Thursday, May 30, 2019

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 52! | Chapter Discussion about the All Souls Trilogy; Chapter 25 of Shadow of Night

Elizabeth I of England, The Sieve Portrait. See the original image + artist details, and public domain info here

Take 52 - The One With the Closet Raid

Description: Just when Diana was making Elizabethan London her home, someone is telling her it's best that she leaves! We meet Matthew's boss, William Cecil (nicknamed The Old Fox), and he brings with him advice for Diana; go back to Woodstock, and wait out the incoming storm. That storm has a name: Queen Elizabeth I. Instead, Matthew and Diana choose to stay and weather it with help from members of the School of Night, and Mary -- who arms Diana for battle during an epic closet raid! This is a long episode, so you know what to do. Indulge in shifts, take that extra long walk, or be covered for both ends of your commute! You choose! Enjoy!

SPOILER ALERT! We (The Daemons) approach this podcast with an assumption that the listener has read All Souls universe books, including the trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life), and  Time's Convert + snippits from The World of All Souls. If you haven't, and you don't mind, we certainly don't mind!  Please be advised, we will approach the television series (A Discovery of Witches) the same way as episodes are released in the US/Canada. ๐Ÿ˜Š  Let's do this. *Note - this podcast is labeled 'explicit'

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1. Show notes:

For newcomers to the series:
  • Our Daemon Guides to the All Souls Trilogy are available for download: ADOW, SON, TBOL 
  • If you'd like a ready-reference from the author herself, be sure to download the All Souls Real-Time Reading companion (free e-book at online booksellers via Penguin and Headline books). For a more in-depth view of the trilogy, The World of All Souls is available at all major book sellers, as well as the continuation volume into this world, Time's Convert.
  • Deborah Harkness usually conducts a real-time reading on her Facebook Page (starting in September), and shares her posts across social media. Check out her website for all of her social media links, and of course all that she has to offer her readers! Be sure to sign up for her newsletter while you are there!
  • To see what's available on the web as far as the All Souls universe fandom, check our links page.

A modern day version of arming for battle (on the red carpet vs. QE1's court!)
In this episode:
By the segment . . .
  • (00:16) Intro/Patreon sponsorship 
  • (02:41) Discusser emails/Speakpipe - Thank you, Lauren and Chloe
  • (06:02) Main discussion - see topic below
  • (1:08:34) Housekeeping - Thank you, Chelsea, Stephen and Sue!
  • (1:13:25) Save It For the Show - Topic: TV vs. book canon - Confusion with the Fusion!
  • (1:23:55) Promo break - scroll down, or click here to get a hold of us and/or become a Discusser -- information on joining our Facebook group also located on that page. Those of you with US numbers can text ADOW to 444999 to become a Discusser. 
  • (1:24:26) Last thoughts/Outro. 

The sleeves! Patterns available here: Nehelenia Patterns
Chapter 25, Shadow of Night
  • Diana gets home and she’s hangry!
  • Holy crap! Who is this old man? William Cecil — The Old Fox — a human and the Lord High Treasurer? Sir William? Nope. Lord Burghley.
  • Latin isn’t Valerie’s superpower ๐Ÿ˜–. Anyway…Diana tries to spout the Shirley motto to chill this old man out!
  • The Patriarchy rears its head. Bishops and women becoming them!
  • The Queen is bored. Get out of town! Lord Burghley is doing Diana a favor here.
  • Diana is not going to be run out of town. We agree! She's getting all settled!
  • Yeah, lady. Tell your husband I called, alright? *exit tottering old man*
  • Franรงoise: "SH*T!" “Dieu.” Franรงoise crossed herself, then forked her fingers against the evil eye for good measure. “He is an old soul. I do not like the way he looked at you. It is a good thing milord is not yet home. He would not have liked it either.”
  • Diana has tells too!
  • Huzzah! Juggling, Shakespeare, and out of Diana and Matthew’s hair! Bye kids!
  • The wooden spell box…we get distracted by the description!
  • The next day, it’s time to see the Queen! They are called to court.
  • The Queen is reminding them that there are laws against witchcraft, conjurations, and enchantments. Hmm, do you think she knows that Diana's a witch?! ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿป‍♀️
  • Appear in court or go to jail. Welp. That decides that. ๐Ÿš“
  • Mary to the rescue! She’s brought clothing, jewelry and battle armor!♘
  • The anatomy of an Elizabethan dress.
  • 4 women to dress a lady in two hours — to go to QE1’s court, or the Oscar’s! ๐Ÿ‘—
  • Harry Winston, or Mary’s jewelry box? We tend to think Mary’s coffer is more grand.๐Ÿ’Ž
  • Matthew was making a statement with his portrait miniature.
  • Time to meet the Queen! Hurry up! And sit. And wait. In the flowery funk.
  • We are finally admitted to see the Queen! Oy.
  • Let the passive-aggressive jockeying begin . . .
  • I see, and I am silent.
  • We meet that punk, Essex. ๐Ÿคจ
  • The Noblety™ are an odd lot. ⚔️
  • Time for Diana to talk to the Queen!
  • Gerbert! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ
  • Bess!
  • Court is like high school. Seriously. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • The real reason Elizabeth wants Edward Kelly back in town. ๐Ÿ”ฎ
  • PSA: No, Fernando does not have a book yet (nor has there been an announcement of one). Jean’s just way ahead of the rest of us! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  • Matthew strikes a bargain with the Queen. She agrees, as long as Diana stays behind to attend to her.
  • Mary to the rescue!
  • The Queen laments that Matthew no longer has time to plump up her ego. Be gone! Off with you! Out! ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ญ
  • Matthew on the subject of Prague: NOPE! Goody on the subject of Prague: ALL OF THE NOPES! Diana and Matthew have no choice, though.
  • The Empire Prague or bust!

Pye the Poppet (presented to Deb during a Shadow of Night signing in 2012)
Both photo and poppet © Karen Dower - the poppet was modeled after Diana Bishop
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