Episode 71: On The Hunt

In this episode, we explore the events leading to the death of William the Conqueror. And we’ll look at the reign of his son and namesake, William Rufus. The story of William’s succession is also the story of a sibling rivalry. William’s three sons fought with each other – and even with their father – for control of the Anglo-Norman kingdom. But one thing that William and all of his sons had in common was a love for hunting, and the importance of hunting is reflected in the English language which contains many words and phrases originating in the language of Medieval hunters.

8 thoughts on “Episode 71: On The Hunt

  1. Lots of fascinating word origins here. I was particularly taken, though, with the original meaning of “deer” as a more generic term for animal.

    It made total sense to me from studying German and Danish. In those languages the word for animal is “Tier” and “dyr” respectively. Now that you’ve explained the shift in meaning that’s occurred in English, the connection is obvious!

    • I have been learning German and Icelandic and this podcast has Really tied it all together and been SUCH a good way to learn and have the story connecting it all. Absolutely love it, 10/10.

  2. AHAHAHAHAHAH that was a really good segue at 1:30 until 2:00
    loving the podcast, I’ve binged up until here starting from only a week ago.

      • Enjoying your podcasts. Last week I was in England and I visited Winchester and its Cathedral. The Cathedral is being restored by a massive donation from the U.K. lottery. And 5M GBP was earmarked for a project to identify and bring together the bones in 6 mortuary chests which were disturbed during the English civil war. The bones are of the Anglo Saxon Kings of Wessex and later England. They were buried in the Old Cathedral and were collected and “reburied” in the Norman Cathedral. William Rufus was added to the chests too. The chests have lists showing who was originally in the chests.
        The DNA has identified the bones of those listed but the project is still continuing. So they have identified Cnut, Harthacnut, a series of Wessex and early AS kings of England. W. Rufus, Emma of Normandy. As well as two young people not listed, one they think is Richard of Normandy as his skull has significant injuries which look hint related, and and another young man not identified.

        The Cathedral has an exposition explaining the project. The expo added to my pleasure at your episode of hunting and the New Forest.

        Thank you for the podcasts you have made available

  3. Your podcasts are wonderful distractions in these days of social distancing. Incidentally, while in Denmark, I discovered that not only is dyr the word for animal, but smaadyr (small deer) is the word for insect.

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