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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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.
What do science, embroidery, and Mary Queen of Scots have in common? Find out in the latest episode of Rude Tudors! Mary had a knack for replicating images of American wildlife in her detailed embroidery. Where did Mary find her sources? How familiar was she with the flora and fauna of the Americas? And what the heck is a sou?
Check out these images of Mary's embroidery alongside their original inspiration. See the source of these images in Peter Mason's excellent article, "Andre Thevet, Pierre Belon, and Americana in the Embroideries of Mary Queen of Scots" in The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes.