Episode 2 Family Tree

I’ve posted family trees on the podcast site to help you follow the story as it develops. Keep your Matilda’s straight, people!

Family trees available here.

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Podcast Pre-Reading

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Yes, I am already giving you homework. Here’s some setup for the first series on History You’ll Never Read, featuring the English Anarchy.

You’ll notice that all the resources below land on either side of my period, either during the Conquest (1066) or the early Plantagenet years (late 1100s). So where are all the popular histories and writings on the early 1100s, after the Conquest but before King Henry II, Good (TM) King Richard, and Evil (TM) King John? Well, now you know why I’m doing this.

A Lion in Winter – book, Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn, or Patrick Stewart & Glenn Close. I think the original movie is better (and has Timothy Dalton and Anthony Hopkins) but the newer one is also very good. The script is amazing.

Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives – Besides being a Python, Mr. Jones was also a legit amateur medievalist

1066: The Year of the Conquest – I won’t be diving into the (over) done Conquest years, so get some background if you don’t already have it.

Becket – O’Toole (Henry II again!) and Richard Burton in an old school classic.

Murder in the Cathedral – You can’t not read Eliot.

The Year 1000 – Excellent background. England specific.

Opinions on Baseball

  • I like Ken Burns’ Baseball. I watch it about every two years.
  • Commentary today is too focused on statistics and tactics.
  • Yes, I realize baseball has always been obsessed with stats.
  • There is still occasional poetry in football and basketball. I feel like the poetry is out of baseball.
  • Ty Cobb convinces me that even the worst human being can create beauty in the right circumstances. The opposite is also true.
  • I can’t bring myself to watch the White Sox this year. But I will when they next come to Minnesota.

Podcast title and structure coming together

Friends, it’s all coming together now.

The podcast will be entitled “History You’ll Never Read” and it can be found here, hosted on Fireside. (Thanks Chuck Grimmett.) There is no content yet except some pictures and my bio. I am still committed to a mid-June launch.

In the meantime, research and writing continues. This blog will likely become even more podcast focused with bits and pieces that I either can’t use for the podcast or things I just help but share. But once I launch all history content will move to the Fireside site and this blog will likely slow down again.

I can’t wait!