Just when things started to feel familiar in the Renaissance, this episode comes along to shock you out of it. Explore the brutal yet educational world of blood sports in early modern English history. Using a variety of animals to bait each other was a popular pastime that also made its way to country manors, royal courts, and even the playhouses of Shakespeare's London.
In this episode, find out the answers to the following questions:
What were Renaissance blood sports?
Who went to see them and where?
What were cultural attitudes toward this popular form of entertainment?
How do theater and blood sports occupy similar cultural positions?
Join literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating as they interrogate the complicated history of blood sports.
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