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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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...
In this episode, Liz and Nicole scroll through almanacs, the internet of the Renaissance. Find out the best time to harvest, bathe, and purge, among other major life events. Highlights include: the almanac as OG internet; witchy woo-woo secret knowledge; Mr. Bucky Balls, a beaver from Narnia; discovering the zodiac sign of your greatest enemy; hitting the snooze button on a rooster; when to duck and cover from the eclipse; Steve Jobs seeing the future from heaven; black magic feminism; talking smack about the weather man; knowing the right time to bathe; what stink lines are made of; hot bodies being overmuch haunted; having two baths a year; Anal Tarts, part of a balanced breakfast; Capricorn's governance of the crack; taking a razor to a literary anthology. Plus, singing the Wack Translation of "Greensleeves."
In this episode, Liz and Nicole get real about virginity. Highlights include: semi-offensive Australian stereotypes. Forging notes from your gynecologist. Ye olde paternity tests. The hymen as a problematic membrane. The evil that makeup obscures. All-female virginity squads. How to get yourself an annulment. Also check out our spot on Renaissance Festival Podcast for an extra dose of Rude Tudors. rudetudors.com @rudetudors
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!