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''Bless that good, good woman who hung the crucifix round my neck! For it is a comfort and a strength to me whenever I touch it. '' - Dracula

In this episode Phoebe and Rachel discuss the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, and delve into the use and misuse of sacraments and sacramentals in the story. Also discussed is Eleanor Bourg Nicholson's novel A Bloody Habit which takes a more Catholic approach to the vampire story.

 

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson

Follow me on social media: @seekingwatson

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast

Follow Phoebe on Instagram: @phoebe_lucy_watson

Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com

 

Works Mentioned:

Dracula by Bram Stoker

A Bloody Habit by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

"Oh, the Horror!" by Tom Riley

"Bram Stoker’s Dracula" - Crisis Magazine

"Vampires, demons, and the cross: Catholicism and horror" by Deacon Steven D. Greydanus

"Cinemanemia or Revenge of the Bloodsucked" by Eleanor Bourg Nicholson

Delving into the mind of a catholic novelist with Eleanor Bourg Nicholson - Fountains of Carrots podcast

The Well and the Shallows by G.K. Chesterton

 

What We're Enjoying at the Moment

Phoebe: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Rachel: Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

"This seeming paradox reflects two concurrently pervasive - and strikingly contradictory - perspectives. One is to be engrossed by the past, the other to dispense with it."

The Past is a Foreign Country - Revisited

By David Lowenthal

We are delighted to welcome Catholic author and writer Fiorella de Maria. To find out more about her, and for links to all her titles visit her website:

https://www.fiorellademaria.com/

In this episode we discuss the issues that the modern age has in the ways in interacts with history, from sanitising the past in books and films to tearing down statues.

Works Mentioned:

See No Evil: A Father Gabriel Mystery by Fiorella de Maria 

The Abolition of Women by Fiorella de Maria (written under Fiorella Nash)

Poor Banished Children by Fiorella de Maria

"History Versus the Historians" Lunacy and Letters by G.K Chesterton

The Past is a Foreign Country - Revised Edition by David Lowenthal

The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley

The Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

"On The Incarnation" Introduction to Athanasius by C.S. Lewis

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature by C.S. Lewis

We'll Never Tell Them by Fiorella de Maria

 

Things We're Enjoying at the Moment

Fiorella: Spending time with family

Rachel: Vanilla Ice-cream Recipe in the Financial Times

 

 

“The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite"

In this episode Rachel and Phoebe discuss Susanna Clarke's new novel Piranesi. Set in a mysterious world, all contained in one vast house of marble statues and rising tides, the novel gives a wonderful opportunity to examine the way humans interact with the world around them.

 

Works Mentioned:

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, BBC miniseries

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

“This critique of progress was something I borrowed from CS Lewis” - Susanna Clarke, Interview in the Hindustani Times

Laudato Si, by Pope Francis

General Audience 17 January 2001, Pope John Paul II

"The Wobbly Chronology of Disenchantment" Church Life Journal, by Haley Stewart

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

"The House of Asterion" by Jorge Luis Borges

"The Library of Babel" by Jorge Luis Borges

 

Things We're Enjoying at the Moment

Phoebe: Season of Autumn

Rachel: The Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Often dismissed as 'the Dark Ages' of the Church before the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the Middle Ages was in fact a fascinating era for Christian preaching. Richly textual, highly informed, and even, entertaining, Fr Conor McDonough OP joins us on the podcast to discuss a Dominican perspective on preaching, especially in the Middle Ages, as well as the work of Humbert of Romans in his Treatise on Preaching.

 

“The Word Eclipsed?: Preaching in the Early Middle Ages” by R Emmet McLaughlin

Dominion by Tom Holland

Confessions by St Augustine

“Eynsham and Ælfric” Clerk of Oxford blog, Eleanor Parker

“Performing the Seven Deadly Sins: How One Late-Medieval English Preacher did it” by Alan J. Fletcher

Treatise on Preaching by Humbert of Romans

 

What we’re enjoying at the moment:

Fr. Conor: Pearl (poem)

Rachel: Farewell my Lovely by Raymond Chandler

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We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Lev to the podcast. Elizabeth is an acclaimed art historian based in Rome, and author of several books including How Catholic Art Saved the Faith: The Triumph of Beauty and Truth in Counter-Reformation Art.

In this episode we have a discussion about how early Christians evangelised to the Romans through art and architecture by highlighting continuity with Roman myth while also showing how Christianity redeemed and transfigured those earlier stories. We also talk about how that is a possible means of evangelising to people today.

Follow Elizabeth Lev:

Twitter: @lizlevrome

Instagram: @lizlevinrome

Website: elizabeth-lev.com

Elizabeth also runs Masters' Gallery Rome where you can join to get great lectures about Roman art.

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, 

Follow us on social media: @seekingwatson 

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast

Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com

Works Mentioned:

The Spirit of the Liturgy by Pope Benedict XVI

Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose by Flannery O'Connor

"Myth Became Fact", World Dominion by C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing."

In our first episode back after the summer Phoebe and Rachel discuss the sense of longing found in The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. 

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson

Follow me on social media: @seekingwatson

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast

Follow Phoebe on Instagram: @phoebe_lucy_watson

Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com

Works Mentioned

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (illus. Inga Moore)

Audiobook: Read by Michael Hordern

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

The Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis

‘Tinturn Abbey’ by William Wordsworth

‘The Buried Life’ by Matthew Arnold

‘The Day is Done’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Not That It Matters by A.A. Milne

Tolkien On Fairy-stories, expanded edition, edited by Verlyn Flieger and Douglas A. Anderson

The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Tolkien, Lewis, and The Wind in the Willows” by Roy Peachey, The Catholic World Reporter

“God’s Whispers in The Wind in the Willows” by Justin D Lyons, Bereans at the Gate

‘Little Gidding’ by T.S. Eliot

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Longing of the Wind in the Willows” by Chris Wheeler, The Rabbit Room

Beyond the Wild Wood by Alan Jacobs, First Things

 

What We’re Enjoying at the Moment

Phoebe: Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Rachel: Mount Usher Gardens

 

'The things I believed most then, the things I believe most now, are the things called fairy tales. They seem to me to be the entirely reasonable things.' G.K. Chesterton

In this episode Rachel and Phoebe discuss Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, why it's a great example of a fairy story and how fairy stories help us to know and love the world around us.

Upcoming Events: Great and Main Podcast,

Ignite Conference, Dominicans Cork

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson

Follow us on social media: @seekingwatson @phoebe_lucy_watson

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast

Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com

Works Mentioned:

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004, Studio Ghibli)

Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

‘The Ethics of Elfland’ Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

On Fairy-Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien

Cartoon Saloon: Celtic and Christian Coexistence - Risking Enchantment

‘Fairy Tales’ All Things Considered by G.K. Chesterton

‘Glory and Splendor - part 3: The Beauty of Language’ by Peter Kreeft

‘The Language of Beauty - part 4: Words and Things’ by Peter Kreeft

On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature by C.S. Lewis

 

What We’re Enjoying at the Moment

Phoebe:  Ad Limina: A Novella of Catholics in Space by Cyril Jones-Kellett

Rachel: Sherlock Holmes (1984 TV series), Sherlock Holmes (2009 film), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011 film), Sherlock (TV series).

“Somebody, after all, had to make a start.” - Sophie Scholl

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Greg Daly

Follow me on social media: @seekingwatson

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast

Follow Greg on social media: @GregDalyIC, @thirstygargoyle 

http://thethirstygargoyle.blogspot.com/

Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com

Works Mentioned:

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)

Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts by Clive James

‘The White Rose of Conscience’ Irish Catholic by Greg Daly

At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl

Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert

Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005) Review by Steven Greydanus, Decent Films

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Great War in Modern Memory by Paul Fussell

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

If This is a Man by Primo Levi

What We’re Enjoying at the Moment:

Greg:

Middlemarch by George Eliot

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Rachel:

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham (audiobook read by Michael Hordern)

"The young warrior awoke, dauntless from the dust, majesty arose, victorious and wise."

-The Descent into Hell

In this episode Chloe and Rachel discuss their love of Old English literature, along with three Old English poems on the theme of Easter: The Dream of the Rood, The Descent into Hell, and Christ II

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock and Chloe Colla

Follow us on social media: @seekingwatson and @ChloeAMDG

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast

Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com

Works and Authors mentioned:

Tolkien & the Anglo-Saxon Heritage of Beowulf

He Descended into Hell, Called to More

A Clerk of Oxford

The Healthy Wyrdness of the the Anglo-Saxons

Some Anglo-Saxon Easter Customs

The Dream of the Rood

"The Dream of the Rood" and the Practice of Penitential Meditation

The Institute of Catholic Culture: Dream of the Rood, A Poetic Vision of the Cross of Christ

'Steadfast Cross'

The Descent into Hell

'Open wæs þæt eorðærn': the Harrowing of Hell

Christ II

Christ the Bird and the Play of Hope: An Anglo-Saxon Ascension

 

What We're Enjoying at the Moment:

Chloe: The radio plays of Lord Peter Wimsey

Rachel: National Theatre at Home - Treasure Island, Frankenstein

 

 

“The music had such an extraordinary force of reality that we realized, no longer by deduction, but by the impact on our hearts, that it could not have originated from nothingness, but could only have come to be through the power of the Truth that became real in the composer's inspiration.”

Pope Benedict XVI

In this episode, Phoebe and Rachel discuss the great works of music that can help us enter into Holy Week, especially as many of us are not currently able to attend the liturgies.

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson

Follow us on social media: @seekingwatson @phoebe_lucy_watson

Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast

Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com

 

Works Mentioned:

Spirit of the Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Square Notes Podcast: Introduction to Gregorian Chant – with Dr. William Mahrt

NPR: Listen: The Sound Of The Hagia Sophia, More Than 500 Years Ago

The Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia by Cappella Romana

Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music in Divine Worship “Sing to the LORD a New Song” by Archbishop Alexander K. Sample

Square Notes Podcast: An Archbishop’s Reflections on Sacred Music – with Archbishop Alexander K. Sample

The Magnificat Online

Why Hollywood Matters - Barbara Nicolosi

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to Participants in the International Conference on Sacred Music

Pope Benedict’s Words After Receiving Honorary Doctorate in Castel Gandolfo

Benedict and Beethoven: The Outgoing Pope’s Musical Life

 

Musical Pieces:

Les Rameux (The Palms) by Fauré

(In English)

Requiem Mass by Fauré (Version listened to: Nigel Short, London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble and Tenebrae)

Lamentations of Jeremiah by Palestrina

Lamentations of Jeremiah by Tallis

Miserere mei, Deus by Allegri

Pange Lingua by Thomas Aquinas

Adoramus Te Devote by Thomas Aquinas

St John’s Passion by Bach

St Matthew’s Passion by Bach

Paul Hume, quoted in Music for Lent and Easter: St Matthew Passion by Bach

The Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn (Version listened to: Conducted by Nicholas Harnoncourt)

Stabat Mater by Vivaldi

The Lament of the Mother of God by John Tavener

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

At the Cross her Station Keeping

Jesus, Remember Me

Behold the Wood of the Cross

Resurrexit by Berlioz

The Messiah by Handel

Thine be the Glory

Westminster Mass by Panufnik

 

What We’re Enjoying at the Moment

 

Phoebe:

Embroidery and Home Crafts

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet

 

Rachel

Escape to the Countryside

Cheers

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