It’s been a minute; we’ve finished our episode-by-episode analysis of A Discovery of Witches TV and we’re in a brief book episode hiatus to get ready for our chapter discussions of Book of Life (!). I can’t believe we’ve come so far; we’re so incredibly inspired by this fandom and pleased to be a part of the continuing magic that is the All Souls Trilogy.
In today’s episode, we’re joined by some fabulous newcomers to the All Souls fandom — Marci and John of the Pop Culture Theologians! We hope that you’ll find them as smart and funny as we do and that you’ll follow them in their continuing adventures on their podcast. In this episode, we talk about some very serious things (Diana’s POV, the tragedy of Juliette) and some not-so-serious things (Grey’s Anatomy! Made for TV Disney movies! The Marci-Mentions-Harry-Potter Drinking Game!). We hope you enjoy the show!
So far, the Pop Culture Theologians have covered The Purge and A Discovery of Witches. Next season, they’re covering Game of Thrones. You can find them on Twitter as @PopTheologians and on any pod-fetching service you like.
I am going to give you a peek into how things sometimes happen at C&C headquarters.
Imagine that you’re Jen, minding your own business on the West Coast (C&C West). It’s getting late on the East Coast (C&C East), so you’re settling down for the night. Then, your phone makes its chirpy text message noise.
You pick up your phone, even though you know it’s not a good sign.
CAIT: I HAVE HAD *AN IDEA*
CAIT: It’s FABULOUS and LOADS OF EFFORT and HORRIBLY SPONTANEOUS.
CAIT: What do you think?
CAIT: I’M GOING IN.
JEN: *THUMBS UP*
As you may have guessed, my lovelies, this is one of those occasions. I’ve been scheming for ways to celebrate the premiere of ADOWTV on network television… and then I remembered that the sports ball tournament starts tomorrow. And that one can make A BRACKET. Well, IT IS DONE.
I present to you the inaugural ADOWTV March Madness. Here’s how it will work:
(1) Every day between now and Monday, 8 April 2019, I’ll post a poll on our Facebook page and our Twitter account.
(2) Vote for your favorite of the two scenes listed for that day. The scene with the least votes will be eliminated from the bracket.
(3) You can join in at any time and you don’t have to be a listener to play. Come join the fun and let’s see what shakes out!
(4) We’ll have the final vote and ranking on 8 April 2019, the day after the network TV premiere.
I know you want to see the bracket, so here it is in all of its glory:
You can download your own copy below, but I’ll post updated copies as we go. The first poll will be up in a matter of hours!
Some quick caveats: (1) I know some characters are underrepresented in this bracket, but anything over 24 scenes became LUDICROUS; (2) if your favorite scene isn’t represented, let me know! I’ll make a separate poll for the scenes I overlooked; (3) I’ll count both Twitter and Facebook votes; and (4) this is supposed to be FUN. Invite your friends! Talk to other fans! Enjoy it — I know I will.
In the meantime, join me in thanking Jen for loving me despite my bright ideas.
I don’t know how we did it, y’all. Eight episodes went by so fast — I feel like our ADOWTV adventure is just beginning and we’re already at the last episode of Season 1. Never fear — we’ll be here to keep you company during the worst of #Witchdrawal.
In this episode, we talk about what we loved (and didn’t love so much) about the season finale. In fairness, we tried to be Very Serious Proper Podcasters (TM) for the first bit, then it rather gets away from us at the end. On brand, no? Let’s just say that we start talking about death and divinity and end up somewhere in the neighborhood of ruffles and popes. #losientonosiento.
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Hello, darlings! We finally made it to Prague, which means we’re diving headlong into Section IV of the Real-Time Reading of Shadow of Night. This chapter is a monster, so I’m dividing it in two parts between this week and next.
After we’d lived out of saddlebags and a single shared trunk for weeks, our belongings had arrived three days after we did at the tall, narrow house perched on the steep avenue leading to Prague Castle known as Sporrengasse.
Try as I might, I couldn’t find a street in modern Prague called Sporrengasse. I assume that it was likely renamed something lovely and Czech that isn’t mentioned in the pages of Shadow of Night. Nonetheless, I had a very pleasant Google Maps street view wander through the neighborhood of Mala Strana. Mala Strana, or the “Little Side of the River,” is a district in Prague dominated by the city’s German and Italian citizens. The neighborhood has mostly Baroque architecture after a series of fires destroyed the original buildings. Even today, Mala Strana is one of the most popular neighborhoods for tourists because of its “charming” cobbled streets and cluster of cultural sights. After researching, I have marked out Mlýnská Kavárna for my next visit because it boasts Czech beer and freshly-baked bread. Yes, please.
Artstory describes him as a “visionary apocalyptic painter;” it’s the best short description of his work I’ve ever read, so I am keeping it. Bosch was the first painter to introduce surreal and fantastical imagery into his paintings; the rest of Western artwork from this period is either very religious or very realistic.
Oh wait. Remember when I told you guys that I went to dance performance based on the Garden of Earthly Delights and there were artists throwing potatoes? I found a video. The potatoes appear at 0:18. You’re welcome.
I bet you thought I made that up.
“Rudolf hasn’t seen me. Rumor has it that Kelley is in the uppermost reaches of the Powder Tower blowing up alembics and God-knows-what-else.”
In the real historical timeline, Matthew and Diana arrive in Prague right as Edward Kelley’s star began to fade in the court of Rudolf II. Kelley first traveled to the Continent from England in the company of John Dee, another famous alchemist. Kelley and Dee made all sorts of mischief together (and people threatened to throw them out of windows) right up until Kelley told Dee that his alchemical spirit guide required them to swap their wives. Right around the spring of 1590, Rudolf II became frustrated that Kelley could not produce the Philosopher’s Stone. He knighted him to encourage his progress, then imprisoned him after a duel to make him work harder. Kelley attempted to escape by jumping out the window — an escapade which required the amputation of his leg. This happened again several years later and Kelley lost the use of his remaining leg, too. I am sensing a pattern. If you want to know more, check out the Alchemy Podcast’s episode on Kelley. On a related note, did you know there was an opera about John Dee? Wonders never cease.
The Powder Tower, or Prašná brána, was built in 1475, is the beginning of the Coronation Route to Prague Castle.
“Why is the handwriting so ornate?” I wondered.
“The Hoefnagels have arrived from Vienna and have nothing to occupy their time. The fancier the handwriting, the better, as far as his Majesty is concerned,” Pierre replied cryptically.
According to the Getty Museum, the invention of the modern printing press made it more common for people to own books, noble collectors like the Holy Roman Emperor turned to hand-made works of calligraphy for their rarity and beauty.
In 1590 or so, Rudolf II commissioned Josef Hoefnagel to illustrate a book of calligraphy written by Georg Bocskay called Mira calligraphiae monumenta. You can visit this work at the Getty, or via their website. The image on the left demonstrates Hoefnagel’s incredible skill for texture and detail in plant and insect life. The calligraphy in the book is stunning, as are the images.
Most impressive of all? The fact that Hoefnagel and Bocskay never met.
“I told you to hook him with Titian’s great canvas of Venus that Grandfather took off King Philip’s hands when his wife objected to it,” Gallowglass observed. “Like his uncle, Rudolf has always been unduly fond of redheads. And saucy pictures.”
Titian painted his famous Venus of Urbino in 1538. The original hangs in the Uffizi in Florence. No wonder Philippe had his hands on it.
“Among my people it’s a great compliment to be likened to a raven. I’ll be Muninn, and Matthew we’ll call Huginn. Your name will be Gondul, Auntie. You’ll make a fine Valkyrie.”
I’ll see you again next Monday for Part II of Chapter 27 of Shadow of Night. In the meantime, you can find us in our Facebook group or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to find the rest of the Real-Time Reading posts, you can check out our Episode List.
We still can’t believe it! Earlier this week, we had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Deb herself to talk about adapting Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches TV. It was such a tough secret to keep, but we think it’s well worth the wait. We’re so excited to share our conversation with you and for you to hear what Deb’s most looking forward to when S2 airs next year!