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.
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.
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).
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?
Caesarius of Heisterbach’s The Dialogue on Miracles
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.