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  • #16299

    theboogieman
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    Hola. I'm a fan of the show from England, and have been a fan for quite a few months now, probably about 6 months or something along those lines. I'm up to Episode 91, having just finished Part 3 of the Welshcast. As a cat person (and generally an animal person), that story about how you rescued Greg the Cat was very heart-warming, and much good tidings to you Jamie, and the rest of Team Cat-Nap, for rescuing him and bringing him back to his owners. Anyway, I enjoy how the podcast combines thoroughly researched history with a cool sense of humour in addition. I can't wait till the podcast gets to events like the Crusades and the time of Empire, as there is less uncertainty about what is known about these times, and these points in history are where everything gets more complex. That's not to say I don't enjoy the period of history that the podcast is on at the moment. I definitely enjoy this period of history too, one reason being it sheds insight into the actual history behind fiction like Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings, where people like Rohan and the people from Dunland are based off of people from this time. Also, it's cool to find out about the world which the latest Total War PC game is set in, too. One question- which period in British history are you most excited to get to in the podcast, Jamie? And which period of British history is your favourite?Oh, actually one more thing. I read an article in National Geographic Magazine a while ago (I think in the August 2014 issue), about this neolithic town archaeologists found in the Orkney Islands, underneath some farmland. The town they found was really complex, and the houses had slate roofs, which the scientists said were an extravagance at the time. One of the archaeologists said that it was almost on the scale of the great Classical sites in the Mediterranean, except 2,500 years older. Have you heard of this?

  • #20186

    Jamie
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    Haha, oh Maude/Greg.  S/he was so sweet.  I'm currently looking after a cantankerous 19 year old cat named Nick who is just about as banged up as Maude/Greg was.  I think I just have a soft spot for broken animals.  :)I'm glad you're excited about the Crusades and the Empire era.  I am too.  I don't know how I'll handle the fractured story that will come from that (with things like the Raj happening) but if I can do the Heptarchy, I figure I can do anything.  Heh.And yes, Tolkien as heavily influenced by the Anglo Saxon period, which explains why many Anglo Saxon scholars are also Lord of the Rings nerds (myself included).As for what I'm most excited about.... I'm DYING to cover the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War.  I know it will be complex and crazy, but there's just so much fun material to cover during those periods.  As for my favorite period... actually, I really like the Heptarchy.  There aren't a lot of sources, but what little glimpses we get of this period give us a view of an incredibly rich and interesting culture that still echoes with us today.  :)As for the town in Orkney... are you referring to Skara Brae?  That was one of the sites we discussed in the Scotcast, and is a stunning find.  But there's so much in Orkney that I can't help but wonder if you're referring to another dig.Anyway, welcome to the community!

  • #20187

    theboogieman
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    Oh yeah, now that I found the article on Google, I see that it is actually Skara Brae which the article talks about. The War of the Roses sounds quite interesting, as around that time I think, there was a lot of that Game of Thrones-ey royal intrigue, but the English Civil War always confuses me, when it gets into all that technical religious terminology. So, it'll be cool to hear your take on that, so that I can finally come to understand that event, and why it happened and everything, as it seems like something I should know about really  :D. In terms of the Crusades, I listened to this episode of the History Extra podcast where they had Thomas Asbridge on the show, talking about how figures like Saladin have, in the past, been portrayed inaccurately, and also about how the portrayal of how things went down between the leper King and Saladin in the film Kingdom of Heaven was completely inaccurate, with Ridley Scott completely disregarding Asbridge's advice on the topic. But, that movie is still one of my favourites of all time (the director's cut at least), and historical inaccuracies generally don't bother me in film as film is a form of art, as opposed to a non-fiction book on the subject.

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