Pop Medieval Ep 25: Good King Wences…whatever

Pop Medieval
Pop Medieval
Pop Medieval Ep 25: Good King Wences...whatever

In their Christmas episode, Doc explains the bizarre Medieval history of the carol, “Good King Wenceslas,” beginning with the pronunciation (which Nina bungles several times during this episode). They’ll discuss the confusing difference between the two Wenceslases (Wenceslii?), the real-life martyrdom of the correct Wenceslas, some fratricide, and the legend of Blanik Mountain. Plus, Nina successfully makes a connection between King Wenceslas and “The Lord of the Rings.”

You can hear the version of “Good King Wenceslas” in this episode here: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._Army_Band_-_Good_King_Wenceslaus.ogg)


“The Hanukkah Anthology” by Philip Goodman (https://www.amazon.com/Hanukkah-Anthology-Philip-Goodman/dp/0827600801/

“The Hogfather” a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett (https://www.amazon.com/Hogfather-Novel-Discworld-Terry-Pratchett-ebook/dp/B000W5MIGC/)

Horse Name Generator from Fantasy Name Generator (https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/horse_names.php)

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

Pop Medieval Ep 8: The St Nick Sucker Punch

Pop Medieval
Pop Medieval
Pop Medieval Ep 8: The St Nick Sucker Punch

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)