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A Podcast Exploring the Wit and Weirdness of Medieval Texts

MDT Ep. 44: Concerning Turnover of the Kings of Man

This episode we crack open the Chronicle of Man and the Sudreys to look at the Isle of Man and the rise of the royal house of King Orry, Godred Crovan, and King Magnus Barefoot of Norway is warned in a dream to leave Norway and never return.
Today’s Text:
References:
  • Kinvig, R.H. The Isle of Man: A Social, Cultural, and Political History. Charles E. Tuttle, 1975.

Image: Coat of Arms of the Isle of Man (via Wikimedia Commons)

MDT Ep. 43: Concerning the Resurrection of Cannibals

Today we plunge into some hard-core scholasticism, as we hear Thomas Aquinas wrestle with the thorny question: “If all dead bodies are resurrected at the Last Judgment, what happens to the bodies of cannibals, whose bodies are made up of the flesh of those they have eaten, who also need to be resurrected?” We also wrap up with a reflection on George Romero and the zombie apocalypse.
Today’s Text:
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologia, Supplement, Q. 80, Art. 4. Available at http://www.newadvent.org/summa/5080.htm#article4, which reproduces the text of the Second and Revised Edition, 1920, literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province.
References:
  • Bynum, Caroline Walker. Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion. Zone Books, 1992.
  • Murphy, James Jerome. Rhetoric in the Middle Ages: A History of Rhetorical Theory from Saint Augustine to the Renaissance, University of California Press, 1974.

Image: Detail from Manuscrito Valenciennes BM MS 320, f. 45.

MDT Ep. 42: Concerning the Exhumation of St. Cuthbert (1827)

We conclude our three-part look at the remains of St. Cuthbert with James Raine’s account of his 1827 exhumation of Cuthbert’s body and the recovery of some extraordinary early medieval artifacts.
Featured Music: Extracts from Franz Schubert, Piano Trio in E flat major, D. 929 and Piano Trio no. 1 in B flat major, D. 898, both composed in 1827. (via MusOpen.)
Today’s Texts:
  • Raine, James. A Brief Account of Durham Cathedral, with Notices of the Castle, University, City Churches, &c. Newcastle: Blackwell & Co., 1833. Google Books. Web. 6 Apr, 2016. [Available at Google Books.]
  • Raine, James. St. Cuthbert, with an Account of the State in Which His Remains Were Found upon the Opening of His Tomb in Durham Cathedral, in the Year MDCCCXXVII. Geo. Andrews, 1828.  [Available at Google Books.]

Other References:

  • Battiscombe, C.F., editor. The Relics of Saint Cuthbert. Oxford UP, 1956.
  • Reginald of Durham. Reginaldi Monachi Dunelmensis Libellus de Admirandis Beati Cuthberti Virtutibus Quae Novellis Patratae Sunt Temporibus, edited by James Raine, publication of the Surtees Society, J.B. Nichols and Son, 1835. [Available at Archive.org.]

Image: Portrait of James Raine by William Walker (National Portrait Gallery, London – via Wikimedia Commons).

MDT Ep. 41: Concerning the Examination of Cuthbert’s Body (1104)

Part of the Maniple of St. CuthbertIn Part II of our “Cuthbert’s Body” series, we hear Reginald of Durham’s description of what was found inside Cuthbert’s coffin in the investigation preceding the Cuthbert’s translation in 1104, and we consider what incorruptibility meant for a medieval audience.

This Episode’s Texts:

  • Selections from Reginald of Durham. Translated by James Raine, St. Cuthbert, with an Account of the State in Which His Remains Were Found upon the Opening of His Tomb in Durham Cathedral, in the Year MDCCCXXVII. Geo. Andrews, 1828.  [Available at Google Books.]

Other References:

  • Battiscombe, C.F., editor. The Relics of Saint Cuthbert. Oxford UP, 1956.
  • Bynum, Caroline Walker. Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion. Zone Books, 1992.

Image: Detail from Cuthbert’s maniple, recovered in 1827, depicting Peter the Deacon.

MDT Ep. 39: To the Lists!

This episode we’re looking at lists: a list about list, a text akin to an early modern police blotter, and a catalogue of scholarly sessions from Kalamazoo, where I’ll be heading off to this week!

This Episode’s Texts:

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