EP 019: We’re All Mad Here

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-019-we-re-all-mad-here/ In 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland introduced a generation of children to the wonder of imagination, the magic of word play, and the dangers of taking too many drugs. Choosing the maddest character in his iconic cast of weirdos is a big ask, but you haven’t got the Mad Hatter in your top three,… Continue reading EP 019: We’re All Mad Here

EP 011: An Epic Defeat

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-008-how-anansi-got-his-tale/ Today we’re going back to an unknown author, in an unknown time, and a mostly unknown place to explore the murky roots of the Tale of Igor’s Campaign. Now if you had a high school history education that in any way resembled mine, you might have noticed something very odd about our textbooks.  They… Continue reading EP 011: An Epic Defeat

EP 010: Let Them Eat Cake

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-008-how-anansi-got-his-tale/ In the late 1700’s, the French were (understandably) very cross. The old feudal regime had left a handful of people quite powerful, and very wealthy, and left pretty much everyone else out in the cold. Over the course of a handful of years, the French embarked on a Revolution, changed their constitution, chopped off… Continue reading EP 010: Let Them Eat Cake

EP 009: The Silk Ode

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-008-how-anansi-got-his-tale/ I’m really hoping somebody will write in and make me feel a bit less alone here, but for many years, I thought satin was silk. In fact, I spent most of my childhood believing that. But, as probably everyone in the world except me knows, silk is NOT satin, and its dead useful. You’ve… Continue reading EP 009: The Silk Ode

EP 008: How Anansi Got His Tale

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-008-how-anansi-got-his-tale/ A common feature of History – especially the way we were taught it in the 90’s – is that cultures who kept written records tend to get more airtime. That makes sense in some practical ways – sometimes we know more about those periods of History, and sometimes they’re much easier to teach, especially… Continue reading EP 008: How Anansi Got His Tale

EP 007: Beware the Ides

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-007-beware-the-ides/ If you’re in any way superstitious, Roman, or considering becoming a dictator, you might want to grab your lucky charms and lock your doors, because in this episode, we’re heading into the Ides of March. The big questions you probably have at this point are, in increasing order of importance: Are the Ides of… Continue reading EP 007: Beware the Ides

EP 006: It Takes Tutu

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-006-it-takes-tutu/ Speaking to Delegates at the One Young World opening ceremony in 2010, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu – affectionately called ‘the Arch’ in his home country – tells a story. A school had recently been named after him in the Netherlands (which, he hastens to add, is not the important part of the story). The… Continue reading EP 006: It Takes Tutu

EP 005: Half a Man Walks Into a Bar

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-005-half-a-man-walks-into-a-bar/ In the mid 19th century, scientists were starting to unearth evidence that the Earth was a lot older than anyone had ever imagined. This caused large parts of the scientific community, and the population at large, to panic, and set off a frenzy of archaeological activity trying to uncover evidence that Biblical stories were… Continue reading EP 005: Half a Man Walks Into a Bar

EP 004: I Like Her Not!

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-002-words-on-words/ For anyone who isn’t completely obsessed with this period of history, Anne of Cleves is a relatively obscure figure. Which is interesting, because she was a queen of England, and not Dark Ages, Alfred the Great, funny haircuts era-England, but Henry the VIII, Cromwell, funny haircuts, era-England. That more people don’t know more about… Continue reading EP 004: I Like Her Not!

EP 003: From Egypt, With Love

https://historycal.podbean.com/e/ep-002-words-on-words/ Ancient Egypt is, in many ways, so symbolic of the ancient world that it pops up in our mind’s eye if someone so much as mentions the word history. And as a result of that, or maybe because of that, Ancient Egypt itself becomes reduced to a set of symbolic images. If you close… Continue reading EP 003: From Egypt, With Love