You can listen to Episode 4 of Season 3 of The WPHP Monthly Mercury, "The Canterbury Fails x The WPHP Monthly Mercury: MONKS!!!" on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and other podcast apps, available via Buzzsprout.

What do the medieval period and the Romantic period have in common? Well, at the very least, badly behaved monks. In Episode 4 of Season 3 of The WPHP Monthly Mercury, hosts Kate Moffatt and Kandice Sharren team up with David Coley and Matt Hussey and their podcast, The Canterbury Fails, for our first-ever crossover episode. 

Join your eighteenth- and nineteenth-century hosts as they dive into The Chorister’s Lament—a Middle English alliterative poem—and revisit a WPHP team favourite, The Three Monks!!! (also featured in S1E5, “Of Monks and Mountains!!!” and Kate’s 2021 Spotlight, “A Gothic Ménage: Guénard, 'The Three Monks!!!', and Translation”) with two medievalists in tow.

The Canterbury Fails podcast is hosted by David Coley and Matt Hussey. If you'd like to hear more about little-read Old and Middle English poetry, you can find them on any reputable podcasting platform, including Apple Podcasts, Audible, and Spotify.



Produced by: Kandice Sharren, Kate Moffatt, and Michelle Levy

Mixed and mastered by: Alexander Kennard

Music by: Ignatius Sancho, “Sweetest Bard”, A Collection of New Songs (1769) from, and played by Kandice Sharren

David Coley, "The Canterbury Fails" (2021).


WPHP Records Referenced

Guenard, Elisabeth (person)

Sarrett, H.J. (person)

The Three Monks!!! (title)


Works Cited

Difford, Simon. Difford's Guide to Cocktails. Sixteenth edition. Diffordsguide, 2021.

Gagne, Josh and Alex Flynn. "Tea Cocktail: Sing Like a Bee." Imbibe Magazine, Oct. 26, 2018.

Utley, Francis Lee. "The Choristers’ Lament." Speculum, vol. 21, no. 2, Apr. 1946, pp. 194–202.



This podcast draws on research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.