PONTIFACTS
74. John IV

74. John IV

March 2, 2020

We rolled a pretty euphemistic nickname for this pope. In his episode, we discuss the latest developments in the monothelite controversy, gentle defenses for Pope Honorius, and Slavic invasions in newly-Christianizing Dalmatia.

Potatoes.

(Bry is still struggling with coughs and respiratory stuff, apologies for weird sounds.)

73. Severinus

73. Severinus

February 24, 2020

Monothelitism is on the rise, and Pope Honorius's gag order hasn't held the discussion at bay. So when Severinus is elected to the papacy, he will be faced with a choice: cooperate, or not be pope. In his episode, we discuss the Ecthesis, a Roman-Byzantine standoff, cloacas, and how little we know about Tinder.

Check out https://everypope.wordpress.com/ for some cool pope pictures we mentioned on the show.

72. Honorius I

72. Honorius I

February 17, 2020

Pope Honorius has one of the most unique legacies in the history of the papacy, making him the subject of debate all the way through to the first Vatican Council in 1870. In his episode, we discuss monumental restoration efforts in Rome, disruptions in Lombard rule, connections throughout the universal church, and a new heresy with posthumous consequences.

Besmirch the besmirchers.

71. Boniface V

71. Boniface V

February 10, 2020

Boniface is our first Neopolitan pope, but he is certainly the vanilla. In his episode, we'll discuss the origin of church sanctuary and its first universal implementation, a rebellion in the exarchate that put Rome under direct threat, and the continued expansion of English evangelization.

70. Adeodatus I

70. Adeodatus I

February 3, 2020

Adeodatus, or Deusdedit, was the first priest elected to be the Pope since John II, and he held the first ordinations for new priests since the beginning of Pope Gregory's papacy. In his episode, we discuss the rebellion in the exarchate of Ravenna, preview the instability in the Lombard Kingdom, investigate the first papal bullae, and get up front and personal with leprosy.

69. Boniface IV

69. Boniface IV

January 20, 2020

Boniface was a protégé of Pope Gregory, and he maintained a very Gregorian tone during his papacy. Which makes sense, since he was doing all the work anyway. In his episode, we'll discuss the conversion of the Pantheon from a pagan temple to a Catholic basilica, the first visit of an English bishop to Rome, a return to a long, long, never-ending issue, and part-time popery.

68. Boniface III

68. Boniface III

January 13, 2020
Pope Boniface shone where his predecessor failed. He was a successful apocrisiary, an influential pope, and was able to achieve something that several previous popes could not. In his episode, we'll revisit the Ecumenical Patriarch controversy, re-reform papal election protocol, and call out 'Roman extraction'.
 
(And thank you to Chris Cree for the Popeslap!)
67. Sabinian

67. Sabinian

January 6, 2020

Pope Sabinian is the anti-Gregory, in every possible way. He had a bad time in Constantinople, and then a worse time in Rome. He replaced monks with clerics in ecclesiastical roles, and made a massive error in judgment that made him one of the most despised popes of the era. But at least he will have one of the strangest papal deaths of all time!

Bonus Episode: Dante’s Sixth Sphere of Heaven

Bonus Episode: Dante’s Sixth Sphere of Heaven

January 3, 2020

Is it any surprise that Pope Gregory the Great ended up with a place in Dante's Paradiso? And yet, he is never named! Join us as we introduce the spheres of paradise, and explore the sixth sphere, reserved for the just rulers. We'll parse out where the pope appears, and deal with a singing eagle eyeball.

Crossover: Quest Friends! The Frozen Factory Pt. 2

Crossover: Quest Friends! The Frozen Factory Pt. 2

December 24, 2019

Pope Abstemius was dealt a pretty bad hand, as far as Amber Popes go. Following Durranet's ill-fated crusades, Abstemius was stuck with an Order of Truth that no one really cared for and a rival that undermined his every action. In his two-part episode, we'll discuss Abstemius's return to classic traditions, his relationship with the foolhardy antipope Paloma, and the magic of something called "Christmas."

(Bry and Fry play Numenera! We had an absolute blast with the wonderful cast of Quest Friends!, playing as the Amber Pope and Antipope in the fractured Order of Truth)

Listen to Quest Friends! https://questfriendspodcast.com

The cockatoo video Kyle references: https://youtu.be/CEQuDyuQFKE

Intro music by Miracle of Sound Friends (YouTube: https://youtu.be/uH-8TDe5s-E, Bandcamp: https://miracleofsound.bandcamp.com/track/friends-2)

Music Credits

"Derp Away" by Liam Priestnall: https://youtu.be/SLpef-yVKL4

"Rainy day Short Ver." by Souichi Sakagami: https://tandess.com/en/music/free-material/data/rainy-day-short.html

Additional Music from Motion Array: https://motionarray.com