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Chivalry Today Podcast

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The Code of Chivalry for the modern age

Latest Episodes

Conversation with Jason Kingsley OBE

Jason Kingsley OBE is CEO of Rebellion Video Games, and a lifetime enthusiast of the equestrian arts and medieval history. One of the challenges of studying history is to avoid looking into the past with a myopic view – to think that people of times past were somehow more simplistic, predictable, or uniform than we are today. When we study a historical period like the Middle Ages, we should strive to appreciate the depth and complexity of individuals who lived in that world, to recognize that people in the past pursued various (sometimes even bewildering or contradictory) interests, ideals, and vocations throughout their lives – just as we do today. A single, hour-long historical documentary, no matter how well researched and presented it is, risks giving that sort of tunnel-vision image of the medieval world, and (particularly) knights who lived in it. How many TV shows have you seen that give you the impression that each and every man of knightly status in the medieval world wor...

44 MINJAN 25
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Conversation with Jason Kingsley OBE

Conversation With Dr. Christian Miller

Whatever your standard for virtuous behavior – the code of chivalry, the Ten Commandments, the practice of good sportsmanship, or the Golden Rule – that fact is that the vast majority of us don’t manage to put those principles into practice each and every day of our lives. By the same token, most of us aren’t seeking to do harm to our fellow human beings. Few people set out on a deliberate campaign to be fraudulent, cruel, or selfish at every opportunity. We tend to exist (most of us) in that middle ground, between stainless virtue and shameless vice, in an area that might be termed the “character gap” – a place that surely would have been familiar to medieval authors who wrote about the importance of chivalry while noting its frequent lack among the knightly class. It’s a place that is still observed today by proponents of chivalry and honor, who know that talking about justice, integrity, compassion, and fairness, and practicing such chivalric virtues are two very differen...

46 MIN2018 FEB 4
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Conversation With Dr. Christian Miller

Conversation With Jonathan Tavares

If you are one of the many medieval enthusiasts who enjoy this show, and who studies (or perhaps even re-creates) famous battles, dueling, jousting, hunting, knighthood, and the ideals and literature of chivalry, then I’ll bet you have a “bucket list” of arms and armor exhibitions that you have visited, or want to visit in your lifetime – places like the Vienna Art Museum, the Royal Armouries in Leeds, the Tower of London, or the Army Museum in Paris. You don’t even have to leave the US to enjoy a world-class display of medieval armor: the armor galleries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts attract thousands of visitors each year, and are among the best in the world. But if you’re checking off the locales on your own “top ten armor galleries” list right now, there is a new name you may have to add: The Art Institute of Chicago, which (earlier this year) opened a completely purpose-desig...

54 MIN2017 OCT 20
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Conversation With Jonathan Tavares

Conversation With Jeffrey Wasson

Serious scholars of history might once have scoffed at the notion of undertaking an arts and crafts project as a means of historical study. In recent years, however, dedicated efforts into living history and immersive historical experimentation have proved that bringing history to life can, in fact, achieve a different sort of understanding to research and data taken from artwork, chronicles, and written records. Experimental historians have, of late, worked at redacting historical recipes with heritage food items, reproducing scientific discoveries using period instruments and methods and – perhaps some of the most celebrated – recreating or rebuilding military hardware using historically accurate materials and production methods. If any of those endeavors sounds particularly interesting to you, then you are probably familiar with several episodes of the PBS series Nova, in which filmmakers have documented projects to reproduce military weaponry in Secrets of the Viking Sword, an...

49 MIN2017 SEP 28
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Conversation With Jeffrey Wasson

Conversation With Christian Cameron

MAKE A DONATION ONLINE to help pay for the production of this podcast. Anyone who has read Christian Cameron’s historical adventure novels, such as the William Gold series, knows that creating a detailed medieval setting is one of his fortés. He is an author quite skilled at describing battles, armor, and fighting tactics, and at getting inside the personalities and motives of the men and women who lived in that era. And any of Christian Cameron’s reading fans who follow him as an author know that he is pretty dedicated to the adage: Write what you know. When he’s not at the keyboard, Christian can be found taking part in reenactments of Ancient Greek military life, exploring the wilderness using historically accurate medieval camping kit, and donning full 14th century armor to test his skills in friendly duels known as Deeds of Arms. But this past summer, Christian’s medieval fighting efforts took on a new and distinctly chivalric spirit when his Western Martial Arts study gro...

31 MIN2017 SEP 6
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Conversation With Christian Cameron

Conversation With Richard Marsden

Martial arts practice today is a relatively commonplaceaffair. In dojos, gyms, and studios all over the country (in truth, all over the world) students practice judo, karate, fencing, kendo, escrima, wrestling and boxing as part of their everyday lives – lives that don’t involve duels, assassination attempts, or open warfare. Though these sports maybe confined to tournaments and exhibitions today, in ages past the men and women who practiced these arts were (possibly) preparing to employ them in a very different set of circumstances. Knowing the right way to fight at the right time against the the right opponents could mean the difference between life and death – but using the wrong fighting skills at the wrong time against the wrong people could, in a similar vein, mean the difference between a case of self-defense and a criminal charge, sport and treason, or honor and dishonor. Context, in this regard, was everything. Today there is a renewed interest in the combative activitie...

33 MIN2017 JUN 7
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Conversation With Richard Marsden

Podcast Extra: Peter Johnsson on Swords

In the first part of my conversation with sword maker Peter Johnsson, we talked at length about the symbolism and cultural significance of the sword, and how it reflects both medieval and modern understandings of the ideals of chivalry. But after the show was over, we went on talking and we both realized that our discussion hadn’t really covered something that both of us found immensely interesting, which is: the proportions, specifications, and function of historical swords and their modern reproduction counterparts! So, we decided to continue our conversation, and make it available to all of my fellow sword nerds in something of a podcast extra. Now, if you’re not into the fine details of sword design, this part of the conversation may not be quite as interesting to you as the first part of my talk with Peter – although I daresay that Peter has some pretty interesting things to say about swords in history, even if you’re not into studying, collecting, and possibly even using t...

41 MIN2017 APR 15
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Podcast Extra: Peter Johnsson on Swords

Conversation With Peter Johnsson

There is a special place in heroic lore for those who deal in the craft of weapons – specifically, for the smiths who make swords. Far from being just a “big ol’ knife,” the sword – in legends – becomesan extension of the personality of the hero (or the villain), and as such, the man or woman who crafts such a weapon has a great deal of influence over the ideals and principles that these archetypal characters, from Roland and King Arthur, to Frodo Baggins or Harry Potter, embody in the cultures they come from. But a sword isn’t just a mythical symbol – real swords were carried by real knights and men-at-arms, who fought in real battles throughout the Middle Ages. Like those swords of legend, the weapons put to use by medieval knights reflected – in some manner – the ideals of chivalry they admired, and (at least tried to) live by. Only a small fraction of the swords carried by warriors in the Middle Ages still survive today, locked away in cabinets and display cases in bot...

36 MIN2016 DEC 20
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Conversation With Peter Johnsson

Conversation With Lonnie Colson

From the drama The Walking Dead to the peppy teen comedy iZombie to the literary parody Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, the zombie apocalypse concept has become such a popular trope in today’s world that it is spilling over into just about every genre of entertainment. This year you can bet there will plenty of ghouls and zombies out on the Halloween trick or treat circuit, and the holiday is a perfect excuse toenjoy your favorite novel featuring the dead rising from their graves to feast on the brains and flesh of the living, to provide some spine-tinglingseasonal chills. So, for those of us who enjoy adventures set in the Age of Chivalry, why not reach for a story that combines a zombie apocalypse with brave medieval knights in armor? Why not? Because there aren’t too many such stories around – until recently, that is. Now, everyone (including the Chivalry Today production staff) who think that zombies and knights are two great things that can only be better together, can enjo...

27 MIN2016 OCT 15
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Conversation With Lonnie Colson

Conversation With Devon Boorman

Historical sword-combat instructor Devon Boorman was asked to give an inspirational talk at a TED Conference. His presentation drew upon the historical values of confidence, prowess, and humility – ideals of the code of chivalry! In this conversation, he describes the process of bringing historical ideals of honor to the TED stage. TED Talks are all the rage today – luminaries of all sorts have appeared on stage at “technology, entertainment, and design conferences” held all around the world, including Bill Clinton, Filmmaker James Cameron, Rev. Billy Graham, Stephen Hawking, Malcolm Gladwell, Julian Assange, and Bill Gates – all to present their talks, focusing on their own fields of expertise as a means of sharing their passion, their vision, and their inspiration – in 18 minutes or less! In fact, it might be said that no trend, no fashion, no movement can really “hit it big” today until it’s been presented in a TED Talk. But in all the archives of more than 30,000 live p...

46 MIN2016 JUN 22
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Conversation With Devon Boorman

Latest Episodes

Conversation with Jason Kingsley OBE

Jason Kingsley OBE is CEO of Rebellion Video Games, and a lifetime enthusiast of the equestrian arts and medieval history. One of the challenges of studying history is to avoid looking into the past with a myopic view – to think that people of times past were somehow more simplistic, predictable, or uniform than we are today. When we study a historical period like the Middle Ages, we should strive to appreciate the depth and complexity of individuals who lived in that world, to recognize that people in the past pursued various (sometimes even bewildering or contradictory) interests, ideals, and vocations throughout their lives – just as we do today. A single, hour-long historical documentary, no matter how well researched and presented it is, risks giving that sort of tunnel-vision image of the medieval world, and (particularly) knights who lived in it. How many TV shows have you seen that give you the impression that each and every man of knightly status in the medieval world wor...

44 MINJAN 25
Comments
Conversation with Jason Kingsley OBE

Conversation With Dr. Christian Miller

Whatever your standard for virtuous behavior – the code of chivalry, the Ten Commandments, the practice of good sportsmanship, or the Golden Rule – that fact is that the vast majority of us don’t manage to put those principles into practice each and every day of our lives. By the same token, most of us aren’t seeking to do harm to our fellow human beings. Few people set out on a deliberate campaign to be fraudulent, cruel, or selfish at every opportunity. We tend to exist (most of us) in that middle ground, between stainless virtue and shameless vice, in an area that might be termed the “character gap” – a place that surely would have been familiar to medieval authors who wrote about the importance of chivalry while noting its frequent lack among the knightly class. It’s a place that is still observed today by proponents of chivalry and honor, who know that talking about justice, integrity, compassion, and fairness, and practicing such chivalric virtues are two very differen...

46 MIN2018 FEB 4
Comments
Conversation With Dr. Christian Miller

Conversation With Jonathan Tavares

If you are one of the many medieval enthusiasts who enjoy this show, and who studies (or perhaps even re-creates) famous battles, dueling, jousting, hunting, knighthood, and the ideals and literature of chivalry, then I’ll bet you have a “bucket list” of arms and armor exhibitions that you have visited, or want to visit in your lifetime – places like the Vienna Art Museum, the Royal Armouries in Leeds, the Tower of London, or the Army Museum in Paris. You don’t even have to leave the US to enjoy a world-class display of medieval armor: the armor galleries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts attract thousands of visitors each year, and are among the best in the world. But if you’re checking off the locales on your own “top ten armor galleries” list right now, there is a new name you may have to add: The Art Institute of Chicago, which (earlier this year) opened a completely purpose-desig...

54 MIN2017 OCT 20
Comments
Conversation With Jonathan Tavares

Conversation With Jeffrey Wasson

Serious scholars of history might once have scoffed at the notion of undertaking an arts and crafts project as a means of historical study. In recent years, however, dedicated efforts into living history and immersive historical experimentation have proved that bringing history to life can, in fact, achieve a different sort of understanding to research and data taken from artwork, chronicles, and written records. Experimental historians have, of late, worked at redacting historical recipes with heritage food items, reproducing scientific discoveries using period instruments and methods and – perhaps some of the most celebrated – recreating or rebuilding military hardware using historically accurate materials and production methods. If any of those endeavors sounds particularly interesting to you, then you are probably familiar with several episodes of the PBS series Nova, in which filmmakers have documented projects to reproduce military weaponry in Secrets of the Viking Sword, an...

49 MIN2017 SEP 28
Comments
Conversation With Jeffrey Wasson

Conversation With Christian Cameron

MAKE A DONATION ONLINE to help pay for the production of this podcast. Anyone who has read Christian Cameron’s historical adventure novels, such as the William Gold series, knows that creating a detailed medieval setting is one of his fortés. He is an author quite skilled at describing battles, armor, and fighting tactics, and at getting inside the personalities and motives of the men and women who lived in that era. And any of Christian Cameron’s reading fans who follow him as an author know that he is pretty dedicated to the adage: Write what you know. When he’s not at the keyboard, Christian can be found taking part in reenactments of Ancient Greek military life, exploring the wilderness using historically accurate medieval camping kit, and donning full 14th century armor to test his skills in friendly duels known as Deeds of Arms. But this past summer, Christian’s medieval fighting efforts took on a new and distinctly chivalric spirit when his Western Martial Arts study gro...

31 MIN2017 SEP 6
Comments
Conversation With Christian Cameron

Conversation With Richard Marsden

Martial arts practice today is a relatively commonplaceaffair. In dojos, gyms, and studios all over the country (in truth, all over the world) students practice judo, karate, fencing, kendo, escrima, wrestling and boxing as part of their everyday lives – lives that don’t involve duels, assassination attempts, or open warfare. Though these sports maybe confined to tournaments and exhibitions today, in ages past the men and women who practiced these arts were (possibly) preparing to employ them in a very different set of circumstances. Knowing the right way to fight at the right time against the the right opponents could mean the difference between life and death – but using the wrong fighting skills at the wrong time against the wrong people could, in a similar vein, mean the difference between a case of self-defense and a criminal charge, sport and treason, or honor and dishonor. Context, in this regard, was everything. Today there is a renewed interest in the combative activitie...

33 MIN2017 JUN 7
Comments
Conversation With Richard Marsden

Podcast Extra: Peter Johnsson on Swords

In the first part of my conversation with sword maker Peter Johnsson, we talked at length about the symbolism and cultural significance of the sword, and how it reflects both medieval and modern understandings of the ideals of chivalry. But after the show was over, we went on talking and we both realized that our discussion hadn’t really covered something that both of us found immensely interesting, which is: the proportions, specifications, and function of historical swords and their modern reproduction counterparts! So, we decided to continue our conversation, and make it available to all of my fellow sword nerds in something of a podcast extra. Now, if you’re not into the fine details of sword design, this part of the conversation may not be quite as interesting to you as the first part of my talk with Peter – although I daresay that Peter has some pretty interesting things to say about swords in history, even if you’re not into studying, collecting, and possibly even using t...

41 MIN2017 APR 15
Comments
Podcast Extra: Peter Johnsson on Swords

Conversation With Peter Johnsson

There is a special place in heroic lore for those who deal in the craft of weapons – specifically, for the smiths who make swords. Far from being just a “big ol’ knife,” the sword – in legends – becomesan extension of the personality of the hero (or the villain), and as such, the man or woman who crafts such a weapon has a great deal of influence over the ideals and principles that these archetypal characters, from Roland and King Arthur, to Frodo Baggins or Harry Potter, embody in the cultures they come from. But a sword isn’t just a mythical symbol – real swords were carried by real knights and men-at-arms, who fought in real battles throughout the Middle Ages. Like those swords of legend, the weapons put to use by medieval knights reflected – in some manner – the ideals of chivalry they admired, and (at least tried to) live by. Only a small fraction of the swords carried by warriors in the Middle Ages still survive today, locked away in cabinets and display cases in bot...

36 MIN2016 DEC 20
Comments
Conversation With Peter Johnsson

Conversation With Lonnie Colson

From the drama The Walking Dead to the peppy teen comedy iZombie to the literary parody Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, the zombie apocalypse concept has become such a popular trope in today’s world that it is spilling over into just about every genre of entertainment. This year you can bet there will plenty of ghouls and zombies out on the Halloween trick or treat circuit, and the holiday is a perfect excuse toenjoy your favorite novel featuring the dead rising from their graves to feast on the brains and flesh of the living, to provide some spine-tinglingseasonal chills. So, for those of us who enjoy adventures set in the Age of Chivalry, why not reach for a story that combines a zombie apocalypse with brave medieval knights in armor? Why not? Because there aren’t too many such stories around – until recently, that is. Now, everyone (including the Chivalry Today production staff) who think that zombies and knights are two great things that can only be better together, can enjo...

27 MIN2016 OCT 15
Comments
Conversation With Lonnie Colson

Conversation With Devon Boorman

Historical sword-combat instructor Devon Boorman was asked to give an inspirational talk at a TED Conference. His presentation drew upon the historical values of confidence, prowess, and humility – ideals of the code of chivalry! In this conversation, he describes the process of bringing historical ideals of honor to the TED stage. TED Talks are all the rage today – luminaries of all sorts have appeared on stage at “technology, entertainment, and design conferences” held all around the world, including Bill Clinton, Filmmaker James Cameron, Rev. Billy Graham, Stephen Hawking, Malcolm Gladwell, Julian Assange, and Bill Gates – all to present their talks, focusing on their own fields of expertise as a means of sharing their passion, their vision, and their inspiration – in 18 minutes or less! In fact, it might be said that no trend, no fashion, no movement can really “hit it big” today until it’s been presented in a TED Talk. But in all the archives of more than 30,000 live p...

46 MIN2016 JUN 22
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Conversation With Devon Boorman