Title: The End of History

acast Time: 1:11:09
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Original Record Date: Unknown
acast Publication Date: March 30, 2022
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Please Welcome a Man
Who’s never had a gargoyle fall on him yet but there’s still time.

Acronym Modification

Cool Kids
I was talking to Paul Chuckle from off the Chuckle Brothers the other day.

Guest Best Known
For writing an article on the iconography of the Armarium on the Ezra Page of the Codex Amiantinus.


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Emergency Questions

Can you tell from the Sutton Hoo burial whether King Rædwald ever tried to suck his own cock?

No. No, funnily enough. No. I mean, if we had some bones we could see if he’d done any major limbo exercises. No. But Sadly not, unfortunately. I have seen a  – there’s a really interesting grave in [unclear]. The guy has been castrated; he’s a Viking warrior. And he’s had it cut off and you can see they’ve gone and there’s that slash mark on either side. And when they’ve gone to bury him they were obviously feeling a bit sorry for him that he’s been emasculated so they stuck a great, big boar’s tusk between his legs, to kind of compensate. And so in that case I think you can maybe say a bit more, but I don’t know if he could suck his own cock. *RH refers to cases of ancient persons having been buried with a cock in their mouth.* There are some weird ones with them in the mouth and in, like, 69 positions and all sorts of strange graves like that, yeah.

Would you rather be King Stephen or Stephen King?

Enormous high-five to you for the most perfect question. Not King Stephen at all. Stephen King. I mean, for all reasons. King Stephen, no way. Matilda every time. I mean, my God, rubbish. But Stephen King. I’m a huge horror fan. I’m a massive horror junkie. So for all my seeming academic credentials, when I curl up in bed with my four cats I stick on a bit of horror and a bit of Stephen King. And he’s, like, my idol.

If you could take one item from any museum or art gallery – and you’re allowed to take it home with you – in the world, what would you take?

Edvard Munch’s Madonna. It’s a beautiful – So you know Munch’s Scream. He painted a series of these Madonnas and I had one next to my bed from when I was little. And I don’t know if it’s the narcissist in me but she’s quite a dark-haired, pale-skinned, naked woman. But she’s got this incredible red halo. And she’s lifting her head up to the sky as this, sort of – She’s both being adored and adoring herself and looking to the future. And she’s just always inspired me. It’s, like, everything I hoped I could achieve in that one image. But you’ve really surprised me and caught me off-guard because my other answer would have been the Lindisfarne Gospels, so…


RH welcomes and thanks the audience live-streaming the episode.

Kickstarter contributor Hugh Lynn-Devons requests that RH say something in his Welsh accent.

Kickstarter contributor Dink Taylor asks that RH say his name twice, as RH said it twice in error in the Oh Frig I’m 50! credits. RH refuses at first but later thanks him again.

Kickstarter contributor Fraser receives thanks.

At the end of the recording, RH collects donations for Scope.