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Sunday, April 26, 2015


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Oh man. I feel so bad for my medieval namesake. Fortunately I do not resemble him in other ways. And now it will be remembered by history forever.

Willie G

Thanks for another enjoyable podcast. Am I mistaken or did I hear a reference to the 1982 tv version of The Scarlet Pimpernel starting Anthony Andrews? "Sink me!" If so, I would like to add "Odd's fish, my dear!"

The History of England

Yay! Well spotted...Anthony Andrews, finest of actors!

Willie G

I love the pop culture references and am always listening for them. Keep them coming!

"We seek him here. We seek him there.
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!
Is he in heaven? Or is he in hell?
That damned Elusive Pimpernel!"

The History of England

Superb. Maybe I should have a quiz, a podcast treasure hunt...

Dr. Helen Conrad-O'Briain

First, my husband and I enjoy your podcasts immeasurably - even though I do not always agree with everything. On the question of women's literacy in the middle ages, may I suggest Conrad-O'Briain, Helen, 'Were women Able to Read in the Middle Ages' in Misconceptions about the Middle ages ed. by Stephen J. Harris and Bryon L. Grigsby (Routledge: New York and London, 2008)
And yes, I freely admit I am Helen Conrad-O'Briain
Adjunct Associate Professor Old English and Old Norse
PS It is quite a fun little book - and I understand it has even been translated into French. You might like to look at the work of Helen Damico and Christine Fell - although you probably have. I also hope you have read Garret Mattingly's Armada.

The History of England

Hello Helen, and thanks; but also there's a bit of ooh dear, so a proper historian who might have listened to the hideousness that are my early podcasts? Not good.So bad I am re-doing them.

Um, I had a look for 'Misconceptions' which sounds like the perfect thing for a podcast!

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