In this episode, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating unpack the bizarre origin story of the land of Belgium and its noble people as told through a racist English broadsheet from 1653. The birth of the Dutch involves a monstrous horse-man-fish, poop, butter, wizards, and demons. What’s not to love? Find out the answers to:
At a time when the English were anxious about jobs, trades, and the integrity of their language, even the Dutch could be threatening. Learn about the rich history of early modern England and their relationship with their neighbors.
You know monkeys are hot. Renaissance folks might have thought so, judging from the sexualized and exotic ways in which they depicted and discussed apes and their ilk. In this episode of English history podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating dig into popular descriptions of monkeys and apes, an animal that many people would never have seen in the flesh. Where did they get their information? From bestiaries, or wacky encyclopedias that were part myth, part legend, part history, and part observation. But they were totally nuts. Find out the answers to the following questions:
Are you DTL--down to learn? Then take a raunchy jaunt through the times of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare.
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Hot or Not: Monkey Edition!
Liz and Nicole discuss each of these monkeys in sequence in this episode. Let them know if you agree with their attractiveness assessments.
In the words of that immortal poet Rihanna "Work, work, work, work, work" is the subject of this episode of history podcast Rude Tudors. More specifically, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating dig deep into the lives of three badass working women. From crossdressing pirate to propagandist spy to philanthropic banker, these Renaissance ladies worked their way through the world. Find out the answers to...
Highlights include Ben Jonson cosplay, the horrors of early modern ultrasounds, callbacks to burn books, old-timey wage gaps, and more!
Shakespeare’s phrase “turning Turk” was a loaded accusation in Renaissance England. In this episode of history podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating delve into stereotypes and misconceptions about adherents of Islam in Europe in the 1500s and 1600s. Characterizations of Muslims ran the gamut, from violent infidels to sexual deviants to economic rivals. Questions abounded: where were they from? Were they black? Would they force Christians to convert? Get to the bottom of the following questions:
Plus: a plagiarized, presidential essay; Obama impersonators at birthday parties; cucumbers as nature’s dildos; and much more!
In this episode of English Renaissance podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating take a listener question! They dig into the history of syphilis: its supposed origins, symptoms, and treatments. Things get graphic with descriptions of chestnut-sized pustules and penile growths the size of plums, so gird your loins. Questions answered in this episode include:
In this episode of Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating reflect upon another contender for the Worst Year Ever: 1347. Catastrophes in the East, like storms raining poisonous amphibians or smoke that turns people to stone, portended something bad for Europe. Spoiler alert: it was the plague. Find out the answers to:
Also, as a call to arms against the incoming Trump administration, an examination of Steve Bannon’s ill-fated, rappin’ Shakespeare adaptations. People with such bad taste have no place in politics. Other highlights include Nicole's rant against frogs, criticism of our Eurocentrism, and predictions about Carrie Fisher.