PONTIFACTS
60. Silverius

60. Silverius

October 7, 2019

 Pope Silverius, son of Pope Hormisdas assumed the papacy in a very unconventional way - and it's not nepotism! In his episode, we discuss King Theodahad's scramble to stave off Emperor Justinian, plots to make the papacy Monophysite friendly, and another seige on Rome. Come for the schemes, stay for the ultimate scandal!

59. Agapetus I

59. Agapetus I

September 30, 2019

In this episode, we talk about the controversial upheaval of the Ostrogothic Kingdom, the arrival of the Imperial John Wick, new precedents set in Constantinople, and some really negative feelings about mustache preservation.

58. John II

58. John II

September 23, 2019

ope John II AKA "Poor Devil" was the first pope to take a pontifical name! In this episode, we discuss the first crackdown on simony in the church, the budding relationship of the church and Emperor Justinian, and long long men (listen to the end!)

57. Boniface II

57. Boniface II

September 16, 2019

Pope Boniface is the pope who was never supposed to be, and is only accepted on a technicality. In his episode, we discuss the outcomes of popes choosing their own successors, an extremely complicated but short lived antipapacy, and the sexiest of oranges.

56. Felix IV

56. Felix IV

September 9, 2019
Pope Felix IV is our third, not fourth Pope Felix, but thanks to the previous antipope, the naming conventions remain all out of whack. In his episode, we'll discuss the new faces of the Ostrogothic Kingdom, ecclesiastical immunity, the reappearance of Semi-Pelagianism, and how much gold Fry owns.
Announcement: Sound Education 2019

Announcement: Sound Education 2019

September 3, 2019

Pontifacts is appearing at Sound Education Conference this year, giving a talk on the wildest papal elections in history!

Sound Education is October 9-12 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Find out more here:
https://www.soundeducation.fm/

Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sound-education-2019-an-educational-audio-conference-tickets-58605170643

55. John I

55. John I

September 2, 2019

Pope John I, aka "Blue Hook", was an old man by the time he was elected to the papacy - which made King Theoderic's demands on him all the more unreasonable. In his episode, we will discuss the shifting dynamic between the Ostrogothic West and the newly re-orthodox Byzantine East, new expressions of papal primacy in Constantinople, and what happens when you accomplish exactly what a paranoid jealous king wanted you to do.

54. Hormisdas

54. Hormisdas

August 26, 2019
 Pope Hormisdas is one of the greatest papal peacemakers in history, and for this, he will have a significant 1500 year legacy. In this episode, we discuss the cagey negotiations with Emperor Anastasius, the final end of the Acacian Schism, and the end of persecution in the Vandal Kingdom.
 
Make sure you listen to the end for Deacon Dad reading the Formula of Hormisdas!
 
 
 
53. Symmachus

53. Symmachus

August 19, 2019

Symmachus comes into the papacy after an extreme divide between the Pro-Byzantine and Pro-Ostrogothic factions. And divides usually lead to antipopes! In this episode, we'll discuss the Laurentian Schism, the lasting implications of the Palmary Synod, and what happens during 4 years of violence.

Bonus Episode: Dante’s Sixth Ring of Hell

Bonus Episode: Dante’s Sixth Ring of Hell

August 12, 2019

Poor maligned Pope Anastasius II is forever immortalized in one of the most famous literary works of all time - Dante's Inferno! Join us as we introduce Dante and the Divine Comedy, and explore the sixth ring of hell, reserved for blasphemers and heretics. This is where Anastasius lives now.