Thugs and Miracles

By Benjamin Bernier

Welcome to Thugs and Miracles, the podcast where we’re looking back at history through the eyes of the kings and queens of France – from the fall of the Roman Empire to the fall of the guillotine.To tell our story, T+M uses the royals as a unifying thread, but we don’t look at just the kings; we try to understand what life was like for the people living under them. How must it have felt to live and die, all within a 10-mile radius of where you were born? For women, how must it have felt to live in a system which, under the Salic law, prohibited them from owning land? How exactly was life in the Middle Ages, this so-called “dark age”?More than answering questions, we tell the stories of the people who made history. We tell you the story of the beautiful Frankish queen who had an affair with a god. We explore Clovis and his conversion within the deepest lines of battle, and we explore his wife, Clotilde, and why she pushed so hard to change his religion – even risking her own life in the process. We look at how a cryptic message involving a pair of scissors and a sword forced a grandmother to make a gruesome life-and-death decision and of course, we tell you about the wars fought for that highest of all positions: King of the Franks. But Kings are not enough: we also tell how Queens found ways to escape the laws and the patriarchy and rule in their own right.Join us in the year 451, at the dawn of a new age in Europe, for the rise of an Empire that will lead into the West as we know it today. Prepare for a world made by Thugs and Miracles.

  1. 1.
    Four Kings (S2: E12)
    35:50
  2. 2.
    Coup d'État, Part Three (S2: E11)
    39:56
  3. 3.
    Coup d'État, Part Two (S2: E10)
    35:02
  4. 4.
    Rabbit Hole #7: An Interview with 20 Minute History
    34:18
  5. 5.
    Coup d'État, Part One (S2: E9)
    35:38
  6. 6.
    From A Slave to A Queen (S2: E8)
    34:22
  7. 7.
    Rabbit Hole #6: The Soul in the Boat
    13:51
  8. 8.
    The First Rois Fainéants (S2: E7)
    39:02
  1. 9.
    Love, War and Politics (S2: E6)
    34:02
  2. 10.
    The Spare (S2: E5)
    39:07
  3. 11.
    A Legacy of Decline (S2: E4)
    31:55
  4. 12.
    A Quiet Place (S2: E3)
    40:22
  5. 13.
    Close Combat (S2: E2)
    32:38
  6. 14.
    The Cost of Doing Business (S2: E1)
    32:07
  7. 15.
    Rabbit Hole #5: Saint Eligius - Saddles, Thrones and All the Wrong Words
    22:51
  8. 16.
    Rabbit Hole #4: Vidocq
    18:50
  9. 17.
    Luck and Timing / Season 1 Finale (S1: E25)
    37:44
  10. 18.
    Death of a Legend (S1: E24)
    44:37
  11. 19.
    The End of the Beginning (S1: E23)
    34:13
  12. 20.
    My Brother's Keeper (S1: E22)
    36:12
  13. 21.
    Rabbit Hole #3: An Interview with Marco Cappelli of Storia d'Italia
    50:32
  14. 22.
    A Family Divided (S1: E21)
    35:28
  15. 23.
    Something's Gotta Give... (S1: E20)
    33:57
  16. 24.
    Merovingian Family Dynamics (S1: E19)
    34:24
  17. 25.
    Guntram - King and Pawn (S1: E18)
    35:20
  18. 26.
    Fredegunda (S1: E17)
    37:27
  19. 27.
    Brunhilda – Rise, Fall, and Rise Again (S1: E16)
    35:53
  20. 28.
    Rise of the Two Queens (S1: E15)
    35:10
  21. 29.
    The Year That Was - 561 (S1: E14)
    35:41
  22. 30.
    The Sons of Clovis - Part V (S1: E13)
    34:03
  23. 31.
    Rabbit Hole #2: Procopius and Brittia
    18:24
  24. 32.
    The Sons of Clovis - Part IV (S1: E12)
    36:15
  25. 33.
    The Sons of Clovis - Part III (S1: E11)
    33:20
  26. 34.
    The Sons of Clovis - Part II (S1: E10)
    29:46
  27. 35.
    Rabbit Hole #1: Saint Genevieve - Protector of Paris
    21:21
  28. 36.
    The Sons of Clovis - Part I (S1: E9)
    29:55
  29. 37.
    Clovis - The First King: Legacy (S1: E8)
    35:18
  30. 38.
    The Peasant Rusticus (S1: E7)
    32:50
  31. 39.
    Clovis - The First King: Consolidation (S1: E6)
    36:46
  32. 40.
    Clovis - The First King: Conversion (S1: E5)
    30:15
  33. 41.
    Clovis - The First King: Taking Power (S1: E4)
    30:32
  34. 42.
    Childéric - Crossing Worlds (S1: E3)
    30:17
  35. 43.
    Merovech - The Ghost Who Spawned A Dynasty (S1: E2)
    29:55
  36. 44.
    After the Fall, the Beginning (S1: E1)
    36:49
  37. 45.
    Season 1 Trailer
    5:49

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