3. Kings, Banshees & Messengers, 1770


A sickly reverend in 1770 and an assassinated king in 1437 reveal uncomfortable truths about death, one of its particular messengers, and why their presence is found across centuries.

Messengers of death are a common feature in countless cultures. In this episode, I explore the thematic roots of banshees through retellings of famous encounters with them. There is more to it than a vivid imagination, and far more truth at the heart of the nightmare than we might expect.