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)

Pop Medieval Ep 3: A Thing about Kennings

Pop Medieval Ep 3: A Thing about Kennings
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You “podcast-listeners” don’t know a “thing” about our next episode! First, Doc explains to Nina the origin of the word thing. Then, listeners get a crash course in kennings and their use in Old English poetry. Finally, Nina tests Doc’s knowledge of “Beowulf’s” kennings with a challenging game of “Kenning You Dig It?”

(Also, forgive Nina’s mic issues for this episode. She got excited during the kennings episode and started moving around too much.)


Show Notes:

Be sure to check out the following books from Witan Publishing:

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

Beowulf: A Verse Translation for Students by Edward Risden (https://books2read.com/beowulf-risden)

Doc’s Recommendation:

Saga Thing Podcast (https://sagathingpodcast.wordpress.com/)

Nina’s Recommendation:

Beowulf:  A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney, the Old English and Modern English version (https://www.amazon.com/Beowulf-Verse-Translation-Seamus-Heaney/dp/0374111197)

Pop Medieval Ep 2: The Staffordshire Hoard

Pop Medieval Ep 2: The Staffordshire Hoard
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Imagine this: you’re metal detecting in a field in the English countryside and suddenly, your sensors go off. You’ve just stumbled upon the largest medieval treasure in Europe! This is the Staffordshire Hoard and 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of its discovery!

You have to see the Staffordshire Hoard to get the full picture, so we’ve included some video links in our show notes below.


Show notes:

The Staffordshire Hoard Website (http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/) has a literal trove of articles and videos to check out, but we’ve pulled a few of our favorites:

Staffordshire Hoard – Horse Mount (https://youtu.be/NcPXzn_pir0)

The Staffordshire Hoard Helmet (https://youtu.be/HyKjnrTmtlY)

The Staffordshire Hoard | Transforming Collections (Episode 1) (https://youtu.be/bAAHhrVsf8s)

Nina’s Recommendation(s):

The Story of Masquerade (the story behind the book) (https://youtu.be/3yaHBdhIsCo)

Masquerade (then read the book) (https://www.amazon.com/MASQUERADE-Kit-Williams/dp/080523747X/)

Doc’s Recommendation(s):

Medievalists.net (https://medievalists.net)

Medievalists.net: 10th Anniversary of the Staffordshire Hoard Discovery Celebrated (https://www.medievalists.net/2019/07/10th-anniversary-of-the-staffordshire-hoard-discovery-celebrated/)

Ed Risden’s Student’s Translation of Beowulf (https://books2read.com/beowulf-risden)

Pop Medieval: Pilot

Pop Medieval: Pilot
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PopMedieval Logo, with busts of Nina and Dr. Nokes, with the logo above their heads.

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