From long-lost Viking ships to kings buried in unexpected places; from murders and power politics, to myths, religion, the lives of ordinary people: Gone Medieval is History Hit’s podcast dedicated to the middle ages, in Europe and far beyond.
May 1453 saw Constantinople under siege – the culmination of an age long struggle between Christianity and Islam for control of the Eastern Mediterranean. The Ottoman leader Mehmed II had dreamed of possessing the city since he was a boy, and now the shining light of Christian civilization, that had lasted 1100 years, fell into the hands of Ottomans.
In this episode of Gone Medieval, Matt Lewis is joined by Prof. Marc David Baer to delve into this epochal moment in medieval history.
This episode was edited and produced by Joseph Knight and Rob Weinberg. Senior Producer was Elena Guthrie
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Leprosy in the Middle Ages
Medieval people were very concerned about how to deal with those in their midst who had leprosy, now called Hansen’s disease. It’s assumed today that sufferers were shunned from society, forced onto the margins, and generally hated.
But in this episode of Gone Medieval, Dr. Eleanor Janega finds out from Professor Carole Rawcliffe about what was it really like to live with leprosy, both as a sufferer or as a member of the communities that needed to care for them.
This episode was edited by Joseph Knight and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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