Medieval History For Fun And Profit



Everything youve always wanted to know about the middle ages but were afraid to ask! Two professional medieval historians answer questions from the audience about anything and everything to do with the middle ages. Did they know about other kinds of sex? How long would I really have lived? Who was the best medieval? What were the best swearwords? Listen and find out Please send us more questions via Facebook, Twitter or email we will always try to answer! /Latest episode Facebook: Twitter: @medfunprof Email:


  • Episode 14: Best Medieval part 2: Dhuoda

    Episode 14: Best Medieval part 2: Dhuoda

    04/11/2017 Duración: 36min

    The mini-series “Who was the best medieval?” continues with Dhuoda – ninth-century wife, mother, and towering intellectual.

  • Episode 13: Justice

    Episode 13: Justice

    21/10/2017 Duración: 38min

    How fair was what passed for a criminal justice system?” How could the concern for justice be so universal, yet exclude so many people? Were lords less likely to be convicted than poor people? (And what about pigs or butterflies?) Listen and find out.

  • Episode 12: Humour

    Episode 12: Humour

    01/10/2017 Duración: 34min

    “What did they find funny?” We turn to the silliest side of the middle ages – and also the nastiest…

  • Episode 11: Magic

    Episode 11: Magic

    17/09/2017 Duración: 34min

    “Did they have magic?” Yes – and everyone was doing it (though sometimes without knowing it).

  • Episode 10: Slaves

    Episode 10: Slaves

    02/09/2017 Duración: 32min

    Did they have slaves? We’re used to seeing slaves in films and books set under the Roman empire; not so much in those set in medieval Europe – but is this misleading?

  • Episode 9: Best Medieval part 1: Henry the Young King

    Episode 9: Best Medieval part 1: Henry the Young King

    19/08/2017 Duración: 24min

    "Who was the best medieval?” What better way to settle this once and for all than with a dedicated (and intermittent) mini-series? First up in this high-stakes competition is Henry the Young King (1155-1183).

  • Episode 8: Pets

    Episode 8: Pets

    06/08/2017 Duración: 34min

    “Did they have pets? Or just animals to munch on?” The truth about cats and dogs – and monkeys and elephants and polar bears…

  • Episode 7: Childbirth

    Episode 7: Childbirth

    22/07/2017 Duración: 36min

    How did they handle childbirth? Was it really as dangerous as it is perceived to have been?” Find out how medieval people dealt with one of the most common, as well as one of the most dangerous, of life experiences.

  • Episode 6: Time Travel

    Episode 6: Time Travel

    08/07/2017 Duración: 31min

    “If I got into a time machine and appeared in contemporary clothes talking the way I talk, would I automatically be burned as a witch?” Not necessarily, though that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t have other things to worry about. Listen to our survival advice and gain peace of mind for your next medieval time-travel adventure.

  • Episode 5: Extreme Sports

    Episode 5: Extreme Sports

    25/06/2017 Duración: 31min

    Was battle a bit like modern-day sport?” Find out what it took to be a medieval knight, and how best to show off your skills.

  • Episode 4: Swearwords

    Episode 4: Swearwords

    11/06/2017 Duración: 34min

    “What were the best swearwords?” Before you get out that Latin slang dictionary, find out what you’re getting into, and the true cost of rudeness in the middle ages…

  • Episode 3: Smell

    Episode 3: Smell

    28/05/2017 Duración: 30min

    “How badly did it smell, really?” Find out about one of the least savoury aspects of the middle ages. Sensitive souls: you have been warned.

  • Episode 2: Death

    Episode 2: Death

    13/05/2017 Duración: 25min

    “How long would I really have lived?” Was life really so brutish and short during the middle ages? How young did most people die, and of what?

  • Episode 1: Sex

    Episode 1: Sex

    29/04/2017 Duración: 29s

    “Did they know about other kinds of sex?” Yes, they did! Come with us on a journey of discovery, and find out how to make someone wild with desire for you by kneading bread with your buttocks.