24 Aug: The End of the Pirate Monk

Rerun. Bandit, Admiral, wizard, pirate… ‘Eustace The Monk’ did it all – and was decapitated for his troubles, at the Battle of Sandwich on 24th August, 1217.

Previously a licensed criminal for the court of King John, he became an enemy of England by switching sides and battling on behalf of the French – an extraordinary end to a remarkable career which took in black magic, robbery, and farting in a Benedictine monastery.

In this episode, Arion, Rebecca and Olly consider why Eustace’s story has yet to receive the Hollywood treatment; explain how to deploy lime effectively; and swot up on their Middle English verse…

Further Reading:

‘The Pirate Monk, by Julie Estep’ (History of Yesterday, 2020): https://historyofyesterday.com/the-pirate-monk-da2bc7340dfb‘Eustace

The Monk: One Of Medieval Europe’s Unholiest Holy Men’ (HistoryExtra, 2020): https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/eustace-monk-holy-man-king-john-french-invasion-england/‘Medieval Outlaws: Eustace the Monk’ (Channel Legendarium, 2019):

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