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When is the last time you solved a murder? In our Podcast series Crimes in the ER - Fact and Fiction, Annie Roling never expects to be solving murders as the Administrator of the Roosevelt Hospital Emergency Room. Until the night John Lennon died, her life centered on her adored daughter and unequal parts of an old beau, a new fiancé, a detective pal and medical colleagues. She now faces a series of ongoing challenges in the world of suspicious events and mysterious deaths. In the early 80’s ...
 
A podcast about the real science behind your favorite science fiction themes and tropes. Each episode, I choose a recurring topic or two in science fiction, and then dive into how it works in reality. If you ever wanted to learn more about genetics, virtual reality, or space travel - this podcast is for you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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This episode features a guest co-host, my old friend and colleague Dr. Jennifer Paxton, director of the Honors Program at The Catholic University of America and one of the best historians of medieval Britain. Jenny, Ellen, and I examine the evidence for a historical Arthur in the aftermath of the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the fifth century. …
 
In this episode Ellen and I compare medieval Inquisitions with the Spanish Inquisition, and both with the popular conception of the Inquisition. Among other subjects, we discuss what an inquisition was--and is--, how inquisitions served as a tool in the formation of a persecuting society, and why it is not quite accurate to see either the medieval …
 
In this episode Ellen and I talk about a dualist heresy that was widespread in twelfth- and thirteenth-century southern France and northern Italy. This heresy is generally known as Catharism. Its central tenet was that there are two gods, a good god who created the spiritual world and an evil god who created the visible world. The soul of man is go…
 
Charles is dead but what happened to the Angels? Did Queen Catharine live happily ever after? Did the regicides in America get away and where did Henry Jermyn end up? Yes, lots of bits and pieces to tidy away before we move on to our next glorious king. Here’s a picture of James Duke of York, Anne Hyde and the kiddies Mary and Anne.…
 
In this episode Ellen and I talk about one of the more puzzling events in the history of England’s Viking Wars, the St. Brice's Davy Massacre. In the year 1002, King Æthelred "the Unready" issued an order that on St. Brice's Day all the Danes dwelling in England were to be killed in a "most just extermination." Writers from the late eleventh centur…
 
Yes, it can’t be good news. But we will get to meet another brainiac, John Locke. It is his political philosophy that will be the basis for the US constitution and it’s pretty good – if implemented correctly and updated from time to time. Here’s a picture of 2 brothers – Chuck and Jimmy British School; King Charles II (1630-1685), and King James II…
 
The theatre’s are back in business and we have girls playing girl type roles. Even better, we have scantily clad girls who may have staged wardrobe misfunctions. There’s money to be made backstage as well. Here’s a picture from the marvellous movie Stage Beauty with Charles and his favourite actress Nell Gwynn.…
 
In this episode Ellen and I examine how Saint Francis became a saint and Waldo a heretic while following the same call to apostolic poverty, and why in the mid-thirteenth century it was heretical to deny that a consecrated communion wafer contains the actual body of Christ but not to venerate a dog as a saint with healing powers. Please join us!…
 
It’s all about the girls for Charles this week and there’s plenty of them. Here’s pictures of just a few of them. Very naughty Barbara PalmerNell Gwynn – everybody’s favouriteLouise de KeroualleOrtensia Mancini – The It girl. Very liberated.Queen Catharine – the missusLucy WalterCatharine PeggeEleanor NeedhamElizabeth KilligrewJane LaneMary BagotMa…
 
On April 28, 1192 the newly elected king of Jerusalem Conrad of Montferrat was assassinated in the streets of the city of Tyre by two Assassins, the name by which the Crusaders knew the Nizari Isma'ili Shi'a sect in Syria. The killers had acted in obedience to the leader of the Assassins, the Old Man of the Mountain Rashid al-Din Sinan. That much i…
 
Time to get that glorious arse on the big chair and a brand new silly hat on the kingly head. And aren’t we all happy. Back to business as usual. Just one thing, will the business as usual be of the Gloriana type or just like those useless men who have been running the place? Charles will marry a beautiful Portuguese princess.…
 
We’ll be having a look at a nice fair trial for a number of guys who Charles and Parliament must die to redeem the honour of England. Hang on you say, if they have to die, then how fair will the trial be? Reasonable point so yes, fairness may not be part of this but you have no idea just how unfair it can be made.…
 
Saladin's taking of Jerusalem, three months after the fighting forces of the Kingdom of Jerusalem were wiped out in the Battle of Hattin, precipitated the Third Crusade. Eyewitness accounts are rare for the Early and High Middle Ages. The siege of Jerusalem in 1187 is exceptional in having three. Two of these were by men with inside knowledge of th…
 
I guess it’s better to be sad than dead but Charles will cheer up when Cromwell decided to die. Decided because he may have survived a bit longer if only he had taken his medicine. But that medicine was created by the filthy Jesuits so Cromwell was not taking it. Still, he will eventually get his very own statue.…
 
This episode places Magna Carta in its historical context, explains why it really isn't the foundation of Anglo-American liberty, reaffirms John's status as a really bad king (and person), and discusses how the Magna Carta baronial rebellion led to the only Crusade to be fought on English soil.
 
Yes, the monarchy is gone long live the revolutionary government under dear leader Oliver Cromwell. But will it go well? Do these guys know what they’re doing? I think you know by now what humans are like so probably know the answer. But we do have a nice new seal. Great Seal of the Commonwealth. Illustration for Knight’s Pictorial Gallery of Arts …
 
In 978 the eighteen-year old English king Edward was murdered while traveling to visit his younger half-brother Æthelred and his stepmother Ælfthryth. The murder transformed a truculent teenager into a venerated martyr. This episodes explores the "martyrdom" of King Edward and offers explanations for why he was killed, who was responsible for the a…
 
It surely is curtains for Charles. E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This king is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed ‘im to the perch ‘e’d be pushing up the daisies! ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the buck…
 
The late twelfth-century Frence epic poem Raoul of Cambrai is a tale of violence, vengeance, and betrayal in which the basic bonds of society--feudal loyalty, family, and friendship--come into conflict. The poem poses key questions for feudal society: which is the higher duty, loyalty to a lord or obligation to one's family? may a vassal rightfully…
 
In the second half of “The finest knight in all the world: the practical chivalry of Sir William Marshal,” Ellen and I examine the career of William Marshal as baron, earl, and, ultimately, regent of England for a child king. The challenge William Marshal faced as a baron was to retain possession of all his lands while still preserving his vaunted …
 
The life of Sir William Marshal reads like a medieval story book. Starting out as a landless squire whose only possession was family connections, Marshal rose from household knight to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful nobles in early thirteenth century England. Ultimately, he was chosen by his peers to be the guardian and regent of a b…
 
It’s come to this. Charles hates parliament and parliament hate Charles. Initially, neither side will be much good at it which makes no difference at all to the common smellies who happen to be in their way. Here’s brave Rupert, Elizabeth’s lad with his trusty poodle sidekick to bravely lead the royalist charge. Or if you’re on team parliament, it’…
 
We’ll meet new player Oliver Cromwell. Archie Laud will have his head off to make the Scotties happy and they will be happy. Charles is so annoyed with parliament that he will start belting them but he isn’t that good. Queen Mary will come to save him. Here’s a picture of Oliver.Oleh dickshistory
 
In this episode Richard distinguishes between the popular modern conception of chivalry, which originated in the romantic movement of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and became the code of the gentleman, and medieval chivalry. Richard and his co-host, his wife Ellen, explore what medieval chivalry entailed, the role it played in protec…
 
Charles wants parliament to just approve the taxation so he can get on with wasting money. Parliament want thier old grievances addressed before they will think about pocket money. To make it worse for Charles, his mother in law has moved in. Can Charles make things worse and you know he can. He’s very good at it.…
 
The quest for the Holy Grail is among the most famous stories about King Arthur and the Round Table. This episode explores the origins and development of the idea of the Holy Grail in medieval romance and examines how the Grail was reconceived in modern times by Nazis, amateur historians, and novelists to support pseudo-historical conspiracy theori…
 
Gorgeous George will keep on stuffing things up and we’ve had enough. Henrietta Maria is a very sad queen and does not like king Charles but there is a big strapping English lad who can provide some comfort to her. And we’ll get to meet Lucy Hay who was the inspiration for M’Lady De Winter in the 3 Musketeers story.…
 
And you thought Jim 1 & 6 knew all about stuffing up. Charles and George are way better than Jim was. Parliament is out for George and handily, the book the Forerunner of Revenge will come to England to help them out. Here’s a nice painting by Rubens of the late king Jim.Oleh dickshistory
 
In this episode, Richard explains why there are so few movies set in the Middle Ages that are historically accurate, and gives examples of a good film (Eric Rohmer's "Perceval le Gallois"; a bad film, Ridley Scott's "The Kingdom of Heaven"; and a not so bad medieval film, Ridley Scott's most recent blockbuster, "The Last Duel." Richard and Carol de…
 
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