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59 – The Halloween Special

59 – The Halloween Special

As you might imagine since I’m doing an episode on it, Halloween has a lot of British influence upon it. In fact, the name itself comes from Scotland, where All Saint’s Eve (also known as All Hallow’s Eve) was shortened in the 16th century to Halloween. And the name stuck. But as you have probably gathered, originally the day was simply the day before All Saint’s Day (also known as All Hallows or Hallowmas). And this might come as a shock...

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58 – Dark Age Medicine

58 – Dark Age Medicine

This is a combination episode covering medicine in the Dark Ages! Podcast: Play in new window | Download Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditEmailLike this:Like...

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Project History Cage Match – Episode 2 (Rome: Overrated?)

Project History Cage Match – Episode 2 (Rome: Overrated?)

Ok, it’s time for another Project History Cage match! For centuries scholars have looked to Rome as a shining beacon of antiquity. This point of view has become so prevalent that even in pop culture Rome is treated as the pinnacle of the ancient world. But was it? That will be the subject for today’s cage match. Rome: Overrated? Roifield Brown of How Jamaica Conquered the World Zack Twamley of When Diplomacy Fails Jordan...

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57 – A Tale of Three Cities (sort of)

57 – A Tale of Three Cities (sort of)

Ok, we’ve been getting pretty deep into the weeds and have been getting farther and farther from a coherent story. On the one hand, the culture is the story, but on the other hand it’s hard to get attached to a story if you forget who we are talking about and the people involved. So I thought that now would be a good time to tell a story about a community that was living in the early post-Roman era. After all, I’ve been spending a lot of...

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56 – Telling the Full Story (a Bonus Episode)

56 – Telling the Full Story (a Bonus Episode)

So I’m doing a short midweek episode because something’s been irking me. I’ve heard repeatedly from a variety of people that history is a guy thing. And that’s f#*king stupid. I mean, you could say that just on sheer mathematics, 51% of history is a female thing. But that’s not the truth of it. The truth is that history is a human thing. These are everyone’s stories and while there were a ridiculous number of biased primary sources who...

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55 – Anglo Saxon Construction

55 – Anglo Saxon Construction

OK, So I had requests for an episode on construction. I actually had a surprising number of requests for it, actually. So we’re going to do a single episode on how things were built, and since we’ve been talking about feasts, we’ll talk about… of course… feasting halls. Now as I’ve said with much of this material, it’s really hard to study. This is because of the materials they used, of course....

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54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

54 – What Not To Wear: In The Dark Ages

Ok, so we are basically done with feasting and food in general. I could go into the construction of the feasting hall, and I might do that at a later date if it I get in a carpenter mood (or if there is a big hew and cry for that sort of information) but in general, I think we’re done with that aspect of the Dark Ages. So what did you think? Looking back on what you thought about the Anglo Saxons and the Dark Ages, did your view...

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