Professional NPCs from the Medieval Joke Book

Last month, we looked at some jokes from the earliest known printed joke book, the 15th-century Facetiae of Poggio Bracciolini. This month we return to the Facetiae for more late Medieval/early Renaissance Italian jokes, each of which has at its heart a character who makes a great professional or tradesman NPC. Some readers of last […]

Lower-Class NPCs from the Medieval Joke Book

The earliest known printed joke book, the 15th-century Facetiae of Poggio Bracciolini, is a fabulous window into how this late Medieval/early Renaissance Italian saw his world. It’s also legitimately very funny. This week we’re going to look at seven jokes from the Facetiae, each of which has at its heart a character who makes a […]

Apostolic Succession, Donatism, and the Hidden Pope

We got a weird one this week, folks! This time, we’re going to look at the principle of apostolic succession in the Catholic Church, how it underpins the authority of the pope, how that triggered a revolt in the fourth century, how it impacted the Western Schism of 1378-1429 when there were three rival popes […]

The Florentine Architecture Feud

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The Bizarre Court-Martial of Francesco Caracciolo

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The Rose-Realm of Laurin, King of Dwarves and Giants

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More NPC Foibles from Suetonius

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NPC Foibles from Suetonius

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Baiae

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Extraordinary Folkloric NPCs

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PCs on the Battlefield- Caesar’s Wars (Part 3)

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PCs on the Battlefield- Caesar’s Wars (Part 2)

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Crowning Claudius

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The Catiline Conspiracy

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Wrangling Reform in the Roman Republic

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