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MDT Ep. 87: Medieval True Crime III: Death in the Countryside

Image of one man attacking another with an axe, from British Library Royal 13 B VIII f. 28.

We return from an unplanned semester hiatus with the third installment of our Medieval True Crime miniseries, continuing to explore the 13th-century coroner’s rolls of rural Bedfordshire (plus one item from 14th-century Essex), as well as muse on why murder narratives so monopolize our mysteries and how murder was defined in medieval England.

Today’s Texts

  • Gross, Charles, editor. Select Cases from the Coroners’ Rolls, A.D. 1265-1413, with a Brief Account of the History of the Office of Coroner. Bernard Quarithc, 1896. Google Books.

References

Image Credit: Detail of one man attacking another with an axe, from British Library Royal 13 B VIII f. 28.

2 Comments

  1. Dana Priest

    So glad to see you’re back! I had just caught up on listening to all of your episodes (over the last two years or so) and subscribed for new content near the beginning of the year. I love your selections, your wit, your use of sound effects, and your historical and linguistic insights. I’ve checked out various medieval podcasts (especially during this gap), and find none quite as satisfying. Keep up the good work!

    • Patrick

      Thanks, Dana!

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