Stones & Bones

By Deborah Brezina

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A thousand years ago Emma of Normandy was on trial for adultery, treason and murder. The Stones & Bones podcast tells the tale of the first woman styled Queen of England who stood at the center of a dark era of history. And changed it.

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There Be Dragons!

One creature is instantly recognized the world over. Remarkably similar in all cultures. To Queen Emma, these creatures were not mythical. They were real. But they don’t exist, do they? So why are they everywhere?

Nov 24, 2021

Lord, what fools these mortals be! Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream transports us to the Otherworld. For Emma of Normandy fairies and elves were never far below the surface. There are countless stories of their origins. This is one. 

Nov 17, 2021
Go Berserk!

A 1000 years ago a treasure was buried. Not of gold. A chess set. A Viking chess set. How do we know? Berserkrs. Vikings who’d go berserk and kill and kill ‘til there was no one left to kill. Who said chess was just a game?

Nov 10, 2021
Blood Eagle

From the fury of the Northmen, oh Lord, deliver us! A prayer not for deliverance from a bunch of long-haired tourists who roughed up the neighbors. But a merciless scourge who executed the Blood Eagle.

Nov 03, 2021
Put It in the Bank

Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, John Dillinger. They robbed banks. But it was the most accomplished robbers in history who showed them where the banks were.

Oct 27, 2021

A figure arose from the shadows. A crafty survivor who became more powerful than kings for he was a maker of kings. No one stood in his way. Not even the Queen of England.

Oct 20, 2021

Emma of Normandy prepares to sail across a narrow sea to wed a famous king. But is she ready to wed a king unready to fight, unready to rule, unready to save his kingdom?

Oct 13, 2021
Crazy Bread

What was crazy bread and why was it eaten by peasants to stave off hunger and give them a summer of love? Welcome to Y1K and the world of young Emma of Normandy.

Oct 06, 2021
Put Away the Playthings

For a half century she bent history to her will. Everything that turned touched her. And she turned everything she touched. But first, she had to put away her playthings.

Sep 29, 2021

They sought her blood. They readied the rope. They dug her grave. What would remain as cold death beckoned her to churchyards filled with stones and bones?

Sep 22, 2021
The Lady

A scholar, a fighter, a passionate lover and a cunning political manipulator. The very model of a medieval ruler. But this medieval ruler was not a man. This power player was a woman. And England was her chessboard.

Sep 16, 2021