Did That Really Happen?

Did That Really Happen?


The movie podcast for history nerds. Every week, historians Jamie and Sofia talk about a different historical film and take a deep dive into the parts that did and didn’t really happen. In each episode, we try to answer the big questions: Is this good history? Is this a good movie? And are those the same thing? To get in touch, send us an email at DidThatReallyHappenPod@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter @ReallyHappenPod. You can also support the show by visiting Patreon.com/DidThatReallyHappen Our theme music is “Allon Gay Gay”, performed by Jon Sayles.

This week we’re traveling back to Regency England with Sense and Sensibility! Join us for a discussion of pineapples, the Bill and Ted Test, Regency medicine, the Porcupine newspaper, the late great Alan Rickman, and more!


Regency Doctors:

Brittany Pladek, “A Variety of Tastes: The Lancet in the Early-Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 85, 4 (2011)
“The Physician in the 19th Century,” Jane Austen’s World, available at https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2008/05/17/the-physician-in-the-19th-century/
MJD Roberts, “The Politics of Professionalization: MPs, Medical Men, and the 1858 Medical Act,” Medical History 53, 1 (2009)
Michael Ashley Stein et al, “Expert Testimony in Nineteenth Century Malapraxis Actions,” American Journal of Legal History 55, 2 (2015)

Regency Hair and the Bill and Ted Test:

Rachelle Hampton, “Does Your Favorite Period Drama Pass the Bill and Ted Test?” Slate, available at https://slate.com/culture/2020/04/regency-movie-costumes-bill-and-ted-test.html
“Pictorial History of Regency Hairstyles,” Jane Austen’s World, available at https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/tag/regency-hairstyle/

The Porcupine:

“Porcupine’s Gazette” George Washington’s Mount Vernon https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/porcupine-s-gazette/
“London Porcupine and Antigallican Monitor Newspaper Archives October 26, 1801 Page 1” https://newspaperarchive.com/london-porcupine-and-antigallican-monitor-oct-26-1801-p-1/
James Madison, The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series (1986). Google Books snippet view.
Edward Smith, William Cobbett: A Biography In Two Volumes, Vol. 1 London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1878. Gutenberg E-book. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/49844/49844-h/49844-h.htm#CHAPTER_XI
Ian Dyck, “Cobbett, William (1763-1835)” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (September 2004). https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/5734


Bethan Bell, “The rise, fall, and rise of the status pineapple,” BBC News (2 August 2020). https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-53432877
Ruth Levitt, “‘A Noble Present of Fruit’: A Transatlantic History of Pineapple Cultivation,” Garden History 42:1 (Summer 2014): 106-119. https://www.jstor.org/stable/24636289
Christopher J. Natali, “Was Northanger Abbey’s General Tilney Worth His Weight in Pineapples?” Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line 40:1 (2019).
Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 8.0, 12 March 2021), July 1807, trial of JOHN GODDING, alias GODWYN (t18070701-60).

John Godding, https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/life?id=obpt18070701-60-defend643

Film Background:

Sense and Sensibility, IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114388/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
“10 Confusing Movie End Credits Finally Explained,” WhatCulture.com, available at https://whatculture.com/film/10-confusing-movie-end-credits-finally-explained?page=9

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