You know monkeys are hot. Renaissance folks might have thought so, judging from the sexualized and exotic ways in which they depicted and discussed apes and their ilk. In this episode of English history podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating dig into popular descriptions of monkeys and apes, an animal that many people would never have seen in the flesh. Where did they get their information? From bestiaries, or wacky encyclopedias that were part myth, part legend, part history, and part observation. But they were totally nuts. Find out the answers to the following questions:
Are you DTL--down to learn? Then take a raunchy jaunt through the times of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare.
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Hot or Not: Monkey Edition!
Liz and Nicole discuss each of these monkeys in sequence in this episode. Let them know if you agree with their attractiveness assessments.
Othello wasn't England's only black friend. In this episode, Renaissance scholar Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating explore the everyday lives of black people living in London. From making shovels to playing the trumpet to managing brothels, the black inhabitants of London lived varied lives. Find out about an interesting cross section of a population that numbered in the hundreds.