12 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!

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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 11: On The Loss of Christopher Tolkien and Terry Jones

    Pop Medieval Ep 11: On The Loss of Christopher Tolkien and Terry Jones

    Doc and Nina get serious for a moment to talk about the passing of Christopher Tolkien, the son and executor of J.R.R Tolkien, and his impact on the Tolkien estate and it’s mark on pop culture. They’ll also discuss the loss of Terry Jones, one of the founding members of the Monty Python troupe, and remind our listeners that his writing credits were far more than just comedic.







    Show Notes



    You can watch Doc’s video about Christopher Tolkien here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDej6XOWwtU



    Nina’s Recommendations



    Lindsay Ellis’ Hugo’s-nominated The Hobbit video essay series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTRUQ-RKfUs)



    Terry Jones as Mr Creosote from The Meaning of Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxRnenQYG7I)



    Graham Chapman’s Memorial from 1989 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm2XPkqENaw)



    Doc’s Recommendations



    “Chaucer’s Knight” by Terry Jones: (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/462621.Chaucer_s_Knight?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=MCIIkQxMVU&rank=1)



    Celebrating Christopher Tolkien’s Cartographic Legacy (https://www.tor.com/2020/01/22/celebrating-christopher-tolkiens-cartographic-legacy/)



    “Old English and Samwise Gamgee’s Genealogy: Eden and the Unfallen Hobbit” by Dr. Richard Scott Nokes – hey, that’s Doc! (https://www.amazon.com/Old-English-Samwise-Gamgees-Genealogy-ebook/dp/B004PYDFEA/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+unfallen+hobbit&qid=1579972426&sr=8-1)







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

    • 34 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 10: Seven Medieval Words (We Should Bring Back Today)

    Pop Medieval Ep 10: Seven Medieval Words (We Should Bring Back Today)

    The last time Doc and Nina played a game, it ended in Doc’s humiliating loss! Now, he’s out for blood with a game of “Seven Medieval Words (We Should Bring Back Today).” He’ll give Nina seven Old English words and let her guess the definitions. Can Nina get four out of seven correct, or will Doc get his revenge? Plus, Nina schools Doc on the deeply upsetting modern English translation of a modern German word.







    Show Notes



    Doc’s Recommendations



    “Drout’s Quick and Easy Old English” by Michael C. Drout ( https://books2read.com/Drout-Old-English)



    Stephen Pollington’s “Wordcraft” (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/453647.Wordcraft?from_search=true&qid=akcHzavs4K&rank=4)



    Nina’s Recommendations



    20 Awesome Medieval Words We Should Bring Back by History Hustle ( https://historyhustle.com/20-awesome-historical-words-we-need-to-bring-back/)







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

    • 29 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 9: Hail to The King, Baby

    Pop Medieval Ep 9: Hail to The King, Baby

    Mov-ember (finally!) concludes on a high note! Doc and Nina discuss the 2019 Netflix original, The King, starring Timothee Chalamet. This is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” so brush up on your Henriad before listening!



    Doc and Nina will discuss the historical context of Henry V (or Hal, as he’s called in the film), his shaky Salic claim to both the English and French thrones, war (what IS it good for anyway?), and the movie’s decision to leave out the St. Crispian’s Day speech. Doc will also talk about the gross reason why Henry V is always painted in profile and Nina admires Fallstaff’s dancing dad bod.







    Show Notes



    You can watch The King on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/80182016)



    Nina’s Recommendations



    This Day is Called the Feast of St. Crispian – Kyle Kallgran of Brows Held High (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76_Q9ruJfrE) The Real Story Behind Timothee Chalamet’s Henry V – Netflix crash course in history (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9hFxE2GlmU)  The Crown Season 3 – Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/80025678)



    Doc’s Recommendations



    Good Tickle Brain’s Stick-figure Shakespeare at Goodticklebrain.com ( https://goodticklebrain.com/shakespeare-index#/henry-v-old/ )Steven Muhlberger’s “Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century” ( https://books2read.com/u/mV75pM) Doc’s appearance on The Bean Pot Podcast ( http://podcast.adamdrinkwater.com/737459/2220371-dr-richard-nokes-professor-awesome-and-zombies)

    • 43 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 8: The St Nick Sucker Punch

    Pop Medieval Ep 8: The St Nick Sucker Punch

    Blīþe Gēol! In this very special episode of Pop Medieval, Doc tells Nina about two legends of Saint Nicholas. The first is the legend of St. Nicholas of Myra, who allegedly attended the Council of Nicaea and punched a heretic in the face. The second is the story of St. Nicholas resurrecting two butchered and pickled children from a vat. Finally, we hear Doc do a dramatic reading of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer translated from modern English into Old English and back into modern English.



    Also, Nina reveals her plans to return to a “traditional” Christmas.







    Show Notes



    Did St Nicholas of Myra / Santa Claus punch Arius at the Council of Nicaea? (Roger Pearce)



    St Nicholas and the story of the three schoolboys murdered by an inn-keeper and stashed in a pickling cask (Roger Pearce)



    Hrodulf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Old English to Modern English, by Philip Craig Chapman-Bell (Bakersfield College)



    Nina’s Recommendations



    Chaucer’s Mead for All Seasons (chaucerswine.com) [h/t – Eric from the Wine Dads podcast]



    Doc’s Recommendations



    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, or Sword of the Valiant (IMDB)

    • 21 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 7: Robin, Robin, Robin Buckets o’ Gold

    Pop Medieval Ep 7: Robin, Robin, Robin Buckets o’ Gold

    Mov-ember continues! This time, Doc and Nina look at the Robin Hood 2018 adaptation, starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx and feature a butt-load of strange arrow physics and a cart-chase scene. We have to specify this since, apparently, there were two Robin Hood movies released in 2018. Who knew?



    Doc and Nina discuss why this mess of a film is actually a modern adaptation of ye olde Robin Hood myth despite the medieval trappings. Nina reveals her lifelong crush on Paul Rudd while running through a list of modern medieval adaptation examples and Doc surprises Nina with an unlikely Robin Hood adaptation. They then settle on what makes an adaptation good and why this one just didn’t work.







    Show Notes



    Since there was some initial confusion, this movie is indeed Robin Hood ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4532826/)



    Nina’s Recommendation:



    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107977/)



    Mel Brooks, The Producers and the Ethics of Satire by Lindsay Ellis (https://youtu.be/62cPPSyoQkE)



    Doc’s Recommendation:



    Disney’s Robin Hood ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070608/ )







    Any recommendations? Send them to us at podcast at profawesome dot com!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Pop Medieval Ep 6: We’re About to Go Feast Mode

    Pop Medieval Ep 6: We’re About to Go Feast Mode

    Mov-ember has been temporarily pre-empted due to the Thanksgiving holiday so Doc and Nina can bring you this very special food-themed episode of Pop Medieval. This one’s all about a certain fast-food restaurant and their foray into a table-top role-playing game called Feast of Legends. Doc tells Nina all about his experiencing playing the game that, yes, incorporates food off the menu. They also talk about medieval eating practices, the origin of the word “morsel,” and settle the debate once and for all: is a hot dog a sandwich?







    Show Notes



    Feast of Legends (https://www.feastoflegends.com/)



    Rendering of Doc’s character: (https://i0.wp.com/www.profawesome.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NokesFeastAvatar-scaled.jpg)



    Doc’s Recommendations



    Insular Art Forms: Their Essence and Construction by the late Dr. Robert Stevick ( https://books2read.com/u/m0zPP7)



    Stevick’s Companion Figures Page ( https://www.witanpublishing.com/insular-art-forms-their-essence-and-construction/ )



    King Arthur Pendragon RPG ( https://www.chaosium.com/pendragon/ )



    Nina’s Recommendation



    The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King ( https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Tower-8-Book-Boxed-Set/dp/1501163566/)

    • 50 min

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