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Medieval Chinese and Inner-Asian Politics

Medieval Grad Podcast

Release Date: 08/16/2021

Across the Strait of Gibraltar: Chroniclers from Iberia and North Africa show art Across the Strait of Gibraltar: Chroniclers from Iberia and North Africa

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We are bridging communities across the sea in this episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast. Emma Snowden talks with Lucie Laumonier about her dissertation, “Bridging the Strait: The Shared History of Iberia and North Africa in Medieval Muslim and Christian Chronicles.” She looks at the Strait of Gibraltar as a point of connection between Iberians and North Africans as well as between Christians and Muslims. Her work is based on fascinating chronicles written in North Africa, Al-Andalus and Christian Iberia, and how these chroniclers wrote their shared history.

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Sex and Sagas show art Sex and Sagas

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Would you have sex with a troll woman? This episode is the second instalment of a two-part series on sex and gender in medieval sagas. Lucie talks with Matthew Roby, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, who deciphers for us the dirty details of these Old Norse and Icelandic texts. Turns out there are a lot of them, and many include monstrous beings!

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Sagas and Gender show art Sagas and Gender

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Did you know that Loki was a gender-bending God? In this episode of the Medieval Grad Podcast, Lucie Laumonier interviews Matthew Roby, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. Matthew’s research looks at sex and gender in Old Norse and Icelandic sagas. There were many gender-bending characters in these texts, informing us of the gender representations and roles of Norse societies. The topic was so dense that we’re making a two-part series about this – first, gender, and in the next episode, sex!  You can support this podcast on Patreon - go to  

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The Secrets of Manuscript Digitization show art The Secrets of Manuscript Digitization

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The road from medieval manuscripts to medieval memes! The Medieval Grad Podcast looks at digitized manuscripts with Suzette Van Haaren, who recently defended her dissertation in Art History at the University of Groningen and at the University of Saint-Andrews. Suzette studies the ins and outs of digitized manuscripts and tells all their secrets to our host, Lucie Laumonier. So, how do we get to a world where the Internet is a treasure trove of medieval manuscripts - and of medieval memes?!

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The Persian Art of Persuasion show art The Persian Art of Persuasion

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How to convince a Prince? In this episode, Faraz Alidina talks to Lucie Laumonier about his work on Persian literature. Faraz researches more specifically the works of a poet named Attar, who lived in Iran in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century. Attar mastered the art of rhetoric and persuasion through the telling of fables, in the manner of the stories of the One Thousand and One Nights.

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Abduction, Marriage and Consent in the Middle Ages show art Abduction, Marriage and Consent in the Middle Ages

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What did it mean to abduct your fiancé? Lucie Laumonier talks with Chanelle Delameillieure about marriage and consent in the late medieval Low Countries. Chanelle is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leuven, in Belgium, currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the United States. We learn that consented abductions were a thing, but that they could lead to contentious outcomes! 

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Environmental Disasters in Medieval France show art Environmental Disasters in Medieval France

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How did medieval people deal with natural disasters? In this episode, Lucie speaks with Brian Forman, whose research focuses on responses to environmental disasters in three late medieval communities of medieval France. As we find out in the podcast, late medieval municipalities implemented a wide array of strategies to mitigate and prevent climatic catastrophes, sometimes religious, and at other times practical.

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Medieval Chess: Alfonso X’s Book of Games show art Medieval Chess: Alfonso X’s Book of Games

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From chess and backgammon to politics, courtly culture and race relations.  Lucie Laumonier interviews Alexandra Montero Peters about her research into the wonderfully illuminated thirteenth-century manuscript known as the Book of Games. A great episode to know everything about chess, Iberian court culture and politics all at once!  You can support this podcast on Patreon - go to  

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The Road to Sainthood show art The Road to Sainthood

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In the Middle Ages, making it to Sainthood was a tedious process. Though, being murdered in the Canterbury Cathedral was a good starting point. Lucie Laumonier interviews Tristan Taylor on his research into the so-called South English Legendaries, a collection of saints’ lives drafted from the thirteenth century.

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The Vikings’ Slave Trade show art The Vikings’ Slave Trade

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From Woven Sails to Slavery: Viking lovers, this episode is for you! Lucie Laumonier meets Sarah Christensen, a PhD student at Brown University who studies the slave trade in the Western Viking world and its intersections with gender. We learn that enslaved women often worked in textile production, weaving the sails Viking men used to propel their ships.

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Today’s guest on the Medieval Grad Podcast is Soojung Han, a PhD candidate in East Asian studies at Princeton University. Soojung Han talks with Lucie Laumonier about the Shatuo Turks who rose to power in the ninth century, after the fall of the Tang dynasty.