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Great, old, stories Human Circus: Histories is a podcast focused on telling great stories from the past and and talking about the events that surrounded them.

Great, old, stories Human Circus: Histories is a podcast focused on telling great stories from the past and and talking about the events that surrounded them.
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Vancouver, British Columbia

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Great, old, stories Human Circus: Histories is a podcast focused on telling great stories from the past and and talking about the events that surrounded them.

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English


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The Sons of Maimon 1: Exile

3/19/2019
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This is my first episode on Maimonides/Moses and his little brother David, on their exile from their homeland in Al-Andalus, and on their winding way to Egypt, which would be their long-term home. If you like what you hear and want to chip in to support the podcast, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. I'm on Twitter @circus_human, Instagram @humancircuspod, and my website is www.humancircuspodcast.com. Sources:The Itinerary of Benjamin of TudelaJudaism in Practice:...

Duration:00:44:57

Rabban Bar Sauma 4: Ilkhanid End Times

2/21/2019
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The conclusion of the Rabban Bar Sauma series. It's Bar Sauma's return to the Ilkhanate and the results of his journey. It's the end of the line for him and his friend the catholicus, and it's the changes that were going on in the Ilkhanate and how they affected the Church of the East and our main characters. If you like what you hear and want to chip in to support the podcast, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. I'm on Twitter @circus_human, Instagram...

Duration:00:43:21

Rabban Bar Sauma 3: Barbazoma, Tartarus, Orientalis

2/3/2019
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This is Rabban Bar Sauma part 3 of 4, the story of the Mongol envoy's diplomatic efforts in Paris, Bordeaux, and Rome, his experience as a pilgrim to the sites and saints of Italy and France, and his attempts to improve the Ilkhanid cause against the Mamluks. If you like what you hear and want to chip in to support the podcast, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. I'm on Twitter @circus_human, Instagram @humancircuspod, and my website is...

Duration:00:43:41

Rabban Bar Sauma 2: Ilkhanid Infighting, Ilkhanid Envoy

1/16/2019
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In this episode, our monkish friends attempt to navigate the violent waters of Ilkhanid Mongol politics, and Bar Sauma himself embarks on another long journey, this time heading for Rome. If you like what you hear and want to chip in to support the podcast, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. I'm on Twitter @circus_human, Instagram @humancircuspod, and my website is www.humancircuspodcast.com. Sources:The Monks of Kublai Khan,The Mongol Empire Between Myth and...

Duration:00:48:37

Rabban Bar Sauma 1: The Monks of Kublai Khan

12/24/2018
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First in a series on Rabban Bar Sauma, covering his life from miracle-baby through cave-bound monk and on to pilgrim, with ambassador to the cities of western Europe not far behind. This episode takes us from Yuan China to Jerusalem, or perhaps not quite that far. If you like what you hear and want to chip in to support the podcast, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. I'm on Twitter @circus_human, Instagram @humancircuspod, and my website is...

Duration:00:46:20

Geoffrey's Crusade 5: Boniface, Baldwin, and the Bulgarians

11/25/2018
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All good things must end, and even those not so good. With this episode, we bring the Fourth Crusade to something of an end. It's Baldwin and Boniface's rivalry. It's the king of the Bulgarians. It's the long spiral. If you like what you hear, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. I'm on Twitter @circus_human and my website is www.humancircuspodcast.com. Sources: MemoirsChronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of ConstantinopleThree Old French Chronicles Of The...

Duration:00:45:18

Halloween Special: Medieval Ghost Stories

10/29/2018
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A Halloween special full of medieval ghost (or revenant) stories from the 11th and 12th centuries, featuring Orderic Vitalis, Thietmar of Merseburg, William of Newburgh, and, briefly representing the 6th-century, Gregory of Tours. If you like what you hear, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. I'm on Twitter @circus_human and my website is www.humancircuspodcast.com. Sources:Medieval Ghost Stories: An Anthology of Miracles, Marvels and Prodigies.Ghosts in the Middle...

Duration:00:48:24

Geoffrey's Crusade 4: Simon and the Seven Thieves

10/17/2018
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This one will be a bit of a side step in the Fourth Crusade story. This is a story of furta sacra, or sacred theft, following the fall of Constantinople, and of one theft in particular. This the story of Saint Simon and how he came to Venice. The medieval Christmas card Kickstarter which I mentioned can be found here. If you like what you hear, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. I'm on Twitter @circus_human and my website is www.humancircuspodcast.com. Sources:...

Duration:00:44:06

Geoffrey's Crusade 3: One Alexius After Another

9/26/2018
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This is part three of my Fourth Crusade series. It's got emperors, fires, and first hand accounts of the taking of Constantinople. Hope you enjoy it! My Medieval Christmas Kickstarter can be found here! If you like what you hear, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. Sources: MemoirsChronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of ConstantinopleThree Old French Chronicles Of The Crusades: The History Of The Holy War; The History Of Them That Took Constantinople; The...

Duration:00:50:21

Introducing American Scandal

9/25/2018
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Since the founding of the United States, in every generation, in every field of business, politics, sports and society, we’ve watched in shock as corruption, deceit and desire bring down heroes, titans and those we thought we could trust. In the aftermath, we’re left with too many questions, how did this happen? Who is to blame? Subscribe to American Scandal today. www.wondery.fm/scandal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:02

Geoffrey's Crusade 2: Imperial Virtues

8/30/2018
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The Fourth Crusade continues, with the assault on Zara, a long winter in the city, and one reasonable occasion to go to Constantinople. If you like what you hear, my Patreon is here, my Ko-fi is here, and Paypal is here. Sources:MemoirsChronicle of The Fourth Crusade and The Conquest of ConstantinopleThree Old French Chronicles Of The Crusades: The History Of The Holy War; The History Of Them That Took Constantinople; The Chronicle OfReims,O City of Byzantium, Annals of Niketas Choniates,...

Duration:00:48:17

Geoffrey's Crusade 1: Venetian Appointments

8/17/2018
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Using the the chronicles of two participants in the Fourth Crusade - the one a common knight, the other a leader involved in decision making and the important work of an envoy - we follow the growth of the Fourth Crusade through the elevation of Pope Innocent III, the negotiation with the Venetians, the ruinous agreement that was the result, and all the way up to the gates of Zara. Website Patreon Buy me a Ko-fi Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:20

Marco and the Polos 7: Marco Polo Comes Home

7/28/2018
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On this, the last episode of the Marco Polo series, Marco comes home to Venice. I touch on a bit of the history of the book (or books), The Travels of Marco Polo, and we follow Marco as he disentangles himself from the stifling embrace of Kublai Khan, encounters many things new and strange to him on the coast of India, and finds himself mixing with Ilkhan royalty. Patreon Website Ko-Fi Twitter Paypal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:49

Marco and the Polos 6: The Grand Tour

6/30/2018
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It's the grand tour of the world, or at least that part of it from Southeast Asia to the African coast, and you are taking it with/as Marco Polo. There will be monstrous birds, cannibals, the spice trade, and quite a lot of date wine. There'll be the beginning of the Buddha and the end of Saint Thomas. Thanks for listening! Find me at my website, on Twitter, or on Patreon, If you like what you hear, you can buy me a coffee over here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:36:17

Marco and the Polos 5: The Echoes of the Wind

6/9/2018
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Marco Polo's story of "Zipangu," the secluded island kingdom, abundant with gold, and Kublai Khan's attempt to take it all, is the subject of this episode. I talk about the two Mongol invasions of Japan and how their story has reached us. Sources: The Travels of Marco Polo, the VenetianThe Travels of Marco Polo: The Complete Yule-Cordier Edition, Sino-Japanese Studies In Little Need of Divine Intervention: Takezaki Suenaga's Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan. Adventures of a Sea...

Duration:00:49:43

Marco and the Polos 4: Did You Go to China, Marco?

5/19/2018
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In this episode, I look at the question of whether Marco actually went to China (some have thought he did not at all, or only made it to the capital), and, if so, what he was doing there. humancircuspodcast.com patreon.com/humancircus @circus_human Sources:The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian,The Travels of Marco Polo: The Complete Yule-Cordier Edition,Marco Polo's China: A Venetian in the Realm of Khubilai Khan.Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World.Marco Polo: The Journey that...

Duration:00:41:56

Marco and the Polos 3: Marco and the Great, Great Khan

4/24/2018
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Marco Polo was a tremendous admirer of Kublai Khan and of his Genghisid legacy more generally. This episode, we explore that admiration, the character of Kublai, and the anecdote of the treacherous minister. www.humancircuspodcast.com Sources: The Travels of Marco Polo, the VenetianMarco Polo and the Discovery of the WorldMarco Polo: The Journey that Changed the World. Marco Polo's AsiaKhubilai Khan: His Life and Times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:39:17

Marco and the Polos 2: Of Assassins and Other Things

4/4/2018
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The three Polos depart for the summer palace of Kublai Khan. There'll be Assassins, baked corpses, and papal elections along the way! Website: humancircuspodcast.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/circus_human Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/humancircuspod/ Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Sources: - The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, translated by Willam Marsden, edited by Thomas Wright. George Bell & Sons, 1907. - The Mission of Friar...

Duration:00:38:54

Marco and the Polos 1: From Venice to the World

3/10/2018
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The journey of Venice's most famous merchant and traveller begins today, but we won't see much of him in this episode. We'll look at Venice in the early 13th century and touch on the 4th crusade, Mediterranean-Asian trade, and the Pax Mongolica, before following the other Polos, Niccolo and Maffeo, east on their own little adventure. Enjoy! Twitter: www.twitter.com/circus_human Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/humancircuspod/ Donate to the podcast:...

Duration:00:42:41

Marco and the Polos 1: From Venice to the World

3/10/2018
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The journey of Venice's most famous merchant and traveller begins today, but we won't see much of him in this episode. We'll look at Venice in the early 13th century and touch on the 4th crusade, Mediterranean-Asian trade, and the Pax Mongolica, before following the other Polos, Niccolo and Maffeo, east on their own little adventure. Enjoy! Website: humancircuspodcast.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/circus_human Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com Instagram:...

Duration:00:43:59