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The Historical Blindness podcast is a discussion of interesting and largely forgotten stories from our past, with a specific focus on demonstrating the inscrutability, the ineffability, and the unknowability of the past. By examining cases of outrageous hoaxes, mass delusion, baffling mysteries and unreliable historiography, we raise the question, “Can we trust history as we have received it?”

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A contemplation of the modern conservative conspiracy theory of a "deep state" leads me back to the dawn of modern conspiracy theory, the Enlightenment, when the ultimate conservative conspiracy theory was born as an explanation of the French Revolution: the Illuminati!  Get a 30-day free trial of Audible with a free audiobook AND support this show by visiting http://www.audibletrial.com/historicalblindness Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at AlexKishMusic.com to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Wake Up," "Remedy for Melancholy," "Delirium," "Laburnum," and "Marée," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0).    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the aftermath of an explosion that killed a king and upset the foundations of power in Scotland, various suspects in the murder vie for control of the country. What evidence exists to prove who was behind the regicide, and can it be trusted?  This episode is sponsored by Sudio. While as patrons you won't hear their ad, you can still support the show by making a purchase of one of their fine audio devices at Sudio.com and entering the promo code "rockingprek" at check out for 15% off.   Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at AlexKishMusic.com to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Cold War Echo," "Cobweb Morning," "Sentinel," "Homeroad," "daemones," and "daedalus," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0).   1 Like Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1567, the King of Scotland is murdered, and even today, mystery surrounds the crime. In part one, we look at the life and reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, from birth to her consort's demise to learn what led up to the murder and better understand the questions that remain.  This episode is sponsored by Sudio. While as patrons you won't hear their ad, you can still support the show by making a purchase of one of their fine audio devices at https://www.sudio.com/us/ and entering the promo code "rockingprek" at check out for 15% off.  Some background music on the episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at https://www.alexkishmusic.com/contact to license music for your own project. Other background tracks, including "Seeker," "Great Expectations," "Mare," "Mercy," "Low Horizon," and "Evermore," are by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY 4.0).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the conclusion to this series about an age of miracles in the midst of the Enlightenment, we look at the strange development of convulsionism among the adherents of François de Pâris. Along the way, we see the emergence of egalitarianism and democratic ideals in pre-Revolutionary France as well as signs of disorder between the powers of the throne, the Church, and the sovereign court.  Much of the music on this episode is copyright Alex Kish. Contact Alex at https://www.alexkishmusic.com/ to license his music. Other songs, including the tracks "daedalus," "Evermore," "Mare," and "July" are by Kai Engel and licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution license (CC BY 4.0). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the center of the High Enlightenment, as Western culture moved toward rational worldview, a series of miracles deepens a religious schism and contributes to a lack of faith in the royal government, laying the groundwork for a future revolution. But what really happened at the tomb of François de Pâris in the cemetery of Saint-Médard? Part one of two. Featuring a promo for Pontifacts, the podcast that ranks all the popes, from Peter to Francis! Background tracks "July," "Brand New World," "Scenery," "Interception," "Meekness," "periculum," "modum," and "Delirium" by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). Other music copyright film composer Alex Kish. License his music by contacting him at https://www.alexkishmusic.com/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
With Black Lives Matter protesters focusing on toppling Confederate monuments, and talking heads on the right calling efforts to legislate the removal of these monuments to slavery an attempt to "destroy history," and Trump making executive orders to protect them, this episode from 2017 is especially relevant again. Thanks Diane for suggesting I rerelease it!  To learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement, visit https://blacklivesmatter.com/. To provide material support to the Black Lives Matter movement, visit https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019. To support the Black Lives Matter movement’s fight against racism and police misconduct in other ways, visit https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As a show of support for Black Lives Matter protesters, I'm releasing this more than three hour, ad-free supercut of my series on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including some exclusive content that non-patrons haven’t yet heard. It is my intention with this re-release to honor the perennial struggle for African American civil rights and especially the spirit of non-violent protest as embodied by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, whose banner I believe BLM is carries today. To learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement, visit https://blacklivesmatter.com/. To provide material support to the Black Lives Matter movement, visit https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019. To support the Black Lives Matter movement’s fight against racism and police misconduct in other ways, visit https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this new episode, I play the devil's advocate and investigate the supposed miracles of an Italian monk said to have the superhuman ability of unencumbered flight! Was he the returned messiah, a servant of the devil, or a charlatan? Or did he just have a superpower? To provide material support to the Black Lives Matter movement, visit https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019. To support the Black Lives Matter movement’s fight against racism and police misconduct in other ways, visit https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/. Background tracks "Something (Bonus Track)," "Smoldering," "July," and "Daylight (PON II)" by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). Other background music is copyright Alex Kish, alexkishmusic.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As we see anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and hate speech surge during the coronavirus pandemic, a historical pattern can be discerned, a tradition of fear and resentment that is well illustrated in the medieval legend of the Wandering Jew. Join me as I explore this Christian legend, connecting it every step of the way with the long history of using Jews as scapegoats for calamities of all kinds.   Background tracks "Wake Up," "Imminence," "Smoldering," "Homeroad," "Delirium," "daedalus," "July," and "Behind Your Window," by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution License.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, I address some false historical claims about pandemics and focus in on a devastating and mysterious plague in 16th century Mexico in an effort to find some historical perspective on our current global health crisis. WARNING: many may find the content of this episode disturbing, especially during the current public health emergency.  Background tracks "Seeker," "Comatose," "Daylight (PON II)," "daedalus," and "daemones" by Kai Engel, licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, I tell the story of a legendary artifact and the drama surrounding its purported discovery in the 1930s. This is a sequel of sorts to the last episode because the revived Clampers play a central role in this story.  Featuring a promo for The History of Malls. "Scenery," "Global Warming," "Meekness," "Anxiety," and "daedalus" by Kai Engel are licensed under an International Attribution Licence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, I look at the long and storied history of a California Gold Rush era secret society with roots all the way back to the beginning of time! It's a scarcely credible tale that includes a sex slave mutiny, lusty monks massacred by well-endowed Native Americans, and the Chinese discovery of California! It's so crazy, it's hard to believe! Background tracks "Headway," "Meekness," "Salue," "Brand New World," "Scenery," and "Delirium by Kai Engel, licensed under and International Attribution License. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, the first in likely numerous eventual episodes on apocryphal texts and doctrines, I look at Gnosticism, a school of thought within early Christianity that inverted Judeo-Christian norms with its creation mythology. Background tracks "Sentinel," "Seeker," "July," "Passages," "Global Warming," "Plague," "Comatose," and "Periculum" by Kai Engel, licensed under a Creative Commons International Attribution License. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, I embark on a journey into the arcane and esoteric, investigating the history of magic as an ongoing series to which I plan to frequently return. In the first volume of my Encylopedia Grimoria, I start at the end, with an entry for Z, to understand the beginning. I look at the figure of Zoroaster, or Zarathustra, as the supposed originator of all things magical.  Background music tracks entitled "daemones," "Mare," "Evermore," "Cobweb Morning," "daedalus," "periculum," "Brooks," "Interception," and "modum" by Kai Engel are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the conclusion of the season premiere, we find that all is not what it seemed with the death of King Edward II. Indeed, there is ample evidence that Edward II did not die in Berkeley Castle at all, but escaped to live out the remainder of his life as a hermit. So what is to be believed about Edward II's end?  Background music tracks entitled "daedalus," "Meekness," and "Nothing (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the premiere full-length episode of the 2020 season, I dig into the historical mystery of Edward II's demise, examining the context of his reign and the circumstances of his death, asking who was responsible and whether the grisly details of his murder were accurate or mere legend. "daedalus" and "Nothing (Bonus Track)" by Kai Engel are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This year, I look at various personifications of the Christmas holiday, from the mock kings of antiquity to the very complicated evolution of the holiday's modern poster boy, Santa Claus. It's a story of ancient gods and goddesses, mischievous elves, and a legendary saint, and how they all got mixed up and baked into one colorful holiday treat!  Much of the Christmas music on this episode, including the tracks “Wish Background,” “Deck the Halls A,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and “O Holy Night,” by Kevin MacLeod and available at incompetech.com. Rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful” by Jingle Punks available through the Youtube Audio Library. Additional music, including the tracks “Holiday Gift,” “Nothing (Bonus Track),” “Something (Bonus Track),” “Brooks,” and “Daedalus,” by Kai Engel and available at freemusicarchive.org. All music licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This is a re-release of a patron exclusive mini-episode that I produced as a companion to my episode on Holocaust denial earlier this year. If you want access to an ad-free feed and extra content like this, visit Patreon.com/HistoricalBlindness and pledge at whatever tier you can. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the conclusion of my Halloween series on werewolves and the 2019 pre-hiatus finale, I go further into the lore, considering the connection between werewolfery and insanity and the influence of Early Modern witch hunts on the conception of the werewolf. Be sure to visit the website at historicalblindness.com for images and links. Hope this one makes you howl... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the first part of my especially spooky Halloween series, I begin a hunt for the true nature of the werewolf, looking at its roots in antiquity and mythology and the evolution of the notion through folklore and etymology. In this first installment, I explore werewolf claims in relation to real wolf attacks, trace the idea of their vulnerability to silver, and suggest that the werewolf may have first been a metaphor for savagery and cannibalism later applied to murderers who acted more as animals than men and were punished as such. Happy October! Look for part two before Halloween! WARNING: Listeners sensitive to such content should be advised that this episode contains vivid descriptions of violence against women and children.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (7)

Robin H

I like the subject matter and some ideas perspectives, but his robo voice and aggressive assertions and busy backround music suck so rough I will not be coming back...

Sep 15th
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M.W. Holiday

Every episode is fantastic!

Aug 14th
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Sarah Hull

Interesting subject matter overall, but the narration sounds like it’s being read by a text-to-speech program. Very odd and distracting.

Mar 29th
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Kris NotTelling

One episode two. Can't really keep my attention.

Nov 9th
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Phil Marsala

Interesting, well researched and an informative podcast delving into the bizarre, the obscure and the fascinating aspects of human history. Looking forward to the next episode.

Sep 3rd
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Serg Ter

Regardless if the Learned Elders of Zionism document is real or fake, it's as if it's been used as a blueprint by the Zionist mafia and most if not all points of it have been fulfilled. So by speaking against it, you only reveal who you are, a Zionist little mouthpiece.

Mar 7th
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