The Medieval Podcast

The Medieval Podcast

All about the Middle Ages from Join Danièle Cybulskie and her guests as they talk about the medieval world, from Byzantium to the Vikings. History 100 rész
Medieval Warfare with Kelly DeVries and Michael Livingston
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If there’s one thing the medieval period is known for, it’s warfare. But to get the full picture, it’s important that we push past stereotypical ideas and listen to the words that medieval people left behind. This week Danièle speaks with Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries about medieval warfare and how it was seen by the people who actually lived through it.

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Travel in the Middle Ages, with John F. Romano
42 perc 102. rész

A common myth about the medieval period is that no one traveled anywhere, but stayed in the place they were born until they died. This week, Danièle speaks with John F. Romano to find out what travel was really like in the Middle Ages.

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Medieval Beer with Noëlle Phillips
36 perc 101. rész

Beer: it’s delicious, it’s nutritious, and it’s inseparable from ideas of the Middle Ages. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Noëlle Phillips about medieval beer: who was making it, who was drinking it, and how the brewing industry leans on the medieval world for its marketing today.

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100 Episodes: A Celebration
57 perc 100. rész

In celebration of the 100th episode of The Medieval Podcast, it’s a podcast party with all sorts of special guests from the first 100 episodes stopping in to tell us what they’ve been up to, and what they’ve learned since we last heard from them.

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Miracle Stories
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It’s medieval storytime! This week, Danièle reads from Caesarius of Heisterbach’s Dialogue on Miracles, including the story of a sinful student, and the woman who took the baby Jesus hostage, as well as a few other fun tales from this thirteenth-century book for monastic novices.

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Forgeries in the Middle Ages with Levi Roach
45 perc 98. rész

Over the past few years, the world has regularly been abuzz with claims of forgery and fake news. At some points in the Middle Ages, forgery was disturbingly common, often committed by the people we might least expect. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Levi Roach about medieval forgery, and how to spot it.

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The Medieval Knight with Christopher Gravett
35 perc 97. rész

Knights in the Middle Ages were expert horsemen, pious defenders of the church, property managers, courteous entertainers, reciters of poetry, military leaders, and stone-cold killers. This week, Danièle speaks with Christopher Gravett on what was knighthood, how one became a knight, and knights in the modern media.

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Middle Ages for Educators
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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people all over the world are having to come up with new ways to teach and to learn in virtual environments, but it can be hard to find resources while still trying to run your own circus at home. This week, Danièle speaks with the creators of Middle Ages for Educators, a website that makes learning and teaching medieval history a whole lot easier.

King Richard III with Chris Skidmore
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Love him or hate him, Richard III is a king that has captured people’s imaginations ever since his death on the battlefield at Bosworth. This week, Danièle speaks with Chris Skidmore about the man he calls England’s most controversial king.

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Medieval Science with Seb Falk
40 perc 94. rész

One of the most persistent myths about the Middle Ages is that this was a time when science slept, deliberately suppressed by the medieval church. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. This week, Danièle speaks with Seb Falk about the amazing story of medieval science.

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The Humble Medieval Pig, with Jamie Kreiner
37 perc 93. rész

One of the most influential animals of the medieval world, both in the barnyard and on the table, was also one of the most troublesome: the pig. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Jamie Kreiner about how the humble pig influenced everything from culture to theology.

Medieval clothing and clothiers with John S. Lee
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Clothing is a vital part of both our identities and our economies. So, how was cloth made and distributed in the Middle Ages? This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. John S. Lee about medieval cloth-making, and the role of the medieval clothier.

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The Feast of Fools, with Max Harris
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January 1st is the Feast of Fools, notoriously a time of drunkenness and debauchery in the medieval church. But was it really? This week, Dr. Max Harris debunks the myths behind the madness of one of history’s most misunderstood celebrations.

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The Best Books about the Middle Ages from 2020
36 perc 90. rész

Maybe unlike other years, 2020 is not one that we want to reflect on, particularly, and yet there were a few good things to come out of this year – namely books. This week, Danièle speaks with Peter Konieczny about some of the year’s best books.

Gunpowder in Medieval Europe with Dan Spencer
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How did the arrival of gunpowder in medieval Europe change warfare? This week, Danièle speaks with Dan Spencer about this technology, and the changes it brought not only on to battlefield but in other aspects of medieval society.

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The White Ship Disaster, with Charles Spencer
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It can be startling sometimes to look back at history and realize that some of the most monumental shifts occurred as a result of a single moment or event. This week, Danièle speaks with Charles Spencer about the 900th anniversary of one of those pivotal moments that sent shockwaves through history: the White Ship disaster.

The Merchant of Prato
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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
18 perc 86. rész

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
33 perc 85. rész

The Fourth Crusade is best known for being the campaign that attacked 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
36 perc 84. rész

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
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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
35 perc 82. rész

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.

Murders in Medieval London
39 perc 81. rész

What happens when someone was murdered in the Middle Ages? This week, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to take a look at the Coroner's Rolls from 14th century London. These records offer many insights into violent deaths, detailing the who, what, where, when and sometimes why of murders that took place within the city.

Medieval Princesses, with Kelcey Wilson-Lee
39 perc 80. rész

Did medieval princesses live that typical fairy-tale role? This week, Danièle talks with Kelcey Wilson-Lee, author of Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I, to learn about how these English princesses actually lived during the Middle Ages.

Medieval Bodies with Jack Hartnell
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From manuscripts to wash basins, medieval objects can tell us a lot about how people conceived of the world. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Jack Hartnell about what objects can tell us about the Middle Ages, medicine, and especially medieval bodies.

Preventing the Misuse of the Medieval Past with Amy Kaufman and Paul Sturtevant
39 perc 78. rész

There are those who abuse the medieval past in order to promote ideas of racism, white supremacism, and other toxic ideologies. To counter these views, Amy S. Kaufman and Paul B. Sturtevant have written The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past. They join Danièle to talk about their work and how the Middle Ages was more diverse, compelling, and complex than is often portrayed in mass media.

The Monks of Bury St Edmunds
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What was life really like within a medieval monastery? This week we take a look at the Chronicle of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, by Jocelin of Brakelond, which tells the tale of an English abbey at the turn of the thirteenth century. It's a surprising story of money, power and gossip. 

Books about the Middle Ages - Favourite Series
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This week, Danièle recommends her favourite series of primary sources for those people who want to read the voices of the Middle Ages in friendly editions. From Latin sources, to Middle English, to modern English translations, these recommended series bring medieval writers to modern readers.

Medieval Inventions
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Many people seem to have the misguided idea that the medieval era was a time in which science and technology were all but forgotten. For the 75th episode of the podcast, Danièle talks with Peter Konieczny about ten medieval inventions that changed the world.

Margery Kempe
36 perc 74. rész

This week, Danièle explores the life of Margery Kempe: a 15th-century mystic said to be the first female autobiographer in English, and one of medieval Europe’s most colourful - and memorable - figures.

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Medieval Monks: A Beginner's Guide
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Can you tell your Benedictines from your Franciscans and Dominicans? This week, Danièle gives a brief overview of the the backstory of some of the major monastic traditions, and how you can tell them apart.

The Murder of Charles the Good
40 perc 72. rész

Looking for a medieval chronicle that is a page-turning read? The 12th century account known as The Murder of Charles the Good is an action-packed tale of assassination, revenge and war. In this episode of The Medieval Podcast, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to talk about this riveting chronicle. 

Rose versus Violet
17 perc 71. rész

What’s better - a Rose or a Violet? That is the question written about by Jean Froissart in the 14th century. This debate between plants - each with their own lawyer - tells us a lot about medieval culture and how writers from this period created allegorical poems.

The Ghost Knight
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This week, it’s medieval story time, with a tale that crosses over between fabliau and courtly love: The Ghost Knight. Danièle shares the story of how a knight manages to win his lady with a little supernatural sleight-of-hand.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms
35 perc 69. rész

Written in 14th century China, Romance of the Three Kingdoms can best be described as a historical novel. This week, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to talk about this famous work of warriors, generals and rulers.

King Henry VI with Lauren Johnson
37 perc 68. rész

Although people love to read and learn about The Wars of the Roses, there’s one historical figure who is rarely found in the limelight: Henry VI. This week, Danièle speaks with Lauren Johnson about the somewhat forgotten “shadow king” Henry, his life, his illness, and his quiet but important legacy.

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Byzantium with Anthony Kaldellis
43 perc 67. rész

This week, Danièle speaks with the host of the Byzantium and Friends podcast, Dr. Anthony Kaldellis, about Byzantium, its place in history and in academic departments, and why it’s an area of study that is definitely worth our time.

The Year 1000
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This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Valerie Hansen to get a global perspective on the Middle Ages at the turn of the millennium, including how cultures were connecting in the year 1000, what goods people were trading, and just how far the trade routes went.

Dr. Hanson's new book is The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World and Globalization Began.

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Medieval Graffiti with Matthew Champion
35 perc 65. rész

This week’s episode is about one of the places where art and memory, serious messages and playful doodles intersect: graffiti. Danièle interviews Matthew Champion to find out about what sort of images you can find on the walls of a medieval church, just who was tagging, and a little bit about pandemic graffiti.

You can learn more about Matthew's work by visiting his website or follow him on Twitter @mjc_associates

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Reflections on Racism in Medieval Studies
12 perc 64. rész

We know for a fact that the medieval world was diverse, we know for a fact that civilizations outside of the major European nations were interesting, but at the moment, Medieval Studies is still a very white field. So why does this matter, especially in the current moment? Because black history matters. Black scholarship matters. And black lives matter.

Jousting in the Middle Ages with Emma Levitt
37 perc 63. rész

This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Emma Levitt about tournaments and the joust in the Middle Ages. Dr. Levitt tells us all about how to score a joust, how the tournament changed over time, and how jousting was used to mend fences during the Wars of the Roses.

Isabella of France, Queen of England
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This week, Danièle tells the story of one of her favourite queens, Isabella of France, who went from being a child bride to storming England and toppling an anointed king.

Five Myths about Medieval Peasants
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This week, Danièle takes on five common myths about medieval peasants.

Castles in the Middle Ages
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This week Danièle talks about castles: what they were like, what they were for, and where we get some of the everyday words we use to describe them.

Three funny tales from the 14th century
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This week Danièle shares three funny tales by Franco Sacchetti, written to entertain Italians during the tough times they experienced in the fourteenth century.

When were the Middle Ages?
39 perc 58. rész

This week Peter Konieczny joins Danièle to talk about some dates and events that historians have used to define the beginning and the end of the Middle Ages, and the mysterious few centuries that some people actually believe didn’t exist.

Favourite Medieval Movies
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This week Peter Konieczny joins Danièle to talk about medieval movies, bringing you some classic favourites to help you escape to the medieval world.

Medieval Video Games with Alicia McKenzie
35 perc 56. rész

This week, it’s game on with Dr. Alicia McKenzie. Danièle and Alicia talk about the world’s love affair with medieval-themed video games, what some of the ups and downs are, and which games Alicia recommends for medieval fans staying at home.

The Black Death and COVID-19 with Winston Black
46 perc 55. rész

This week, with headlines turning once again to stories of the plague, Danièle catches up with Winston Black to talk about The Black Death and COVID-19, what’s different about them, and what we can learn today from looking back on the biggest pandemic in human history.

Anchorites: Life in Spiritual Self-Isolation
37 perc 54. rész

This week, Danièle talks about anchorites, men and women who enclosed themselves for life to contemplate their religious beliefs. She also explores some of the work of Julian of Norwich, perhaps the most famous anchorite of the Middle Ages.

Medieval Drama
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This week, Danièle gets dramatic with a look at medieval drama, how it changed and evolved, and how it influenced later forms of theatre.

Beguines with Tanya Stabler Miller
36 perc 52. rész

Often, people think of the women of medieval Europe as either wives or nuns: women whose lives and property were under the control of someone else. But what tends to be forgotten is that for some women there was a third option: to become a beguine. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Tanya Stabler Miller about who the beguines were, and what medieval society thought of them.

Doing Laundry in the Middle Ages
28 perc 51. rész

This week, Danièle gets down and dirty on medieval laundry. Who washed the clothes in the Middle Ages? How did they do it? And why was it so dangerous?

Arthurian Literature
44 perc 50. rész

This week is all about King Arthur and his Knights - Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to discuss their favourite tales from Arthurian literature and how the story has changed over time.

Yonec: A tale of courtly love
21 perc 49. rész

We’re going back to the Lais of Marie de France, as Danièle tells the story of Yonec. It has all the hallmarks of a classic medieval romance: adultery, magic, spying, revenge, and women being blamed for wrecking everything.

Sanctuary with Shannon McSheffrey
46 perc 48. rész

In the Middle Ages, a person could claim sanctuary to delay or avoid punishment for a serious crime. But what were the rules? This week, Danièle interviews Dr. Shannon McSheffrey to find out how and why medieval people sought sanctuary, and whether or not a convicted heretic could expect the church to save his life.

A Quest for Medieval Romance Novelists
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This week, Danièle reaches out to romance writers, giving both information and resources for those who want to write their very own medieval novels.

Queens of Infamy with Anne Thériault
35 perc 46. rész

In this first episode of 2020, Danièle connects with Anne Thériault, author of Longreads’ Queens of Infamy series, to talk about some of her favourite queens, saints, and foxes, and what it’s like to write infamous history on the internet in 2020.

Year in Review
38 perc 45. rész

For the final episode of 2019, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to talk about the some of the top medieval-related news stories and their personal highlights from the last year. 

Favourite Medieval Books from 2019
41 perc 44. rész

This week, Danièle is joined by Peter Konieczny to talk about their favourite books on the Middle Ages that were published in 2019. It take us from Viking Greenland to manuscripts to the Crusades, with books for all types of readers. 

Christine de Pizan
45 perc 43. rész

She’s said to be the first professional female author, a champion of women, and the builder of The City of Ladies. She was also one of the most popular writers of the fifteenth century, despite virtually disappearing until the twentieth. This week, Danièle explores the life and writings of one of the most outspoken women of the Middle Ages: Christine de Pizan. 

Lanval: a tale of a Knight of the Round Table
25 perc 42. rész

This week, Danièle invites you to get cozy and listen to the story of Lanval, a knight of the Round Table who is loved by a mysterious lady of the Otherworld - for better and for worse. The story is one of the lais of another mysterious woman: 12th-century author Marie de France.

Medieval Medicine with Winston E. Black
38 perc 41. rész

What happened when someone got sick in the Middle Ages? Medieval medicine and healthcare might be two of the most misunderstood aspects of the whole era. This week Danièle speaks with Winston E. Black about some of the myths we have about medicine in the Middle Ages.

Questions and Answers about the Middle Ages
38 perc 40. rész

This week, Danièle answers questions sent to The Medieval Podcast by our listeners, including how did people get rid of human waste in the Middle Ages? How were medieval cities planned? What was it like to be a seamstress? And who is Danièle’s favourite knight?

Crusaders with Dan Jones
37 perc 39. rész

Who were the men and women who took up the cross and journeyed to Holy Lands? Danièle speaks with Dan Jones about his latest book on crusaders and on why it’s important for historians to talk about the crusades today.

Medieval witches with Gemma Hollman
51 perc 38. rész

It’s the spookiest season, which means it’s the perfect time to investigate medieval witches. This week, Danièle speaks with Gemma Hollman, author of Royal Witches, about some of the fifteenth century’s most high profile accusations of witchcraft.

Talking History with Natalie Zemon Davis
39 perc 37. rész

When it comes to stories of reinvention and forging new paths, there’s one historian whose body of work stands out. This week, Danièle sat down with Dr. Natalie Zemon Davis over a cup of tea and talked about some of her favourite trailblazers, how she sees Medieval Studies today, and how historians can use their work to bring people together across cultures

Chatting with
41 perc 36. rész

This week, Sandra Alvarez, cofounder of was back in Toronto, so Danièle sat down with Sandra and Peter Konieczny to talk about how the website got started, and how the field has changed in the decade since.

Measuring in the Middle Ages with Emanuele Lugli
40 perc 35. rész

It often seems it’s the things that we take for granted that have the biggest impact. One of these things is the way we measure. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Emanuele Lugli about the way people used measurement for business, for justice, and for devotion.

Medieval Africa at the Aga Khan Museum
21 perc 34. rész

The Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada has unveiled a new exhibition: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa. Danièle took in the exhibition and spoke with Michael Chagnon, the Curator of the museum. They talk about medieval Africa, its connections with the wider world, and what you can see at the Aga Khan Museum.

Publishing about the Middle Ages with Richard Barber
32 perc 33. rész

This week, Danièle speaks with Boydell and Brewer’s Richard Barber about how the field has changed over the last fifty years, current trends in medieval publishing, and what Richard’s best tips are for up-and-coming authors.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
33 perc 32. rész

It may be the most famous medieval movie of all time. This week, Danièle talks with Peter Konieczny about Monty Python and the Holy Grail, its legacy, and some of their favourite moments.

Education in the Middle Ages
32 perc 31. rész

It’s the most wonderful time of the year - time to go back to school! This week, Danièle takes a quick look at medieval education.

The Beowulf Manuscript
33 perc 30. rész

Beowulf may be one of the world’s most famous poems, but there’s a lot more to its manuscript than this poem alone. This week, Danièle looks into the other content of the Beowulf manuscript, its history, and what makes it both unique and special.

Why Is English So Weird?
35 perc 29. rész

The English language is notoriously difficult to learn and to spell. In this episode, Danièle talks about the medieval roots of English and how it got to be so weird.

Where to get your medieval fix - travel recommendations for medievalists
36 perc 28. rész

It's vacation time and people are looking for places to visit. Danièle is joined by Peter to offer their picks for travel destinations to experience the Middle Ages. We have places in Denmark, England, France, Iceland, Poland and Scotland to tell you about. 

Merging history and the fantastic with Guy Gavriel Kay
32 perc 27. rész

International bestselling author Guy Gavriel Kay is well known for creating literary worlds that often look like the medieval world. It's been called history with a quarter turn to the fantastic. In this episode he talks with Danièle about his latest novel, A Brightness Long Ago.

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (The Medieval Way)
43 perc 26. rész

This week, Danièle shows how useful medieval history can be in helping us survive the imminent zombie apocalypse.

Medieval Storytime
37 perc 25. rész

The Middle Ages are full of amazing tales, both fictional and true. This week, Peter Konieczny joins Danièle to talk about three of their favourite medieval stories.

Books about the Middle Ages that are great reads
43 perc 24. rész

Looking for a book to read about the medieval world? Danièle offers her picks for which books about the Middle Ages you should read. It includes ones by Dan Jones, Helen Castor, Peter Frankopan and Ruth Mazo Karras, plus Danièle's choices for primary sources and medieval fiction. 

Myths about the Middle Ages that are so very, very wrong!
41 perc 23. rész

This week, Danièle asked her listeners which myths about the Middle Ages really drive them crazy. From the Flat Earth to daily hygiene, here is our attempt to shed light on some of the most common (but wrong!) ideas we have about the Middle Ages.

Honey and medicine: the sweeter side of medieval warfare
41 perc 22. rész

The medieval period is routinely slammed as a time in which people had little to no medical knowledge, but the people of the Middle Ages had a much better understanding of how to heal themselves than modern popular culture would suggest. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Dr. Ilana Krug about the use of honey in medieval military medicine and the time Henry V got an arrow in the face.

Learning about the Middle Ages through games with Kyle Lincoln
44 perc 21. rész

One of the buzzwords in education is gamification - using games to get people more engaged with what they are learning. Those studying history might be using the immersive games from Reacting to the Past, which gets students to work with primary sources and with each other. Danièle is joined by Kyle Lincoln to discuss his work with Reacting to the Past, how he is developing a game based on the Fourth Crusade.

And now our watch has ended: A look back at Game of Thrones
31 perc 20. rész

Love it or hate it, Game of Thrones has had a major impact on people’s perceptions of the Middle Ages. In this episode, Danièle talks with Peter Konieczny about the finale, the future, and saying farewell to this fan favourite.

Understanding medieval chronicles with Lane Sobehrad
40 perc 19. rész

During the medieval period, there was a lot of interest in writing down what was going on in the world for the sake of future generations, but there’s one massive problem with medieval chronicles: people didn’t approach history in the Middle Ages the way we do today. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Lane Sobehrad about how medieval people wrote history, and how historians today can do their part to help future generations through outreach.

Medieval Sexuality with Eleanor Janega
37 perc 18. rész

Sexuality was a huge part of medieval culture, from the rules about how and when to have sex, to the dirty jokes that found their way into religious art. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Eleanor Janega about getting medieval in the bedroom.

She-Wolves: Medieval Queens with Helen Castor
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From the submissive to the scandalous, medieval queens held a huge amount of influence over the politics of the day. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Dr. Helen Castor about queenship, the challenges of studying even the most prominent medieval women, and how their stories still resonate today.

Medieval torture with Larissa ‘Kat’ Tracy
37 perc 16. rész

What was torture really like in the Middle Ages? Everyone knows, or thinks they know, that torture was an integral part of medieval life, but many of our beliefs are really myths. Larissa ‘Kat’ Tracy joins Danièle to talk about iron maidens, dungeons, executions and more.

Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
17 perc 17. rész

A special episode of The Medieval Podcast to discuss the tragic fire that has left much of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris destroyed. Danièle talks with Peter Konieczny, Editor of, to recount what we know about the fire, and our own reactions to this sad disaster. 

Saving Souls and Cracking Skulls: Warrior Clerics with Craig Nakashian
31 perc 15. rész

Although it seems to be a fundamental contradiction, some medieval conflicts saw bishops braving the battlefield. To find out more about these military men of the cloth, Danièle speaks with Craig Nakashian, author of Warrior Churchmen of Medieval England, 1000-1250: Theory and Reality.

Melusine, Mary, and Making it as a Historian with Christine Morgan
37 perc 14. rész

These days, there are many different ways to be a historian outside of academia. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Christine Morgan, creator of Untitled History Project, about her latest work on the famous fairy Mélusine, Mary Boleyn, and making it as a historian off the tenure track.

Viking warrior women with Leszek Gardela
39 perc 13. rész

The recent (re)confirmation that the prestigious medieval warrior buried in Birka, Sweden was female has gotten people talking once again about the role of women in the Viking world. This week, Danièle interviews archaeologist Leszek Gardeła to learn more about women, warriors, and when a weapon is more than just a weapon.

Avicenna in Ireland: A manuscript discovery with Padraig O'Machain
28 perc 12. rész

This month, an exciting connection was made between Islamic and Irish medicine through the discovery of a medieval fragment of Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine bound in a sixteenth-century printed book. In this episode, Danièle speaks with Pádraig O’Macháin about his discovery of the very first physical evidence that Avicenna was translated and shared in Gaelic.

Medieval mystery novels with Candace Robb
36 perc 11. rész

Everyone loves a medieval mystery novel, but just how does an author go about creating one that’s true to the period? To find out, Danièle speaks with Candace Robb, author of the Owen Archer and Kate Clifford mystery series to learn about how to create compelling and intriguing historical fiction.

Bastards and Priests in the Middle Ages with Sara McDougall
38 perc 10. rész

What was it like to be a bastard in medieval Europe? Were you excluded from one of the most important institutions of the time: the priesthood? Danièle is joined by Sara McDougall to talk about bastards, priests, and if you could be both at that same time. 

Disabilities in the Middle Ages with Kisha Tracy
41 perc 9. rész

How did medieval people deal with physical and mental challenges? Danièle speaks with Kisha Tracy of Fitchburg State University on why its important to talk about disabilities in the Middle Ages and what evidence we have for how people cared for each other when there was physical or mental disabilities.

The Battle of Agincourt with Michael Livingston
39 perc 8. rész

It was one of the most famous battles of the Middle Ages, and one that has been studied by many historians. Yet, we do not know exactly where the battle was fought. Danièle speaks with Michael Livingston about his latest research on where the battlefield might be.

Medieval Marriage with Ruth Mazo Karras
31 perc 7. rész

What was marriage in the Middle Ages really like? Danièle is joined by Ruth Mazo Karras, Lecky Professor Of History at Trinity College Dublin, a leading expert on medieval relationships, especially marriage. They discuss love, weddings and partnerships in medieval society. 

Juggling the Middle Ages with Jan Ziolkowski
37 perc 6. rész

The medieval tale Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler had been forgotten for centuries, but then was rediscovered in the 19th century. It rapidly became a very popular story, recreated in books, plays and films. Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington D.C. has opened the “Juggling the Middle Ages” exhibition to look at the medieval tale and its modern reinterpretation. Danièle is joined by Jan Ziolkowski, Director of Dumbarton Oaks, to talk about the exhibit.

The nun with blue teeth: a medieval mystery
33 perc 5. rész

Researchers examining the remains of a medieval nun in Germany have discovered the mineral Lapus Lazuli in her teeth. Danièle talks with two of the team members behind this fascinating find, Christina Warinner and Alison Beach, about how her blue teeth tells us she was an artist.

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