In this episode, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating unpack the bizarre origin story of the land of Belgium and its noble people as told through a racist English broadsheet from 1653. The birth of the Dutch involves a monstrous horse-man-fish, poop, butter, wizards, and demons. What’s not to love? Find out the answers to: What did early modern nationalistic propaganda look like? What did the English have against the Dutch? How did poop humor get used politically in 17th century England? At a time when the English were anxious about jobs, trades, and the integrity of their language, even the Dutch could be threatening. Learn about the rich history of early modern England and their relationship with their neighbors during the era of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare.