The Maniculum Podcast
Mac Da Tho’s Pig, or, What’s In YOUR Wallet?

Mac Da Tho’s Pig, or, What’s In YOUR Wallet?

January 9, 2021

Zoe brings us back to Ireland with the tale of Mac Da Tho's Pig -- a story that centers around a sequence of bad (and/or inexplicable) decisions, toxic masculinity, a good dog, and a very large pig. This short tale is linked in some ways to the longer and much more famous Tain Bo Cualinge, which Zoe will be serializing for us in the near future; consider this an appetizer.

Great Tang Records on the Western Regions Pt. I, or D*ck in a Box

Great Tang Records on the Western Regions Pt. I, or D*ck in a Box

December 26, 2020
We have a new collection to jump into this week, featuring tales which may or may not be considered too civilized to be 'medieval.' These wide-ranging tales cover the Middle East and furthest reaches of Western Asia, and are sure to include new surprises. Let's just say gift-giving conventions have come a long way...
The Second Shepherd’s Play, or, Time Traveling Yorkshiremen

The Second Shepherd’s Play, or, Time Traveling Yorkshiremen

December 12, 2020

Happy holidays from the Maniculum Podcast! This week, we present a Middle English radio play that you can share with your friends and family- this play has everything: rage against the bourgeoisie, magic spells, and sheep theft. Oh, and the nativity is in there too. 

The Saga of Eirik the Red: Final Ratings & Rambles

The Saga of Eirik the Red: Final Ratings & Rambles

November 29, 2020

This week, we're finishing up our Thanksgiving special with our ratings and reviews of the Saga of Eirik the Red. This shorter episode goes through our favourite characters and how you can adapt this saga into your writing and tabletop games. Be sure to check out the blog for more details, including a handmade geneological chart to help you keep track of who's who. Happy Thanksgiving from the Maniculum Podcast!

The Saga of Eirik the Red Pt. 2, or Medieval Ghostbusting Etiquette

The Saga of Eirik the Red Pt. 2, or Medieval Ghostbusting Etiquette

November 21, 2020

This week, the Maniculum is finishing the Saga of Eirik the Red for our Thanksgiving special! We discuss how to properly evict revenants and ghosts in your area, as well how to deal with the ever-relevant zombie plagues. Once the Icelanders finally get to North America, we discuss proper trade and negotiation techniques, and what we might learn from the Viking settlers. 

Saga of Eirik the Red Pt. I, or, Old Icelandic Call-Out Culture

Saga of Eirik the Red Pt. I, or, Old Icelandic Call-Out Culture

November 7, 2020

This week, we kick off our two-part Thanksgiving episode, talking about the first Europeans who arrived in North America in a riveting Icelandic saga about Eirik the Red. Epithets and navigation errors abound!

Samhain and Werewolves, or, The Liberal Art of Lycanthropy

Samhain and Werewolves, or, The Liberal Art of Lycanthropy

October 31, 2020
Happy Halloween! Or All Saint's Day, All Hallow's Eve, or Samhain, to call the holiday by any of its other names. This week, we unfold the layers behind some common Halloween traditions, and take a look at two different medieval werewolf stories.
Niall Frossach’s True Judgment, or Blushing Kings and Kinky Nuns

Niall Frossach’s True Judgment, or Blushing Kings and Kinky Nuns

October 18, 2020
This week, we pick up an Irish tale that's a bit queer in more ways that one... This story questions what it means to be a true king in Ireland, and how to best serve all one's subjects.
The Gesta Romanorum Pt. 1, or, The Virgin Mary Told Me to Do It

The Gesta Romanorum Pt. 1, or, The Virgin Mary Told Me to Do It

October 5, 2020

Check out the Maniculum Podast this week as we dive into a wacky bunch of old "Roman" folk tales which include a variety of incredibly strange occurrences including talking deer, holy dog water, and blood sigils. 

The Death of Mac Erca, or Who Gets Custody of the King?

The Death of Mac Erca, or Who Gets Custody of the King?

October 5, 2020
   The Maniculum Podcast is back this week with an Irish death tale of one of the early high kings of Ireland. Looking beyond the bizarre feud between an Otherworldly goddess and a cursing Bishop, this story asks some big questions about the nature of kingship in Ireland.

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