Thu, 27 February 2014
Most of the podcasts I make focus on the darker aspects of medieval life. War is a common theme and famine is never far away. However in this podcast I am asking the question was life in medieval Ireland ever anything other than an endless struggle for survival. To start the show we look at the Vale of Dublin in 1326 when the region was almost an apocalyptic wasteland before turning the clock back to 1234 and taking a look at the region in its better days.
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Direct download: Medieval_Ireland_-_Was_there_ever_any_good_old_daysmp3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31am EDT
Thu, 20 February 2014
The weather in Ireland recently has been dire. The country has seen torrential rain, severe flooding and storms on an unprecedented scale in the last few months. This has left many people wondering what the future holds if this is the start of Climate Change taking effect.
Strangely we may find some clues as to what lies ahead in our medieval past, as we are not the first people to experience such challenging weather. In the late 13th & early 14th centuries Ireland was also battered by storms and maligned by poor weather. This podcast takes a look at some of the ways it impacted the medieval world. While society didn't collapse if the experience of our ancestors is anything to go by our future could be something of a rocky and hungry road!
Direct download: 31_Climate_change_in_Medieval_Ireland_a_warning_from_the_past.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am EDT
Wed, 12 February 2014
What did Dublin sound like in 1320? What was the news of the day? Who were the people who lived there? In this episode you will experience the world of late medieval Dublin. The podcast takes the form of a walk through the city as it was in 1320 where we encounter everything from pigs roaming the streets to the city hangman Philip of Colchester.
I will be giving tours of medieval Dublin in the coming months - if you are interested contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download the episode below or in iTunes here
Direct download: The_sounds_of_a_medieval_city_-_A_walk_through_Dublin_in_1320.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:33am EDT
Wed, 5 February 2014
Lambert Simnel's life must be one of the most unusual stories from medieval history. Born the son of a carpenter he became embroiled in a conspiracy to overthrow Henry VII and before he knew what was happening he became the only person ever crowned king of England in Ireland. After this the 12 year old set off to claim his kingdom by invading England. Beginning with murder of the famous 'King in Car park' Richard III, Lambert's tale is a fascinating story of intrigue, conspiracy and deception with a pretty surprising ending!
In this episode I am making an appeal for contributions to cover a series of podcast related costs I have incurred recently after I had to replace my laptop and microphone. You can contribute online at www.irishhistorypodcast.ie
You can listen to the show here
or download at the link below
Direct download: From_Carpenters_son_to_King_-_the_Lambert_Simnel_conpiracy_of_1487.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:43am EDT