🎧 Gone Medieval

🎧 Gone Medieval

From long-lost Viking ships to kings buried in unexpected places; from murders and power politics, to myths, religion, the lives of ordinary people: Gone Medieval is History Hit’s podcast dedicated to the middle ages, in Europe and far beyond.

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🎧 Gone Medieval
  • 🎧 Ragnar Lothbrok: Viking Legend

    The ninth century Danish king and warrior Ragnar Lothbrok became notorious again most recently through the TV series The Vikings. But what do we know about the real Ragnar Lothbrok? In this episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis finds out from Professor Carolyne Larrington, author of The Norse Myt...

  • 🎧 Medieval Trans Saints & Sex Workers

    In this episode of Gone Medieval for Pride Month, Matt Lewis takes a look at some transgender stories from the Middle Ages.Β  Marinos was a 5th century monk mentioned in the trial of Joan of Arc.Β  They shaved their head and changed into men's clothes to live in a monastery with their widowed fathe...

  • 🎧 Ireland and the Crusades

    Ireland has long been overlooked in the context of crusading. It has not only been largely absent from accounts of crusades and crusading, it has also not featured in histories of Ireland. A new book from Forecourts Press, titled Ireland and the Crusades, seeks to correct these omissions.

    In th...

  • 🎧 Marco Polo

    One of history’s great adventurers, Marco Polo’s accounts of his travels - dictated while in prison - were exceptionally widely read, introducing Europeans to the then-mysterious culture and inner workings of the Eastern world, including the wealth and great size of theΒ Mongol EmpireΒ and China in...

  • 🎧 The Greatest Medieval Divorce Scandal

    In 855, the Carolingian kingΒ Lothar IIΒ was married to the aristocraticΒ Teutberga for political reasons. But there was a third person in the relationship β€” Waldrada of Lotharingia.Β  Their affair led to a prolonged and messy battle by Lothar II to secure a divorce from Teutberga, which involved Cha...

  • 🎧 Medieval Japan: Myths of the Samurai

    Medieval Japan - especially its stories of fearless Samurai and Ninja warriors - have an enduring place in our consciousness. But how true are they?

    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis talks to Joseph Robey, who has made it his mission to make the stories of Medieval Japan more well kno...

  • 🎧 Origins of Scottish Independence: Declaration of Arbroath

    For the first time in 18 years, the Declaration of Arbroath - an iconic document in the story of the struggle for Scottish independence in the 14th century - will go on public display.Β  Dated 6 April 1320, and written by the barons and freeholders on behalf of the Kingdom of Scotland, the Declara...

  • 🎧 Julian of Norwich

    The writings of Julian of Norwich are the earliest surviving English language works by a woman and the only surviving English language works by an anchoress. But her life - particularly prior to taking on her role at Saint Julian's Church in Norwich - is shrouded in mystery and it has been widely...

  • 🎧 How the Mediterranean Created Wealth

    What does archaeology tell us about how regions in the Mediterranean built their wealth between the 10th to 12th centuries?Β  How did economies grow in Egypt, Tunisia, Sicily, the Byzantine empire, Islamic Spain and Portugal, and north-central Italy? And what were their trading relationships with ...

  • 🎧 Medieval Warfare: Deception and Trickery

    Deception and trickery have always been a universal feature of warfare and the wars of the Middle Ages were no exception - from the Battle of Hastings to the β€œfake corpse ruse”.Β  But how did Medieval mores justify deception during wars?Β  Was cunning considered an admirable quality in a warrior? W...

  • 🎧 Henry III vs. Simon de Montfort

    After speaking to Gone Medieval in April 2022 about the first volume of his magisterial biography of Henry III, David Carpenter promised Matt Lewis that he would pay the podcast a return visit when the second volume came out. Henry III 1258-1272: Reform, Rebellion, Civil War, Settlement picks up ...

  • 🎧 The Rise & Fall of the de la Pole Family

    The de la Pole dynasty played a central role in the Wars of the Roses. Theirs is a fascinating story of the rises and falls that plagued families - and the disputes within them - as they tried to chart the stormy waters of a civil war.Β 

    In this edition of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis meets Michèle ...

  • 🎧 How The Weather Shaped Medieval North America

    One of the most consequential eras in North American history was the Medieval Warm Period of 800-1300 CE, when the continent was shaped by climate change or – as its peoples then believed – controlled by gods of wind and water.Β  A great religious movement swept Mesoamerica, the Southwest, and the...

  • 🎧 The Knights Templar

    This is a special episode from a series we made in collaboration with Ubisoft, the makers of Assassin's Creed.

    In Assassins vs Templars, we're immersing ourselves in the real history that inspired the first game. As well as exploring rise and fall of The Knights Templar and the Assassins, we cha...

  • 🎧 Coronation Regalia and Banquets

    All this month, Gone Medieval has been your perfect companion to the forthcoming coronation of King Charles III.Β 

    In this final special episode, Matt Lewis takes a look at the use and meaning of coronation regalia and what happens after the ceremonial aspects - the coronation banquet. He is joi...

  • 🎧 Ceremonial Elements of Coronations

    All this month, Gone Medieval is your perfect companion to the forthcoming coronation of King Charles III.

    In this third special episode, Matt Lewis finds out more about the major ceremonial elements of the coronation with Dr. George Gross. Two components which still remain and are particularly...

  • 🎧 Rise of the Assassins

    This is a special episode from a series we made in collaboration with Ubisoft, the makers of Assassin's Creed.

    In Assassins vs Templars, we're immersing ourselves in the real history that inspired the first game. As well as exploring rise and fall of the Knights Templar and the Assassins, we cha...

  • 🎧 Becoming an Anglo-Saxon King

    Throughout April, Gone Medieval is your perfect companion for the forthcoming coronation of King Charles III. In this episode Dr. Cat Jarman asks what did kingship really mean in the first half of the medieval period? How and when did we start to have kings in what later was to become England? A...

  • 🎧 Tournaments & Rebellion in Historical Fiction

    The Second Baron’s War was a time of great unrest and upheaval in 13th century England. Fought just decades after the signing of Magna Carta, it marked the unwelcome return of tumult between the nobility and the crown and pitted the hitherto peaceful King Henry III against his old friend Simon de...

  • 🎧 Excavating An Anglo-Saxon Palace: Ad Gefrin

    Though today it is just a muddy field, the small hamlet of Yeavering was once a bustling centre of Anglo-Saxon power in the North of England. At its heart was a 7th century palace - known in Latin as Ad Gefrin - which was built by King Edwin in 616 AD, the first king of a united Northumbria.

    In ...

  • 🎧 Medieval Origins of Coronations

    A coronation is a moment of history packed with symbolism and meaning, and throughout April 2023 Gone Medieval will be your perfect historical companion to the coronation of King Charles III.

    In the first of four special episodes, Matt Lewis traces certain elements of the coronation ceremony bac...

  • 🎧 Vikings in Spain

    When we think of Vikings, we tend to picture them in the colder climates of Northern Europe, and not so much in the warmer regions of Spain and the Mediterranean beyond.

    However, joining Dr. Cat Jarman today is Dr. Irene GarcΓ­a LosquiΓ±o, a researcher whose work is uncovering Viking activity on t...

  • 🎧 How Norse Myths Shape the Way We Think

    Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the legends of Thor, Odin and Asgard are familiar to millions today. Yet the histories of these myths are far richer than modern popular culture often implies. From Yggdrasil to Ragnarok, the seemingly unending tales of heroism, betrayal and intrigue found...

  • 🎧 How the Middle Ages Influenced Music Today

    In our modern and digital age, contemporary music has many influences. Heartbreak. War. Even climate change. But what about the Middle Ages? Has the artistry and literature of the medieval period had an influence on music today?

    In this episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis speaks to singer and s...