Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tudorcast (history podcast review)

The Tudors were the royals of England from the end of the fifteenth century until 1603 and include the famous Henry VIII who broke with the church of Rome and founded the Anglican Church. Tudorcast is a history podcast dedicated to this dynasty and its contemporaries. The podcast does not teach this part of history in any organized way, for this one must visit the website to which the podcast is part.

The approach host Lara Eakins takes, is to bring out a monthly podcast and relate to the listener various tidbits of the history connected to the specific month we are in. She takes from original sources and brings us to the finest details of the history. It is told in last month's podcast for example, what New year's gifts the royals received in the year 1562. For example from Lawrence Shref, grocer – a sugar loaf, a box of ginger, a box of nutmegs and a pound of cinnamon.

This is very lively and probably exciting for those who are very much into this particular corner of history. I am not sure the wider public would be so moved. It could be if there would be some analysis. In the above example I'd love to have explained why sugar, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon are such a royal gift.

Tudorcast was also reviewed by That Podcast Show and got a rating of 3.5 out of 5 - which is quite good.

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