All about the Middle Ages from Medievalists.net. Join Danièle Cybulskie and her guests as they talk about the medieval world, from Byzantium to the Vikings.
The Merchant of Prato
This week, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to discuss The Merchant of Prato and the lives of Francesco and Margherita Datini. Their story from 14th century Italy comes from one of the richest document finds ever made!
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The Three Caskets
This week, Danièle tells the medieval story of The Three Caskets from the Gesta Romanorum, a tale more familiar to theatre and literature fans all over the world as a central plot device in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
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The Fourth Crusade
The Fourth Crusade is best known for attacking the Byzantine Empire in 1204. In this episode, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to talk about Robert de Clari, who wrote one of the accounts of this unusual crusade. What did this French knight say about how the crusaders went from wanting to attack the Holy Land to conquering Constantinople?
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Medieval Eels with John Wyatt Greenlee
Medieval historians can sometimes study quirky things. For John Wyatt Greenlee it is researching eels in the Middle Ages. This week, Danièle speaks with Surprised Eel Historian about the impact of this fish on the medieval world - who was eating them, how they were eating them, and why they were sometimes a great way to pay the rent.
Medieval Medicine: Does it work? with Joe Alcock
There’s talk in the news from time to time about the surprising efficacy of medieval medicine. Does it actually work? This week, Danièle speaks with emergency physician and wilderness medicine expert Dr. Joe Alcock about which medieval remedies really could work in a pinch, and why.
Marriage, Adultery and Divorce in the Middle Ages with Bridget Wells-Furby
Marriage was an important part of many medieval women’s lives, but not all marriages followed the neat path that the church had laid out for them. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Bridget Wells-Furby about fourteenth-century heiress Lucy de Thweng and what her story can tell us about medieval marriage, adultery, and even annulment.
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I love listening to this podcast. The audio quality and editing is fantastic. I've just finished the episode about medieval eels :) Please keep up the excellent work!
Finally the podcast I’ve been craving, lol! I’m listening back from the beginning, and having only found this gem about a week or two ago, I’m just coming across the episode about King Henry VII. I just finished the book “The Highly Sensitive Person,” and my brain is screaming at the top of its lungs that Henry seems to have all the markers of an HSP who had potential attachment issues as an infant/child king combined with having had a highly stressful childhood (being king and having to be taught to rule and make high-stakes decisions from an early age!). That combo, attachment issues and high-stress childhood, tends to make an HSP waaay more likely to experience depression and anxiety later in life, which I speculate could explain Henry’s mental health struggles at a time of great conflict, which is poison to HSPs. This could totally be me reading too much into it, but him being described as a lover and not a fighter at the same time that he vehemently avoids conflicts whenever at all possible....kinda makes sense!
Anywaaaay, I love the podcast, helps the time pass at my night job! I’m also reading Danièle’s book “Life in Medieval Europe: Fact and Fiction,” and I highly recommend it for other amateurs like me!