44 – Sources of Confusion

Ok... the dark ages. This is going to be a hell of a project, so let’s talk about what we know, what we don’t and why. I want you to be able to trust the stories I’m telling you, and so it’s required that I let you know how unreliable damn near every source we have from this period is. Lately there’s been a rash of people complaining about how this podcast includes speculation. Well, if it bothered you in days of Romano-Britannia, you’re going to lose your minds over what we have coming. So lets talk about our ignorance!

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  1. Jamie,

    You made a very good point regarding sources, bias in sources and need to be aware of the same. As a university librarian, I am constantly working on making students aware of these points!

    Ron Titus

  2. I was going to become a member of this podcast until I heard that it was run by a Liverpool supporter.
    As a true blue Scouse, I could not in good consciousness support a kopite ;-)

    Just kidding–this is a wonderful podcast, and I’m just grateful you don’t support Man U. But so far I haven’t heard anything about my North West Liverpool/Merseyside region, and frankly never have, and was wondering if that was because we don’t have much information on this area pre-Roman occupation?

    Is there any chance you have any good resources I could look into to gain a deeper knowledge into the ancient people of my damp and windy corner of Britain?

    Thanks!
    (Go Everton!)

    1. The borders aren’t incredibly clear, but chances are that Liverpool was held either by the Cornovii or the Brigante (Cartimandua’s tribe) until Rome came along and took everything over. :)

    1. Well, my initial agenda is to make history accessible and to teach critical thinking. “Where does this information come from? Should I trust that source? What is the context?” that sort of thing.

      As far as personal biases, which I think is what you’re alluding to… I’m pretty openly critical of out of control wealth inequality. I also find it frustrating that 51% of the population is typically ignored in pop historical accounts, so I try to avoid perpetuating that issue. I also am very much focused on the lives of the people and the cultural aspects of history, since King-focused accounts strike me as myopic and out of date.

      I also like putting music and pop references into history accounts. I don’t know if that’s an “agenda” but it happens a lot. ;)

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