Pop Medieval Ep 42: Eat Me(dieval)

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Pop Medieval Ep 42: Eat Me(dieval)
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Doc sends Nina to cooking school for Christmas (no, this episode is NOT late — technically we’re still within the Christmas season). She recounts her experiences with the hits and misses from her week of feasting.

Topics covered: green beans vs broad beans, The Eggnog Riot at West Point, adding fried eggs to meals, Doc’s ill-fated chicken dish, more bean discussion, the dangers of too much dairy, the sin of butter, meals for Lent

Recommendations:

Eat Medieval (https://eatmedieval.com/)

Nina says — Stay as authentic to the recipes as possible if you want to try cooking with the Black Friars. If you have dietary restrictions (like lactose intolerance) these will NOT be the recipes for you. You can, however, replace the meat with vegan options like Beyond Meat or Impossible meat.

Eat Clean Bro (https://eatcleanbro.com/)

Shieldmaiden in the Kitchen, by Terri Barnes, medieval historian –  (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm2Ae34xZXeRD2K2N3LoolQ)

See hwaet’s Poppin’ in the PopMedieval Discord. Join us at: https://discord.gg/VaF2sZdeGk

Pop Medieval Ep 41: The Last Duel, or The Wrongs about Medieval Property Rights

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Pop Medieval Ep 41: The Last Duel, or The Wrongs about Medieval Property Rights
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*Note: This episode contains very frank discussion of rape and sexual assault due to the plot of the film, “The Last Duel.” This also contains plot spoilers of a historical event.*

Doc and Nina review their final Movember movie — well into December — “The Last Duel.” It’s intense, it’s difficult, but it’s absolutely brilliant. Nina shares her new taglines for each chapter of the movie and Doc gives his assessment of the movie’s opinion of, um, “little deaths.” Both Nina and Doc have their own separate rants in this one, so get comfortable.

Topics covered: The Hundred Years’ war, property ownership, de Carrouges’ temper tantrums, le Gris’ project management skills, the bit of movie pandering during Marguerite’s title fade, Doc and Nina’s love of this movie despite their complaints, the French inquisition, the outcome of the duel, who owns a piece of land anyway, the science of orgasm and pregnancy, and the marriage debt.

Recommendations:

Pop Medieval Ep 9: Hail to the King, Baby (https://open.spotify.com/episode/6U1eK1MmuJs1zhjGiAOnsu?si=8ghjxjSFSfmyY86RTeLIPg)

Gladiator (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0172495/)

“Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century” by Dr. Steven Muhlburger (https://books2read.com/u/mV75pM)

“Combat of the Thirty” by Dr. Steven Muhlburger (https://www.amazon.com/Combat-Thirty-Deeds-Arms-Vol/dp/193743902X/)

Pop Medieval Ep 40: “There Can Be Only One, SpongeBob!”

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Pop Medieval Ep 40: "There Can Be Only One, SpongeBob!"
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Doc and Nina take on a beloved camp classic for Movember: Highlander. Guess what — it’s also from 1986! And Sean Connery is back, doing his Scottish non-Scot thing again.

Topics covered: what exactly the Prize is, Christopher Lambert’s myopic sword-fighting, the Quickening, Styrofoam pillars, Rachel’s origin story, the best line in the film, medieval wrasslin’, the Kurgan as our language ancestor, witans versus things, and Doc’s experience impressing elementary school kids in “Camelot.”

Recommendations:

World’s Most Expensive Medieval Sword – 13th Century Kamakura Katana (https://luxatic.com/the-top-10-most-expensive-medieval-weapons-ever-sold/)

Beowulf (1999) w/ Christopher Lambert (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120604/)

*Note from staff: apparently, the Quickening went down while Nina was recording and it screwed up her audio. Apologies for that.*

Pop Medieval Ep 39: “Your Female Part is a Little Underwritten (and Greasy), Sir”

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Pop Medieval Ep 39: "Your Female Part is a Little Underwritten (and Greasy), Sir"
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Movember continues! Hoo boy, this is a doozy. Doc and Nina are back in the same room to watch “The Name of the Rose,” a 1986 slog with Sean Connery and Christian Slater! Can they really stop laughing long enough to explain what’s going on? (This is all Engineer Mike’s fault.)

Topics covered: who’s actually IN this movie, Sherlock Holmes, the actual title of this film, Benedictine vs Franciscan orders, the lost book on Poetics, Frasier vs Tenet, the Cotton Library fire, the greasy sex scene, Doc’s teenage dating life, Nina’s very important question

Recommendations

FYI – this movie is almost impossible to find. We’re linking to where you can buy the DVD (if you have to)

The Name of the Rose (https://www.amazon.com/Name-Rose-Sean-Connery/dp/B019HR3E18/)

The Mission (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091530/)

Napoleon Dynamite (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374900/)

Mythic Quest (https://tv.apple.com/us/show/mythic-quest/umc.cmc.1nfdfd5zlk05fo1bwwetzldy3)

Pop Medieval Ep 38: Garrrrrn and his Laduh

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Doc and Nina kick off Mov-ember with The Green Knight. Spoilers abound.

Topics discussed: knighthood, Gawain’s confusing heritage, the fox’s identity, Gawain becoming unstuck in time, the Trojan War, the color green, who killed St. Winifred, singing naked giants, greatness versus goodness, the last ten minutes of the movie, and how to pronounce “lady” and “Gawain.”

Recommendations

A24 Screening Room (available on the Apple Store and Roku)

Lion (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3741834/)

Sword of the Valiant (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084750/)

Pop Medieval Ep 37: The Tears of St. Erkenwald

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Pop Medieval Ep 37: The Tears of St. Erkenwald
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Doc tells Nina the spooky tale of St Erkenwald, the 13th century bishop who found an incorruptible corpse of a 6th century pagan king, resurrected him, and sent him to heaven with his holy tears.

Topics covered: sacraments, incorruptible corpses, Padre Pio, stigmata, Vladimir Lenin, HP Lovecraft, Doc’s turn as a horror writer, Jeffrey Combs, BDSM, deadites, and boomsticks

Recommendations

Re-Animator (1985) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089885/)

Army of Darkness (1992) (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106308/)

The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay (http://www.wolfesbay.com/)

Check out Doc’s “horror” novel, From A to Zombie (https://books2read.com/u/b5QrLl)

Pop Medieval Ep 36: Some Games are Good, Others are Halatafl

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Pop Medieval Ep 36: Some Games are Good, Others are Halatafl
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Shall we play a (board) game? Doc shows Nina a board game featuring a raging Geat and Fairytale Femme Fatale.

Topics of discussion: Beowulf, Little Red Riding Hood, asymmetrical games, board games, metaphors, fox and geese, Doc’s hair, condescending comic book guys, Squid Game, and Mrs. Awesome’s patience.

Recommendations

Pop Medieval Ep 16: A Beginner’s Guide to the SCA (https://www.profawesome.com/podcast/pop-medieval-ep-16-a-beginners-guide-to-the-sca/)

An Outsider’s View of the SCA (https://unlocked-wordhoard.blogspot.com/2007/10/outsiders-view-of-sca.html)

Root (https://ledergames.com/products/root-a-game-of-woodland-might-and-right) ed: Root is a 4-person game, not a 5-person game.

Pop Medieval Ep 35: Vinland and Voynich: a Virulent Voyage

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Pop Medieval Ep 35: Vinland and Voynich: a Virulent Voyage
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Doc and Nina discuss the Vinland Map and the Voynich Manuscript.

Topics of discussion: the difference between fakes and forgeries, creepy medieval books, Yale, vikings, naked people in pea soup, doodling in homework, dinosaur bones.

Recommendations

Medievalists.net article about the Vinland Map: https://www.medievalists.net/2021/09/vinland-map-fake-forgery/

“On the Map: A Mind Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks” by Simon Garfield (https://www.amazon.com/Map-Mind-Expanding-Exploration-Notable-Adults/dp/1592407803/)

Podcast Episode of the Medieval Podcast: “Forgeries in the Middle Ages” (https://www.medievalists.net/2021/02/forgeries-middle-ages-levi-roach/)

Pop Medieval Ep 34: He’s Green with Envy and Murder

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Welcome back to Pop Medieval! We’re kicking off season 3 with a classic: the poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” in anticipation of the new film, “The Green Knight.”

Topics of discussion: Morality, games, irony, Gawain’s shield, and how this poem leads to fist fights at medieval conferences.

Recommendations:

“Sir Gawain” translation by Tolkien: (https://www.amazon.com/Gawain-Green-Knight-Pearl-Orfeo/dp/0345277600)

“Sir Gawain” translation by Simon Armitage: https://www.amazon.com/Gawain-Green-Knight-Verse-Translation/dp/0393334155

“Diamonds in the Rough Draft” podcast (Episode 9: Lots of Opportunities to Plug Yourself)

Pop Medieval Ep 33: There’s Always a Prophecy

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It’s the Pop Medieval second season finale! In the final episode before their summer break, Doc and Nina talk about the Cathars, a 14th century (heretical) off-shoot of the Catholic church, and the prophecy of the last Cathar Perfect. This year marks the predicted 700th year of the Perfect’s return, and Doc and Nina dissect that prediction. Skeptical, Nina runs through other predictions that did not come to fruition — whether the laurel turned green or not.


Recommendations
Doc’s Summer Reading:

A Thousand and One Nights (https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Thousand-Nights-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140442898)

Don Quixote (https://www.amazon.com/Quixote-Penguin-Classics-Cervantes-Saavedra/dp/0142437239)

The Tale of Genji (https://www.amazon.com/Tale-Genji-Penguin-Classics-Deluxe/dp/014243714X)

Check out Nina’s work:

Nina’s website (http://ninamacnamara.com)

Icarus (http://ninamacnamara.com/books/)

A Bitter Spring (http://ninamacnamara.com/books/)


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