What happened in London during the earthquake of 1580? Massive earthquakes in England are rare, but the one during the reign of Elizabeth I had plenty of eyewitness accounts. Church bells rang and bricks fell from buildings, killing at least two children and shaking the country to its core. In this episode, find out the answers to...
When crying “God for Harry, England, and Saint George,” do you know the story of the saint Shakespeare invokes? In this episode, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating get to the bottom of the many stories revolving around the patron saint of England. Though often depicted as a knight in shining armor who slayed a dragon to rescue a princess, there’s more to George’s sainthood than meets the eye.
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Everyone knows that St. Patrick was a major snake charmer. But what other miracles did he perform? Beginning immediately after his christening, Patrick performed numerous miracles, from defeating levitating wizards to zapping flood waters away with lightning from his fingers. Learn along with literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comedic actress Nicole Keating as they explore the history of Ireland's patron saint.
Faking demonic possession was easier than you might think. In this episode, Renaissance scholar Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating explore the signs and symptoms of devilish possession laid out in religious history, the New Testament, and early modern pamphlets. Whether Catholic or Puritan, Satan was a problem for everyone, tempting minds even if he wasn't possessing bodies. From physical manifestations like swelling and stiffness to mysterious lumps roving through the body, the visuals associated with demonic possession were creepy as hell. Find out how some people could have simulated these signs of distress and why they were both doubted and believed.
How did people celebrate Christmas before internet shopping? In this episode, Liz and Nicole talk about Renaissance gift-giving traditions, Twelfth Night celebrations, the Russian ambassador's Christmas visit to England, rent hens, conspicuously gold decorations, and much more!
In this episode, discussion gets risqué as Liz and Nicole discuss self-pleasure/harm in the 16th and 17th centuries. Highlights include intersections of law, religion, and sexy sex; women expressing themselves through glitter orgasms; who’s the perviest puppet on Sesame Street; where to find masturbatory sources in the archive; jargon for your daily filthiness; the story of noted masturbator, Er; biblical terminology for pulling out; death by masturbation; Renaissance strobe blacklights; that one internet masturbation trick doctors don’t want you to know about; Slim Jim penises; lacking Puritan envy; Caroline Courts Gone Wild; diary code words to hide what you’re up to; masturbating your way out of loneliness. rudetudors.com @rudetudors
Pan the goat god and Pee Wee have a few things in common.