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59 – Dark Ages Kitchens (aka “Baby, You Got A Stew Going!”)

59 – Dark Ages Kitchens (aka “Baby, You Got A Stew Going!”)

So I really want to talk about Feasting culture. After all, part of what people think about when they think of Anglo Saxon culture, are gigantic feasts. And there’s a lot of interesting things going on with Anglo Saxon feasting culture. So yeah, I’m really excited to speak about it. But I realized that I left out a key part of our discussion on food. Namely, what is done with it. We’ve spoken about veggies, we’ve spoken about meat, we’ve...

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58 – Taxes, Tithes, and Thieves

58 – Taxes, Tithes, and Thieves

In the Seventh century we started to see the growth of monasteries and nunneries in Britain. Sometimes the land they operated on was rented, other times they were gifted big tracts of land in wills and such. And sometimes ancient public lands were handed over to the monasteries, such as what Eadwulf did in 746. This shouldn’t be too surprising, though. Ruling is tough business, and often times it involves a fair amount of sin. So what is a...

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57 – The Denbighshire Hill Forts

57 – The Denbighshire Hill Forts

Today we have something pretty exciting. Listener Simon put me in contact with Erin Robinson and Fiona Gale, who are currently working on archaeological sites in Denbighshire north Wales, and they were kind enough to agree to speak to me via Skype. So today we are taking a break from our middle ages cultural discussion, and instead we have an interview on the Heather and Hillforts project… a project which focuses on a number of iron...

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56 – Demanding Supplies

56 – Demanding Supplies

Over the last month or so we’ve been speaking in detail about food in the Dark ages. Diversified farms dotted the landscape, with even the larger ones probably having a mix of cattle, sheep, pigs etc. In many ways, it’s sounded like an idyllic rural life. Actually, the Venerable Bede in particular loved the pastoral nature of England (and I’m sure he would have loved Wales, too). And all of this food production was a key part of British...

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55 – Saint Patrick (Bonus Episode)

55 – Saint Patrick (Bonus Episode)

As you might recall, a few months ago I made a challenge. For every thousand likes the Facebook page got, I would release a members only episode to the public. Well, we’re over 1,700 likes right now and I realized something… I never released a members only episode for the first 1,000 likes. So I thought I’d do that right now. Right now over on the members only podcast, in addition to things such as the Anglo Saxon food and drink...

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54 – Travels with Cerdic

54 – Travels with Cerdic

In the 11th century, Ingulf made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. He was accompanied by 30 fat horsemen when they set forth, moving through Germany and Greece on their way to the holy land. When he returned he was joined by barely 20 emaciated pedestrians. Travel was serious business. And Ingulf’s trip was over 500 years after the point we’ve been speaking about. So you can only imagine how tough it must have been to get from place to place in...

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53 – Dark Age Dinners III: Where The Wild Things Are

53 – Dark Age Dinners III: Where The Wild Things Are

Ok, we’ve spoken about farm life… but that isn’t the only way food can get on the table. So this episode is dedicated to all the food that was left out. So to start out, lets deal with Where the Wild Things Are. There’s plenty of tasty wild things if you know where to look, and from the record it seems that Anglo Saxons had a vague idea of where to look. Today we’ll be talking about hunting, fishing, and of course…....

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