Rude Tudors

By Liz Rodriguez, Nicole Keating

On Going since Feb 2015

Rude Tudors, hosted by English Renaissance expert Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating, is a weekly comedy/history podcast. Each week our hosts embark on a raunchy jaunt through the historical and the hysterical as they explore the weirdness of the past and its presence in the present.

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  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Oct 2017

What do dragons and fake news have in common? The newest episode of Rude Tudors, hosted by literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating. Laugh and learn the answers to the following questions:What did Renaissance people believe about dragons and their presence in history?Why would people circulate a story they know to be untrue (other than sabotaging the election of a sovereign state)?How does ideology play a role in how we interpret reality? [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Jul 2017

​In this episode, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating unpack the bizarre origin story of the land of Belgium and its noble people as told through a racist English broadsheet from 1653. The birth of the Dutch involves a monstrous horse-man-fish, poop, butter, wizards, and demons. What’s not to love? Find out the answers to:What did early modern nationalistic propaganda look like?What did the English have against the Dutch?How did poop humor get used politi [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Apr 2017

You know monkeys are hot. Renaissance folks might have thought so, judging from the sexualized and exotic ways in which they depicted and discussed apes and their ilk. In this episode of English history podcastRude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating dig into popular descriptions of monkeys and apes, an animal that many people would never have seen in the flesh. Where did they get their information? From bestiaries, or wacky encyclopedias that were pa [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 14 Mar 2017

In the words of that immortal poet Rihanna "Work, work, work, work, work" is the subject of this episode of history podcast Rude Tudors. More specifically, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating dig deep into the lives of three badass working women. From crossdressing pirate to propagandist spy to philanthropic banker, these Renaissance ladies worked their way through the world. Find out the answers to...​How were women's roles in the economy limited in Renaissance [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Feb 2017

Shakespeare’s phrase “turning Turk” was a loaded accusation in Renaissance England. In this episode of history podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating delve into stereotypes and misconceptions about adherents of Islam in Europe in the 1500s and 1600s. Characterizations of Muslims ran the gamut, from violent infidels to sexual deviants to economic rivals. Questions abounded: where were they from? Were they black? Would they force Christians to [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 23 Jan 2017

In this episode of English Renaissance podcastRude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating take alistenerquestion! They dig into the history of syphilis: its supposed origins, symptoms, and treatments. Things get graphic with descriptions of chestnut-sized pustulesand penile growths the size of plums, so gird your loins. Questions answered in this episode include:Why was this disease such a common, cheap joke in Shakespearean drama?Who w [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 09 Jan 2017

In this episode ofRude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating reflect upon anothercontenderfor the Worst Year Ever: 1347. Catastrophes in the East, likestorms raining poisonous amphibians or smoke that turns people to stone, portended something bad for Europe. Spoiler alert: it was the plague. Find out the answers to:​What kinds of events signal the worst of times in history?What role does the Middle East play in fantasies of the apoc [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Dec 2016

​In this episode of Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating explore early environmental consciousness in Renaissance England. Did you know that coal was burned in England since at least the 1000? As early as the 14th century, London authorities attempted to curtail this disastrous practice, which was widely recognized as hazardous to human, plant, and architecture alike. And yet here we are, still trying to get away from coal in the new millennium. Find [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Nov 2016

In this episode of English Renaissance podcastRude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating laugh and teach about historical jests. From poop to virgins to henpecked husbands, these dirty jokes amused people of the past. But how do they hold up? Find out in this episode...What elements of historical humor still speak to us?What remains funny, and what seems foreign?Join this raunchy jaunt through the time of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare. [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 14 Nov 2016

What happened to the James family in 1606? The parents were found murdered in their home and the two children went missing. Learn about the brutal band of brigands who terrorized this family and whether justice was ever served. Find out the answer to the following questions:What is the connection between true crime & literature during the Renaissance?What role do stereotypes and miracles play in realistic genres?Learn about true crime during the period of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakesp [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 14 Nov 2016

Check out our newest sponsor, Museum Hack! These cool folks are right up Rude Tutees’ alleys, putting together renegade museum tours in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Additionally,San Francisco Museum Hackers have especially tricked-out events, from scavenger hunts to storytelling. They also provide team-building opportunities to help organizations get their grooves back while having fun, offering group and corporate events. They’ve even worked with the lo [...]. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 31 Oct 2016

​Naughty nuns have an alliterative ring to them, but what kind of trouble did they really get up to in Renaissance England? In this episode of history podcast Rude Tudors, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating explore these Catholic figures in a Protestant country. Learn about the Nun of Watton, who experienced a miracle disappearing pregnancy, and the Nun of Lisbon, whose magical tricks give David Blaine a run for his money. Find out the answers to:How were nuns d [...]. . .

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