🎧 Not Just the Tudors

🎧 Not Just the Tudors

Suzannah Lipscomb talks about everything from the Aztecs to witches, Velázquez to Shakespeare, Mughal India to the Mayflower. Not, in other words, just the Tudors, but most definitely also the Tudors.

Each episode Suzannah is joined by historians and experts to reveal incredible stories about one of the most fascinating periods in history.

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🎧 Not Just the Tudors
  • Banqueting like a Tudor

    At a Tudor banquet, the hosts had the opportunity to show off their wealth and social status by serving their guests the most superb food, made from the most expensive ingredients and displayed in the most outrageous way. Suzannah is joined by Brigitte Webster to discover more about what the Tudo...

  • 🎧 The Aztecs: Human Sacrifice, Birth and Sex

    The Aztecs of Mexico are often viewed through the lens of the Spanish Conquest or, as Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock tells us in this episode, what we should more properly call 'The Spanish Invasion'. But in this edition of Not Just the Tudors, Suzannah focuses instead on the complex Aztec society, it...

  • 🎧 John Lyly: The Queer Shakespeare

    John Lyly's name may not be so familiar. He was a playwright and poet writing at the same time as Shakespeare and, in his day, was more famous than the Bard himself. Professor Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Dr Andy Kesson about Lyly's radical and, frankly, queer works: his plays in which Queen Elizab...

  • 🎧 Bridewell: The Palace that became a Prison

    In the heart of Shakespeare's London, there was a palace that had become a prison: Bridewell. Professor Duncan Salkeld has explored the records of this notorious place of imprisonment for the poor, the indigent, vagrants, prostitutes and the idle, and shares his extraordinary findings of the wayw...

  • 🎧 Henry VIII's Billionaire Wardrobe

    Venetian ambassador Sebastian Giustinian described Henry VIII as the 'best dressed sovereign in the world'. The King spent the equivalent of £2 million a year on clothes. In this episode with Professor Maria Hayward, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb gets to grips with the sumptuous garments, the fabri...

  • 🎧 An Early Modern Teenage Werewolf

    The witch-hunts of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe are well-known. But did you know that some 300 people were convicted of being werewolves? In this revelatory podcast with Dr. Jan Machielsen, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb travels back to 1603 to find out more about the moving case of Jean...

  • 🎧 Velazquez and the Spanish Court

    Professor Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Laura Cumming - author and art critic for The Observer - about Velázquez, arguably the greatest genius of Spanish painting. They particularly discuss one of the world's most remarkable paintings - Las Meninas ('The Ladies in Waiting'), how the artist rose thro...