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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?

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 37 Ratings

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?

    Discworld

    Discworld

    Media-eval ventures into the Discworld! Sarah and guest Bridget Kennedy discuss two of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, Wyrd Sisters and Small Gods. Join us as we get into the Inquisition, witch persecution, and medievalism in the Discworld series.

    Social Media:
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    E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ladyhawke

    Ladyhawke

    Is it a Lady? Is she a hawk? Why not both?

    A hawk, a wolf, and a bishop meet in a medieval Italian city—and Sarah is joined by living history reenactor Ari Ryan Ailin, aka “The Turnip of Terror,” to discuss 1985 film Ladyhawke. Join us as we get into synth scores, strange helmets, possibly stranger bishops’ croziers, French presence in late medieval Sicily, and what Caroline Walker Bynum has called the “werewolf Renaissance of the 12th century.”

    Social Media:
    Twitter @mediaevalpod
    E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com
    Find Ari Ryan Ailin on Twitter @turnipterror and online at theturnipofterror.com

    • 2 hr 26 min
    The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

    The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

    Red, Black, and Periwinkle Deaths! Digressions Galore! Upside-down crosses! David Baxter of Thank You Five Podcast joins Sarah to discuss Vincent Price film The Masque of the Red Death (1964). Celebrate Halloween with us as we get into medieval horror, plague, and the real history of Satanism.

    Social Media:
    Twitter @mediaevalpod
    E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com
    Find David’s podcast Thank You Five on Twitter @thankyoufivepod
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    • 2 hr 31 min
    The Eagle

    The Eagle

    What if a movie was about two men falling in love and restoring each others honor?
    It would be called The Eagle and of all the movies that fail the Ifft Decker test, it would fail it the most.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    The Secret Of Kells

    The Secret Of Kells

    Medieval art historian Maeve Doyle returns to talk with Sarah about The Secret of Kells (2009), a gorgeous reimagining of the creation of the Book of Kells. Join us to learn about medieval visual culture, book production, and the real medieval origins of the film’s heroic cat Pangur Ban.

    This episode is dedicated to the memory of Producer Carmen, Sarah’s own heroic cat companion. She will be very much missed.

    Social Media:
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    E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com
    Find Maeve on Twitter: @mediumaeveum
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Cathedral Of The Sea/La catedral del mar (TV Series)

    Cathedral Of The Sea/La catedral del mar (TV Series)

    Medieval Iberia September on Media-eval continues! Want to hear what two historians of medieval Barcelona think about Netflix miniseries Cathedral of the Sea? Join Sarah and fellow medieval historian Marie Kelleher as we delve into the Jewish community of Barcelona, host desecration, and legal history - and remind listeners once again that the ius primae noctis wasn’t a real thing.

    CW: The series includes graphic representations of brutality (especially against women) and rape. We engage in critical discussions of the choices made related to this in the series and in the book on which it was based.

    Social Media:
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    E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com
    Check out Marie’s work: https://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14735.html
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    • 2 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

magicalmolly ,

Witty historical fun!

I heard about this podcast through the Thank You, Five podcast and I LOVE IT! As a huge history fan myself I love getting to hear a funny intelligent woman analyze history and fiction.

ChrissyFred ,

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.

NJMama2 ,

Great idea, mediocre execution

Production is absolutely horrible. Wish they would invest in better equipment.

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