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The History of English Podcast

Kevin Stroud

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The History of English Podcast

The History of English Podcast

Kevin Stroud

457
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4.4K
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The Spoken History of a Global Language

Latest Episodes

Episode 135: A House of Cards

In the early 1400s, playing cards made their first appearance in England. Those cards provide evidence of an early form of printing, but it would take another generation for Johannes Gutenberg to invent the printing press. In this episode we … Continue reading →

76 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 135: A House of Cards

Episode 134: A Lancastrian Standard

In the early 1400s, England welcomed a new king, a new ruling family, and a new role for the English language in the administration of government. In this episode, we explore the rise of the House of Lancaster and the … Continue reading →

69 MINFEB 20
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Episode 134: A Lancastrian Standard

Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

In this episode, we explore words associated with mealtime in the Middle Ages. We also examine the important role of bread in medieval meals and impact of bread-related terms on the English language. Finally, we look at the important role … Continue reading →

69 MINJAN 21
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Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

Episode 132: Food for Thought

In the midst of the English literary revival of the late 1300s, the household chefs of Richard II compiled the first cookbook in the English language. In the episode, we examine the cookbook known as ‘The Forme of Cury,’ and … Continue reading →

70 MIN2019 DEC 19
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Episode 132: Food for Thought

Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most popular English poems of the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore the language and story of the poem. We also examine how the poem reflects certain changes that … Continue reading →

76 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first English writers to compose dialogue in regional dialects to reflect the way characters spoke in the different parts of England. In this episode, we explore the dialogue of Chaucer’s northern students in the … Continue reading →

55 MIN2019 OCT 22
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Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the few poets of the Middle Ages to explore the vulgar side of English and the connection between the common people and their language. The Miller’s Tale exemplifies this style. In this episode, we explore … Continue reading →

75 MIN2019 SEP 25
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Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

Bonus Episode: The Life of Guy – An Interview with Allan Metcalf

In this bonus episode, Kevin interviews Allan Metcalf about his new book, “The Life of Guy: Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Unlikely History of an Indispensable Word.”

22 MIN2019 SEP 10
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Bonus Episode: The Life of Guy – An Interview with Allan Metcalf

Episode 128: The Canterbury Tellers

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories told by pilgrims during their trek to Canterbury Cathedral. The pilgrims represent a cross-section of English society in the late 1300s, and Geoffrey Chaucer paints a vivid picture of each one. He … Continue reading →

59 MIN2019 AUG 23
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Episode 128: The Canterbury Tellers

Episode 127: The Road to Canterbury

In the mid-1380s, Geoffrey Chaucer gave up his London job and residence and moved to Kent along the pilgrimage route to Canterbury. This move inspired the creation of the Canterbury Tales which remains the most well-known work of Middle English … Continue reading →

62 MIN2019 JUL 24
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Episode 127: The Road to Canterbury

Latest Episodes

Episode 135: A House of Cards

In the early 1400s, playing cards made their first appearance in England. Those cards provide evidence of an early form of printing, but it would take another generation for Johannes Gutenberg to invent the printing press. In this episode we … Continue reading →

76 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 135: A House of Cards

Episode 134: A Lancastrian Standard

In the early 1400s, England welcomed a new king, a new ruling family, and a new role for the English language in the administration of government. In this episode, we explore the rise of the House of Lancaster and the … Continue reading →

69 MINFEB 20
Comments
Episode 134: A Lancastrian Standard

Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

In this episode, we explore words associated with mealtime in the Middle Ages. We also examine the important role of bread in medieval meals and impact of bread-related terms on the English language. Finally, we look at the important role … Continue reading →

69 MINJAN 21
Comments
Episode 133: Breaking Bread With Companions

Episode 132: Food for Thought

In the midst of the English literary revival of the late 1300s, the household chefs of Richard II compiled the first cookbook in the English language. In the episode, we examine the cookbook known as ‘The Forme of Cury,’ and … Continue reading →

70 MIN2019 DEC 19
Comments
Episode 132: Food for Thought

Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most popular English poems of the Middle Ages. In this episode, we explore the language and story of the poem. We also examine how the poem reflects certain changes that … Continue reading →

76 MIN2019 NOV 25
Comments
Episode 131: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the first English writers to compose dialogue in regional dialects to reflect the way characters spoke in the different parts of England. In this episode, we explore the dialogue of Chaucer’s northern students in the … Continue reading →

55 MIN2019 OCT 22
Comments
Episode 130: Dialect Dialogues

Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

Geoffrey Chaucer was one of the few poets of the Middle Ages to explore the vulgar side of English and the connection between the common people and their language. The Miller’s Tale exemplifies this style. In this episode, we explore … Continue reading →

75 MIN2019 SEP 25
Comments
Episode 129: Chaucer’s Vulgar Tongue [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

Bonus Episode: The Life of Guy – An Interview with Allan Metcalf

In this bonus episode, Kevin interviews Allan Metcalf about his new book, “The Life of Guy: Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Unlikely History of an Indispensable Word.”

22 MIN2019 SEP 10
Comments
Bonus Episode: The Life of Guy – An Interview with Allan Metcalf

Episode 128: The Canterbury Tellers

The Canterbury Tales is a collection of stories told by pilgrims during their trek to Canterbury Cathedral. The pilgrims represent a cross-section of English society in the late 1300s, and Geoffrey Chaucer paints a vivid picture of each one. He … Continue reading →

59 MIN2019 AUG 23
Comments
Episode 128: The Canterbury Tellers

Episode 127: The Road to Canterbury

In the mid-1380s, Geoffrey Chaucer gave up his London job and residence and moved to Kent along the pilgrimage route to Canterbury. This move inspired the creation of the Canterbury Tales which remains the most well-known work of Middle English … Continue reading →

62 MIN2019 JUL 24
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Episode 127: The Road to Canterbury

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