The Sword Guy Podcast

Viruses and Bats with Emilia Skirmuntt

September 24, 2021

The Sword Guy Podcast, episode 72

Emilia Skirmuntt runs the Oxford branch of The School of the Sword, and in this episode we talk about running a school with different branches and specialisations, and improving diversity and inclusivity within historical martial arts schools.

Emilia is also a virologist at the University of Oxford, which brings up some topical questions about a certain virus. We talk about her fascinating research into virus-like genes in bat genomes and some truly game-changing theories about memories and consciousness.

Emilia has started a cookery blog, called The Corgi, The Princess and The Kitchen, which we also chat about in the podcast. The molecular gastronomy book that Guy refers to is: On Food And Cooking: The Science And Lore Of The Kitchen by Harold McGee.

You can find Emilia on Twitter @ESkirmuntt, or look out for her on Sky News and other news outlets where she is frequently interviewed about the pandemic.


For more information about the host Guy Windsor and his work, as well as transcriptions of all the episodes, check out his website at

And to support the show, come join the Patrons at


Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App