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Gone Medieval

History Hit

From long-lost Viking ships to kings buried in unexpected places; from murders and power politics, to myths, religion, the lives of ordinary people: Gone Medieval is History Hit’s podcast dedicated to the middle ages, in Europe and far beyond. read less

Our Editor's Take

Gone Medieval is an excellent podcast for anyone who enjoys the chaos and changing politics of the Dark Ages. Matt Lewis, a historian, and Cat Jarman, an archaeologist, host the podcast. Listeners can follow the hosts as they share stories of Medieval England. It also talks about the rest of Europe and beyond in the Middle Ages.

This podcast goes much further than the average history book. It looks to find the true, whole story behind the tales. There are many myths regarding the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire. One myth is that people were less intelligent and sophisticated. The Gone Medieval podcast seeks to combat these myths.

Favorite Gone Medieval topics include the Vikings, the Picts, and English kings like Richard III. Listeners can also learn about the origins of Christmas carols. Other topics include the relationship between Jews and the English. The hosts even discuss the Mongol empire. Listeners can hear the truth behind the cult of St. Swithun and the real "good king" Wenceslas.

The podcast hosts know their selected subjects. Lewis has written many non-fiction history books. He also writes historical fiction stories. Jarman is a field archaeologist and bioarcheologist. Her main interest is the Viking Age. She has a Ph.D. in Archaeology.

The Gone Medieval podcast also brings in exciting guests. This includes Dr. Jane Harrison, an archaeologist. Petr Jákl, director of the Czech film Medieval, also appears. Other guests are Dr. Jane Kershaw, an archaeologist and historian, and author Petr Bok.

This podcast appeals to a broad audience-whether they know the history or not. The Gone Medieval hosts present facts in an accessible way. This ensures that everyone can enjoy the discussions. The podcast hosts show their enthusiasm for the topics through their exhaustive research. New episodes come out several times a week.

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