The Medieval Podcast
The Medieval Podcast
All about the Middle Ages from Join Danièle Cybulskie and her guests as they talk about the medieval world, from Byzantium to the Vikings.
The Medieval Swan with Natalie Goodison
In the Middle Ages, swans could be found everywhere from ponds, lakes, and moats, to shields, tombs, and stories. This week, Danièle speaks with Natalie Goodison about how these beautiful birds have made a lasting impact on Western culture in wide-ranging and unexpected ways.You can support this podcast and on Patreon - go to
Feb 1
48 min
A Beginner's Guide to Medieval Saints
This week, Danièle (with the help of her new puppy) introduces some of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages, along with their iconography, so you can spot them in medieval art.You can also support this podcast and on Patreon:
Jan 25
30 min
The Wife of Bath with Marion Turner
Unfiltered, opinionated, and joyful, the Wife of Bath stands out from Chaucer's Canterbury crowd, interjecting, interrupting, and endearing herself to readers for over six centuries. This week, Danièle speaks with Marion Turner about the literary life and legacy of this unforgettable character.The creator and host of The Medieval Podcast is Danièle Cybulskie. Click here to visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @5MinMedievalistYou can also help support the podcast and through our Patreon – go to to learn more.
Jan 18
49 min
New Year's Resolutions from the Middle Ages
On January 1, 1404, a Florentine named Gregorio Dati wrote down his good intentions in his "secret ledger" to keep himself accountable. This week, Danièle revisits Dati's New Year's resolutions and the life of this colourful medieval silk merchant.You can also help support the podcast and through our Patreon – go to to learn more.
Jan 11
22 min
Best Medieval Books of 2022
This week, Peter Konieczny from joins Danièle to talk about their favourite medieval books of 2022.Danièle has updated her website - check it out at can support this podcast and on Patreon - go to
Dec 22, 2022
37 min
Two Houses, Two Kingdoms with Catherine Hanley
To see the tangled knots of medieval interpersonal and international relationships, we need look no further than two of the most powerful, long-lasting, and entwined dynasties of the Middle Ages. This week, Danièle speaks with Catherine Hanley about two hundred years of rule by the houses of Plantagenet and Capet.
Dec 14, 2022
46 min
Islamic Gardens in the Middle Ages with D. Fairchild Ruggles
The Middle Ages was a time in which people were closely tied to plants and their environment, deeply aware of their potential as a source of food, healing and beauty. Islamic gardens were especially known for their creativity and innovation. This week, Danièle speaks with D. Fairchild Ruggles about their cultural significance and the ingenious ways they were cultivated.
Dec 7, 2022
46 min
The Scottish Wars of Independence with Iain MacInnes
In the mid-1990s, a little movie called Braveheart introduced a whole new generation to Scotland's fight for freedom in the Middle Ages. This week, Danièle speaks with Iain MacInnes about Scotland's Wars of Independence, why a sovereign kingdom had to fight for independence in the first place, and why the story doesn't end with the Battle of Bannockburn.
Nov 30, 2022
43 min
A Gift Guide for Medievalists
As the holiday season approaches, many of us are looking for gifts for the history lovers in our lives, or worthy historical causes to donate to. This week, Danièle shares some ideas for the medieval history enthusiasts on your list, no matter what your budget.You can support this podcast on Patreon - go to
Nov 23, 2022
24 min
The Queen and the Mistress with Gemma Hollman
It’s not that easy being queen, especially when one of your ladies-in-waiting catches the eye of your husband. This week, Danièle speaks with Gemma Hollman about Philippa of Hainault and Alice Perrers, the wife and the mistress of Edward III.To become a patron, please visit
Nov 16, 2022
1 hr
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