Medieval Grad Podcast
Talking about the future of medieval studies with current graduate students and early career researchers. Lucie Laumonier interviews about all aspects of the Middle Ages.
info_outline Sex and Sagas 05/09/2022
Sex and Sagas 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!
info_outline Sagas and Gender 04/25/2022
Sagas and Gender 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
info_outline The Secrets of Manuscript Digitization 04/11/2022
The Secrets of Manuscript Digitization 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?!
info_outline The Persian Art of Persuasion 03/22/2022
The Persian Art of Persuasion 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.
info_outline Abduction, Marriage and Consent in the Middle Ages 03/07/2022
Abduction, Marriage and Consent in the Middle Ages 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!
info_outline Environmental Disasters in Medieval France 02/21/2022
Environmental Disasters in Medieval France 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.
info_outline Medieval Chess: Alfonso X’s Book of Games 02/07/2022
Medieval Chess: Alfonso X’s Book of Games 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
info_outline The Road to Sainthood 12/06/2021
The Road to Sainthood 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.
info_outline The Vikings’ Slave Trade 11/29/2021
The Vikings’ Slave Trade 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.
info_outline Were the Cathars even real? 11/15/2021
Were the Cathars even real? 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.
info_outline Ancient DNA in the Western Mediterranean 10/18/2021
Ancient DNA in the Western Mediterranean 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.
info_outline A Rotting Cat and a Damaged Penis 10/04/2021
A Rotting Cat and a Damaged Penis 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.
info_outline Laughter, Satire and Medieval Parody 09/20/2021
Laughter, Satire and Medieval Parody 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.
info_outline Nile Floods and Mamluk Farmers 09/06/2021
Nile Floods and Mamluk Farmers 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.
info_outline Medieval Chinese and Inner-Asian Politics 08/16/2021
Medieval Chinese and Inner-Asian Politics 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.
info_outline Medieval Race and the Image of the "Saracens" 07/26/2021
Medieval Race and the Image of the "Saracens" Today, we tend to associate race with skin colour. But, what did “Race” mean in the Medieval era? That’s what we’re finding with today’s guest, Tirumular (Drew) Narayanan. Drew Narayanan is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He talks to Lucie Laumonier about race in the Middle Ages and the figure of the “Saracens” in French manuscripts.
info_outline What Animal Bones Teach Us 07/12/2021
What Animal Bones Teach Us Digging up animal bones can teach us a lot about the Middle Ages - in fact, zooarcheologists are able to make them speak! Today’s guest is Erin Crowley-Champoux, a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities. She talks with Lucie Laumonier about zooarchaeology and how animal remains of the past can speak to social changes.
info_outline From Moneylending to Hell 07/05/2021
From Moneylending to Hell Moneylending was serious business in the Middle Ages. You could be risking your very soul! Lucie Laumonier talks with Sama Mammadova, a PhD candidate at Harvard University, who studies the history of usury and moneylending in fourteenth and fifteenth-century Italy. How did medieval moneylenders reconcile their business with the fear of sin?
info_outline Introducing the Medieval Grad Podcast 07/01/2021
Introducing the Medieval Grad Podcast Welcome to the Medieval Grad Podcast - where we talk about the future of medieval studies. This is our teaser episode - just a quick talk with the creator and host, Lucie Laumonier, to explain what the podcast is about and what you will be able to listen to in future episodes.