A thousand years ago Emma of Normandy was on trial for adultery, treason and murder. The Stones & Bones podcast tells the tale of the first woman styled Queen of England who stood at the center of a dark era of history. And changed it.
The Fox and the Hedgehog
From her first days in England, young Emma of Normandy had a formidable adversary. She could not imagine then how formidable. Soon she would know. The proverbial Fox and Hedgehog are about to square off.
Queen Emma wishes everyone NOEL! The holiday greeting she likely would've given. As a French import herself, NOEL originated in France but became a favored traditional greeting in the medieval era. Let's join Emma for Christmastide. A joyous time, a joyous greeting, a joyous wish to all!
An Interview with British Historian Dr. Daniel Gerrard
This interview focuses on the early days of Emma of Normandy in England and the trauma she experienced just months after her arrival as young bride and queen, the St. Brice’s Day Massacre. Flashpoint for the Viking conquest of England.
Oxford. Key hub at the crossroads of Roman roads. And the flashpoint of the Viking conquest of England. The Saxon king orders a massacre of all Danes, his queen’s kith and kin. As England sinks beneath the Viking yoke, she asks, is this why she came?
There Be Dragons!
One creature is instantly recognized the world over. Remarkably similar in all cultures. To Queen Emma, these creatures were not mythical. They were real. But they don’t exist, do they? So why are they everywhere?
Lord, what fools these mortals be! Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports us to the Otherworld. For Emma of Normandy fairies and elves were never far below the surface. There are countless stories of their origins. This is one.
Disable the notifications on your computer that keep pinging throughout the podcast. It may not bother some but it’s very distracting to me.
I wanted to love this so much but…
…but holy over the top writing and narration. This is without a doubt the worst historical fiction I’ve ever seen in a podcast. The shadows of flames licking up the walls like a cat licking up cream? Are you kidding me?
Then they double down with a southern American narrator who sounds better equipped to narrate an evangelical bible reading. As a history major I can forgive a lot in the widely varying quality podcasts out there…history is hard to present sometimes, I understand. Heck, it even took me a while to put up with Dan Carlin’s narration (Altho his content is so good you can easily forgive the narration histrionics). This one is the desecration of one of history’s most interesting women and it breaks my heart.
PS …stop writing what Emma was thinking…you have no idea what she was thinking and neither do I.
I’m one of those who didn’t know Emma until now. I’ve just listened to the (first?) 12 episodes on a road trip, and it definitely made the miles fly by. I’m not a fan of serials and usually don’t listen until all episodes are available, so now I’m at the frustration point of wondering how many more episodes I’ll have to wait for.
The story is fascinating and the storytelling engaging. But I do find a lot of the digressions unrewarding. Unless the fairies and dragons are going to jump into Emma’s narrative, I don’t know why I listened to those two full episodes. On the other hand, they took up a good chunk of Maryland, and that’s my main purpose with podcasts.