What do cuckoldry and Beyoncé have in common? Find out in this episode of Rude Tudors, hosted by literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating. The figure of the horned man whose wife has cheated on him is common in Renaissance English literature, especially the works of Shakespeare. But at a time when women were expected to be utterly chaste, their husbands wore the mark of their wives' infidelity.
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Join this raunchy jaunt through the time of Elizabeth I and learn about the underside of the history of marriage, fidelity, and sexuality.
Just when things started to feel familiar in the Renaissance, this episode comes along to shock you out of it. Explore the brutal yet educational world of blood sports in early modern English history. Using a variety of animals to bait each other was a popular pastime that also made its way to country manors, royal courts, and even the playhouses of Shakespeare's London.
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Join literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating as they interrogate the complicated history of blood sports.
Who loves talking historical smack? In this episode, English Renaissance scholar Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating discuss libellous poetry. The Tudors and Stuarts had a knack for writing poems for every occasion, like acute political jealousy or petty neighborhood quarrels. Hear some examples from this raunchy jaunt through the archive available by earlystuartlibels.net! And check out their review of a production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure by London's Cheek By Jowl & Moscow's Pushkin Theater at the top of the show.
In this episode, Liz and Nicole get to the bottom of this stoner Shakespeare business. Under discussion is recent media coverage of Shakespeare's possible marijuana use. Highlights include crappy DEA websites, invention in a noted weed, drugs' relationship to art, CSI-ing historical artifacts, early modern drug dealers, learning to speak with historical locals, academics making bad stoner jokes, figuring out jackhole riddles, being skeptical about evidence on the internet, trying to dig up Shakespeare's bones, to weed or not to weed, Shakespeare's bath-salts plays, writing press releases every time you get stoned, and humanizing geniuses. Plus, the latest installment of Wack Translations. Send us pics of your pets via Twitter or Facebook to get involved in Cat Hamlet!
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In this episode, Liz and Nicole react to the SHOCKING NEWS of a new, (incorrectly identified) portrait of Shakespeare! Then pick up some gardening tips and tricks to help your pumpkins win some prizes. Finally, delve into the weird and wonderful world of Shakespearean-themed fan fiction, Harry Potter style. rudetudors.com @rudetudors.com Reviews make our day, week, month, and years!