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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


Episodes

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.

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! Twitter: www.twitter.com/circus_human Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/humancircuspod/ Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Shop: www.redbubble.com/people/HumanCircus Sources: - The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, translated by Willam Marsden, edited by Thomas Wright. George Bell & Sons, 1907. - The...

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

To See the Mongols 7: Mongol Civil War

2/21/2018
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It’s a busy episode. We’re catching up on the Mongol world and all that was happening away from the specific journeys of European friars. That means the rise of Hulagu and Kublai, the Mongol expansion into Persia and Syria in the west and Song China in the east, the death of Mongke Khan, and a civil war over the future of the empire. Thanks for listening everybody! Twitter: www.twitter.com/circus_human Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com Instagram:...

Duration:00:40:21

To See the Mongols 7: Mongol Civil War - Human Circus: Histories

2/16/2018
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It's a busy episode. We're catching up on the Mongol world and all that was happening away from the specific journeys of European friars. That means the rise of Hulagu and Kublai, the Mongol expansion into Persia and Syria in the west and Song China in the east, the death of Mongke Khan, and a civil war over the future of the empire. Thanks for listening everybody! Devon. Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com Shop:...

Duration:00:40:02

To See the Mongols 6 - Human Circus: Histories

2/1/2018
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Friar William wraps up his affairs at the court of Mongke Khan and heads for home. Today, we cover his last audience with the khan, cross the walls of Alexander, and advise King Louis IX as to the future of the crusades. Thanks for listening! Devon. Shop: www.redbubble.com/people/HumanCircus Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com Sources: Carpini, Giovanni. The Story of the Mongols: Whom we Call the Tartars, translated by...

Duration:00:49:26

To See the Mongols 5: The Great Debate - Human Circus: Histories

1/19/2018
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Friar William goes through stone-cracking cold, frozen toes, and the threat of demons to reach the camp of Mongke Khan. There, his interpreter causes him more problems, and he falls into the bizarre religious life of the camp before being drawn into a debate between Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians before the khan. Thanks for listening! Devon. Shop: www.redbubble.com/people/HumanCircus Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email:...

Duration:00:58:03

To See the Mongols 4 - Human Circus: Histories

1/5/2018
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We go east again this episode, in the company of a friar who carried a letter to the son of Batu Khan. Was he there on behalf of King Louis IX? Was his mission more personally religious in nature? Why was he so concerned with the noses of Mongol women? All (or most) will be revealed... Thanks for listening! Devon. Shop: www.redbubble.com/people/HumanCircus Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com

Duration:00:41:51

To See the Mongols 3 - Human Circus: Histories

12/9/2017
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Greetings Good People, Welcome back to my current series on the Mongols and on Euro-Mongol relations. Today, a quick rewind into what it means to be a Mongol, some early reactions to the Mongol invasion, some King Louis IX, the death of a khan, and the question of who is to be next. Also, I horribly butcher Eljigidei's name. Sorry, Eljigidei. Thanks for listening! Devon. Shop: www.redbubble.com/people/HumanCircus Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K...

Duration:00:33:35

To See the Mongols 2 - Human Circus: Histories

11/16/2017
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Giovanni Carpine returns, to the podcast, and to Lyon. This episode we hear about his journey to the kurultai, the great council which raised Guyuk as the new great khan, his diplomatic dealings with Guyuk, and the news and views he brought home with him. Devon. Shop: www.redbubble.com/people/HumanCircus Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com

Duration:00:36:14

To See the Mongols 1 - Human Circus: Histories

11/2/2017
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Apologies for my recent silence. There have been some false starts and it's been slow going at times, but I think things are back on the rails. You'll have another episode from me much sooner this time. This episode starts off a new series and a new set of travelers in the surprisingly interconnected world of the 13th century. Over the next number of episodes, I'll be focussing on contacts between Europe and the Mongols, and the travelers who went one way or another in establishing those...

Duration:00:33:45

Edward Webbe - Human Circus: Histories

9/13/2017
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Edward Webbe was, maybe, a 16th-Century adventurer who moved in and out of captivity and other forms of trouble. His troubles took him from Elizabethan England to Muscovy, Crimea, Constantinople, Italy, and possibly to Persia and the lands of Prester John. On the way, there will be slavery, warfare, unicorns, and one man's quest for gainful employment. Enjoy! Devon. Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com

Duration:00:39:52

Thomas Dallam part 7 - Human Circus: Histories

8/17/2017
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This episode, Thomas Dallam's travels conclude, or at least the part of them that I'll be covering here. There will be comedic chaos on the trip up the Hellespont, awkward interactions with the local ambassador, one incredibly stressful musical performance, and the unwelcome rewards of a job well done. Hope you enjoy it! Devon. Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com

Duration:00:48:54

Thomas Dallam, Part 6 - Human Circus: Histories

7/29/2017
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The 1599 voyage continues, and Thomas Dallam draws ever closer to the Ottoman court at Constantinople. There are carrier pigeons, imprisonments, problems with presents, and adventures ashore. Enjoy, Devon. Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com

Duration:00:43:44

Thomas Dallam, Part 5 - Human Circus: Histories

7/14/2017
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The journey of Thomas Dallam begins in earnest. This episode our adventurous organ maker finally leaves London for Constantinople, encountering storms, pirates, infinite porpoises, and Algiers along the way. D. Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com

Duration:00:41:59

Thomas Dallam, Mini Episode 2 - Human Circus: Histories

6/30/2017
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We're back to Constantinople again this episode for another try at the mini-episode format. Here, I'm talking about Esperanza Malchi, a Spanish-born Jewish woman who rose to prominence in the Sultan's palace during the final years of the 16th century. She's a somewhat mysterious figure. There doesn't seem to be a lot of information out there about her (or else I would have done a longer episode), but she's a fascinating character and it gives us an avenue into the Sultanate of Women and...

Duration:00:24:39

Thomas Dallam, Part 4 - Human Circus: Histories

6/17/2017
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Part four of my series on, or leading up to, Thomas Dallam's journey. This one takes us back to Constantinople to follow another English ambassador there named Edward Barton. Enjoy! D. Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com

Duration:00:47:10

Thomas Dallam, Part 3 - Human Circus: Histories

6/7/2017
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Elizabethan England's engagements with the Islamic world continue in this episode, this time taking us back to Constantinople with England's first ambassador there, William Harborne. There's piracy, palace intrigue, and Harborne's steadfast distaste for French and Venetian diplomats. Enjoy! D. Twitter: @circus_human Donate to the podcast: https://ko-fi.com/A7071B1K Email: HumanCircusPod@gmail.com

Duration:00:37:23