Danielle Bilski, Aaron, Pope discussed on Ideas
You're listening to ideas on. CBC Radio One in Canada across North America on Sirius. Xm In Australia on our end and around the world at CBC DOT CA slash ideas. You can also hear ideas on the CBC listen APP or wherever you get your podcast. I'm Nola I add. Today's episode is the latest in our series ideas from the trenches were we highlight the work of outstanding. PhD students around the country. Aaron meet Emma is a historian specializing in the sixteenth century Italian dual. He's also a skilled swordsman himself. But there's much more due to the dual than knowing how to wheel the blade errands. Research and archives from sixteenth century. Italy has turned up exciting new insights into just how complex complex that tradition of dueling was. He uses the techniques of micro history to fill in the gaps and missing chapters from the historical record ideas from the trenches presented by Nikola and Tom Hal so once upon a time in Europe long before the fifteen hundreds dual seemed like a good way to establish the truth and trial by combat. It was thought could actually reveal if somebody was guilty of a crime. I demand a trial by combat home. It was very process where you have priests blessing this action and people that were swearing on relics that they were telling the truth and they they would fight it out. This is Danielle Bilski. She's a writer and podcast. Host with medieval lists dot net a site dedicated to popularizing the Middle Ages. And this is in the early early Middle Ages so up until about twelve hundred right after twelve hundred. Pope starts to really say officially. This is a bad idea. The trial by combat is whoever covers. The winner God is on their side has decided that this person is telling the truth You're not really supposed to test God in that way. So the pope says you know guys this is not working very well uh-huh because we know that somebody who's guilty could still win this fight. And that's why they really distanced themselves from the pope says well if you guys are GonNa do trial by combat. We're not involved in any more that said I think that there's still an element when people were using delos way to figure out who is on the side of the rate that they're deciding fate is going to figure this out that God is going to figure out who is right when historians stories talk about the end of the Medieval era in Europe. They often point to the invention of the printing press. Usually what are concerned with these days is something that you see in print went and back in the day. It was something that you heard in the Middle Ages everything was done orally so what someone said to you was you. Were legally bound by it so someone without was taking an oath to the king for example what they said out loud was what became law. That was really the basis of contracts the basis of witness testimony. The basis of your character was all based on what people said about you and so if somebody is putting you down there saying something out loud. That has a lot of weight it has more more weight than it does now. You kinda defend that reputation or early in a way that you don't need to now so printing turn us all into liar. Printing made it so that we could shake off an insult that someone said out loud because it was an imprint and it wouldn't have such a distribution Remember these are smaller communities as as well and if someone says something about that will spread a lot further for us. Someone might say something about you on the street and it's not a big deal but if someone says about you in a tweet sleep than it is a big deal because more people will hear it so it's a different community that we have them. Danielle thank you so much thank you. It's been a pleasure. Danielle hosts the medieval podcast from medieval dot. Net per new book is called life in Medieval Europe fact.