least roads, walls and bridges. Why have they survived so well? And what did the people who lived here immediately after the Romans think of them and do with them?
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Dr. Cat Jarman talks to Dr. Mateusz Fafinski about how the infrastructure the Romans left behind was used and adapted in the early Medieval period.
    The Senior Producer on this episode was Elena Guthrie. It was edited by Thomas Ntinas and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    A History of Britain in 50 Documents

    A History of Britain in 50 Documents

    How do you go about finding your way around the history of a nation and a national identity? For the barrister and author Dominic Selwood, documents are the perfect window through which to watch a country develop and change. His new book Anatomy of a Nation: A History of British Identity in 50 Documents explores more than 950,000 years of history by examining those documents that tell the story of what has made Britain unique.
    In this podcast, Matt Lewis talks to Dominic Selwood particularly about the Medieval documents he’s chosen, including the Magna Carta, Joan of Arc’s letter to King Henry VI, and the emergence of the stories of King Arthur.
    The Senior Producer on this episode was Elena Guthrie. It was edited and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    When War Veterans Excavate the Anglo-Saxons

    When War Veterans Excavate the Anglo-Saxons

    Archaeology has a lot to contribute to our knowledge and understanding of the so-called Dark Ages, and every now and then new sites are found in places where we previously knew nothing about the people who once lived there.
    In today’s Gone Medieval, Dr. Cat Jarman goes to the Ministry of Defence land on Salisbury Plain to visit precisely one such site. There she meets Richard Osgood, senior archaeologist for the MoD who is excavating a seventh-century cemetery as part of Operation Nightingale which gives excavation opportunities to injured service personnel and veterans as part of their rehabilitation.
    The Senior Producer on this episode was Elena Guthrie. It was edited by Seyi AdaobI and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    Eleanor of Aquitaine

    Eleanor of Aquitaine

    From an age in which women’s lives were obscured and poorly recorded, one shines brightly from the darkness. Eleanor of Aquitaine - born 900 years ago - has been the subject of scandal and legend for almost a millennium. Nevertheless, she played a central role in the pivotal events that defined nations and set relationships across Europe for centuries to come. 
    In this special explainer episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis recounts an incredible life, separating the myths from the facts to get to the real Eleanor of Aquitaine.
    The Senior Producer on this episode was Elena Guthrie. It was mixed and edited by Rob Weinberg. 
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    The Norse Walrus Ivory Trade Crash

    The Norse Walrus Ivory Trade Crash

    The first of Greenland’s Viking settlements were established in the tenth century. But by the fifteenth century, they had all but vanished, their fate confounding generations of archaeologists. But new research has revealed that it was the trade in walrus ivory that was behind both their prosperity and decline.
    In this edition of Gone Medieval, Dr. Cat Jarman talks to Professor James Barrett, to discuss an enterprise that traversed East and West, but ultimately crashed as stocks ran out and elephant ivory became more accessible.
    The Senior Producer on this episode was Elena Guthrie. It was edited by Thomas Ntinas and produced by Rob Weinberg. 
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    Going to Church in Medieval England

    Going to Church in Medieval England

    Parish churches were at the heart of English social life in the Middle Ages. But how did they come into existence? Who staffed them? And how were the buildings used? 
    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis talks to Professor Nicholas Orme, whose new book Going to Church in Medieval England was shortlisted for the 2022 Wolfson History Prize, the UK’s most prestigious history writing award. Together, they explore how worship touched everyone’s lives, what happened in the daily and weekly services, and how churches marked festivals and the great events of life.
    The Senior Producer on this episode was Elena Guthrie. It was edited and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
465 Ratings

465 Ratings

RBDC111 ,

Super podcast!

This is a great podcast — very interesting topics, and nice that it alternates between two different moderators. If you are interested in this period of history, you should definitely check it out!

MellyLovesHistory ,

Just Listened for the First Time!

I loved learning about Eleanor! Thanks for a refreshing presentation with some humor and a great pace!

PixieDustNOLA ,

Another great episode

I love when the topic and guest are equally interesting. Dominic Selwood, author of Anatomy of a Nation, was a wonderful guest. Good voice that’s pleasant on the ears as well as that of host Matthew Lewis (despite him being a Richard III apologist). I so wish there was more recorded history of that time; loved the part about historical King Arthur. Gone Medieval is one of my favorite podcasts.

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