Not every pandemic is the Black Death

Interesting times, no? We live in interesting times. Oh ho ho the times they are interesting. By that, of course, I mean that I am very bored, but at the same time so anxious I am giving myself headaches. Pandemics are not fun! Staying in your house is not fun! Worrying that people are going to die is not fun! Watching governments debate whether rich people’s wealth is more important than people dying is not fun!

This is not as bad as living through the Black Death, or the plague generally.

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Patreon Launch

Like many important historians over the ages, ya girl is broke. Very sadly, this means that I am often hustling when I should be here, creating the content that you know and tolerate. Many of you lovelies have asked over time exactly how you can help a player such as myself out, and get more stuff in the deal.

Today I am happy to answer that with, well, you can support my patreon.

Access to the blog is and always will be free, because the people need to know about medieval history, but patrons help make more content possible. 

In appreciation, for their support, all patrons will receive a patron only monthly medieval history video. Said monthly video will take several forms. These include:
Pubcasts – in which I go drink a pint with another medievalist and we discuss history stuff.
Watch alongs – in which I will watch a terrible “medieval” movie and complain about it, allowing you to synch it up and watch at your own leisure. 
Virtual tours – where I will virtually take you around a particular medieval place and tell you about it.
Object discussions – where I will tell you about some medieval thing I have a lady boner for.
Honest to God lectures – I am an actual lecturer. (I know.) I will do some for you sometimes.
Q&A’s – in which I will answer patron questions.

The point is, this is some good and varied content which you can strap to your veins.

Patrons will also receive a monthly round-up of all the history articles and discussions that I enjoyed, as well as sneak peaks of and updates about my upcoming projects.

Because Going Medieval believes that people with more expendable cash aren’t inherently better, all tiers will receive the same access to the same content. It’s up to you to decide how much you can afford and not screw your girl over while she’s out here hustling. The extremely big spenders will, however, receive Pubcast shout outs, cuz you are extremely down for the sesh.

Anyway, if you could see your way to supporting me, I would very much appreciate it. If not, that is cool too! I hope you are enjoying the blog.


No bestiality was never OK, you absolute rabid weirdo

Dear reader, there I was, minding my own business when it popped up on my Twitter timeline – the worst tweet. The most incredibly cursed take.

I tell you this now so you can look away if necessary. Please gird your loins or whatever.

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On Prague, Preaching, and Brothels

I was back in Prague/on my bullshit and went to go visit the site of Jerusalem – my boy Jan Milíč z Kroměříže’s fourteenth-century community of “repentant prostitutes” and preachers. In this video we talk a little about what that is all about, how sex work changed cities and cities changed sex work, and how Charles IV made Prague into one of Europe’s most important cities and a total tourist trap.

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On defeats, small people, and the UK election

Lovelies, it is a dark time here in the UK. Our last election has gone very badly indeed for those of us who want to protect the vulnerable and build a better world. It can be difficult to watch a status quo which harms us reassert itself, especially when many of us have worked very hard to overturn it. As the dust settles and we collect ourselves in the face of a bitter reality, I have started thinking about how this feeling is nothing new, and there are some positives that we can think about.

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JFC, calm down about the medieval Church

My lovelies, ya girl as per usual, was just trying to have a normal conversation about No Nut November in a nice way on twitter this week when I was presented with a view so wrong, so wild, and yet so unsurprising that I have been compelled to write a whole ass blog about it. To whit:

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On courtly love and pick up artists

Loves, as an elder millennial, I am cursed to watch my references recede into the past; my memes wither and die; my ability to think of other jokes to put into this sentence dries up imperceptibly, day by day. So it is with my major reference point for explaining the major tropes in courtly love which are still weaponised as romance now – Hotline Bling. The kids are coming up from behind with references that are more relevant than all of the references I know. They don’t care what a child groomer had to say about love and how that connects with twelfth century romance. And you know what? That is fair.

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On the bull semen explosion, animal husbandry, and how medieval people were nicer to cows

Because I like to talk about the fact that I can connect almost any event to the medieval period, and I am indebted to all my lovely readers and bound to give them the high-grade content that they crave, this week we have a bit of a … weird one. Why? Well, I was mentioning to the good Dr Öberg Strådal that I needed to write you all a blog, and it was then that she challenged me to talk about the bull semen plant explosion. So buckle up, kittens.

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On Medical Milestones, the Myth of Progress, and Textbooks, Part II

My loves, it’s a week later and I am still Big Mad at J. Stuart Showalter, textbook writer and noted basic. Now, this is understandable give that my man is low-key racist with his shall we say “approach” to the medicine of the Islamic world. However, that sort of racism is just the worst and most harmful type of ignorance of the several which permeate said timeline, this textbook, and our society’s approach to medieval history. There’s a whole lot more incorrect where that came from, and that is what we are going to discuss today.

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