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The History of Being Human

Dec 12, 2021

In this episode we conclude our series on the inquisition with the story of Joan of Arc with her three "trials:"

1. The Examination at Poitiers (link to a summary:

2. The 1431 Trial of Condemnation before the Inquisition (link to fulll transcripts:...

Nov 9, 2021

Here it is: the pious childhood, the voices, the missions, the uncanny miraculous insights, the fearless warring, the taunting and threatening, the temper, the visions and prophesies, and the prodigious feats of the Maid of Orleans.  

According to Twain, this was far and away the most amazing human being to ever live,...

Oct 10, 2021

In this episode we set the stage for the story of Joan of Arc, one of the most enigmatic and fascinating people in history.  To understand Joan we have to understand the Hundred Years' War, the festering quagmire into which she was born, and which she helped put an end to.

Herein are dragons and whirlwinds, blood-soaked...

Aug 26, 2021

They are one of the two most implicated groups in the history of conspiracy theories. But their real history is, if less mysterious and ominous, just as unsettling. 

From a humble beginning, to becoming the richest order in Christendom, to being imprisoned, tortured, persecuted and executed.

This is the story of the...

Jul 20, 2021

We continue our series on the Inquisition with the campaigns to suppress the Waldensians. These "Poor Men (and Women!) of Lyon" were known for their sandals and their beards; but mostly for their Christian piety, humility, and charity.  

So of course they had to die.

And die they did, in the tens, hundreds,...