A Shakespeare scholar talks to actual clever people about what normal domestic activity was like during the life and times of William Shakespeare. Partly informative, and mostly fun, the series aims to shed some light on the lesser discussed aspects of early modern life in England, namely poo, pants, passion and other such ponderings. Written, hosted, edited and produced by Anjna Chouhan.
9: Christmas Special
In this festive episode, I ask lots of wonderful people all about early modern Christmas and how it impacted domestic life. We cover everything from clothes to music, entertainment, fasting and feasting, and even a bit of decorating! For a Christmas treat, we hear from Brett Dolman, Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, as well as the wonderful Roxanne Bennis, living historian Esme Wise, historian Nic Fulcher, and literary scholar, Dr. Joan Fitzpatrick. Listen, enjoy and be merry!
Christmas Special Teaser
Introducing the Christmas Special! Filled with fun and informative explorations of all things festive in the early modern period. The episode goes live on December 23rd.
In this episode, Anjna talks all things fitness: body and mind! We learn all about the power of music and dance with former Director of Music at Shakespeare's Globe, Bill Barclay, and historian, Roxanne Bennis. The social and cultural signficiance of exercise is covered by Dr. Eleanor Rycroft and the marvellous Dr. Sara Read (whose book about Gossips is defo where it's at!). Voicework is from Tim Atkinson, Will Harrison-Wallace, Jonathan McGarrity, Constanza Ruff, Neil Hancock, Sarah Horner and Rich Bunn.
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In this episode, we learn all about meal times, cutlery, dining etiquette, what people were eating and where it came from, as well as concerns over snacking and sugar! Fascinating insights from Prof. Rebecca Earle, Dr. Joan Fitzpatrick, Esme Wise, Amie Bolissian, and Dr. Sara Read, with gorgeous voice performances from Rich Bunn, Tim Atkinson, Will Harrison-Wallace, and Neil Hancock.
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6. Beauty and Hair
This episode is all about the world of beauty in early modern England. What counted as beautiful in the period, and how did people keep themselves looking fabulous? I also discuss hair, beards and how all of this manifests itself in Shakespeare's plays. Absolutely packed with insight from Dr. Edith Snook, Dr. Eleanor Rycroft, Dr. Alun Withy, Esme Wise and the glorious voices of Rich Bunn, Tim Atkinson, Sarah Horner, Donald Craigie, Neil Hancock, Will Harrison-Wallace, and Jonathan McGarrity.
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5. Pregnancy and Childbirth
This episode is all about the experience of getting and being pregnant, as well as the process of childbirth. Lots of fantastic insight from Lorna Giltrow-Shaw, Dr. Hannah Lilley, Amie Bolissian, Dr. Sara Read, Lesley Smith and Dr. Tara Hamling. Featuring the beautiful voices of Richard Bunn, Sarah Horner and Tim Atkinson.