Pop Medieval Ep 14: Social Distancing, Boccaccio's Way
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.
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.
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.