Pop Medieval Ep 28: Alas, Poor Ophelia

Pop Medieval
Pop Medieval Ep 28: Alas, Poor Ophelia
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Doc and Nina answer some listener mail in this episode! Today, they are discussing William Shakespeare’s mad Danish Prince, Hamlet. In particular, they look at the repercussions of his hackneyed plot to avenge his father’s death on Ophelia, his betrothed.

Doc reveals the 12th century source for Hamlet – Saxo Grammaticus’s “Gesta Danorum”(simply, “Deeds of the Danes”) in which Amleth tells his lady love his plot to avenge his father’s death without the need to gaslight her into insanity.


Show Notes

Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1587)

Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum (Deeds of the Danes)


Recommendations

Strange Brew (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086373/)

Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath 

Site (https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/)

Book (https://www.amazon.com/Rejected-Princesses-Historys-Heroines-Hellions/dp/0062405373)