Byland Abbey’s Medieval Ghosts | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 8

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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.

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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

Tales From The Golden Legend, Saint Anastasia and Saint Eugenia | The Mediaeval Monk Ep. 7

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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

Bare Bottom Piety! The Monks Who Wore Underwear and The Monks Who Didn’t | The Mediaeval Monk Podcast Ep. 6

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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).

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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

Do Demons Regret Falling? Stories From The Dialogue on Miracles | The Mediaeval Monk Podcast Ep. 5

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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

The Rule Of Saint Benedict, The Prologue and Chapters 1-5 | The Mediaeval Monk Podcast Ep. 4

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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.

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https://archive.org/details/TheRuleOfStBenedict/mode/2up