Life in the Middle ages has a reputation as being consistently nasty, brutish and short. All the time, whoever you were, wherever and whenever you lived. As a professional medieval historian, Dr. Sarah Ifft Decker knows there's SO much more to it than that.
In this hugely entertaining and delightfully snark-tastic podcast, Sarah takes a critical look at the way movies, TV shows, and occasionally books and other printed media depict the period, and how this aligns with scholarly viewpoints. SPOILER ALERT, it usually doesn't...
It's massively eclectic, covering everything from Ingmar Bergman's monochrome classic The Seventh Seal to late '80s/early '90s UK children's TV series Maid Marian and Her Merry Men (btw, if you haven't seen either of these, you are missing out).
A really fun way to learn more about this fascinating era, and lots of great guests.
Full disclosure: Sarah was kind enough to have me on for the episode on series 1 of the History Channel's show Vikings. But hey, as any historian worth their salt will tell you, just because a source has 'a point of view', and they all do, doesn't make it automatically untrue. If you're into pop culture or medieval history or both, I'm sure you'll love it.