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Vulgar History

By Ann Foster
A feminist women's history comedy podcast about the scandalicious stories of people from olden times. Hosted by Ann Foster.
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Keeping Up With Les Mazarinettes
We all know by now how iconic Hortense Mancini was. Is it any wonder that the other Mazarinettes were just as cool? This week, we tie up the Hortense saga with a look at the stories of Anna Marie Martinozzi, Laura Martinozzi, Laura Mancini, Olympe Mancini, Marie Mancini, and Marianne Mancini along with Boy Mazarinette Philippe Mancini. Between these seven we have: one musketeer, two accused poisoners, one iconic courthouse strut, one nighttime fleeing from the law, at least one pretty cool husband, at least one escape from a convent, and more! References: Wikipedia The Affair of the Poisons by Anne Somerset  Love and Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781400033744 The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and Her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895 https://partylike1660.com/marie-mancini-princesse-colonna/ Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
51:25
August 24, 2022
Hortense Mancini, Duchess du Mazarin: part five
This episode gets into Hortense's final years, which involve: two mother-daughter reunions, how she dealt with three rapid changes in who the monarch is, CM continuing to be the best best friend to ever friend, and of course, her scandilicious score!! Content warning: discussion of suicide starts at 47:01. If you want to skip ahead to the scoring, that starts at 57:31. References: Annalisa Nicholson's page at The Queen's College, University of Oxford https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/people/annalisa-nicholson Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895 https://www.thecambridgelanguagecollective.com/arts-and-culture/annalisa-nicholson https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/28/restoration-influencer-how-charles-iis-clever-mistress-set-trends-ahead-of-her-time Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:06:21
August 17, 2022
Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part four
Bonjour and welcome to Hortense's Salon Internationale! In this week's episode, we learn more about Hortense Mancini's time as Charles II's maitresse-en-titre, her relationship with Charles's daughter Anne Lennerd, her love of swordfighting, her self-sabotaging affair with Louis I of Monaco, and her platonic life partner Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis, seigneur de Saint-Évremond aka CM, and overall her new era as Renaissance Influencer. And the story doesn't end here! Next week we'll wrap up the Hortense Saga with her post-post Charles era, and finally see how she scores on the Fredegund memorial scale. References: Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter  The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895 https://www.winemag.com/2022/02/11/hortense-mancini-runaway-duchess-champagne/ https://www.thecambridgelanguagecollective.com/arts-and-culture/annalisa-nicholson https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/28/restoration-influencer-how-charles-iis-clever-mistress-set-trends-ahead-of-her-time Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:01:02
August 10, 2022
Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part three
So in 1675, Hortense Mancini fled France to hang out in London during the Restoration era. She truly took the city by storm with her superpowered beauty and scandalous ways. But in order to appreciate just what an effect she had, we need to talk for a minute about what London was like P.H. (Pre-Hortense). This week we learn about what Charles II had been up to since he unsuccessfully tried to marry teen Hortense (like being a volunteer firefighter, sexy Captain Hook impersonator, and oh yeah being the literal King) as well as info about his mistresses Moll Davis, Nell Gwyn, Barbara Villiers, and Louise de Kéroualle AND also the jewel heist saga of Thomas Blood.  References:  Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895  https://www.historyextra.com/period/stuart/sex-scandals-and-betrayals-charles-ii-and-his-court/ article by RE Pritchard  Leading Ladies: the many mistresses of Charles II wielded real political power by Annalisa Nicholson (History Extra magazine)  Rex Factor podcast about Charles II https://play.acast.com/s/rexfactor/44.charlesii-restoration-  Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
58:43
August 03, 2022
Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part two
In the next thrilling installment of the saga of Hortense Mancini, our heroine escapes from her awful husband with the help of her brother and sister, becomes the most popular muse in Rome/Europe, has a not-so-secret sexy affair with a servant, and writes her memoirs (all before age 29). And she's just getting started! Featuring special guest narrative: what her sister Marie had been up to since being forced to consciously uncouple from Louis XIV. References: Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895 Marie Mancini: writing for her life, by Sarah Nelson https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20563035.2021.1898863 Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
49:38
July 27, 2022
Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part one
Hortense Mancini appeared one day with Sailor Moon buns and such a fascinating Wikipedia entry I had to make room for her in this internationale season.  Her story is like if you did a Frankenstein thing of putting together all the most scandilicious bits of every story ever on Vulgar History ever before into one story, because it's all here! Wearing a pants disguise! Breaking new ground for women in publishing! Putting on plays in which she plays the main part! A terrible husband! Lovers! Outfits!   Here in part one we learn about Hortense (incl how to pronounce her name), her sisters, brother, and cousins, her terrible husband, and set the scene with some important people who will show up in later episodes. Content warning: discussion of the details of her abusive husband and marriage begin at around 37:30. You can skip that and still listen to future bits of Hortense's story! References: Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895 Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:07:54
July 20, 2022
Kristina of Sweden, part four
In the conclusion of this Kristina of Sweden four-part saga, our heroine finds that her can't-be-tamed #JustBeingMiley personality can get in the way of her plans to take over Naples, Sweden, and Poland. But she gets a new house, drinks so much orange juice, and continues living this perplexing life that truly can't be described any way but EPIC. References: Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric by Veronica Buckley bookshop.org/a/1419/9780060736187 History of Yesterday article by Ira Larsdotter https://historyofyesterday.com/queen-kristina-of-sweden-causing-controversies-just-for-fun-dca26cb7a44a Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:01:44
July 13, 2022
Kristina of Sweden, part three
This episode finds Kristina of Sweden entering her BANGERZ era as she a) shaves her head b) is a wrecking ball all over Rome as she ponders how to live as a Freelance Queen/King. She meets some new friends (some of whom aren't grifters), is surprisingly chill about other peoples' religions, goes TITS OUT both with her collection of erotic artwork AND her neckline, and, fully just vibes out with the electric enthusiasm of a recently escaped bear that's been held captive indoors. References: Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric by Veronica Buckley bookshop.org/a/1419/9780060736187 History of Yesterday article by Ira Larsdotter https://historyofyesterday.com/queen-kristina-of-sweden-causing-controversies-just-for-fun-dca26cb7a44a Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:11:10
July 06, 2022
Kristina of Sweden, part two
If this was an episode of Friends, it would be called THE ONE WHERE SHE YEETS THE CROWN. Picking up from part one, Kristina is Teen Queen/King of Sweden and her main focus is doing the opposite of what Axel Oxenstierna wants her to do. But the more she remains Queen/King, the more she starts to channel Belle from Beauty and the Beast, wanting adventures in the great wide somewhere. And so, as Big Freedia says in the latest Beyonce song, time for her to release her job! References:  Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric by Veronica Buckley bookshop.org/a/1419/9780060736187 History of Yesterday article by Ira Larsdotter https://historyofyesterday.com/queen-kristina-of-sweden-causing-controversies-just-for-fun-dca26cb7a44a Info about how to take action after the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs Wade is at http://podvoices.help Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:07:05
June 29, 2022
Kristina of Sweden, part one
Kristina of Sweden, like her distant ancestress Princess Cecilia of Sweden, wasn't going to let being a Swedish Royal get in the way of her just vibing out and doing wtf she wanted. In part one, we learn about her parents, the non-typical manner in which she was brought up, and the first years of her reign. We also talk a bit about her gender identity and the longstanding rumours that she may have had intersex traits. Learn more about intersex people at InterAct Advocates for Intersex Youth: interactadvocates.org Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness: How Can We Put The "I" In LGBTQIA+?: www.earwolf.com/episode/how-can-we-put-the-i-in-lgbtqia-with-alicia-roth-weigel/ References:  Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric by Veronica Buckley bookshop.org/a/1419/9780060736187 Queer as Fact podcast https://queerasfact.podbean.com/e/christina-of-sweden/  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:12:31
June 22, 2022
La Chevalière d'Éon (with Maya Deane)
We're joined by author Maya Deane (Wrath Goddess Sing) to talk about La Chevalière d'Éon, an audacious and incredibly interesting trans woman from 18th century France who was a spy, soldier, author, celebrity, and overall icon. Along the way, Maya also shares the stories of Joseph Boulange Le Chevalier De Saint-Georges, the Abbé de Choisy/Comtesse de Barres, Prince Philippe, and Achilles herself!  Learn more about Maya and her book Wrath Goddess Sing, including links to buy a copy, at mayadeane.com Buy a copy of Wrath Goddess Sing from Bookshop --> bookshop.org/a/1419/9780063161184  References:  Queer as Fact podcast queerasfact.podbean.com/e/the-chevaliere-deon-part-1 and queerasfact.podbean.com/e/the-chevaliere-deon-part-2/  Article by Hugh Ryan www.them.us/story/chevalier-d-eon-trans-woman  Article by Emma Powys Maurice www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/06/26/chevalier-deon-transgender-spy-lgbt-history-pride/  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:14:18
June 15, 2022
Super Special: Let Me Be Frank (with Tracy Dawson)
We're joined by author Tracy Dawson, author of Let Me Be Frank: Women Who Dressed Like Men To Do Shit They Weren't Supposed To Do! This book is perfect for the tits out brigade, as it is funny and smart, with gorgeous pictures, Catalina de Erauso is it, and it's feminist as hell. Learn more about Tracy and her book at https://tracydawson.net/ Buy a copy of Let Me Be Frank wherever you get books (or borrow a copy from the public library!), but also if you buy it using this Bookshop link a bit of money will go towards Vulgar History: https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9780063061064 Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:02:29
June 08, 2022
Anne of Denmark
Anne of Denmark (1574-1619) was the second daughter of a loving family in Denmark, who had the misfortune to be married off to King James VI of Scotland AKA the second-worst man in British history (see: witch burnings, colonizing, translating the Bible to be more misogynistic, overall messiness).  Her life story includes: SO much drama, a super secret sexy religious conversion, NUMEROUS fabulous jewellery and fashion moments, and one majorly impressive grand entrance.  References:  This is the article I reference about if Anne was the super secret sexy Catholic patron of the Gunpowder Plot: https://www.historyextra.com/period/stuart/anne-of-denmark-queen-james-vi-i-wife-life/  And this is the article I wrote for Bitch magazine about how James I/VI was literally the worst: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/what-17th-century-witch-burnings-teach-us-about-evangelical-extremism  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History: bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory
01:15:05
June 01, 2022
Super Special: Tits Out Brigade Qs and As, part two
More Qs are A'd this week, including: my fav things to eat and drink, which VH heroines I'd like most to do various social things with, and tits out heroines from Canadian history! Here's further info about each of the Canadian heroines: Filles du Roi thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/filles-du-roi Thanadelthur thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/thanadelthur Marie-Joseph Angélique thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/marie-joseph-angelique Marie Marguerite Rose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Marguerite_Rose Emily Carr thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/emily-carr Viola Desmond thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/viola-desmond --- Learn more about the National Network of Abortion Funds at abortionfunds.org --- Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
40:36
May 25, 2022
Super Special: Tits Out Brigade Qs and As, part one
Because all the Internationále research is taking so much time, there isn't a new Vulgar History episode ready this week. But! I did have time to answer Qs from you, the Tits Out Brigade! You submitted questions via Patreon and social media, and I’m here with answers!  Click here for a list of all the books recommended in this episode: bookshop.org/lists/recommended-historical-fiction-78fdf7d3-a7e9-477c-8946-4d0416514506  Learn more about the National Network of Abortion Funds at abortionfunds.org  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
47:55
May 18, 2022
Doña Catalina de Erauso: Part Three (with Allison Epstein)
Special guest Allison Epstein (A Tip for the Hangman) joins us for this action-packed conclusion of this three-part saga of the Lieutenant Nun. This time featuring: a return to Spain, a meeting with The Pope (!!!) and, crucially, how will Catalina fare on the Scandilicious Scale??  Subscribe to Allison's newsletter Dirtbags Through the Ages at rapscallison.substack.com and follow Allison on Instagram @rapscallison and Twitter @rapscallison References: Lesbian historic motif podcast  Stuff you missed in history class podcast Deviant women podcast  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/how-basques-became-autonomous-community-spain?loggedin=true https://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/17/books/cross-dressing-for-success.html Memoir of a Basque Lieutenant Nun by Catalina de Erauso (translation by Michele Stepto and Gabriel Stepto)  The Life of Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun: An Early Modern Biography by Sonia Perez-Villanueva The Lieutenant Nun by Sherry Valasco Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
48:44
May 11, 2022
Doña Catalina de Erauso: Part Two (with Allison Epstein)
Special guest Allison Epstein (A Tip for the Hangman) joins us to discuss Doña Catalina de Erauso. Catalina was a 17th-century Spanish woman who became known as the Lieutenant Nun because she was a) raised in a convent and b) cross-dressed for success as a man in the Spanish army. She was also c) a dirtbag, d) potentially a serial killer, and e) wildly interesting to talk about. This episode also includes SO MANY LLAMAS so, heads up. Subscribe to Allison's newsletter Dirtbags Through the Ages at rapscallison.substack.com and follow Allison on Instagram @rapscallison and Twitter @rapscallison Lesbian historic motif podcast  Stuff you missed in history class podcast Deviant women podcast  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/how-basques-became-autonomous-community-spain?loggedin=true https://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/17/books/cross-dressing-for-success.html Memoir of a Basque Lieutenant Nun by Catalina de Erauso (translation by Michele Stepto and Gabriel Stepto)  The Life of Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun: An Early Modern Biography by Sonia Perez-Villanueva The Lieutenant Nun by Sherry Valasco Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
54:39
May 04, 2022
Doña Catalina de Erauso: Part One (with Allison Epstein)
Special guest Allison Epstein (A Tip For The Hangman) joins us to discuss Doña Catalina de Erauso. Catalina was a 17th-century Spanish woman who became known as the Lieutenant Nun because she was a) raised in a convent and b) cross-dressed for success as a man in the Spanish army. She was also c) a dirtbag, d) potentially a serial killer, and e) wildly interesting to talk about. That's why this is part one of a two-part super special!!! Subscribe to Allison's newsletter Dirtbags Through the Ages at rapscallison.substack.com and follow Allison on Instagram @rapscallison and Twitter @rapscallison References: Lesbian historic motif podcast  Stuff you missed in history class podcast  Deviant women podcast  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/how-basques-became-autonomous-community-spain?loggedin=true https://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/17/books/cross-dressing-for-success.html Memoir of a Basque Lieutenant Nun by Catalina de Erauso (translation by Michele Stepto and Gabriel Stepto)  The Life of Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun: An Early Modern Biography by Sonia Perez-Villanueva The Lieutenant Nun by Sherry Valasco  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:10:46
April 27, 2022
Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba: Part Two
Njinga, aka Nzinga, aka Ana de Sousa was one of the longest-reigning and most consequential monarchs in history. She ruled over Ndongo and Matamba (near modern-day Angola) for thirty-seven years and is an icon for women over age 40, queer people, and anyone who loves a fashion moment and a grand entrance. References: Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen by Linda Heywood Queer as Fact podcast queerasfact.com It's A Continent podcast itsacontinent.com Excuse My African podcast excusemyafrican.com The Humanity Archive podcast thehumanityarchive.com longreads.com/2019/10/03/queens-of-infamy-njinga/ Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
56:24
April 20, 2022
Njinga of Ndongo and Matamba: Part One
Njinga, aka Nzinga, aka Ana de Sousa was one of the longest-reigning and most consequential monarchs in history. She ruled over Ndongo and Matamba (near modern-day Angola) for thirty-seven years and NONE of those years was boring. She was a fashion icon, icon for women over age 40 getting shit done, an icon in Black history, an icon in African history, an icon in anti-colonialist history, and SO MUCH MORE. This week is the first half of her saga; next week we'll get into the second half, including how she will score on the scandilicious scale!! References: Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen by Linda Heywood It's A Continent podcast itsacontinent.com Excuse My African podcast excusemyafrican.com The Humanity Archive podcast thehumanityarchive.com longreads.com/2019/10/03/queens-of-infamy-njinga/
55:15
April 13, 2022
Hürrem Sultan (aka Haseki Sultan, aka Roxelana): Part Two
This is the second part of a two-part episode about Hürrem Sultan. It will make most sense if you listen to part one first! Hürrem Sultan, aka Haseki Sultan, aka Roxelana, was born around 1502 and was captured and sold into slavery as a young girl. She caught the attention of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and wound up shattering all kinds of glass ceilings for women, the enslaved, and concubines as she ascended to become his Queen.  As noted in the episode, this is a video from Bery Istantul Tips that includes Hürrem Sultan's tomb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQcHyHoZ9Ys&t=6s  References:  The Islamic History Podcast islamichistorypodcast.com/  The Ottoman History podcast ottomanhistorypodcast.com  Ottoman Lives podcast historyonthenet.com/ottoman-lives  Empress of the East: How A European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire by Leslie Peirce https://www.dailysabah.com/feature/2015/01/09/hurrem-sultan-a-beloved-wife-or-master-manipulator  https://listverse.com/2018/06/06/10-little-known-facts-from-the-crimean-slave-trade/  https://magnificentcentury.fandom.com/wiki/Hurrem_Sultan  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
57:14
April 05, 2022
Hürrem Sultan (aka Haseki Sultan, aka Roxelana): Part One
Hürrem Sultan, aka Haseki Sultan, aka Roxelana, was born around 1502 and was captured and sold into slavery as a young girl. She caught the attention of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and wound up shattering all kinds of glass ceilings for women, the enslaved, and concubines as she ascended to become his Queen.    References:   The Ottoman History podcast ottomanhistorypodcast.com Ottoman Lives podcast historyonthenet.com/ottoman-lives Empress of the East: How A European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire by Leslie Peirce  https://www.dailysabah.com/feature/2015/01/09/hurrem-sultan-a-beloved-wife-or-master-manipulator  https://listverse.com/2018/06/06/10-little-known-facts-from-the-crimean-slave-trade/  https://magnificentcentury.fandom.com/wiki/Hurrem_Sultan  https://www.youtube.com/c/BeryIstanbulTips/about  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:07:03
March 30, 2022
Malintzin (aka Doña Marina, aka La Malinche)
Malintzin (aka Doña Marina, aka La Malinche) was born in Mexico around 1500. Twice sold into slavery, she found a way to use her multilingualism and skill at diplomacy to make her indispensable to newly-arrived Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. In the aftermath of the Spanish conquest, Malintzin has been viewed alternately as victim, villain, seductress, folk legend, and myth. But who was the real person?  References:  Monstras podcast http://monstraspodcast.com/podcast/episode/4abc6788/la-malinche  Fifth Sun: A new history of the Aztecs by Camilla Townsend  Malintzin's Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico by Camilla Townsend  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter Buy Vulgar History Merch at http://vulgarhistory.store and use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:26:00
March 23, 2022
Sayyida al-Hurra ibn Banu Rashid
This week's internationàle destination is North Africa, by way of the Iberian Peninsula. Sayyida al-Hurra, who is known by that name even though it's not actually her name (it's all explained in the episode don't worry), was a refugee from Granada who helped makeover a ruined city, then was named its governor, and also hung out with a very famous (alleged) pirate!!   References:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayyida_al_Hurra   https://www.aramcoworld.com/Articles/January-2017/Malika-VI-Sayyida-Al-Hurra  https://insidearabia.com/sayyida-al-hurra-governor-pirate-queen-and-trailblazer/   Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe   A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly  The Forgotten Queens of Islam by Fatima Mernissi  The Making of the Modern Mediterranean: Views from the South edited by Judith E. Tucker Support Vulgar History on Patreon at http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter Buy Vulgar History Merch at http://vulgarhistory.store and use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
54:22
March 16, 2022
Inês de Castro
This week Vulgar History's Internationale travels bring us to 14th century Portugal, where Inês de Castro (1325-1355) was kind of a big deal. Her charisma and cleverness were such that she made her way from lady in waiting to the Prince's official mistress to the ZOMBIE QUEEN OF PORTUGAL. But you'll have to listen to the episode to find out how that all happened.  Make sure to take a look at instagram.com/vulgarhistorypod for pictures of the truly spectacular tombs mentioned in the episode!!  References:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In%C3%AAs_de_Castro  http://www.theroyalarticles.com/articles/71/1/Ines-de-Castro-The-Queen-Who-Was-Crowned-After-Death/Page1.html  https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/king-pedro-and-ines-de-castro/  https://www.iheart.com/podcast/stuff-you-missed-in-history-cl-21124503/episode/symhc-classics-ines-de-castro-and-89220558/  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Get Vulgar History merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOUT10 for 10% off your order  Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
48:54
March 09, 2022
Rani Didda of Kashmir
Welcome to season 5 of Vulgar History, where things are taking an internationàle flair, starting with this story from 10th century Kashmir! The saga of Rani Didda contains THREE coin minting moments, NUMEROUS mysterious deaths, and a new inductee to the Lady Jane Grey Memorial Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance. Donate to Doctors Without Borders References: https://feminisminindia.com/2019/05/13/queen-didda-kashmir/ https://swarajyamag.com/magazine/didda-controversial-queen-of-kashmir https://www.livehistoryindia.com/story/people/kashmirs-ruthless-queen-didda https://kashmirblogs.wordpress.com/tag/diddakshema/ https://www.everyculture.com/South-Asia/Kshatriya.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDKC3rFrFhQ  The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger Early India from the Origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar The Position of Women in Hindu Civilization by A.S. Altekar Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:10:37
March 02, 2022
Super Special: Interview with Shelley Puhak, author of The Dark Queens
I was so excited to talk all things Fredegund vs Brunhilde with Shelley Puhak, author of The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World.  Learn more about Shelley, her books, and upcoming events at shelleypuhak.com And if you, too want to own a "That's So Fredegund" tote bag, you can peruse that and other Vulgar History merch at vulgarhistory.store
43:45
February 23, 2022
Vulgar History presents: Vulgarpiece Theatre: Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Enjoy this preview of a new spinoff podcast, Vulgarpiece Theatre!  Every month or so, Ann Foster, Allison Epstein, and Lana Wood Johnson will rant our way through scandilicious costume dramas. First up: 1998's Shakespeare In Love aka Pantaloons All Akimbo aka the Daisy Dukes of Pantaloons. You can listen to new episodes of Vulgarpiece Theatre by joining the Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter at the Glorianas level ($5 per month).
01:40:32
January 26, 2022
Princess Cecilia of Sweden (Tits Out Festive Holiday Super Spectacular)
Sweden's Princess Cecilia was: a teenage party girl, short-lived BFF to Elizabeth I, leader of a pirate fleet, successful diplomat, a petty queen who lived for drama, and our newest tits out icon!! References: Allison Epstein's Dirtbags Through The Ages newsletter Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:11:34
December 15, 2021
Super Special: Interview: Lucy Jago, author of A Net For Small Fishes
Author Lucy Jago joins us to discuss her new book, A Net For Small Fishes. This historical fiction novel explores the real-life story of Frances Howard and her companion Anne Turner, both of whom were found guilty of involvement in the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. But real talk, if you've ever listened to this podcast you know who Frances Howard is. This is a book about her, our queen and icon!!  You can order A Net for Small Fishes wherever you like to buy books, including at Bookshop.org (for the book or eBook) and Libro.fm (for the audiobook). Learn more about Lucy Jago at http://lucyjago.com Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. 
01:15:36
November 17, 2021
Halloween Super Special: Catherine Monvoisin aka La Voisin
Catherine Monvoisin, aka La Voisin was a thriving entrepreneur/sorceress in 17th century France. She provided cosmetics, potions, charms, demonic rituals, and midwifery services to people of all classes. But one of her clients was the King’s mistress and they both got caught up in a witch hunt scenario called The Affair Of The Poisons.  References:  The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide & Satanism at the court of Louis XIV by Anne Somerset Strange Revelations: Magic, poison and sacrilege in Louis XIV’s France by Lynn Wood Mollenauer https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/la-voisin-frances-murderous-fortune-teller https://historyofyesterday.com/the-affair-of-the-poisons-cf31804b3e0 Recommended books on Bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory  Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter Vulgar History Merch - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order at vulgarhistory.store Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:17:36
October 28, 2021
Halloween Super Special: Mary Shelley: Goth Queen Mom Friend
Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the calm in the eye of the storm that was literally everyone in her life: her parents, her stepmother, her stepsister, her husband, her husband's BFF, literally EVERYONE was the most chaotic and she somehow stands out for just keeping it together all these years. She was the ultimate Goth Queen Mom Friend, casually invented a whole new genre of fiction/revolutionized English language literature while on the world's worst couples getaway and while dealing with perpetual pregnancy and grief. To say we stan is an understatement. References: In Search of Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:12:27
October 20, 2021
Halloween Super Special: Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England
Elizabeth Woodville was the first commoner AND the first English woman to marry an English King (in the most super secret sexy wedding ever??), but more importantly for Halloween reasons, was maybe descended from a mythical Luxembourgese mermaid-witch-goddess. References: Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England by Gemma Hollman Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
49:31
October 13, 2021
Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part Three
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with this three-part exploration of the legend that was FREDEGUND! Her story concludes with yet more innovative military victories, unrelenting badassery, and some info about how she lived during an Ice Age (???). Then comes the moment we're all waiting for: how will this one of a kind Queen score on the scandilicious scale? References: The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World by Shelley Puhak Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:05:14
September 29, 2021
Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part Two
In part two of this Super Special, we delve into Fredegund's Warrior Queen Era as well as learning more about her Wile E. Coyote-like relationship to Brunhilda. Also: absinthe! And: Breton stripes! References: The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World by Shelley Puhak Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:00:28
September 22, 2021
Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part One
Fredegund, Queen of Neustria was a 6th century enslaved girl turned Queen turned regent turned maybe my fav historical person. This is part one of a two part super special episode, because there's too much info to put into one hour. In this part, we learn about who tf were the Merovingian Frankish dynasty, why was Fredegund's sister-in-law Brunhilda so intent on murdering her, and more!! Check back next week when we get into the real meat of this story of QUEEN VS QUEEN as Fredegund arranges more assassinations, becomes a military genius, and a lot more people die of dysentery. References:  The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World by Shelley Puhak Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
59:31
September 15, 2021
Doña Ana de Mendoza de la Cerda y de Silva Cifuentes, Princess of Eboli, Duchess of Pastrana
Doña Ana de Mendoza was a 16th century Spanish princess who wore a goddamn eyepatch for no reason anyone could figure out, and if that isn't enough to interest you, I don't know what else to say to convince you. Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
48:15
June 23, 2021
Sophia Dorothea of Celle
Sophia Dorothea of Celle (1666-1726), or as we call her in this episode, S.D., is known as England's Uncrowned Queen. She was raised by loving parents who also loved her, but then got married off to her truly odious cousin and things did not go well.  References: The Imprisoned Princess: The Scandalous Life of Sophia Dorothea of Celle by Catherine Curzon Recommended history reading: African Europeans: An Untold History by Olivette Otele Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
57:58
June 16, 2021
Lady Arbella Stuart
Lady Arbella Stuart (1575-1615) is one of the lesser-known figures from Tudor and Stuart history. She was Mary Queen of Scots's niece and granddaughter to both Margaret Douglas and Bess of Hardwick. This genealogy meant she was both a threat to Queen Elizabeth and James I/VI (her cousin), but also that she was used as a figurehead by people who wanted to promote their own interests. Her life was like Grey Gardens meets Rapunzel, and all our girl wanted to do was run off and get secret sexy married like her ancestor/role model Katherine Grey had done. And when she finally took her fate into her own hands, it all got WILDLY scandilicious. Recommend history podcast: Telling Our Twisted Histories Recommended history reading: Arbella: England's Lost Queen by Sarah Gristwood Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
55:48
June 09, 2021
Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre (aka Queen Margot)
Marguerite de Valois (1553 – 1615) was a French princess whose life was truly non-stop scandiliciousness. Poison gloves! Two assassinations! Scandalous memoirs! A fanatic monk! Carrying around the decapitated head of ones lover! A man named Bussy d'Amboise! Recommend history viewing: La Reine Margot / Queen Margot (1994)  Recommended history reading: The Rival Queens: Catherine de'Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom by Nancy Goldstone Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:25:45
June 02, 2021
Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
Lady Margaret Douglas was the only daughter of Margaret Tudor, making her a niece of Henry VIII on the Scottish-disinherited-side. Her parents had an acrimonious divorce which led to Margaret herself growing up mostly in England with various guardians. She was imprisoned five times, mostly in the Tower of London, but her ruthless scheming and family connections freed her every time. She wanted to be Queen, then amended her goal to see her son as King, then finally wound up being OK with her grandkids being Kind and/or Queen. Recommend history reading: Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee / The Six (documentary) Recommended books on Bookshop.org Support Vulgar History on Patreon Vulgar History Merch Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
45:47
May 26, 2021
Isabel of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León
Isabel of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León, is still often referred to as "The Mad Queen." But as Taylor Swift would say, "no one likes a mad woman/ you made her like that." And in Isabel's case, the people who made her like that included her husband, her husband's EVIL advisor, and her stepson. Like, if you lock a woman in psychological distress in a ghost tower for literal years and then call her "mad" that's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, right? Recommend history resource: instagram.com/emalineandthem Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends  Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
41:39
May 19, 2021
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury
This second episode in this series about Women In Towers And the Assholes Who Sent Them There is the season's second Margaret. Margaret Pole was just about as royal as you could be back then without being an actual royal. She worked hard to restore her family's name, but it didn't help literally every male relative was constantly doing treason around her. Recommended History Reading: The Five by Hallie Rubenhold Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends  Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
53:39
May 12, 2021
Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England and France
We're back! This season is themed: Women In Towers And the Assholes Who Sent Them There. And where else to begin than with the long, weird saga of Margaret of Anjou (1430-1482)! Her story has les twists and les turns enough to make you say oh mon dieu!  Recommended History Reading: Alok Vaid-Menon's Instagram  Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends  Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:01:52
May 05, 2021
Super Special: Christopher Marlowe (with Allison Epstein)
It's a super special! Author Allison Epstein (A Tip For The Hangman) joins us to share the wildly interesting saga of Christopher Marlowe, the 16th century playwright/SPY. What was his deal, what's his connection to FRANCES HOWARD, and how will our first-ever male subject (!!) score on the scandilicious scale?? You can pre-order Allison's book at Bookshop.org (for the book or eBook) and Libro.fm (for the audiobook with British narrator!!) and learn more about her at her website allisonepstein.com and follow her on socials @rapscallison Also, click here to read the scandilicious Baines Note written about Marlowe Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:05:36
January 06, 2021
Lettice Knollys, Countess of Essex and Countess of Leicester (Tits Out Festive Holiday Spactacular Super Special)
Lettice Knollys (8 November 1543 – 25 December 1634) was the first cousin once-removed of Queen Elizabeth I (on the Boleyn side). Lettice was also basically the Queen's younger, prettier lookalike which you know Elizabeth didn't like. And THEN Lettice secret sexy married to the Queen's boyfriend, dirtbag Robert Dudley, and that's just the BEGINNING of this remarkable woman's tits out life. How many people named "Robert" are in this story? A LOT. And how will Lettice score on the scandilicious scale??? References:  Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy That Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court by Nicola Tallis Other stuff:  Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
45:09
December 23, 2020
Anne Stanley, Countess of Castlehaven
Anne Stanley (May 1580 – c. 8 October 1647) was a descendant of Mary Tudor through Eleanor Brandon. Following the death of the three Grey sisters, she became a potential heir to the English throne. She testified against her second husband, the Earl of Castlehaven, in a rape trial, setting the precedent that a wife could give evidence against her husband. The scandal of the trial ruined her reputation, ensuring she would never inherit the throne from her relative Elizabeth I. References: A House in Gross Disorder: Sex, Law, and the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven by Cynthia B. Herrup “Such Daughters and Such a Mother”: The Countess of Derby and her Three Daughters, 1560-1647 by V.J. Wilkie Other stuff: Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
48:39
October 28, 2020
Lady Mary Grey
Lady Mary Grey (c. 1545 – 20 April 1578) was the youngest sister of Lady Jane Grey. Through her grandmother, Mary Tudor, she had a claim on the crown of England. Mary did her best to stay out of trouble, but her secret marriage to a non-royal landed her in a world of trouble. References: The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy by Leanda de Lisle Other stuff: Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:06:07
October 21, 2020
Lady Katherine Grey, Countess of Hertford
Katherine Seymour, Countess of Hertford (25 August 1540 – 26 January 1568), born Lady Katherine Grey, was the younger sister of Lady Jane "Nine Days Queen" Grey. Following the execution of her older sister, Katherine was seen as a potential new heir to the throne/a royal rival to both Queen Mary I and Elizabeth I. But Katherine didn't care about all of that, she was all about her secret sexy marriage to Ned Seymour, which would prove her undoing. Also, she had a pet monkey. References:  Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England by Kate Hubbard The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots: Elizabeth I and her Greatest Rival by Kate Williams The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy by Leanda de Lisle https://www.britain-magazine.com/carousel/tudor-of-the-month-katherine-grey/ https://tudortimes.co.uk/guest-articles/love-and-loss-lady-katherine-grey https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2012/03/born-in-tower-crimes-of-lady-katherine.html  Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends  Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:26:06
October 14, 2020
Lady Jane Grey, or, How To Lose A Queen In Nine Days
Lady Jane Grey (c. 1537 – 12 February 1554) was kinda the first-ever woman to rule England, except she was technically a girl and technically sort of didn't actually rule? Hence this whole season-long discussion. Anyway, this week is LJG's time to shine!! Learn about how and why she sort of reigned for nine days, how and why she was executed, and most importantly: how will she score on our scandilicous scale??  References:  Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy by Leanda de Lisle    Lady Jane (the movie, starring baby Helena Bonham Carter and baby Cary Elwes!!) Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends  Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
46:47
October 07, 2020
Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk
Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk (16 July 1517 – 20 November 1559), was an English noblewoman. As the daughter of Mary Tudor and niece of Henry VIII, she was of royal lineage and in the line of succession. She was also the stepdaughter of Katherine Willoughby, and the mother of Lady Jane Grey, Lady Katherine Grey, and Lady Mary Grey. But mostly as the Kris Jenner of her age, she was a behind-the-scenes power player who dedicated her life to maintaining her family's prestige even in the face of great odds. Also apparently she's long had a bad reputation among historians, almost definitely undeserved!! References:  Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes who shaped the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy by Leanda de Lisle The Death and Burial of Frances, Duchess of Suffolk by Susan Higganbotham The Maligned Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk by Susan Higganbotham Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk (The Freelance History Writer)   Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends  Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
58:48
September 30, 2020
Anne Askew
Anne Askew (1521-1546) was one of the earliest-known female poets to compose in the English language, the first Englishwoman to demand a divorce, and wound up the only recorded woman to be tortured in the Tower of London. She died via explosion when one of her supporters hid gunpowder in the pyre for her execution by burning. An icon!  References:  The Queen and the Heretic: How Two Women Changed the Religion of England by Derek Wilson   Anne Askew Sentenced to Death (The Anne Boleyn Files)  Anne Askew (Spartacus Educational)  Anne Askew: Dangerous Convictions (Dangerous Women Project)    The Examinations of Anne Askew   Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends  Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter  Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
38:41
September 23, 2020
Catherine Parr
Catherine Parr (1512-1548) is best known for surviving being the sixth and final wife of Henry VIII. She had three other husbands, one of whom was worse than even Henry; she was held hostage; she broke new ground for women writers in England; she was a member of the Renaissance Reformation Girl Squad, AND ALSO she was the guardian to (and role model for) Lady Jane Grey.   References: Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII by Linda Porter Catherine Parr: Wife, Widow, Mother, Survivor, the Story of the Last Queen of Henry VIII by Elizabeth Norton  Other stuff: Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
36:48
September 16, 2020
Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk
Katherine Willoughby de Eresby (22 March 1519 – 19 September 1580), later Katherine Brandon, then Katherine Bertie, was an English heiress, Protestant rebel, and overall total heroine. From a pretty gross start (being married at age 14 to her adoptive father figure), she wielded her wealth and privilege to support other women and Protestants.  References: The Six Wives and Many Mistresses of Henry VIII by Amy Licence  Understanding the life of Katherine Willoughby (On The Tudor Trail) Katherine Willoughby, the Lincolnshire Lady who nearly married Henry VIII (LincolnshireLife) Katherine Willoughby by Sarah Bryson (Tudor Society)  Other stuff: Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
48:49
September 09, 2020
Mary Tudor, Queen of France
Mary Tudor (9 October 1514 – 1 January 1515), not to be confused with Queen Mary I or Mary, Queen of Scots, was briefly Queen of France. She then had a secret marriage to her boyfriend, Charles Brandon, and lived an interesting and -- dare I say -- scandlicious life. She was also the grandmother of Lady Jane Grey, which sets us up for this season's theme: How To Lose A Queen In Nine Days aka The Lady Jane Grey Scenario. References: The Sisters of Henry VIII: The Tumultuous Lives of Margaret of Scotland and Mary of France by Maria Perry Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir Other stuff: A Tip for the Hangman by Allison Epstein Recommended history books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
48:54
September 02, 2020
Milkmaids, Harem girls, and the History of the Smallpox Vaccine (Pandemic Super Special)
Smallpox was a highly contagious, deadly disease which likely first appeared around the 3rd century BCE in Egypt. From then on, it followed trade routes and colonization, decimating populations in many countries. The development of the smallpox vaccine can be traced back many centuries, to people in India, China, West Africa, and the Ottoman Empire who used a technique known of variolation to inject healthy people with pus from those afflicted by smallpox. In the late 18th century in England, Dr. Edward Jenner popularized and advocated for the injection of cowpox cells to immunize humans against smallpox, leading to the eradication of the disease by 1980. Crowdfunding site for Dr. Jenner’s House Museum and Garden References: Princesses, Slaves, and Explosives: The Scandalous Origin of Vaccines by Kiona Smith-Strickland, Gizmodo Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes who fought them by Jennifer Wright COVID-19 May Permanently Shutter Museum Devoted to Vaccination Pioneer (Smithsonian) Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
23:24
May 19, 2020
Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the English sweating sickness (Pandemic Super Special)
From 1485 - 1551, England experienced several epidemics of a mysterious illness known only as the sweating sickness. Unlike other diseases that affected the very young, very old, and the poor, this one seemed to target young, healthy, rich people. And two of the rich people affected were King Henry VIII and his mistress, Anne Boleyn. EDIT: Two corrections were brought to my attention after this episode published. 1) Henry VII defeated Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth on August 22 1485; therefore, he and his troops did not arrive in England from France on August 28th, as I stated in the episode. What happened is that the first case of English sweating sickness was reported on August 28 1485, and 2) Henry VIII's BFF/brother-in-law was *Charles* Brandon, not Henry Brandon, as I said in the episode. Charles Brandon's son Henry died in the sweating sickness. References: The 'Sweating Disease' That Swept Across England 500 Years Ago is Still a Medical Mystery (Discover Magazine) The Sweating Sickness Returns (Discover Magazine) Anne Boleyn and the Tudor sweating sickness (On the Tudor Trail) The Mysterious Epidemic That Terrified Henry VIII (History.com) Anne Boleyn: 11 Surprising Facts (History Extra) How Did King Henry VIII 'Self-Isolate' From The Sweating Sickness? (History Extra) Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
17:48
May 06, 2020
Joanna of Naples
Joanna of Naples (1326-1382) was Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily for thirty action-packed and highly scandilicious years. This story has it all: kidnappings! Revenge murders! Evil popes! Evil husbands! Being trapped in an iron cage for fourteen years! The black plague! But how will Joanna herself score on our scandilicious scale? The results may SURPRISE YOU!! References: Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples by Anne Theriault on Longreads The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily by Nancy Goldstone Other stuff: Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
58:20
April 22, 2020
Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Anne I (1665 – 1714), best known as the main character of the movie The Favourite, was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland and then of Great Britain and Ireland for twelve years. Her life story is a gossip buffet of rivalry, death, and resiliency. But how will she score on the scandilicious scale?? References: Queen Anne: Politics and Passion by Anne Somerset The Favourite: The Life of Sarah Churchill and the History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Ophelia Field Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
47:57
April 15, 2020
Eyam, The Plague Village (Pandemic Super Special)
In 1665, the tiny English town of Eyam was beset by the same plague that was affecting London. Under the guidance of the town's reverend, the villagers agreed to quarantine themselves in order to protect nearby villages. After fourteen months, all but 83 of the town's 344 residents had died. References: Eyam Historic Plague Village (the town's current website): www.eyamvillage.org.uk Did this sleepy village stop the Great Plague? (BBC) Plague-Infested Village Self-Quarantined to Stop the Plague of 1666 (Interesting Engineeering) Eyam plague: The village of the damned (BBC News) Eyam Plague Village Museum – Eyam, England (Atlas Obscura) The Black Death and the Great Plague: a comparison (Teachit History) Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
19:32
April 13, 2020
Charles II de Valois And The Pillow Fight Of Death (Pandemic Super Special)
Charles II de Valois (1522-1545) was the third son of the French King Francis I. He died very young from an entirely preventable and ridiculous pillow fight related situation in the middle of a plague-ridden town.  References:  Francis I: The Maker of Modern France by Leonie Frieda Charles II de Valois, Duke of Orleans (Wikipedia) Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
22:03
April 10, 2020
Juana I of Castile
Juana I of Castile (1479-1555) was the third child of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon. She's remembered now for being "Juana La Loca/Juana The Mad" but, in fact, that reputation was just part of a larger scheme that found her caught between her ambitious and terrible husband and her ambitious and terrible father. References: Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox Juana I: Legitimacy and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Castile by Gillian B. Fleming Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
51:15
April 08, 2020
Joan Of England: The Princess And The Plague (Pandemic Super Special)
Joan of England (1335-1348) was the first known English person to die of the bubonic plague. She set out with a massive entourage from England to Castile to meet her betrothed, didn't listen to warnings in Bordeaux about the plague, and then lived through a horror movie of mass death. If you find this sort of story interesting right now, here you go! If you don't want to hear about lots of people dying through exposure to a gruesome disease, YOU DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS.  References:  Joan of England (Wikipedia) The black death and Joan of England (History of Royal Women) Joan of England & the Black Death (Rebecca Starr) On This Day: Death of Joan of England (Creative Historian) Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
25:05
April 06, 2020
Isabella I of Castile
Isabella I of Castile (1451-1504) was one of the most significant figures in world history. We continue this season’s theme of Women Leaders In History And The Men Who Whined About Them with the Isabella's journey from little girl trapped in a ghost castle to teenage war mediator to PR stunt inventor to genocidal dictator! This is a heavy one, so get ready. References: Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen by Giles Tremlett Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey Other stuff: Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is a participant in the Audible Creators Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Audible.com
01:02:31
April 01, 2020
Empress Matilda
Empress Matilda (1102 - 1167) was the daughter, wife, and mother of Kings. She also should have been England's first crowned female monarch, but the patriarchy got in the way. She also once escaped by camouflaging herself in white cloaks in the snow!! A true legend. Referenced in this episode: Matilda: Empress, Warrior, Queen by Catherine Hanley She-Wolves by Helen Castor Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is a participant in the Audible Creators Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Audible.com
55:15
March 25, 2020
Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians
Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians was a significant figure in English history. Not only did she repel Viking invaders through the clever use of BOILING BEER and BEES, she also worked alongside her brother Edward to see through their father's goal of a united England. Also: BEES. References: Founder, Fighter, Saxon Queen: Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians by Margaret C. Jones Æthelflæd: Lady of the Mercians by Tim Clarkson Æthelflæd: England's Forgotten Founder (A Ladybird Expert Book) by Tom Holland Other stuff: Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is a participant in the Audible Creators Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Audible.com
52:40
March 18, 2020
Boudica, Queen of the Iceni
Boudica was Queen of the Iceni, a Celtic tribe during the Roman conquest of Britain. She led a rebellion of united tribes against their Roman invaders, leaving a path of death and bloodshed in her wake.  Referenced in this episode: Boudica: Warrior Woman of the Roman Empire by Caitlin C. Gillespie Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is a participant in the Audible Creators Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Audible.com
44:47
March 11, 2020
Agrippina the Younger
Julia Agrippina Augusta, aka Agrippina Minor aka Agrippina the Younger, was a completely badass woman in ancient Rome. She leveraged her power as first the sister of the Emperor, then the wife of the Emperor, then the mother of the Emperor (three separate Emperors) to break new ground for Roman women. She also murdered a lot of people. Her placement on the Scandilicious Scale may SURPRISE YOU  Referenced in this episode: Agrippina: The Most Extraordinary Woman of the Roman World by Emma Southon Other stuff: Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is a participant in the Audible Creators Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Audible.com
01:08:58
March 04, 2020
Cleopatra VII
As the first part of our new series "Women Leaders And The Men Who Whined About Them," we take it all the way back to the first century BCE and the legendary Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra VII. Growing up amid non-stop familial murder, she cannily usurped control of the kingdom from her relatives and teamed up with Rome. But where will she wind up on the Scandalicious Scale??  Referenced in this episode:  Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff Other stuff: Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is a participant in the Audible Creators Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Audible.com
01:14:09
February 26, 2020
Vulgar History Presents: So This Asshole: Count Cagliostro
Bonus!! This is a preview of So This Asshole, a new spinoff podcast available through my Patreon. This side series will share the wild stories of some of the many, many assholes involved in the stories of the women profiled on the main Vulgar History podcast. This episode is all about Giuseppe Balsamo, aka Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (1743-1795), who was briefly mentioned in the Vulgar History episode about Jeanne de la Motte. Referenced in this podcast: How To Ruin A Queen by Jonathan Beckman (which is a GREAT book!) Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
39:23
February 05, 2020
Lucy Percy Hay, Countess of Carlisle
Lucy Percy Hay, Countess of Carlisle (1599-1660) was a British noblewoman known for her espionage work surrounding the English Civil War. But she was not just a spy... was a #LADYSPY, mentored by one of the most memorable heroines of a previous Vulgar History episode!! Will it all be enough for her to take the top spot in our Scandalicious Scale??  Mentioned in this episode:  Sweet Valley Sagas by Francine Pascal  Court Lady and Country Wife: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England by Lita-Rose Betcherman  Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain by Nadine Akkerman  Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
53:21
December 11, 2019
Mary Toft
Mary Toft (1701 - 1763) was an English peasant who became notorious for her involvement in her family's scheme to pretend she'd given birth to seventeen rabbits. The story is profoundly, continuingly, and rage-inducingly bananas. Mentioned in this episode: The book The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England by Karen Harvey Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:01:15
December 04, 2019
Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed
Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614) was a Hungarian noblewoman who, for a time, oversaw more properties and estates than anyone else in Europe. Her undoing came about when the Palatine of Hungary accused her and four servants of mass murder, and she's now remembered as more of a myth than a person. Did she really commit these gruesome crimes, and bathe in the blood of her victims?? And how will she score on the scandalicious scale?? Countess Dracula: The Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess by Tony Thorne The Unobscured podcast by Aaron Mahnke Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:00:58
November 27, 2019
Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy, Comtesse de la Motte
Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy, Comtesse de la Motte (22 July 1756 – 23 August 1791) was an illegitimate descendant of the French royal family who became famous on her own as AN INCREDIBLY CLEVER CON ARTIST/HEROINE! But how will she score on the Scandalicious Scale?? Mentioned in this episode: How to Ruin a Queen by Jonathan Beckman Frock Flicks review of the hats and wigs in The Affair of the Necklace Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
38:15
November 20, 2019
Frances Howard, Duchess of Somerset
Frances Howard Carr, Duchess of Somerset (31 May 1590 – 23 August 1632) was a British noblewoman who, among other things, pled guilty to murder and also most likely faked her own virginity inspection. She also showed much more bosom in her portraiture than anyone in the history of breasts and lived her life both physically and psychologically Tits Out. But where does that place her on the Scandaliciousness Scale???  Mentioned in this episode:  The Poison Bed by E.C. Fremantle  The Overbury Affair: The Murder Trial That Rocked The Court of King James I by Miriam Allen DeFord  Unnatural Murder: Poison in the Court of James I by Anne Somerset Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
44:05
November 13, 2019
Caroline of Brunswick
Caroline of Brunswick (17 May 1768 – 7 August 1821) was Queen consort of the United Kingdom for a year, but that's basically the least interesting thing about her. Where does our inaugural story subject score on the Scandalicious Scale?? And was she really having an affair with Bartolomeo, her Italian servant???   Mentioned in this episode:  "What Eye Has Wept For George IV" from the Noble Blood podcast Caroline & Charlotte: Regency Scandals by Alison Plowden Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission.
01:02:45
November 06, 2019
Vulgar History - Coming Soon!
It's a trailer for the new feminist women's history comedy podcast, Vulgar History! Subscribe to this feed in your fav podcast situation, and get ready to learn lots of scandalicious stories of women from (mostly) British history who you (likely) haven't heard of before.  Other stuff: History writing: annfosterwriter.com Recommended books: bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends Patreon: patreon.com/annfosterwriter Merch: teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory
04:07
October 23, 2019