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The Mediaeval Monk Podcast

The Mediaeval Monk Podcast

By Viktor Athelstan

At The Mediaeval Monk Podcast, I share stories from the past and discuss aspects related to medieval culture.
The Rule Of Saint Benedict Chapters 6 and 7 | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 9
The Rule Of Saint Benedict Chapters 6 and 7 | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 9
In this week’s episode, join Viktor Athelstan as he briefly explains his absence before diving into one of medieval monasticism’s most important texts, The Rule of Saint Benedict. Source: https://archive.org/details/TheRuleOfStBenedict/mode/2up
15:15
April 20, 2022
Byland Abbey’s Medieval Ghosts | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 8
Byland Abbey’s Medieval Ghosts | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 8
What happens after you die has fascinated and confused humanity for thousands of years. One explanation comes in the form of ghost stories. Join Viktor Athelstan each week as he shares medieval stories and discusses aspects of medieval culture. Today’s story-driven episode features twelve fifteenth-century ghost stories from Byland Abbey, England. Source: A.J. Grant, ‘Twelve Medieval Ghost Stories’, The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, 27 (1924), pp. 363-79. https://archive.org/details/YAJ0271924/page/362/mode/2up
27:44
December 21, 2021
Tales From The Golden Legend, Saint Anastasia and Saint Eugenia | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 7
Tales From The Golden Legend, Saint Anastasia and Saint Eugenia | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 7
Medieval hagiographies are a fascinating genre of medieval literature. Join Viktor Athelstan each week as he shares medieval stories and discusses aspects of medieval culture. Due to my recent surgery, this episode is quite short. Today I share the stories of Saint Anastasia and Saint Eugenia from The Golden Legend. Source: The Golden Legend or Lives of the Saints. Compiled by Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, 1275.  First Edition Published 1470. Englished by William Caxton, First Edition 1483, Edited by F.S. Ellis, Temple Classics, 1900 (Reprinted 1922, 1931.) https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/basis/goldenlegend/GoldenLegend-Volume2.asp#Anastasia
05:05
December 20, 2021
Bare Bottom Piety! The Monks Who Wore Underwear and The Monks Who Didn’t | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 6
Bare Bottom Piety! The Monks Who Wore Underwear and The Monks Who Didn’t | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 6
Today I talk about medieval monastic underwear! This topic was selected by my Instagram followers.  (You can find me on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/the_mediaeval_monk/) Medieval monks were already passionate people. How they reacted to being told “no” to new drawers as well as the arguments over whether or not they should even wear underwear in the first place really emphasizes this. Besides the history of monastic underwear, today’s episode also includes stories about a monk mooning his abbot (on purpose) and a monk mooning his king (accidentally). Main Source: https://themediaevalmonk.com/2020/12/13/medieval-monastic-clothing-part-3-a-medieval-monks-underwear-and-lack-of-it/ Additional Sources: https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/history/french-history-biographies/louis-i-louis-pious Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Cistercian". Encyclopedia Britannica, 26 Jun. 2019, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Cistercians. Accessed 28 November 2021. Butler, Alban. "St. Adalard, or Adelard, Abbot and Confessor", The Lives of the Saints, vol. I, 1866. https://www.bartleby.com/210/1/024.html
20:32
November 30, 2021
Do Demons Regret Falling? Stories From The Dialogue on Miracles | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 5
Do Demons Regret Falling? Stories From The Dialogue on Miracles | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 5
Demons, demons, demons! These terrifying creatures are ready to grab unsuspecting souls at any moment. But are all of them as evil as they seem? Or could some possibly regret leaving Heaven in the first place? Source: Caesarius of Heisterbach's The Dialogue on Miracles https://archive.org/details/caesariusthedialogueonmiraclesvol.1/page/n357/mode/2up
13:07
November 19, 2021
The Rule Of Saint Benedict, The Prologue and Chapters 1-5 | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 4
The Rule Of Saint Benedict, The Prologue and Chapters 1-5 | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 4
Today at The Mediaeval Monk Podcast we are taking a look at The Rule of Saint Benedict! This text was widely used as a guideline to monastic life. I am reading the prologue as well as chapters 1 through 5. Source: https://archive.org/details/TheRuleOfStBenedict/mode/2up
30:02
November 12, 2021
What Did Medieval Monks Wear? | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 3
What Did Medieval Monks Wear? | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 3
In today's episode, I discuss the medieval monastic wardrobe. I wrote several blog posts about this topic, so I wanted to discuss it again for everyone who likes listening to podcasts. Links to my articles are below. Each article cites the sources I used. Sources: https://themediaevalmonk.com/2021/07/13/what-did-medieval-monks-wear/ https://themediaevalmonk.com/2020/12/06/medieval-monastic-clothing-part-1-what-did-medieval-monks-wear/ https://themediaevalmonk.com/2020/12/09/medieval-monastic-clothing-part-2-the-habits-symbolism/
13:53
November 04, 2021
Medieval Demon Vision Stories The Dialogue on Miracles | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 2
Medieval Demon Vision Stories The Dialogue on Miracles | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 2
Today we return to the Dialogue on Miracles. This time I share some stories about clergymen seeing demons. Source: Caesarius of Heisterbach's The Dialogue on Miracles https://archive.org/details/caesariusthedialogueonmiraclesvol.1/page/n4/mode/2up
20:34
October 29, 2021
Medieval Demon Summoning Stories The Dialogue on Miracles | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 1
Medieval Demon Summoning Stories The Dialogue on Miracles | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 1
Hello! Join me for the very first The Mediaeval Monk episode. Today I share some medieval demon summoning stories just in time for Halloween! Today's stories focus on secular folk summoning demons and the consequences of stepping outside of a protective circle...    Source: Caesarius of Heisterbach's The Dialogue on Miracles https://archive.org/details/caesariusthedialogueonmiraclesvol.1/page/n4/mode/2up
15:34
October 29, 2021