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Sunday, October 20, 2013


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Congratulations for preparing -- and delivering -- an engaging, evocative, affective and memorable episode. As a listener to the History of Byzantium, I had the benefit of having recently heard about the plague during Justinian's reign. You took a step (or more) up, and you succeeded. You moved from humor to pathos with a gentleness that prompts me to listen again: how did he do it? The History of England is YOURS.


This was an amazing episode of your wonderful podcast! I just recently got to this point, hence the late comment. I gasped out loud at the horrible symptoms Joan might have experienced. Well done on making the Black Death seem real, and not just a stream of statistics.

The History of England

Thanks Emily! That's certainly the challeneg - it's quite amazing how hard it is to really imagine the horror of what it must have been like. Robin Pearson's Plague of Justinian episode was in a way the inspiration; not because he necessarily did it this way, but because he took a different approach (the development lifecycle of yersinia pestis itself. Check out Robin's podcast if you are interested!

Jeffrey W Percival

I am still catching up too, and think the Joan episode was amazing. Every episode is great, showcasing David's skill at what he does, but the storytelling here was, if possible, even better than usual! And "usual" is always great.

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