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13 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
Bonus: Popewatch Spring 2022
Although we've been on hiatus, Pope Francis has been busy! Tune in for an update on the show, and coverage of Pope Francis, delegations to the Vatican, Apostolic Visits, his health and mobility issues, and the new consistory. Tickets for Intelligent Speech: https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/ Use code Pope for a discount
47 minutes | May 27, 2022
Crossover: Will Pope Francis Retire in 2022? with Popeular History
Given that Pontifacts remains in unexpected hiatus, Bry was invited by Gregg of the Popeular History Podcast to discuss his favourite (and Bry's LEAST favourite) theory about Pope Francis! In this episode, Gregg and Bry discuss Francis's attitude and commentary about retirement, the Apostolic Constitution, the College of Cardinals, and the one thing they both fervently agree on - their top pick for the next pope! Find Gregg and the Popeular History Podcast here: https://popeularhistory.podbean.com/
1 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
Announcement: Intelligent Speech!
We will once again be speaking at the Intelligent Speech Conference! Intelligent Speech takes place online, on June 25th, from 10AM-6PM FST Tickets are available below, use code POPE at checkout for a discount! https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/
55 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
112. Stephen V
Due to naming confusion, Pope Stephen V is often called Stephen VI - but he is not THAT Stephen VI! In his episode, we will discuss his response to the locust-caused famine, special dispensations in light of Saracen violence, the final decision on the Slavonic liturgy, and the END of the Carolingian Dynasty!
40 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
111. Adrian III
Sources on Adrian's papacy are very confused about just about everything! In his episode, we discuss Hadrian's severe anti-corruption crackdown, a literal plague of locusts, a Diet in Worms (not -that- Diet of Worms), and whether any of it happened when we think it did.
141 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
Crossover: The Green Knight TTRPG with the Maniculum
In this very special Actual Play episode, we were invited by Zoe and Mac of the Maniculum Podcast to play through the Green Knight TTRPG game, inspired by the A24 release of the Green Knight Movie Listen as we team up with Andy and John from Saga Thing, and Mary from BookSquadGoals on an adventure to redeem our honour, and face impending death at the hands of the Green Knight! Playing through literature-inspired games is super fun with Medievalists!! Visit the Maniculum Podcast: https://www.themaniculumpodcast.com/
14 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
Can Fry Keep An Eye On The Pope?
This week, we're playing this terrible and nonsensical click-your-own-adventure game. https://clickhole.com/can-you-keep-an-eye-on-the-pope-for-just-5-minutes-1825124327/
45 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
110. Marinus I
Although there is some confusion over Pope Marinus and his name, one thing that is perfectly clear is that his papacy set an important precedent in papal elections! In his episode, we discuss his approach to the ongoing Formosus situation, his relationship with a rexy king, and another spiritual blow in the Muslim conflict. Please forgive our warbles, our mics were pure chaos this time around.
78 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
109. John VIII
Pope Mad Hook assumes the papacy, and is faced with all the danger! In his episode, we discuss a full on pirate defense of Rome, difficult Guidos, a major shift in how the Holy Roman Emperors were chosen, and the first conflicts of Formosus - with shocking consequences!
69 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
108. Adrian II
Adrian refused being elected pope twice before his actual pontificate, most likely because he was a married family man! In his episode, we discuss a surprise invasion of Rome, the somewhat resolution of the Lotharian divorce issue, courting the conversion of Buglars and Slavs, and the MOST perplexing murder.
96 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
107. Nicholas I
"Few popes hold a more dominating place in the history of the Catholic Church than Nicholas I." So much so, that many church historians and scholars argue that he should be considered Pope Nicholas the Great! But does he hold up to Pope Leo and Gregory? We're going to decide once and for all! In his episode, we discuss Nicholas's many conflicts against the troublesome Archbishop John of Ravenna, the haughty Archbishop Hincmar of Rheims, the illegitimate Patriarch Photius of Constantinople, and most importantly, the divorce of Lothair II. It turns out he was the punchy ol' Saint Nicholas all along! Audio note: Bry's working with a new microphone, there might be a warble or two. It's learning. Huge thanks to Ben of Fukushima Laser Shark for our jingle!
66 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
Bonus Episode: Power and State in Carolingian-Papal Relations with Dr. Rutger Kramer
During our exploration of the Frankish Papacy, Dr. Rutger Kramer has been our academic hero, providing access to sources, and inspiring thought-provoking discussions that resulted in much more informative episodes. So it only seemed right that we invite him on to the show, to provide his expertise! In this episode, Bry and Rutger discuss the concepts of power, state, and church for both the Carolingians and the Papacy, the complicated dynamics of the Carolingian-Papal relationship, and critically evaluating our contemporary sources! Find Rutger: https://twitter.com/AnotherAspirin
99 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
Crossover: Battle Royale on French Saints for Christmas!
For this special Christmas crossover, we joined up with Battle Royale to talk about important French Saints, in all their grisly glory! Check out Battle Royale: https://battleroyale.buzzsprout.com/1804279?s=09 https://twitter.com/BattleRoyalePod Show description: The most wonderful time of the year was made even more wonderful by our first ever guests, Bry and Fry of the Pontifacts podcast, who rate all of the popes from Peter to Francis. Complemented as ever by the splendid humour of Fry and Eliza, Bry and Ben recount the tales of the five patron saints of France who have been woven into our story so far: Saint Petronilla, Saint Denis, Saint Martin, Saint Remy and Saint Radegund. This is definitely not your average Christmas episode! We've got a guy carrying his own severed head, an emperor's butt being set on fire and a dove descending from the sky with a Molotov cocktail, just to name a few incidents. We also find out that not only could women read in the Dark Ages (shocker!), but one of them could even speak to frogs! How very French of her.
48 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
106. Benedict III
Pope Benedict was the actual pope to follow Leo IV, not Pope Joan! In his episode, we discuss a dramatic and confusing antipapacy, why his Liber Pontificalis entry is often missing, complicated consequences of the Iconoclasm, and... astral dew.
34 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Why Pope Joan?
It's time to answer another important question – WHY Pope Joan? If she didn’t exist, what purpose does the legend of Pope Joan serve? In this episode, we discuss what Pope Joan represents about the church, popes, and women, and who she might have been created to attack. Note: In this episode, something went off-kilter with Bry's microphone! Please bear with us and our substandard audio quality.
49 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
The secret has been revealed, and now its time for the whole of the Pope Joan mythos! In her episode, we discuss the origins of the legend, the arguments for and against her existence, possible 'hints' of Joan in art and architecture, and the ball touching chair - 'Testiculos habet, et bene pedentes!'
24 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Pope Johannes has a secret.
41 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
105. Leo IV
Pope Leo may have been a 'despiser of the self', but there are plenty of reasons for us to like him! In his episode, we discuss the fortification of Rome and Leonine City just in time for the Battle of Ostia, some very important disobedient clerics, a surprise Rexy appearance, and Raphael dicks.
44 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
104. Sergius II
Pope Sergius "Hog's Mouth" was the most pure boy, but also a grumpy gouty man who faces one of the greatest losses in church history. In his episode, we discuss why popes aren't called Peter, what happens when you contend with an antipope and the Constitutio Romanum at once, what happens when God "sends pagans to avenge what Christians fail to amend", what happens when you leave your treasures outside, and all the blame we should bestow upon his brother.
52 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
103. Gregory IV
We're back with Gregory IV, an energetic but mild small dog man. In his episode, we discuss fights over Farfa, the protracted Frankish civil wars, world-changing events being blamed on women, and ruses for betrayal! Will Gregory be as frustrated with the Franks as Fry is?
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