Storytelling Style of the Podcast

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  • #15702

    Andrew Edwards
    Participant

    Jamie's comment with the most recent podcast got me thinking. When you compare the current Anglo-Saxon and the previous Romano-British chapters of the podcast, there has been a definite shift in the storytelling style. Whereas the Romano-British chapter was a far more linear, chronological story, with the occasional digressions to clarify or elaborate upon things, the Anglo-Saxon chapter has been far more subject oriented, covering a variety of issues that span the overall era.So, is that a good thing or a bad thing? Well, I guess that depends on your personal feelings about how a story should be told.Me, personally? I actually really preferred the Romano-British chapter style. That's just more of my mindset, I suppose, working chronologically from beginning to end. I felt like there was more progression and development going through the years. We might have missed out on some of the minutiae but it felt like one continuous story. When we arrived in the Anglo-Saxon chapter, however, we then broke things up into talking about different subjects of their culture. I don't see anything wrong with that, but I feel as though I lost an overarching narrative to pin all this information to. The result, at least in my mind, is that I now know how the Anglo-Saxons did things, but not so much what they did exactly.So, what to do about it? I think if the fantastical chronological story done with the Romano-British was married up with the great attention to detail that's been done so far with the Anglo-Saxons, that would be a winning combination. Tell that segment of the historical story, then talk about a particular cultural issue that's relevant to it. That might result in a longer episode time per podcast, but honestly, I doubt anyone here would complain about that. Well... apart from Jamie who might have to work harder.

  • #18589

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    This is an absolutely fair comment. And this culture stuff won't last forever. I actually miss the storybook style of the Roman bits. I'm just not overly satisfied that things are fleshed out enough to counteract the dramatic lack of detail that we are going to deal with for… Ugh… Far too long. These kings are mysterious in a lot of ways. So I just want to give you all something to cling to while I rattle off names etc. My thought was that I might be able to cover a few things that would also reflect life but give you more of a concrete feel. So I was thinking medicine and warfare could be two interesting aspects to explore. But we will have a storybook style returning, especially when I get to Alfred. But the dark ages are a bit of a challenge. ;)

  • #18590

    anonymous
    Participant

    I have appreciated the new style, althought I really liked the chronicological style as well. However knowing the lack of primary sources in this era, the current style makes more sense to me than a time-line presentation.  I'll say this, Jamie you have caused me to examine the ideas I have previously held regarding this particular era, so kudos to you.

  • #18591

    anonymous
    Participant

    It's not so much a question of different styles as one of making the best use of the available information.  As Jamie said when he started the “Dark Ages” podcasts, given the lack of hard historical facts that we have compared to the Roman period, the best way to give us the feel of the era is to try to gain an insight into the lives that the largely nameless people would have led during those times.I think he's done a great job on that.

  • #18592

    anonymous
    Participant

    Though I really liked the Romano-British episodes (I started off by listening chronologically, and I liked those early episodes enough to get completely hooked and become a member), I've been enjoying the Anglo-Saxon episodes even more.  Magnus Maximus is great, but I'm hungry to understand the lives of real, ordinary people. :)

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