Most people today know the story of King Lear from Shakespeare’s tragic play. But the original story actually comes from the medieval period, and it actually has a very happy ending.
In this article, we will meet the man himself, neither as a strictly historical person, nor an entirely fictionalised one, but as he is remembered and represented with the passage of time.
An anthology of Byzantine tales of horror. Learn about foul murders, demonic visitations, the undead, and the criminally insane; also, the Byzantine science of demonology and the spirit world.
Scheherazade, the heroine of The Tales of the 1001 Nights, saved her world through stories.
These are tales from the Middle Ages, and if your hero was going to survive in these stories, they had to follow seven rules.
This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle tells the medieval story of The Three Caskets from the Gesta Romanorum, a tale more familiar to theatre and literature fans all over the world as a central plot device in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Medieval literature often depicts knights slaughtering their foes in brutal battles. The focus is usually on the glory of the knights and of the battle. But what happened to the bodies after the battle was done?
A pioneering initiative to make texts from the Middle Ages available to scholars and students around the world receives continued support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In the medieval tradition, Merlin was created by demons to bring about the downfall of Christianity.
A conversation about western fantasies, orientalism, and the making of Byzantium, with Elena Boeck
Going into the heavens and under the sea with Alexander the Great.
It takes place within a community of rural “cave-dwellers,” features magical fish bones, presents a prince who is both violent and greedy, and stars a heroine who is much more disobedient and ambitious than the European version.
This series will seek to delve into the history behind the legends and to investigate the critical questions that they raise: who was the real Robin Hood?
In a lighthearted poem called Gilote and Johane, two women argue both for and against virginity.
Despite being a romance, the story of Reynard the Fox is no romance in the traditional sense.
What’s better – a Rose or a Violet? That is the question written about by Jean Froissart in the 14th century. This debate between plants – each with their own lawyer – tells us a lot about medieval culture and how writers from this period created allegorical poems. And it’s the topic of this week’s edition of The Medieval Podcast.
This week on The Medieval Podcast, it’s story time, with a tale that crosses over between fabliau and courtly love: The Ghost Knight. Danièle shares the story of how a knight manages to win his lady with a little supernatural sleight-of-hand.
A curious case of a medieval story which crosses religious boundaries is the life of Josaphat, a Christian saint whose origins appear to be not Christian at all. His life story is the life story of the Buddha.
In medieval Europe one can find many examples of literature – from tales of knights and chivalry to plays performed in the middle of towns.
The 12th-century writer Walter Map pushes the limits of this struggle between justice and forgiveness in the story of a knight who pledges himself to a demon, and the bishop who couldn’t forgive.
The Arabian Nights is probably the medieval Arabic book best known in the west, full of ripping yarns and vivid characters that have influenced film, music, and literature for centuries.
Once upon a time, there was a knight who was called away on business, and in what might be the heaviest bit of foreshadowing ever, said…
Although there was quite a lot that medieval people hadn’t yet discovered about the human body, their keenness of their observation shouldn’t be underestimated.
This week on The Medieval Podcst, Danièle shares three funny tales by Franco Sacchetti, written to entertain Italians during the tough times they experienced in the fourteenth century.