Jan 24 • 1HR 7M

PODCAST Silky Stories (Part 1)

ANNETTE ALOUD Why Gross Little Silkworms Mattered So Much in Early Spanish America, and Why We Should Care

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Annette Laing
Podcast versions of historian Annette Laing's Annette Tells Tales posts at Non-Boring History, read aloud in Annette's inimitable British accent.
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Silkworms on mulberry leaves
Happy silkworms feasting on yummy mulberry leaves. Gold ring for scale. Image: Source
How Long is This Podcast? 1 hour, four minutes. You get good value at NBH!

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Today, here’s your chance to listen to the first part of my epic two-parter on Unravelled Dreams, historian Dr. Ben Marsh’s book on the rise of sericulture (silkworm farming) Yeah, I know that doesn’t sound thrilling. But please trust me: It is, and investing your time will make you glad you did. And Part 2 will seal the deal.

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Singing Silky Stories (Part 1: Spanish Version)
Hello from Annette I'm not a silk fan. I only once gave into temptation, splurging on a silk blouse. I immediately regretted it as soon as I realized I couldn't just chuck it in the washing machine. Okay, I was just trying to break it to you gently that today's subject is silkworm farming…
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Here’s industrial-scale silkworm cultivation today, in Japan:

Part 2 of the podcast will appear soon, when we’ll follow the silkworms’ tale to England and Virginia. It’s a whole other story.

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