Did you hear about the woman who gave birth to a cat? Learn about Renaissance News of the Weird in this latest episode of English history podcast Rude Tudors, hosted by literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating. Agnes Bowker shocked the country with her tale of a troubled pregnancy that culminated in the birth of a skinned, dead cat. The father may have been a schoolteacher, the devil, or a bear. A room full of women testified to this monstrous birth, but authorities were more skeptical. What did Bowker actually give birth to? Find out the answers to...
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Before tobacco was known for dangerous carcinogens, it was believed to be a mystical, medicinal plant sent either from God or the devil himself. In this episode, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating uncover the first English encounters with the New World plant in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Find out...
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.