Episode 135: A House of Cards

In the early 1400s, playing cards made their first appearance in England. Those cards provide evidence of an early form of printing, but it would take another generation for Johannes Gutenberg to invent the printing press. In this episode we explore the history of playing cards and the printing press, and we also look at the end of the Hundred Years’ War. We also examine how these events contributed to the history of English and the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

2 thoughts on “Episode 135: A House of Cards

  1. Another great episode full of fascinating insights into the development of the printing press. I enjoyed being able to get away from Dark Reality back into the 15th Century. Do you think that in years to come you might do an episode on how the Coronavirus Pandemic has changed the English Language? Already words like “lockdown” and “self-isolation” have entered the language.

    I hope that you and all your readers are keeping well and keeping safe.

    • Thanks for the suggestion. Since this is a history podcast, I will probably need to let some time pass so it will be considered ‘history,’ and so we can examine the effect of the virus on English. Of course, by the time I get to the 21st century in the podcast, we may all be history. 😉

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