Episode 44B: Elizabethan Life

“The Four Conditions of Society” – Jean Bourdichon. (Nobility, Work, Poverty, and The Wild State.)

In this flying solo episode Beckett talks about life in Elizabethan England for all the different classes. Give a listen for the details but here are some things that she referenced.

Elizabethan Theaters, flying flags to signal that a Play is in progress– The Rose (1587), Swan (1595), Globe (1599) and Hope (1614) were all built on London’s Southbank.

“Take your hearbes and picke them very fine onto faire water, and picke your flowers by themselves, and wash them al cleane, and swing them in a strainer, and when you put them into a dish, mingle them with Cowcumbers or Lemmons payred and sliced, and scrape suger, and put in vineger and Oyle, and throwe the flowers on the toppe of the sallet, and of every sorte of the aforesaide things and garnish the dish about with the foresaid things, and harde Egges boyled and laid about the dish and upon the sallet.”

Sallet – not exactly like salad.

Plas Mawr(Great Hall, in Welsh) is an Elizabethan townhouse in Conwy, north Wales, built by wealthy merchant Robert Wynn, between 1575 and 1586.

Follow this handy chart if you do not want to get into trouble. Good luck with that!

The two books Beckett recommended for this subject:

At Home by Bill Bryson

Daily Life in Elizabethan England by Jeffrey Singman

If you haven’t seen this show yet, you haven’t been paying attention to our recommendations! Go! Now! Supersizers Go….Elizabethan.

There is a link to Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England with Dr. Ian Mortimer.

As always music provided by Music Alley, visit them at music.mevio.com

Bookcast: Jane Austen Book Club

****Audio for all three are below************

As a companion to Episode 38: Jane Austen, we got together and had ourselves a proper book club meeting.

Well, mostly proper. (though nothing as exciting as a loss of continence…)

And it was more like a gathering around a microphone than a meeting, but talk of books we did!  Titles for discussion: All six of Jane Austen’s published novels.

We followed the same chat format for each of the books: trivia on the road to publishing, plot, characters, our reactions, movies and/or books by other authors that are related to the novel and finally a favorite quote.

We split these novels into three minicasts in the interest of time.

Episode 1: Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice


Sense and Sensibility was Jane’s first published book in 1811

Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813. She was credited only as the author of…until after her death. This later edition is from 1907

Episode 2:  Mansfield Park and Emma

Mansfield Park first published in 1814

Emma was first published in 1815. This three volume, rebound first edition set was owned by a friend of Jane’s- the governess to brother Edward’s children, and sold at auction in 2008 for more than $350,000.

Episode 3: Persuasion and Northanger Abbey

Published posthumously and as a four-volume set, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion ended the list of completed novels of Jane Austen. Both of these  novels create unanswered questions about how complete they were as Jane was not able to see them through to publication

Episode 23A: Titanic Field Trip

Named after the Titans of Greek mythology, and advertised as “The ship of wonders” and “The floating palace , Titanic began her maiden voyage filled with passengers and crew of all class levels. On the dark and moonless night of April 14th, 1912  the ship steamed  through the icy waters of the north Atlantic en route to New York.  What happened near midnight, and over the course of the next two hours, is well documented: the ship struck an iceberg which caused catastrophic damage to the hull. Despite  press claims of being unsinkable, by 2:10 AM on the 15th of April, Titanic begins her journey to the bottom of the sea, taking just over 1,500 people with her. The stories of those people and the history of that night- that ship- continue to grimly fascinate 100 years later.

RMS Titanic

It was all those histories that sent us to view Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Kansas City’s Union Station. The building itself amazes us, built in 1914 and closed in 1980, it was renovated and opened again to the public in 1999. Union Station is now home to an Amtrack station,shops,a museum,an interactive science center, and more as well as hosting traveling exhibits such as the one that we toured recently.

Kansas City’s Union Station -it’s a really cool building.This is only a tiny part of it.

Facing the walkway that takes people from Union Station to Crown Center- another really fun thing to visit here

This episode tracks that adventure for us. While photography is not allowed in the exhibit, we thought that it would be fun to bring you along with us via recording device as we toured the collection of memorabilia. The $19.12 adult admission made us smile, and the entire exhibit sparked discussion and imagination. We did our best to describe what we were looking at and touching…we touched part of the Titanic! (insert girly squeal here).

Vocabulary lesson: The term “poop deck” comes from the latin word puppis meaning aft or stern. The poop deck is a partial deck above the ships main afterdeck.

As disappointing as this is, it’s still fun to say.

Also Puppis is a constellation…but before you get 12 year-old giddy, it represents the stern of a ship. Hey, one of us is bumming with you.

In the gift shop, replicas of first class china

Second glass china

Third Class China

Yes, we could have taken more pictures in the gift shop, but didn’t think you cared to see all the merchandise with “Titanic” emblazoned across it. We didn’t buy anything.



Love love love this one. The Watch the Ends the Night by Allan Wolf.  Own love. That much!  The story of the Titanic is told through poems and dialogs from the point of view of  two dozen passengers and crew. Some who survived, some who did not but all speak of their lives and the experience of April 14, 1912.  I felt greedy sitting down and snarfing the whole book. I wanted to take it in short bites and savor each piece like really fine chocolate.

Watch that ends the night, voices from Titanic by, Allan Wolf.

If you happen to find yourself in Kansas City, you really should check out Union Station. Here is a link to the events and things that will await you there.

The Music Show – Shownotes

The only history that we look at in this episode is the history of the music we have chosen for Seasons 1 & 2! During each episode we try to pair music with the woman that we are discussing. Sometimes we shoot for a mood, a period tone, a literal reference… and sometimes, we pick a piece of music just because it makes us smile.

If you have never listened to the podcasts all the way through to the very end of the last musical selection, you may want to go back. We have been known to tuck outtakes in there!

For this podcast we have chosen some of the music that listeners liked the best from the past year, and hope you enjoy it as well!

1. “Cookin’ at Home” by Rick Fink and his Gas House Gorillas
From Episode 15 : 1950s Housewives

2. “Black Coffee” by Stefanie
FROM: Episode 18 : Ella Fitzgerald

3. “Daughters of History” by Morning Spy
From : Episode 09 : Gilded Age Heiresses

4. “Under Paris Skies” by Phoebe Legere
From Minicast: Sophie Blanchard

5. “Cool Kids” by Natalie Walker
From Episode 8 : The Mrs Astor

6. “Worth The Fight” by Marie Hines
From Episode 16 : Mary Wollstonecraft

7. “The Killer in Me’ by Amy Speace
From Episode 5 : Lizzie Borden

8: “Most Popular Girl in the World” by Ari Shine
From Episode 11 : Queen Victoria

9. “Keep on the Path” by Mystery Body
From Minicast : Red Riding Hood

10: “Straighten Up and Fly Right” by Jerry Costanzo
From Episode 18 : Ella Fitzgerald

11. “It Was Meant to Be” by Clayton
From Episode 19: Madame de Pompadour

12. “Pillsbury Cookie Dough” by Paul and Storm
From Minicast : Betty Crocker

Please visit musicalley.com to buy songs or to read more about the featured artists.

(And if you’re getting married, wouldn’t “It was Meant To Be” be the BEST first-dance song? )

Minicast Shownotes: Abigail Adams-Feminist?

At the end of our full episode about Abigail Adams, we decided to leave talking about her legacy as a feminist for a mini-cast. We are going to be honest here– our goal is to get YOU to think about it and come to your own conclusions. Sometimes history is about the facts- history as science– but a lot of the time it is about the lens through which we look at the facts. This is one of those times.

This mini-cast contains a discussion where we view her legacy through our lenses.

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