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Ancient DNA in the Western Mediterranean

Medieval Grad Podcast

Release Date: 10/18/2021

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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Were the Cathars even real? show art Were the Cathars even real?

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The Cathars are one of the most well-known heretical group in medieval Europe. But how much do we know about them? In this episode, Lucie Laumonier interviews Jean-Paul Rehr about the mythical Cathars and a peculiar inquisition record drafted near Toulouse in the thirteenth century. 

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Ancient DNA in the Western Mediterranean show art Ancient DNA in the Western Mediterranean

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Ancient DNA has a lot to say about the people who walked the Earth in the Middle Ages… History and sciences are coming together and it’s quite the crossover. In this episode of Medieval Grad Podcast, Lucie Laumonier interviews Reed Johnston Morgan, a history PhD candidate at Harvard University, who studies frontier communities in the Western Mediterranean at the turn of the Antique world and the early Middle Ages.

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A Rotting Cat and a Damaged Penis show art A Rotting Cat and a Damaged Penis

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Do you know what is the best weapon to attack your drinking pal outside of a tavern? A rotting cat, of course! In today’s episode, Allison Bailey, a PhD candidate in history at the University of Toronto presents her research about the intersection of gender, violence and emotions in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century France.

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Laughter, Satire and Medieval Parody show art Laughter, Satire and Medieval Parody

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What made medieval people laugh? To find out, Lucie Laumonier talks with Bryant White, a PhD student in French studies at Vanderbilt University. Bryant’s research focuses on medieval satire and parody where he analyses representations of the clergy.

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Nile Floods and Mamluk Farmers show art Nile Floods and Mamluk Farmers

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Have you ever wondered what life was like for Mamluk farmers? In this episode, Lucie Laumonier talks with Omar Abdel-Ghaffar, a PhD candidate at Harvard University about Nile floods, landscapes and village communities in late medieval Egypt.

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We travel to medieval Florence with the famous writer Dante Alighieri. Elisabeth Trischler, a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds, talks with Lucie Laumonier about the city of Florence and how it inspired Dante’s Divine Comedy.

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Medieval Chinese and Inner-Asian Politics show art Medieval Chinese and Inner-Asian Politics

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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.

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Medieval Disabled Bodies show art Medieval Disabled Bodies

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Lucie Laumonier talks to Adelheid Russenberger, a PhD candidate in history at Queen Mary University of London, England, about medieval disabilities and what it meant, in the Middle Ages, to be disabled.

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Ancient DNA has a lot to say about the people who walked the Earth in the Middle Ages… History and sciences are coming together and it’s quite the crossover. In this episode of Medieval Grad Podcast, Lucie Laumonier interviews Reed Johnston Morgan, a history PhD candidate at Harvard University, who studies frontier communities in the Western Mediterranean at the turn of the Antique world and the early Middle Ages. Among Reed’s sources is ancient DNA belonging to people who walked the Earth 1,500 years ago.

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