In this episode, Liz and Nicole discuss the high stakes of getting engaged during the Renaissance. It was serious business, folks, and could mess you up for life. Under consideration is a veritable buffet of sources: a layman's guide to getting hitched, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, and a Buzzfeed pictorial.
In this episode, Liz and Nicole discuss the Restoration pamphlet "The City-Wife's Petition Against Coffee" (1674). Under discussion: what are the racial and sexual politics of drinking caffeine? How does dehydration affect sexual performance? Did this murky brown liquid contribute to the demise of English masculinity? And were coffee houses the internet of early modern England?
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In this episode, Liz and Nicole dig into Thomas Nash’s The Choice of Valentines, alternately titled The Merry Ballad of Nash His Dildo. Along the way they discuss the etymology of the word dildo, editorial justifications for reading smut, the intellectual value of erotica, and Harry Potter slash fan fiction. (Apologies for the spotty audio this week.)
In this episode, the Rude Tudors discuss Mary I's 1558 act requiring a certain amount of military preparedness for certain rich guys. Along the way, they attempt to answer a variety of eternal questions: what's a gelding? Do orcs wear armor? And just how strong are English wrists?
In this episode, Liz and Nicole discuss a section of Edward Topsell's 1607 bestiary, The History of Four-Footed Beastes. Topsell had a particular preoccupation with the character of horse "lust" and differentiates between male and female reproductive habits in some...interesting ways. Liz and Nicole draw connections between these differences and the ways in which they resonate with Renaissance descriptions of men and women's propensity for lust.