Pop Medieval Ep 16: A Beginner’s Guide to the SCA

Pop Medieval Ep 16: A Beginner’s Guide to the SCA
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In this episode, Doc introduces a skeptical but curious Nina to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit organization devoted to the research, study, and re-creation of medieval and renaissance art, skills, combat, and culture.

Doc discusses his history with the SCA and dispels a few misconceptions about the organization (namely, it’s not LARPing and the weapons are not Styrofoam). He talks about how members choose their personas, their crafts, and use the barter system to pay for goods and services. It’s incredibly nerdy, incredibly fun, and will turn the most dubious of skeptics (Nina) into excited neophytes!


Show Notes

Don’t take our word for it! Visit the SCA website and look up an event near you! (https://www.sca.org/)


Nina’s Recommendations

The Pyramid Collection (https://www.pyramidcollection.com/)

Nova Roma (http://www.novaroma.org/nr/Main_Page)

Doc’s Recommendations

“Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century” by Steve Muhlberger (https://www.books2read.com/u/mV75pM)

Doc’s blog post “An Outsider’s View of the SCA” from 2007 on the Unlocked Wordhoard (http://unlocked-wordhoard.blogspot.com/2007/10/outsiders-view-of-sca.html)


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

Pop Medieval Ep 15: All Hayl the Tyger Kyng

Pop Medieval Ep 15: All Hayl the Tyger Kyng
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Like the rest of America, Doc and Nina have been bitten by something big, striped, and caged. That’s right, in this episode, they’re discussing the Netflix sensation, Tiger King! But what does a docu-series about backyard zoo wars have to do with anything medieval?

Doc will talk about menageries of Henry I, Charlemagne, and Frederick II and the everlasting allure and power of tigers. Plus, Nina will attempt to design a coat of arms for each tiger “kingdom.” Finally, they’ll play a quick game of “thrones” – which kingdom would you chose?


Show Notes

Still under lockdown and haven’t seen Tiger King yet? Watch it on Netflix! Tiger King (https://www.netflix.com/title/81115994)


Nina’s Recommendations

A beginners guide to heraldry (https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/easter/preparing-for-easter-adventure-quests/our-guide-to-heraldry/)

Meet The Designer Cats with Wild Blood (https://youtu.be/QHscMam4W7s)

Doc’s Recommendations

The Medieval Bestiary website (http://bestiary.ca/index.html)


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

Pop Medieval Minisode 1: A Reading From Tristan and Iseult

Pop Medieval Minisode 1: A Reading From Tristan and Iseult
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Hwaet and welcome to our first minisode! Nina is by herself this time and reading an excerpt from a book about two very star-crossed lovers. Yep, that’s “The Romance of Tristan & Iseult,” where a loyal knight falls in love with his king’s beautiful queen. Sound familiar at all?

You can read along or by yourself later at the always accessible Project Gutenberg:

The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by Joseph Bedier (https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14244)


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

Pop Medieval Ep 14: Social Distancing, Boccaccio’s Way

Pop Medieval Ep 14: Social Distancing, Boccaccio’s Way
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Doc and Nina are holed up in their own houses right now. And while COVID-19 has different effects on their productivity levels, both of them have found time to record an episode on The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio. This is a series of 100 short stories told by ten young Florentines hiding out in a country house, hoping to escape the worst of the Black Plague.

Nina and Doc will share their favorite stories from Day 2 of the book (the theme of “misadventures that end happily”). Doc and Nina also get into a discussion about why some of these stories are crueler than others.


Show Notes:

Nina’s Recommendations for “Sheltering in Place”:
Stardew Valley (https://www.stardewvalley.net/)
The Decameron – 3rd Day, Tenth Story


Doc’s Recommendations for “Sheltering in Place”:
Virgin Territory (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437954/) vs. The Little Hours (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5666304/)
Icarus by Nina MacNamara -that’s Nina!- (https://books2read.com/Icarus-MacNamara) and From A to Zombie by Prof. Awesome -that’s Doc!- (https://books2read.com/From-A-to-Zombie)

Pop Medieval Ep 13: Witches’ Brew

Pop Medieval Ep 13: Witches’ Brew
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March is here! For St. Patrick’s Day and Women’s History Month, Doc discusses the history of Medieval Brewing, which was dominated by women known as “alewives.” He’ll talk about St. Brigid of Ireland, Katharina von Bora, and Hildegard of Bingen and give a brief history of brewing. Plus, Nina tells Doc a surprising fact about herself that even he didn’t know.


Show Notes: Our alewives in this episode are: St. Brigid of Ireland, Katharina von Bora, and Hildegard of Bingen


Nina’s Recommendation: Zoo Atlanta’s Brew at the Zoo: May 23 (https://zooatlanta.org/event/brew-at-the-zoo/)


Doc’s Recommendation: “Life in Medieval Europe: Fact and Fiction” (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43972589-life-in-medieval-europe)


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

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)