Pop Medieval Ep 12: All My Friends are Dead

Pop Medieval Ep 12: All My Friends are Dead
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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!

Pop Medieval Ep 11: On The Loss of Christopher Tolkien and Terry Jones

Pop Medieval Ep 11: On The Loss of Christopher Tolkien and Terry Jones
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Doc and Nina get serious for a moment to talk about the passing of Christopher Tolkien, the son and executor of J.R.R Tolkien, and his impact on the Tolkien estate and it’s mark on pop culture. They’ll also discuss the loss of Terry Jones, one of the founding members of the Monty Python troupe, and remind our listeners that his writing credits were far more than just comedic.


Show Notes

You can watch Doc’s video about Christopher Tolkien here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDej6XOWwtU

Nina’s Recommendations

Lindsay Ellis’ Hugo’s-nominated The Hobbit video essay series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTRUQ-RKfUs)

Terry Jones as Mr Creosote from The Meaning of Life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxRnenQYG7I)

Graham Chapman’s Memorial from 1989 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm2XPkqENaw)

Doc’s Recommendations

“Chaucer’s Knight” by Terry Jones: (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/462621.Chaucer_s_Knight?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=MCIIkQxMVU&rank=1)

Celebrating Christopher Tolkien’s Cartographic Legacy (https://www.tor.com/2020/01/22/celebrating-christopher-tolkiens-cartographic-legacy/)

“Old English and Samwise Gamgee’s Genealogy: Eden and the Unfallen Hobbit” by Dr. Richard Scott Nokes – hey, that’s Doc! (https://www.amazon.com/Old-English-Samwise-Gamgees-Genealogy-ebook/dp/B004PYDFEA/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+unfallen+hobbit&qid=1579972426&sr=8-1)


Have a recommendation for us? Email Doc and Nina at podcast at profawesome dot com!

Pop Medieval Ep 10: Seven Medieval Words (We Should Bring Back Today)

Pop Medieval Ep 10: Seven Medieval Words (We Should Bring Back Today)
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The last time Doc and Nina played a game, it ended in Doc’s humiliating loss! Now, he’s out for blood with a game of “Seven Medieval Words (We Should Bring Back Today).” He’ll give Nina seven Old English words and let her guess the definitions. Can Nina get four out of seven correct, or will Doc get his revenge? Plus, Nina schools Doc on the deeply upsetting modern English translation of a modern German word.


Show Notes

Doc’s Recommendations

“Drout’s Quick and Easy Old English” by Michael C. Drout ( https://books2read.com/Drout-Old-English)

Stephen Pollington’s “Wordcraft” (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/453647.Wordcraft?from_search=true&qid=akcHzavs4K&rank=4)

Nina’s Recommendations

20 Awesome Medieval Words We Should Bring Back by History Hustle ( https://historyhustle.com/20-awesome-historical-words-we-need-to-bring-back/)


Have a recommendation for us? Email Doc and Nina at podcast at profawesome dot com!

Pop Medieval Ep 9: Hail to The King, Baby

Pop Medieval Ep 9: Hail to The King, Baby
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Mov-ember (finally!) concludes on a high note! Doc and Nina discuss the 2019 Netflix original, The King, starring Timothee Chalamet. This is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” so brush up on your Henriad before listening!

Doc and Nina will discuss the historical context of Henry V (or Hal, as he’s called in the film), his shaky Salic claim to both the English and French thrones, war (what IS it good for anyway?), and the movie’s decision to leave out the St. Crispian’s Day speech. Doc will also talk about the gross reason why Henry V is always painted in profile and Nina admires Fallstaff’s dancing dad bod.


Show Notes

You can watch The King on Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/title/80182016)

Nina’s Recommendations

Doc’s Recommendations

Pop Medieval Ep 8: The St Nick Sucker Punch

Pop Medieval Ep 8: The St Nick Sucker Punch
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Blīþe Gēol! In this very special episode of Pop Medieval, Doc tells Nina about two legends of Saint Nicholas. The first is the legend of St. Nicholas of Myra, who allegedly attended the Council of Nicaea and punched a heretic in the face. The second is the story of St. Nicholas resurrecting two butchered and pickled children from a vat. Finally, we hear Doc do a dramatic reading of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer translated from modern English into Old English and back into modern English.

Also, Nina reveals her plans to return to a “traditional” Christmas.


Show Notes

Did St Nicholas of Myra / Santa Claus punch Arius at the Council of Nicaea? (Roger Pearce)

St Nicholas and the story of the three schoolboys murdered by an inn-keeper and stashed in a pickling cask (Roger Pearce)

Hrodulf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Old English to Modern English, by Philip Craig Chapman-Bell (Bakersfield College)

Nina’s Recommendations

Chaucer’s Mead for All Seasons (chaucerswine.com) [h/t – Eric from the Wine Dads podcast]

Doc’s Recommendations

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, or Sword of the Valiant (IMDB)

Pop Medieval Ep 7: Robin, Robin, Robin Buckets o’ Gold

Pop Medieval Ep 7: Robin, Robin, Robin Buckets o’ Gold
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Mov-ember continues! This time, Doc and Nina look at the Robin Hood 2018 adaptation, starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx and feature a butt-load of strange arrow physics and a cart-chase scene. We have to specify this since, apparently, there were two Robin Hood movies released in 2018. Who knew?

Doc and Nina discuss why this mess of a film is actually a modern adaptation of ye olde Robin Hood myth despite the medieval trappings. Nina reveals her lifelong crush on Paul Rudd while running through a list of modern medieval adaptation examples and Doc surprises Nina with an unlikely Robin Hood adaptation. They then settle on what makes an adaptation good and why this one just didn’t work.


Show Notes

Since there was some initial confusion, this movie is indeed Robin Hood ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4532826/)

Nina’s Recommendation:

Robin Hood: Men in Tights (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107977/)

Mel Brooks, The Producers and the Ethics of Satire by Lindsay Ellis (https://youtu.be/62cPPSyoQkE)

Doc’s Recommendation:

Disney’s Robin Hood ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070608/ )


Any recommendations? Send them to us at podcast at profawesome dot com!

Pop Medieval Ep 6: We’re About to Go Feast Mode

Pop Medieval Ep 6: We’re About to Go Feast Mode
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Mov-ember has been temporarily pre-empted due to the Thanksgiving holiday so Doc and Nina can bring you this very special food-themed episode of Pop Medieval. This one’s all about a certain fast-food restaurant and their foray into a table-top role-playing game called Feast of Legends. Doc tells Nina all about his experiencing playing the game that, yes, incorporates food off the menu. They also talk about medieval eating practices, the origin of the word “morsel,” and settle the debate once and for all: is a hot dog a sandwich?


Show Notes

Feast of Legends (https://www.feastoflegends.com/)

Rendering of Doc’s character: (https://i0.wp.com/www.profawesome.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NokesFeastAvatar-scaled.jpg)

Doc’s Recommendations

Insular Art Forms: Their Essence and Construction by the late Dr. Robert Stevick ( https://books2read.com/u/m0zPP7)

Stevick’s Companion Figures Page ( https://www.witanpublishing.com/insular-art-forms-their-essence-and-construction/ )

King Arthur Pendragon RPG ( https://www.chaosium.com/pendragon/ )

Nina’s Recommendation

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King ( https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Tower-8-Book-Boxed-Set/dp/1501163566/)

Pop Medieval Ep 5: To Hell with Hellboy

Pop Medieval Ep 5: To Hell with Hellboy
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Welcome to Mov-ember! The next three episodes will be dedicated to Medieval-themed movies, so get ready to have some fun watching a movie then listening to two dorks talk about it afterward (because THAT’S never been done before, right?)

In this episode, Doc and Nina look at Hellboy 2019 (the one NOT directed by Guillermo del Toro) because – surprise! – it’s a King Arthur story. They talk about why Arthur is a boring subject to make into a film, discuss the choice to replace Morgan Le Fay with Nimue, and finally settle the argument of who makes the best Hellboy.


Doc’s Recommendations

Doc’s Recommendations: T.H. White’s The Once and Future King ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AEDDSQG/)

Disney’s The Sword in the Stone (1963) ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057546/ )

Nina’s Recommendations

Willow (1988) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096446/)

Pop Medieval Ep 4: The Kingdom is Full of Zombies

Pop Medieval Ep 4: The Kingdom is Full of Zombies
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For our super-sized Halloween episode, Doc and Nina leave medieval Europe and head to Joseon-era Korea to discuss the 2019 Netflix show, Kingdom. It is part medieval history, part conspiracy thriller, and a whole lot of tense undead action! They discuss the first episode in depth along the geography of Korea, Confucianism, cannibalism, and more.

There was so much to talk about, we had to divide this into two episodes: one with no spoilers (this one) and one bonus episode that talks about the BONKERS series cliff hanger (that’s the next one). Thanks to Engineer Mike for putting up with our rambling for two hours!


Show Notes

We stammered for it, but our email is podcast [at] profawesome [dot] com.

Kingdom (https://www.netflix.com/title/80180171)

Netflix’s “Kingdom” and the “Tale of Hong Kiltong” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT_HeqLdISI&t=2s)

Doc’s Recommendations:

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (The Medieval Way) (https://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/surviving-zombie-apocalypse-medieval-way/)

Read Doc’s Book, From A to Zombie (https://books2read.com/From-A-to-Zombie)

More Critical Approaches to Comics (https://www.routledge.com/More-Critical-Approaches-to-Comics-Theories-and-Methods-1st-Edition/Smith-Brown-Duncan/p/book/9781138359536)

Yi Soon Shin: Warrior and Defender (https://www.amazon.com/Yi-Soon-Shin-Warrior-Defender/dp/B002MVAUM8)

Yi Soon Shin: Fallen Avenger (https://www.amazon.com/Yi-Soon-Shin-Warrior-Defender/dp/B002MVAUM8)

Nina’s Recommendation

Sense-8 on Netflix: (https://www.netflix.com/title/80025744)