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34 minutes | 2 days ago
Pop Medieval Ep 27: Watch Your F*cking Mouth
In an episode that surely not going to get them into trouble, Doc and Nina discuss the Netflix show “History of Swear Words” and what it missed. Doc talks taboos and euphemisms plus the pejoration and amelioration of words over the centuries. In between educational lessons, Nina will reveal her favorite swear word, school Doc on the Wu-Tang Clan, and drop some wise (but foul) parting knowledge on the audience. Warning: because it is impossible to talk about the subject matter without both saying the words and driving Engineer Mike crazy bleeping out the swears, Doc and Nina will be doing a LOT of cursing in this episode. Therefore, we will mark this episode as explicit. If very strong language offends you, Pop Medievalists, you should probably sit this one out! Show Notes: History of Swear Words on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/81305757) The Knight Who Made C*nts and A**holes Speak — yes, it exists! — (https://www.oocities.org/Paris/5339/voices.html) Recommendations: Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16225525-holy-sh-t) Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell (https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/41716694) Face/Off (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119094/) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
28 minutes | 16 days ago
Pop Medieval Ep 26: Seven Medieval Words…A Sick Return!
We’re bringing it back, folks! It’s time to play Seven Medieval Words and this time, it’s pandemic themed! That’s right, Doc has seven Old English words and Nina has to guess their modern English translation. Last time they played, her score was a humiliating 1/7. Think she can do better this time? As always, Pop Medievalists are invited to play along too! Can you can get the full seven? The words are: laecehus, adl, onflyge, grima, lacnung, angbreost, hraecca Recommendations Pandemic! the board game (https://www.amazon.com/Z-Man-Games-ZM7101-Pandemic/dp/B00A2HD40E/) Leechcraft: Early English Charms, Plantlore and Healing. Stephen Pollington (https://www.amazon.com/Leechcraft-English-Charms-Plant-Lore-Healing/dp/1898281238) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
6 minutes | a month ago
Pop Medieval Minisode 2: Sir Orrin is Gross
Doc and Nina are taking a holiday break! So for this Minisode, they’re releasing unheard content from episode 23 “Thar Be Dragons” about everyone’s favorite stuffy, ridiculous, and historically inaccurate bastion of knightly chivalry, Sir Orrin and his uncomfortable fascination with an underage Melisande. If you need some context, go back and listen to their episode on “The Flight of Dragons” https://www.profawesome.com/podcast/pop-medieval-ep-23-thar-be-dragons/ Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
22 minutes | a month ago
Pop Medieval Ep 25: Good King Wences…whatever
In their Christmas episode, Doc explains the bizarre Medieval history of the carol, “Good King Wenceslas,” beginning with the pronunciation (which Nina bungles several times during this episode). They’ll discuss the confusing difference between the two Wenceslases (Wenceslii?), the real-life martyrdom of the correct Wenceslas, some fratricide, and the legend of Blanik Mountain. Plus, Nina successfully makes a connection between King Wenceslas and “The Lord of the Rings.” You can hear the version of “Good King Wenceslas” in this episode here: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._Army_Band_-_Good_King_Wenceslaus.ogg) Recommendations: “The Hanukkah Anthology” by Philip Goodman (https://www.amazon.com/Hanukkah-Anthology-Philip-Goodman/dp/0827600801/) “The Hogfather” a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett (https://www.amazon.com/Hogfather-Novel-Discworld-Terry-Pratchett-ebook/dp/B000W5MIGC/) Horse Name Generator from Fantasy Name Generator (https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/horse_names.php) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 24: The Dark Lord Rises
Doc and Nina finish up Movember 2020 with a unicorn stinker: 1985’s “Legend” with Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, and Tim effing Curry! Sorry folks, they know you loved this as a kid, but this did NOT hold up! They’ll talk about innocence and unicorns, the Biblical imagery and the Garden of Eden, Jack’s medieval armor, and more about the 1980’s Satanic Panic. For an added bonus, Doc and Nina will debate the existence of the Lord of Darkness’ father — was he God? Invisible? A chair?! Are they giving this too much thought?? Recommendations The Last Unicorn (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084237/) Midsummer Night’s Dream (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2242) Spenser’s Stories from the Faerie Queene (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41350) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 23: Thar Be Dragons!
Mo-vember continues (but with some more family friendly counter-programing this time)! This episode, Doc and Nina offer up 1982’s “The Flight of Dragons,” a Rankin/Bass animated medieval-fantasy adventure and one of Nina’s childhood favorites. Dragons, magic, celebrity voice acting, and theological debates – this is some heavy stuff for a children’s movie, folks, but somehow it still works! Also in this episode, Doc and Nina discuss what dragons represent in medieval history; the movie’s recurring science versus religion themes, and the interesting choices of knighthood and chivalry. Plus, Doc does some karaoke! Recommendations Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8888186/) Dragonlance – the board game (https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/795/dragonlance) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 22: Can You Explain the Penis Tree?
Mo-vember is back! This year, we’re starting off with two Decameron-themed sex comedies. First, Doc and Nina discuss 2007’s Virgin Territory starring Hayden Christensen and Mischa Barton. They’ll go over this movie’s costume choices, the naked and horned-up nuns, and Tim Roth’s decision to play this movie as straight as possible. This one’s got Nina fired up and angry folks, so prepare for a rant! Then, they’ll finish up with a better movie, 2017’s The Little Hours. This movie, while also about randy nuns, uses a combination of anachronistic dialogue and some historical accuracy to tell a story. This one’s actually enjoyable! Warning: this episode contains a fair amount of humorous, though not descriptive, acknowledgement of sex. If that’s not your bag, you may want to sit this one out. Show Notes Virgin Territory (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437954/) The Little Hours (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5666304/) The Decameron: Day 3, Story 1 on Project Gutenberg (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/23700/23700-h/23700-h.htm#THE_FIRST_STORY3) Recommendations Yes, God, Yes (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8949056/) The Decameron Project (https://www.patreon.com/m/4119564/posts ) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
26 minutes | 3 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 21: HOWL-oween!
It’s spooky season, folks! In this episode, Doc tells Nina about the medieval origins of werewolves! They’ll discuss some different types of werewolf myths, what werewolves represent in pop culture, and why vampires are favored over their hairier counterparts. Then, Nina recommends some movies with truly frightening werewolf transformation scenes. Recommendations: An American Werewolf in London (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082010/) The Company of Wolves (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087075/) What We Do In the Shadows (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3416742/) “Bisclavret” by Marie de France (http://users.clas.ufl.edu/jshoaf/marie/bisclavret.pdf) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 20: That Time Doc Had a Questionable Following
In the mid-aughts, director Scott Wegener cast a black actor in the title role of his zero-budget movie, “Beowulf: Prince of the Geats.” That attracted the attention of some Unpleasant Sorts. After hearing about the controversy, Doc published a very academic article (he is, after all, an academic) in a very academic journal about the experience. That ALSO attracted the attention of the same Unpleasant Sorts. In fact, they started showing up to his talks… Don’t ever assume being Doc’s student is boring, folks. Sometimes its downright scary! Show Notes: Doc’s article, from the Old English Newsletter (http://www.oenewsletter.org/OEN/print.php/essays/nokes41_3/Array) Buy “Beowulf: Prince of the Geats” (https://www.noblemansquare.com/dvds-and-such?fbclid=IwAR3eSrmyHIGozS9kI-tgILmJU2wy1mrnA-vTdPpZOwWdcXgLE7coZWuGq1M) Proceeds for “Beowulf: Prince of the Geats” go to the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/) Recommendations: Constantine (movie) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0360486/ Nina’s author site (ninamacnamara.com) Santiago Garcia and David Rubin’s Beowulf graphic novel (https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/18754825-beowulf) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 19: Beowulf Dragon Slayer
Doc takes Nina back to the 1970’s with the DC comic book, Beowulf Dragon Slayer. It’s a limited series run about the titular Medieval hero who fights Grendel and his mother, but that’s where the similarities end. *Stefon voice*: It. Has. Everything! Greek mythology! Alien space craft! Dracula! Satan! All in six issues! This is a weird one, folks. But trust us — it’s interesting! A summary of the series is on Doc’s old blog, “Unlocked Wordhoard”: (https://unlocked-wordhoard.blogspot.com/2007/08/beowulf-dragon-slayer-no-6.html) Michael Ulsan’s IMDB page: (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0882388/) Recommendations DC’s Harley Quinn (https://www.dcuniverse.com/videos/harley-quinn/193/season-1) Edward Risden’s “Alfgar’s Stories from Beowulf” (https://books2read.com/risden-alfgar) Witan Publishing.com – updated site! (http://witanpublishing.com/) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 18: Abelard Cuts Ties with Heloise
In this episode, Doc breaches a subject that is so uncomfortable, so provocative that it raises eyebrows and makes his students squirm every year in class: the relationship between philosopher/theologian Abelard and scholar/prioress Heloise. He’ll discuss Abelard’s life as a travelling, rabble-rousing scholar, his torrid affair and secret marriage to his student Heloise, and the, uh, painful aftermath of their union. Then, Nina asks about the problems of secret marriages, brings up criticism of Heloise’s place in history, and even slides in a crass joke or two. Recommendations: NY Times – “Heloise & Abelard: Love Hurts” (https://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/13/books/review/heloise-abelard-love-hurts.html) “Eloisa to Abelard” by Alexander Pope, (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44892/eloisa-to-abelard) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338013/) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 17: What We Did Over Our Summer Break
Welcome to season 2 of Pop Medieval! Doc and Nina return with a bevy of updates from their summer break. First, Nina stepped into the feudal Middle Eastern future with Frank Herbert’s “Dune” before settling down with Netflix’s “The Old Guard” and a few episodes of “The Witcher”. Then Doc tried to improve his understanding of medieval T’ang Dynasty poetry and resurrected an old favorite tabletop: Dungeons and Dragons! Recommendations TedEd – Why should you read “Dune” by Frank Herbert: (https://youtu.be/yhYU4ZbLmmk) The Students Guide to Digital Publishing, edited by Dr. Richard Scott Nokes (that’s Doc!) and written by his students at Troy University (https://books2read.com/students-guide-to-digital-publishing) Steven Muhlberger’s “Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century” is now in print!! (https://books2read.com/students-guide-to-digital-publishing) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
36 minutes | 9 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 16: A Beginner’s Guide to the SCA
In this episode, Doc introduces a skeptical but curious Nina to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit organization devoted to the research, study, and re-creation of medieval and renaissance art, skills, combat, and culture. Doc discusses his history with the SCA and dispels a few misconceptions about the organization (namely, it’s not LARPing and the weapons are not Styrofoam). He talks about how members choose their personas, their crafts, and use the barter system to pay for goods and services. It’s incredibly nerdy, incredibly fun, and will turn the most dubious of skeptics (Nina) into excited neophytes! Show Notes Don’t take our word for it! Visit the SCA website and look up an event near you! (https://www.sca.org/) Nina’s Recommendations The Pyramid Collection (https://www.pyramidcollection.com/) Nova Roma (http://www.novaroma.org/nr/Main_Page) Doc’s Recommendations “Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century” by Steve Muhlberger (https://www.books2read.com/u/mV75pM) Doc’s blog post “An Outsider’s View of the SCA” from 2007 on the Unlocked Wordhoard (http://unlocked-wordhoard.blogspot.com/2007/10/outsiders-view-of-sca.html) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
27 minutes | 9 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 15: All Hayl the Tyger Kyng
Like the rest of America, Doc and Nina have been bitten by something big, striped, and caged. That’s right, in this episode, they’re discussing the Netflix sensation, Tiger King! But what does a docu-series about backyard zoo wars have to do with anything medieval? Doc will talk about menageries of Henry I, Charlemagne, and Frederick II and the everlasting allure and power of tigers. Plus, Nina will attempt to design a coat of arms for each tiger “kingdom.” Finally, they’ll play a quick game of “thrones” – which kingdom would you chose? Show Notes Still under lockdown and haven’t seen Tiger King yet? Watch it on Netflix! Tiger King (https://www.netflix.com/title/81115994) Nina’s Recommendations A beginners guide to heraldry (https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/easter/preparing-for-easter-adventure-quests/our-guide-to-heraldry/) Meet The Designer Cats with Wild Blood (https://youtu.be/QHscMam4W7s) Doc’s Recommendations The Medieval Bestiary website (http://bestiary.ca/index.html) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
9 minutes | 10 months ago
Pop Medieval Minisode 1: A Reading From Tristan and Iseult
Hwaet and welcome to our first minisode! Nina is by herself this time and reading an excerpt from a book about two very star-crossed lovers. Yep, that’s “The Romance of Tristan & Iseult,” where a loyal knight falls in love with his king’s beautiful queen. Sound familiar at all? You can read along or by yourself later at the always accessible Project Gutenberg: The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bedier (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14244) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
42 minutes | 10 months ago
Pop Medieval Ep 14: Social Distancing, Boccaccio’s Way
Doc and Nina are holed up in their own houses right now. And while COVID-19 has different effects on their productivity levels, both of them have found time to record an episode on The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio. This is a series of 100 short stories told by ten young Florentines hiding out in a country house, hoping to escape the worst of the Black Plague. Nina and Doc will share their favorite stories from Day 2 of the book (the theme of “misadventures that end happily”). Doc and Nina also get into a discussion about why some of these stories are crueler than others. Show Notes: Nina’s Recommendations for “Sheltering in Place”: Stardew Valley (https://www.stardewvalley.net/) The Decameron – 3rd Day, Tenth Story Doc’s Recommendations for “Sheltering in Place”: Virgin Territory (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437954/) vs. The Little Hours (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5666304/) Icarus by Nina MacNamara -that’s Nina!- (https://books2read.com/Icarus-MacNamara) and From A to Zombie by Prof. Awesome -that’s Doc!- (https://books2read.com/From-A-to-Zombie)
23 minutes | a year ago
Pop Medieval Ep 13: Witches’ Brew
March is here! For St. Patrick’s Day and Women’s History Month, Doc discusses the history of Medieval Brewing, which was dominated by women known as “alewives.” He’ll talk about St. Brigid of Ireland, Katharina von Bora, and Hildegard of Bingen and give a brief history of brewing. Plus, Nina tells Doc a surprising fact about herself that even he didn’t know. Show Notes: Our alewives in this episode are: St. Brigid of Ireland, Katharina von Bora, and Hildegard of Bingen Nina’s Recommendation: Zoo Atlanta’s Brew at the Zoo: May 23 (https://zooatlanta.org/event/brew-at-the-zoo/) Doc’s Recommendation: “Life in Medieval Europe: Fact and Fiction” (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43972589-life-in-medieval-europe) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
29 minutes | a year ago
Pop Medieval Ep 12: All My Friends are Dead
Before you begin this episode, make a list of ten people closest to you. They can be family, friends, loved ones — anyone whose loss would impact you. Ok, ready? With all the spread and seriousness of the coronavirus — or COVID19 — this last month, Doc and Nina’s have another topical discussion. Responsible for wiping out 30% of medieval Europe, the Black Plague (better known as the Bubonic Plague) spread from China via the fleas of rats. To demonstrate the substance of this loss, Doc has Nina make her own list and pick three random loved ones from her life. The results are unnerving! After Doc has Nina kill off most of her support system, he then kills off the rumors about a certain nursery rhyme’s connections to the Black Plague. We promise this episode will make you laugh, everyone. Show Notes Make sure you read Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron as we might be doing a follow up episode about it! ( https://www.amazon.com/Decameron-Penguin-Classics-Giovanni-Boccaccio/dp/0140449302/ ) Nina’s Recommendations Historyteacher’s Black Death (“Hollaback Girl”) (https://youtu.be/rZy6XilXDZQ) Crash Course’s World History 203: Disease! (https://youtu.be/1PLBmUVYYeg) Doc’s Recommendations Connie Willis The Doomsday Book. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24983.Doomsday_Book?from_search=true&qid=du14fOtzBB&rank=7) Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina and email at podcast at profawesome dot com!
35 minutes | a year ago
Pop Medieval: Pilot
Hwæt! Thanks for listening to our inaugural episode of Pop Medieval! We’re proud of our efforts with this project as this has been a while in the making. We’ve got some fun episodes planned, so we hope you subscribe on at least one of the podcast platforms out there. Show notes: The King trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMJnsTx-TBg Outlaw King: https://www.netflix.com/title/80190859 From A to Zombie: https://books2read.com/From-A-to-Zombie Icarus: https://books2read.com/Icarus-MacNamara A Bitter Spring: https://books2read.com/a-bitter-spring
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