The Sword Guy Podcast episode 65

Dr. Amanda Taylor is a Research Fellow at the Oakeshott Institute and a Research Affiliate at the Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota. She is the author of several academic papers such as The Body of Law: Bodies, Combat and Rhetoric in Sir Thomas Mallory's Quest for Justice and the forthcoming Domesticating War: Women, Medicine and Military Activity in Premodern Europe. She has presented at conferences on topics such as martial women and political power in Shakespeare's history plays and battlefield wounds and treatment in English and Italian sixteenth century epic romances and surgical practise. As well as all that, she works for a medical equipment company.

In our conversation we cover lady knights, battlefield wounds, PTSD in returning soldiers, academic publishing, and more. It’s quite a wide ranging one!

These are the books recommended in this episode:

  • Tamora Pierce: Song of the Lioness Quartet

Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene

Ludovico Ariosto: Orlando Furioso

Matteo Maria Boiardo: Orlando Innamorato

Elizabeth Lev: The Tigress of Forli: The Life of Caterina Sforza

More information on Amanda’s Ph.D., Fabricating the Martial Body: Anatomy Affect and Armour in Early Modern England and Italy, can be found here:

Amanda has a love for armour, and her favourite is the Lion Armour, which can be found at the Royal Armouries:

Here’s Guy’s favourite Avant Armour:


Amanda mentions Craig Johnson a few times, and if you would like to listen again to his episode, it’s episode 33.


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