Getting Medieval (Update)


April 12, 2015

A new Game of Thrones season means more bodices and battle axes!  Get Medieval with us in this hour, as we talk arms and armor with a military historian.  (Yes, chain mail and plate armor were just as hot and heavy you think.)   And George R. R. Martin himself explains why we fantasize about the Middle Ages. 

  1. Just How Heavy Was That Armor?

    Take a look at any portrayal of the Dark Ages and you might come away believing it was a gruesome and violent time, but is that historically true?

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  2. Get Your Medieval On!

    Some people people prefer their medieval adventures up close and personal. Producer Aubrey Ralph takes inside one of those groups.

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  3. Geoffrey Chaucer, Detective

    Medievalist Bruce Holsinger writes historical fiction starring some names familiar to English majors -- Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower.  They were poets but in Holsinger's novels they also deal in secrets.

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  4. Meet a Medieval Warrior-Girl: Nicola Griffith's "Hild"

    Nicola Griffith set her award-winning historical novel, "Hild," in seventh-century Britain. It's based on the real life of the fierce young girl who eventually became one of the most powerful women of her day -- St. Hilda of Whitby.

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  5. George R. R. Martin Tells Us Why We're Addicted to Historical Fantasy

    What's behind the popularity of historical fantasy?  George R. R. Martin, father of "Game of Thrones" has a theory.

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  6. BookMark: Nick Bantock

    Nick Bantock bookmarks "The Fencing Master" by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

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  7. Was Abe Lincoln Racist?

    Harvard University historian John Stauffer talks with Steve Paulson about whether or not Lincoln was a racist.

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