32 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

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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 29: Sutton Who?

    Pop Medieval Ep 29: Sutton Who?

    Inspired by the new Netflix original, “The Dig,” Doc and Nina discuss the Sutton Hoo archeological dig, the largest medieval find in England and, arguably, the most important! Then, Doc will give a mini history lesson on the Tomb of Childric I and the case of the stolen bees.

    Show Notes
    Be sure to check out our episode on the Staffordshire Hoard (https://www.profawesome.com/podcast/pop-medieval-the-staffordshire-hoard/)
    National Trust Site: (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo/features/a-brief-introduction-to-sutton-hoo-)
    British Museum: (https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/galleries/sutton-hoo-and-europe)
    Take a virtual tour: (https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/british-museum/AwEp68JO4NECkQ?sv_h=29.327916876487286&sv_p=0.501689350755754&sv_pid=8lnoW2svsyx7fttv0k6Vvg&sv_lid=3582009757710443819&sv_lng=-0.1261070443603955&sv_lat=51.51912226587073&sv_z=0.6911292499459274\)

    Recommendations
    “A Very English Scandal” by John Preston (https://www.amazon.com/Very-English-Scandal-Murder-Establishment/dp/1590518144/)
    “Beowulf: A Verse Translation for Students” by Edward L. Risden (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B6ACM54)
    “The Sutton Hoo Story: Encounters with Early England” by Martin Carver (https://www.amazon.com/Sutton-Hoo-Story-Martin-Carver/dp/178327204X)

    • 25 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 28: Alas, Poor Ophelia

    Pop Medieval Ep 28: Alas, Poor Ophelia

    Doc and Nina answer some listener mail in this episode! Today, they are discussing William Shakespeare’s mad Danish Prince, Hamlet. In particular, they look at the repercussions of his hackneyed plot to avenge his father’s death on Ophelia, his betrothed.
    Doc reveals the 12th century source for Hamlet – Saxo Grammaticus’s “Gesta Danorum”(simply, “Deeds of the Danes”) in which Amleth tells his lady love his plot to avenge his father’s death without the need to gaslight her into insanity.

    Show Notes
    Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1587)
    Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum (Deeds of the Danes)

    Recommendations
    Strange Brew (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086373/)
    Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath 
    Site (https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/)
    Book (https://www.amazon.com/Rejected-Princesses-Historys-Heroines-Hellions/dp/0062405373)

    • 21 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 27: Watch Your F*cking Mouth

    Pop Medieval Ep 27: Watch Your F*cking Mouth

    In an episode that surely not going to get them into trouble, Doc and Nina discuss the Netflix show “History of Swear Words” and what it missed. Doc talks taboos and euphemisms plus the pejoration and amelioration of words over the centuries. In between educational lessons, Nina will reveal her favorite swear word, school Doc on the Wu-Tang Clan, and drop some wise (but foul) parting knowledge on the audience.
    Warning: because it is impossible to talk about the subject matter without both saying the words and driving Engineer Mike crazy bleeping out the swears, Doc and Nina will be doing a LOT of cursing in this episode. Therefore, we will mark this episode as explicit. If very strong language offends you, Pop Medievalists, you should probably sit this one out!

    Show Notes:
    History of Swear Words on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/81305757)
    The Knight Who Made C*nts and A**holes Speak — yes, it exists! — (https://www.oocities.org/Paris/5339/voices.html)

    Recommendations:
    Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16225525-holy-sh-t)
    Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell (https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/41716694)
    Face/Off (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119094/)

    Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!

    • 27 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 26: Seven Medieval Words…A Sick Return!

    Pop Medieval Ep 26: Seven Medieval Words…A Sick Return!

    We’re bringing it back, folks! It’s time to play Seven Medieval Words and this time, it’s pandemic themed! That’s right, Doc has seven Old English words and Nina has to guess their modern English translation. Last time they played, her score was a humiliating 1/7. Think she can do better this time?
    As always, Pop Medievalists are invited to play along too! Can you can get the full seven?
    The words are: laecehus, adl, onflyge, grima, lacnung, angbreost, hraecca

    Recommendations
    Pandemic! the board game (https://www.amazon.com/Z-Man-Games-ZM7101-Pandemic/dp/B00A2HD40E/)
    Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healing. Stephen Pollington (https://www.amazon.com/Leechcraft-English-Charms-Plant-Lore-Healing/dp/1898281238)

    Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!

    • 27 min
    Pop Medieval Minisode 2: Sir Orrin is Gross

    Pop Medieval Minisode 2: Sir Orrin is Gross

    Doc and Nina are taking a holiday break! So for this Minisode, they’re releasing unheard content from episode 23 “Thar Be Dragons” about everyone’s favorite stuffy, ridiculous, and historically inaccurate bastion of knightly chivalry, Sir Orrin and his uncomfortable fascination with an underage Melisande.
    If you need some context, go back and listen to their episode on “The Flight of Dragons”
    https://www.profawesome.com/podcast/pop-medieval-ep-23-thar-be-dragons/

    Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!

    • 5 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 25: Good King Wences…whatever

    Pop Medieval Ep 25: Good King Wences…whatever

    In their Christmas episode, Doc explains the bizarre Medieval history of the carol, “Good King Wenceslas,” beginning with the pronunciation (which Nina bungles several times during this episode). They’ll discuss the confusing difference between the two Wenceslases (Wenceslii?), the real-life martyrdom of the correct Wenceslas, some fratricide, and the legend of Blanik Mountain. Plus, Nina successfully makes a connection between King Wenceslas and “The Lord of the Rings.”
    You can hear the version of “Good King Wenceslas” in this episode here: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._Army_Band_-_Good_King_Wenceslaus.ogg)

    Recommendations:
    “The Hanukkah Anthology” by Philip Goodman (https://www.amazon.com/Hanukkah-Anthology-Philip-Goodman/dp/0827600801/) 
    “The Hogfather” a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett (https://www.amazon.com/Hogfather-Novel-Discworld-Terry-Pratchett-ebook/dp/B000W5MIGC/)
    Horse Name Generator from Fantasy Name Generator (https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/horse_names.php)

    Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!

    • 22 min

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