54 episodes

Your brave hosts Dr. Richard Scott Nokes and his Top Minion, Nina MacNamara, seek knowledge, adventure, and fun as they tackle everyone's least favorite college subject but everyone's favorite period in movies: the dark ages! They'll go on treasure hunts, talk the Black Death, and slay a few monsters (and their mothers) on their way. Get ready to have fun and learn something at the same time!

Pop Medieval Pop Medieval

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Your brave hosts Dr. Richard Scott Nokes and his Top Minion, Nina MacNamara, seek knowledge, adventure, and fun as they tackle everyone's least favorite college subject but everyone's favorite period in movies: the dark ages! They'll go on treasure hunts, talk the Black Death, and slay a few monsters (and their mothers) on their way. Get ready to have fun and learn something at the same time!

    Pop Medieval Ep 49: Final Exam

    Pop Medieval Ep 49: Final Exam

    It's the season 3 finale! Time for your final exam! Have you been paying attention all year, or have you been idly listening on your morning commute? Featuring a Pop Medieval correction and retraction! 



    After your exam, be sure to check out Doc and Nina's summer reading program:
    "Icarus", "A Bitter Spring" by Nina MacNamara (https://ninamacnamara.com/)
    A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (https://www.amazon.com/Memory-Called-Empire-Arkady-Martine-ebook/dp/B07C7BCB88)
    "Watch of Traxis" (https://books2read.com/watch-of-traxis), "From A to Zombie" (https://books2read.com/u/b5QrLl) by Professor Awesome
    "Alfgar’s Stories from Beowulf" by Edward Risden (https://witanpublishing.com/2020/09/07/alfgars-stories-from-beowulf/)



    Wæs Þu hæl for the summer, everyone! But we'll be on Discord if you miss us. Join us at: https://discord.gg/VaF2sZdeGk

    • 22 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 48: Where There’s a Whip…

    Pop Medieval Ep 48: Where There’s a Whip…

    Doc and Nina try to record an episode without giggling, but the lord of the lash says, "nay, nay, nay!" They are back in Nerdhaven studios together and, propelled by the new Lord of the Rings series called "The Rings of Power," discuss some Tolkien adaptations. Stay for a serenade. 
    Topics discussed: Overpromising book deadlines, selective rotoscoping, a shocking dvd discovery, Rankin Bass's confusing start and bizarre flashbacks, Nina's need for a map, Frodo-mon, the fourth wall break, and justice for the felbeast. 
    Recommendations
    Dan Olsen’s Exhaustive History of Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr_rb_pitHk) 
    Old English and Samwise Gamgee by Dr. Richard Scott Nokes (https://books2read.com/u/3yPjRp)
    Listen to "Where There's a Whip There's a Way" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoAfb3f04mo)

    • 29 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 47: Earendel is a Good Name for a Star

    Pop Medieval Ep 47: Earendel is a Good Name for a Star

    We’re going to the stars! In this episode, Doc tells Nina about the new astronomical discovery and what that has to do with Tolkien plus some other medieval astronomy instruments. Finally, Doc implies that Nina has the “ill-Inanna.” 

    Topics covered: sky protractors, using video game consoles to remember names, complicated steampunk sundials, Mayan city planning, American presidential rituals, and the longest star naming discussion ever.

    Show Notes

    https://www.space.com/hubble-most-distant-star-tolkien-name-earendil 

    thoughtco.com/the-astrolabe-using-the-stars-for-navigation-and-timekeeping-4126095

    http://english.pmo.cas.cn/resources/facilities/201911/t20191123_226171.html

    https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/maya/mmc07eng.html

    Recommendations:

    The Expanse - All 6 Seasons on Amazon Prime https://www.amazon.com/The-Expanse-Season-1/dp/B08B49T8TZ 

    How to make an Astrolabe https://arxiv.org/pdf/1202.2005.pdf

    British Museum’s “How to Use an Astrolabe” https://youtu.be/N8oWGwcdFmA

    See hwaet's Poppin' in the Pop Medieval Discord. Join us at: https://discord.gg/VaF2sZdeGk

    • 22 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 46: Medieval Ukraine

    Pop Medieval Ep 46: Medieval Ukraine

    Doc refocuses current events on himself and then introduces Nina to Saint Olga of Kyiv. Doc completely misses two jokes. Plus, Nina relives past trauma.

    Topics covered: The grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Golden Horde, who can lay claim to what, the greatness of Maggie Smith, #niceguys of the 8th century, the logistics of getting buried alive in a castle, extra steamy bath houses, St. Olga's non-traditional funeral practices and birding, and spiritual incest.

    Recommendations:

    Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath (https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/)

    The Primary Chronicle (https://www.mgh-bibliothek.de/dokumente/a/a011458.pdf)

    See hwaet's Poppin' in the Pop Medieval Discord. Join us at: https://discord.gg/VaF2sZdeGk

    • 27 min
    Pop Medieval Minisode 4: WHAT Kind of School??

    Pop Medieval Minisode 4: WHAT Kind of School??

    Spring Break, Pop Medievalists! While Doc and Nina work on their freckling, they left you with another Minisode. It's timely, too: Who hates Red Sparrow as much as Nina? Probably no one. Enjoy!

    (Some salty language. Listener discretion advised.)

    • 6 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 45: Degrees of Deadness in Valheim

    Pop Medieval Ep 45: Degrees of Deadness in Valheim

    Doc and Nina play the popular viking-themed video game, Valheim. They'll discuss the meaning of the game and get into the finer aspects of the world.

    Topics covered: being dead, naked and afraid; rewarding cooperative game play;Ms. Awesome's Viking Animal Crossing; where fantasy name generators fail; the evolution of tree punching; sea travel realism; unforgiving viking homelife; corvid mythos; the connection between Eikthyr and heavy metal music; troll clothing; and non-toxic norse communities.

    Recommendations

    Valhalla Rising (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0862467/)

    Old Norse for Modern Times (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54954746-old-norse-for-modern-times)

    See hwaet's Poppin' in the Pop Medieval Discord. Join us at: https://discord.gg/VaF2sZdeGk

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

cskyhawk ,

It’s not bad!

I found lots of info about Medieval curse words on this podcast! And how to heal myself using 12th century herbal cures.

Top Podcasts In Education

Jordan Harbinger
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
Jennette McCurdy
Rich Roll
TED
Motiversity