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Sunday, August 24, 2014


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I hate to admit it, after such a gracious apology, but I'm afraid I'm not quite sure what the mea culpa was for. That is, not only do I not understand the misinterpretation, I've no idea what it was that was misinterpreted or how. Or why. Or who etc.

I liked the bit with the dog, though. :)

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A while ago I referred to the same incident - where Elizabeth identified herself in the history as Richard II. Foolishly, I thought she was being self doubting, equating her actions with Richards, worrying that her action here tyrannical.

A school boy error.

Good! I thought it was time to introduce to the hound to the listeners. He's mainly invisible to you lot, he's a constant part of the editing process for me!!


Why was Prince James was kept as a sausage?
The Preface of 1066 and All That contains an 'Errata' section, with the helpful note: "For sausage read hostage". Similar to the substitution of 'pheasant' for 'peasant'.

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Ah! The answer...I feel shamed at my lack of research...!


I'm almost caught up after a few months of binge-listening. This episode is one of my favorites because of the Winnie, the Shakespeare rant, and the barking dog. Just wonderfully funny.

I enjoy the historiographies and also the mini-histories of Europe. There are so many different facets to your podcast which you regularly address that I honestly don't know how you find the time to put them all together, not to mention doing it in such a convincing and coherent manner.

It's far and away the best history podcast out there.

Rob Shinnick

You're not alone in your estimation (or lack thereof) of Shakespeare, either. Give him his due, but I've long thought him a wee bit overrated. (Of course as a "colonial", I suppose I'm given more leeway for that particular heresy.)

Rob Shinnick

PS- Can't help but notice that the dog spoke mere moments after the phrases "baying, howling crowd" and "small furry creatures" were uttered in the podcast. Brilliant foreshadowing, I say!

In yer eye, Billy Shakespeare!

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Rich, thank you for you kind words. I am a sucker for a spot of flattery.

That dog...thought I should just share the pain. He's very nice, but, Rob, your suggestion would require a level of brain power well beyond that hound's capabilities!

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