In Renaissance England, leprosy went by a multitude of names: king's evil, green sickness, the Lep. Literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating get itchy in this episode and discuss a supposed cure for the dreaded skin disease. Just a few pence could buy you a handful of pills that would cure Renaissance greyscale better than any witch in Game of Thrones, along with whatever else ailed you.
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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.
In this episode, find out the answers to the following questions:
Join literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating as they interrogate the complicated history of blood sports.
Have you heard of Grace O'Malley, the Irish pirate queen? Though ignored by chronicles and official histories, O'Malley's legend lives on poems, music, and romance novels. As the only woman on record as having a leadership role with her clan in 16th-century Gaelic Ireland, O'Malley's history jumps out of the shadows as this episode explores this important figure during a time of serious political upheaval. Join literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating as they get to the root of the following questions:
Though vilified by the English as manly, O'Malley defied gender roles and expectations as she defended her piracy and and fought for her family's ancestral lands. In doing so, she courted the understanding and favor of Queen Elizabeth herself.
Renaissance women were expected to remain silent, obedient, and chaste. But not everyone follows the rules. In this episode, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating discuss court records describing violent crimes committed by women in Scotland between 1490 and 1560. Find out the answers to these questions:
From mudslinging and hat-snatching to blunt force trauma with iron tongs, the weapons these women used were domestic, readily available, and expertly wielded. Tune in and find out about the gendered dynamics of violence.