Saint Podcast is a history and culture podcast about the always fascinating and often controversial lives of the saints.
The debut series is all about martyrs, saints who died because of their beliefs. Tune in to hear about a queen who bested the Roman Emperor, a saint swallowed alive by a dragon, twin doctor brothers, a gay icon – and many more!
Martyrs: Saint Margaret the Vanquisher of Dragons
Episode 3 of Saint Podcast's Martyrs series is about Saint Margaret. She's one of the most popular saints globally, despite having been declared fictional by the Catholic Church in the 5th century - and then again in the 1960s. Nevertheless, her legend as a vanquisher of dragons has made her a perennial favourite. Tune into hear her story, and find out what Saint Margaret has in common with Sleeping Beauty, Aphrodite, and margaritas.
Martyrs: Saint Sebastian the Gay Icon
Episode two of Saint Podcast's Martyr series is about Saint Sebastian, the patron saint of pandemics, athletes, archers, and outcasts. He's one of the most well-known saints and a gay icon. No other saint has as many works of art dedicated to them from paintings to films to books and pop songs. Tune in to learn more about this 3rd-century Roman citizen from Gaul who was famously shot full of arrows. And discover how a battle-weary Praetorian Guard transformed into a barely legal pin-up that inspired impure thoughts from 16th-century parishioners during mass.
Martyrs: Saint Stephen the Protomartyr
Since this is the debut episode of Saint Podcast, it seems only appropriate to begin with the story of Saint Stephen, the protomartyr, or first martyr.
Saint Stephen is one of the few saints whose story has a Biblical source, but his tale continues beyond the Bible in medieval legends, traditional celebrations, and even a French football club. Discover how the bones of a Greek-speaking Roman citizen changed the face of Christianity. Find out why wrens are considered treacherous birds by Celts and Vikings. And why many people around the world have Saint Stephen to thank for that public holiday on Boxing Day.
This podcast offers an engaging perspective on the stories of Saints. It is well researched and I enjoy how it ranges across time and place. And his voice is so dreamy and captivating!
Fascinating and engaging
I’m loving this! Compelling and informative podcast covering the fascinating history of religion, art and politics in the early Christian period through the lives of saints. Well written and well made, with lovely music. Podcaster has a very engaging and sonorous tone. Fantastic!
Amazing podcast, great pace too. I can’t wait for the next one to come out. Love it.