Historical Blindness

Historical Blindness
Hosted by Nathaniel Lloyd
A podcast that explores obscure and mysterious topics in history in order to examine history's relevance and reliability.
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Blind Spot: Babes in the Wailing Wood

This investigation into a nursery rhyme and whether it was inspired by a true crime or a folk legend was prompted by a digression in the last episode on the Green Children of Woolpit, and it turned out to be something of a rabbit hole on its own merit. Visit the blog post at historicalblindness.com to view imagery and click through to source reading. 




The Lost Youth of St. Martin’s Land, or Woolpit’s Green Children

The Lost Youth of St. Martin's Land, or Woolpit's Green Children thumbnail Historical Blindness

May 29, 2018 • In this episode, we study a ubiquitous folk tradition, the Green Children of Woolpit, First we consider its origins and its transmission through the ages, evaluating the qualities...

| May 29, 2018

Blind Spot: The Beloved Disciple and the Authorship of John

Blind Spot: The Beloved Disciple and the Authorship of John thumbnail Historical Blindness

May 15, 2018 • A brief look at a New Testament mystery, this one is not only a companion piece to the last episode on the Man in the Iron Mask, being that it's also about a historically...

| May 15, 2018

Eustache Dauger, the Secret Prisoner in the Velveteen Mask (aka the Man in the Iron Mask)

Eustache Dauger, the Secret Prisoner in the Velveteen Mask (aka the Man in the Iron Mask) thumbnail Historical Blindness

May 1, 2018 • I lead an investigation into the legend of the Man in the Iron Mask, tracing the lore as it evolved and looking into all the usual suspects. Visit the Historical Blindness blog...

| May 1, 2018

Blind Spot: The Secret of Rennes-le-Château and Abbé Saunière’s Riches

Blind Spot: The Secret of Rennes-le-Château and Abbé Saunière’s Riches thumbnail Historical Blindness

April 17, 2018 • Continuing my investigation of the mystery profiled in the last episode, I take a closer look at the riddle of Abbé Saunière’s wealth and the legends of treasure at...

| April 17, 2018

The Priory of Sion and the Quest for the Holy Grail, or Lincoln’s Links and Plantard’s Plans

The Priory of Sion and the Quest for the Holy Grail, or Lincoln's Links and Plantard's Plans thumbnail Historical Blindness

April 3, 2018 • A look at a historical mystery that spiderwebs into hoax and pseudo-history, involving hidden treasure, ancient codes, secret societies, and a cover-up to obscure the true Easter...

| April 3, 2018

The Marian Apparition of Guadalupe and Her Fantastical Portrait

The Marian Apparition of Guadalupe and Her Fantastical Portrait thumbnail Historical Blindness

March 20, 2018 • In this episode, we study of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the legend of the Marian apparition behind it. As with our study of the Turin Shroud, we look closely at the...

| March 20, 2018

The Turin Shroud: Divine Likeness or Bogus Relic?

The Turin Shroud: Divine Likeness or Bogus Relic? thumbnail Historical Blindness

March 6, 2018 • In this episode, we take a look at the most studied artifact in history: the cloth said to be the burial shroud of Christ, which bears a mysterious image believed by many to be...

| March 6, 2018

Blind Spot: The Great Los Angeles Air Raid and the Secret Memos of Majestic 12

Blind Spot: The Great Los Angeles Air Raid and the Secret Memos of Majestic 12 thumbnail Historical Blindness

February 19, 2018 • An examination of the so-called Battle of Los Angeles, when during WWII LA believed it was under attack. Also, a brief discussion of the conspiracy theory that would paint the...

| February 19, 2018

A Brief History of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

A Brief History of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena thumbnail Historical Blindness

February 6, 2018 • In this overview of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, we take a look at difficult to explain sightings in the sky from Ancient Egypt through to the age of ballooning....

| February 6, 2018

Blind Spot: Three Men Gone from Eilean Mor, the Missing Keepers of the Flannan Isles Light

Blind Spot: Three Men Gone from Eilean Mor, the Missing Keepers of the Flannan Isles Light thumbnail Historical Blindness

January 23, 2018 • An examination of the Great Lighthouse Mystery, in which three lighthouse keepers mysteriously vanished from a barren island far off the coast of Scotland in December of 1900....

| January 23, 2018

The Carroll A. Deering, Ghost Ship of Cape Hatteras

The Carroll A. Deering, Ghost Ship of Cape Hatteras thumbnail Historical Blindness

January 9, 2018 • In this episode, I share a twisty tale of a ghost ship featuring mutineers and pirates in the modern era. This episode's topic was chosen in response to a patron poll that...

| January 9, 2018

Blind Spot: The Terrible within the Small; or, The Fabrication of the Learned Elders of Zion and the Forgery of Their Protocols

Blind Spot: The Terrible within the Small; or, The Fabrication of the Learned Elders of Zion and the Forgery of Their Protocols thumbnail Historical Blindness

December 26, 2017 • In this companion piece to my last episode on the blood libel, I expose the 19th and 20th centuries' conspiracy theories attributing plots of global domination to the Jews. The...

| December 26, 2017

Bloody Libel; or, the Slaughter and Sacralization of Young William of Norwich

Bloody Libel; or, the Slaughter and Sacralization of Young William of Norwich thumbnail Historical Blindness

December 12, 2017 • In this exploration of one of the darkest and most destructive myths in history, I examine the blood libel, the accusation that Jews of the Middle Ages and beyond ritually...

| December 12, 2017

The Specter of Devil Worship, Part Two

The Specter of Devil Worship, Part Two thumbnail Historical Blindness

October 31, 2017 • In part two of a Halloween special, Mike Brown and I continue to scrutinize claims of devil worship throughout history. Go back and listen to part one, if you haven't already....

| October 31, 2017

The Specter of Devil Worship, Part One

The Specter of Devil Worship, Part One thumbnail Historical Blindness

October 24, 2017 • This special two-part crossover Halloween edition explores the Satanic Panic and accusations of devil worship throughout history. Special thanks goes out to our guest co-host,...

| October 24, 2017

Jubal Early’s Lost Cause

Jubal Early's Lost Cause thumbnail Historical Blindness

October 10, 2017 • As a bit of a warning for any Southern patrons, I tackle some major myths in Southern and Civil War history in this episode, and there is the possibility it may offend those who...

| October 10, 2017

Blind Spot: The Loss of Theodosia Burr Alston

Blind Spot: The Loss of Theodosia Burr Alston thumbnail Historical Blindness

September 26, 2017 • In this companion piece to Episode 11, I detail the later misfortunes of Aaron Burr and explore the further mystery of his daughter's disappearance at sea and the many versions of...

| September 26, 2017

The Trial of Levi Weeks for the Murder of Elma Sands

The Trial of Levi Weeks for the Murder of Elma Sands thumbnail Historical Blindness

September 12, 2017 • This episode provides an account of America's first "Trial of the Century," a murder mystery involving both Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton that, as our first documented court...

| September 12, 2017

Blind Spot: Swift’s Lost Silver Mine and Dorr’s River of Gold

Blind Spot: Swift's Lost Silver Mine and Dorr's River of Gold thumbnail Historical Blindness

August 29, 2017 • As a companion piece to our story on Mulhatton, we take a look at some other fabulous caves full of hidden treasure that may have been total fabrications....

| August 29, 2017

Joseph Mulhatton: The Liar Laureate of the World

Joseph Mulhatton: The Liar Laureate of the World thumbnail Historical Blindness

August 15, 2017 • In this episode, we take a look at the fake news of the late 19th century, focusing on the life and work of one of the greatest hoaxers who ever lived. After a brief overview of...

| August 15, 2017

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