Author: Malory Nye

HIP014 Counterblaste to Tobacco by King James I & VI (History’s Ink Podcast)

SUMMARY In this podcast I do something a little different, reading the text of King James I & VI’s short 1604 tract called A Counterblaste to Tobacco. You can hear an introduction to this tract in the previous episode (HIP013). LISTEN NOW http://media.blubrry.com/malorynye/p/traffic.libsyn.com/malorynye/HIP014_Counterblaste_to_Tobacco.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Show notes In this episode I read the tract discussed in episode 13, that is King James’ A Counterblaste to Tobacco, which was published in 1604, shortly after James became King of England. This short book was intended as strong propaganda against what he called...

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HIP013 On King James and tobacco (History’s Ink Podcast)

SUMMARY In 1604, King James I of England wrote a short tract against the smoking of tobacco, which had recently arrived in the country from America. This episode is a short exploration of the significance of this book.   LISTEN NOW http://media.blubrry.com/malorynye/p/traffic.libsyn.com/malorynye/HIP013_King_James_VI_and_tobacco.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Show notes In 1604, the recently crowned King James I of England wrote a tract which he titled ‘A Counterblaste to Tobacco’, which he intended as strong propaganda against what he called ‘this vile custome’ (i.e., habit). James’ document is unusual and distinctive in two...

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HIP012 Martin Scorsese’s Silence: Religion, Race, and Empire (History’s Ink Podcast)

SUMMARY In many respects, the new Martin Scorsese epic Silence is a film that explores belief, faith, and religion (specifically Catholic Christianity). The director’s primary concern appears to be exploring the faith of a man of god in a hostile environment, when the hoped for divine voice is silent. However, there is also a much more important theme to the movie — one which is hidden in plain sight. Scorsese’s Silence is first and foremost a twenty-first century exploration of race and empire. Ironically, perhaps, this takes on new and challenging meanings as we fearfully enter the age of Trump. LISTEN...

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HIP011 Perth, May 1559: Reformation, Riot, and Revolution (History’s Ink Podcast)

SUMMARY This episode explores the riots in the city where I live, that is in Perth, May 1559 following John Knox’s sermon in St John’s Kirk. These riots caused the destruction of four very wealthy religious monasteries in the city, and kick started the Scottish Protestant reformation. LISTEN NOW http://media.blubrry.com/malorynye/p/traffic.libsyn.com/malorynye/HIP011_Perth_Reformation_Riot_and_Revolution.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Show notes       Useful links About the History's Ink Podcast This is a podcast about history, the way in which we tell history and how we understand it. ALSO BY MALORY NYE Listen to Episode...

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Introduction to the History’s Ink podcast (episode HIP001 – text version)

Thanks for tuning into this first episode of the the ‘History’s Ink’ podcast. According to a less well known quote from Mark Twain: ‘The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.’ (Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson and Other Tales) This phrase is perhaps a little obscure, but in short it means that what we choose to put down — and to represent — as history is the product of our own prejudices, whoever we might be. It is fluid, it is in motion, it becomes something in the process of being written down. I came upon this phrase as...

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