Sarah Ifft Decker, a medieval historian, explores how movies, tv, and books depict the medieval world. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? And what do they tell us about how modern people think about the medieval past?
Join two thoroughly broken and downtrodden medievalists as Sarah and guest Katherine Hindley struggle through this adaptation of Beowulf - and talk about what makes the original poem worth reading.
We talk about Seamus Heaney's Beowulf as a great translation - and it is!
I also recommend the new translation by Maria Dahvana Headley, which I had not yet read back when this episode was recorded. It's much more modernized and takes a few more liberties, but it's a really great reading experience.
If you want a better Beowulf adaptation, check out The Thirteenth Warrior (discussed on this podcast!) or, for a slightly different take, John Gardner's novel Grendel or Maria Dahvana Headley's modernized adaptation The Mere Wife.
CW: Brief reference to suicide. References to consent issues. On a lighter note, frequent references to phallic symbolism (blame the movie, not us) that might make this awkward to listen to at work or in front of some family members.
Netflix release a show thats set in King Arthur continuity and cast lots of women and POC? Of course Sarah is going to talk about it!
This week she is joined by Jillian Sterling Ness all the way from Canada and that Irish lad who talks too much.
Let's see if Cursed lives up to the promise its casting suggests.
Doctor Who - The Time Meddler
Media-eval makes its first foray into Doctor Who! Sarah and guest Elizabeth Bonnemann talk 1066 and how yes, real medieval people would find it strange that they've only met one grumpy monk from the local monastery.
Wheel Of Time Pt. 2
We're back with another look at Wheel of Time, the greatest fantasy epic of them all. Sarah gets technical and Ollie once again has to cut an hour of his fanboy gushing out. Enjoy!
Wheel of Time Pt. 1
Join Sarah and guest Ollie as they take a look at the greatest fantasy series ever written. They recorded for 5 hours on this and Ollie had to cut out about 2 hours of him gushing. Hopefully you like it! part 2 will come next week!
Army Of Darkness
Sarah and guest Jessica Bluemke Greiff (Friendly Atheist Podcast; Cooper Dooper) get into Army of Darkness ... despite having never seen the non-medieval parts of the trilogy. Come for the campy supernatural; stay for the demon sex - if you wanted to know about the premodern antecedents to Dr. Stella Immanuel's demon sex theories, this is the place to go.
CW: the film depicts kissing without consent and implied sexual assault; both are discussed on the podcast.
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PhD-Level Knowledge in an Entertaining Package
Love the show! Sarah is incredibly knowledgeable and provides historical context in a way that is charming and makes me want to hear more. Sarah has an easy rapport with every guest regardless of their personality or take on the movie of the week. Check it out if you like history, medieval or fantasy movies, or a real smart lady being charming as hell.
Great idea, mediocre execution
Production is absolutely horrible. Wish they would invest in better equipment.
Have you ever wondered how accurate medieval times was? I hadn’t, because before I listened to this podcast I knew that medieval times held themselves to the highest standards of historical accuracy that was reasonably feasible. So imagine my surprise when a actual REAL doctor of medieval history shattered my world view and exposed that restaurant for the pretender it is! This podcast is great and the host and guest hosts are always great, even the Irish guy! I personally can’t wait for the episode about prima noctra and how true it is!