Episode 13 The Franks Casket
Things we talk about in this episode:
'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.
'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence
Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org
We have coffee
‘It’s 106 miles to Chicago and we’re wearing sunglasses’ - Blues Brothers (1980)
‘Thirteen! Thirteen!’ From the TV series Rome, Season 1, episode 11 ‘The Spoils’. (2005)
What exactly did happen to the 13th legion?
An introduction to the Franks Casket
Kate has the power
Tangent warning – The Scottish Play. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scottish_Play
Sir Augustus Franks is awesome
The Franks Casket aka The Auzon Casket
5 panels not six…
The replica right-hand panel
The carvings and inscriptions on the panels – Roman Christian, Jewish and Germanic legend images and inscriptions in four scripts.
The Far Side (by Gary Larson) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Far_Side
An explanation of shared cultural imagery and stories through Red Riding Hood – with a nod to Hoodwinked (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443536/ 2005)
The cat makes herself known
Which sack of Jerusalem exactly?
The Northumbrian connection
‘A box on legs’ Luggage from Discworld – Terry Pratchett http://discworld.wikia.com/wiki/The_Luggage
The front panel – the two images explained
The right-hand side – the Adoration of the Magi - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoration_of_the_Magi
The cat comes back
‘The magic of radio’ - “If I stand on your shoulders and then you stand on mine...” paraphrased from ‘The Histories of Pliny the Elder’ The Goon Show, series 7, episode 25, first broadcast in March 1957. http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/thegoonshow/
The front panel inscription – an Anglo-Saxon riddle
A sideways step into The Hobbit. Argh, chapter 5 isn’t ‘Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire’, it’s ‘Riddles in the Dark’ (by JRR Tolkien, 1937)
Kate solves the riddle
Too much complicated...
The left hand side – the story of Weyland. Why are there four and a half figures?
A quick retelling of the legend of Weyland the Smith https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayland_the_Smith
Dame Celia Molestrangler – the ‘Fiona and Charles’ sketches from Round the Horne (1965 - 1968)
The mystery deepens
A replica in the British Museum shop http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/sculpture/the-franks-casket-sculpture-british-museum-exclusive/invt/cmcr49940
Photographs of it on the British Museum website http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=92560&partId=1
To know or not to know…
How to find us online
Kate gets left on her own with the mic
Kate tells a thing about Star Wars
Suzanne gives her best Wookiee impression