Episode 4: Stephen of Blois

Episode 4 of the podcast is up here. Check it out.

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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.