Media-eval: A Medieval Pop Culture Podcast
Media-eval: A Medieval Pop Culture Podcast
Media-eval: A Medieval Pop Culture Podcast
Sarah Ifft Decker, a medieval historian, explores how movies, tv, and books depict the medieval world. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? And what do they tell us about how modern people think about the medieval past?
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
That’s right - more Robin Hood! Sarah and returning guest Morgan Morales talk about the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood. Join us as we talk Saxons and Normans, sex-positive ladies in waiting (#teambess), and the origins of the Robin Hood legend and our current Robin Hood tropes. Sarah would also like to acknowledge that she’s pretty sure she stole the “bad Guy” joke from former co-host Ollie. Social Media: Twitter @mediaevalpod E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com Please rate, review, and subscribe! Find Morgan on Twitter @morgansaysballs
May 16
2 hr 1 min
The Dig
Sarah and guest Marisa Macias get into medievalism and archaeology in their discussion of 2021 Netflix release The Dig. Join us as we talk about Sutton Hoo, the practice of archaeology, and why you should think twice before using the terms "the Dark Ages" and "Anglo-Saxon." Social Media: Twitter @mediaevalpod E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com Please rate, review, and subscribe! Find Marisa on Twitter @MarisaEMacias
May 1
2 hr 22 min
Ever After
Sarah and guest Megan Sunday of Let's Get Weirding Podcast and The Spool talk about beloved teen slumber party favorite Ever After. Join us as we talk material culture, arranged marriages, the concept of the premodern fairy tale romcom, and the fact that unfortunately, King Henri II of France did not marry Cinderella. Is this episode noticeably longer than the movie? Yes. Does this movie deserve it? Absolutely. Social Media: Twitter @mediaevalpod E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com Please rate, review, and subscribe! Find Megan on Twitter @mpsunday
Apr 17
2 hr 30 min
Disenchantment (Season 1)
Sarah talks with Meaghan and Elo of the podcast Modern Medieval about medievalism, fantasy, and comedy in Season 1 of Netflix series Disenchantment. Join us as we get into arranged marriages, lampreys, and the history of women and brewing! Book Recommendation: Judith M. Bennett, Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women's Work in a Changing World Social Media: Twitter @mediaevalpod E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com Please rate, review, and subscribe! Find Modern Medieval on Twitter @medieval_modern and on Instagram @podcast.modern.medieval
Apr 3
1 hr 57 min
Camelot (1967)
Guests Matt Welsh and David Baxter of Thank You Five join Sarah to talk about Arthuriana and courtly love in the Middle Ages, the 1960s, and today as we delve into the movie musical Camelot. Social Media: Twitter @mediaevalpod E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com Please rate, review, and subscribe! Find David and Matt's podcast Thank You Five on Twitter @thankyoufivepod and on Facebook @TY5Podcast
Mar 20
2 hr 27 min
Doctor Who -  The Masque Of Mandragora
Guest Elizabeth Bonnemann is back to talk with Sarah about 1976 Doctor Who serial The Masque of Mandragora, where we confront popular stereotypes about the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and scientific exploration. Also, some classic Media-eval rug history. Social Media: Twitter @mediaevalpod E-mail: media.evalpod@gmail.com Please rate, review, and subscribe! Find Elizabeth @LizzieStrider Book Recommendation: The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science, by Seb Falk
Mar 6
1 hr 32 min
The Mere Wife and Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley
Sarah is once again joined by her mom, Dr. Beth Greenfeld, to talk about medievalism, modernized adaptations, and translations in Maria Dahvana Headley's 2018 novel The Mere Wife - a modern adaptation of Beowulf centering Grendel's mother - and her 2020 translation of Beowulf. Join us as we delve into these texts and to the question of monsters and why they matter. CW for discussions of PTSD, disordered eating, suicide, and toxic masculinity
Feb 20
2 hr 10 min
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Sarah, guest Jessica Bluemke Greiff, and of course Producer Carmen spent FOUR HOURS talking about Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Don't worry; the finished episode is NOT four hours (but it is long). Join us as we get into the myth of medieval chastity belts (that's right - not a real thing!), exotic fruits, and why Rabbi Tuckman is arguably less anachronistic than Friar Tuck. CW: The film includes gay panic jokes, fatphobic jokes, and ableist jokes, as well as one rape joke, which we discuss in the episode. Social Media: Twitter @mediaevalpod Email: media.evalpod@gmail.com Please rate, review, and subscribe! Find Jessica @JessBluemke and on the podcasts Friendly Atheist and Cooper Dooper: A Twin Peaks Podcast for Regular People Book Recommendation: Albrecht Classen, The Medieval Chastity Belt: A Myth-Making Process
Feb 6
2 hr 29 min
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Ollie comes back to the podcast to talk with Sarah about one of his favourite movies, the 1990's classic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Does Kevin Costner even try to sound English? Is Alan Rickman in a different movie to everyone else? Is it too long(yes)? We will address all of these topics and more including Sarah's shocking dislike of Christian Slater.
Jan 23
2 hr 12 min
Protector Of The Small by Tamora Pierce
Guest MJ is back to talk with Sarah about another of Tamora Pierce's quartets: Protector of the Small. Join us as we continue to talk lady knights - as well as the real history of women's work in the textile industry and whether King Jonathan is actually just Joe Biden. As a note, this was recorded as usual well in advance - before the attempted terrorist coup on Wednesday Jan. 6 (and, in fact, before the November 2020 election), which is why it is not mentioned. Media-eval unequivocally condemns all those involved - including the elected officials who encouraged and enabled it. CW: rape; incest; child abuse; child murder; cat death
Jan 9
1 hr 45 min
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