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Caroline of Brunswick

<p>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???&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mentioned in this episode:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://megaphone.link/HSW3547722611">"What Eye Has Wept For George IV" from the Noble Blood podcast</a></p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Charlotte-Scandals-Alison-Plowden-ebook/dp/B0078XH8ZM">Caroline &amp; Charlotte: Regency Scandals by Alison Plowden</a></p><p>Other stuff:</p><p>History writing: <a href="http://annfosterwriter.com">annfosterwriter.com</a></p><p>Recommended books: <a href="https://bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends">bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends</a></p><p>Patreon: <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a></p><p>Merch: <a href="http://teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory">teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Nov 6, 20191h 2m
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Frances Howard, Duchess of Somerset

<p>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???&nbsp;</p><p>Mentioned in this episode:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.ca/Poison-Bed-Novel-Elizabeth-Fremantle/dp/1643130242/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+poison+bed&amp;qid=1572412527&amp;sr=8-1">The Poison Bed by E.C. Fremantle&nbsp;</a></p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.ca/Overbury-Affair-Miriam-Allen-Deford/dp/B009QMZEIQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=overbury+affair&amp;qid=1572412542&amp;sr=8-1">The Overbury Affair: The Murder Trial That Rocked The Court of King James I by Miriam Allen DeFord&nbsp;</a></p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.ca/Unnatural-Murder-Poison-Court-Overbury/dp/1474608027/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=unnatural+murder+anne+somerset&amp;qid=1572412560&amp;sr=8-1">Unnatural Murder: Poison in the Court of James I by Anne Somerset</a></p><p>Other stuff:</p><p>History writing: <a href="http://annfosterwriter.com">annfosterwriter.com</a></p><p>Recommended books: <a href="https://bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends">bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends</a></p><p>Patreon: <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a></p><p>Merch: <a href="http://teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory">teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Nov 13, 201944m
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Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy, Comtesse de la Motte

<p>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??</p><p>Mentioned in this episode:</p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0306823551/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=annfosterwrit-20&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;creativeASIN=0306823551&amp;linkId=eeff4ee72bb80b24c1e40207422fe2eb">How to Ruin a Queen by Jonathan Beckman</a></p><p><a href="http://www.frockflicks.com/affair-necklace-hat-porn/">Frock Flicks review of the hats and wigs in The Affair of the Necklace</a></p><p>Other stuff:</p><p>History writing: <a href="http://annfosterwriter.com">annfosterwriter.com</a></p><p>Recommended books: <a href="https://bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends">bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends</a></p><p>Patreon: <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a></p><p>Merch: <a href="http://teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory">teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Nov 20, 201938m
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Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed

<p><strong>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??</strong></p><p><a href="https://amzn.to/2QQ54Jt"><strong>Countess Dracula: The Life and Times of Elisabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess by Tony Thorne</strong></a></p><p><a href="https://historyunobscured.com/episode101/"><strong>The Unobscured podcast by Aaron Mahnke</strong></a></p><p>Other stuff:</p><p>History writing: <a href="http://annfosterwriter.com">annfosterwriter.com</a></p><p>Recommended books: <a href="https://bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends">bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends</a></p><p>Patreon: <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a></p><p>Merch: <a href="http://teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory">teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Nov 27, 20191h 0m
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Mary Toft

<p>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.</p><p>Mentioned in this episode:</p><p><a href="https://amzn.to/35BZePM">The book The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England by Karen Harvey</a></p><p>Other stuff:</p><p>History writing: <a href="http://annfosterwriter.com">annfosterwriter.com</a></p><p>Recommended books: <a href="https://bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends">bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends</a></p><p>Patreon: <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a></p><p>Merch: <a href="http://teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory">teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Dec 4, 20191h 1m
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Lucy Percy Hay, Countess of Carlisle

<p>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??&nbsp;</p><p>Mentioned in this episode:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553292781/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0553292781&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=vulgarhistory-20&amp;linkId=95d64f8f845018f844773fb1c63de1e9">Sweet Valley Sagas by Francine Pascal&nbsp;</a></p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060762888/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0060762888&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=vulgarhistory-20&amp;linkId=8e21e2f89befd5f90af985c15ee78823">Court Lady and Country Wife: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England by Lita-Rose Betcherman&nbsp;</a></p><p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DPNHK75/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B07DPNHK75&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=vulgarhistory-20&amp;linkId=85ed81ea642aae046ec5432ba82d79c2">Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain by Nadine Akkerman&nbsp;</a></p><p>Other stuff:</p><p>History writing: <a href="http://annfosterwriter.com">annfosterwriter.com</a></p><p>Recommended books: <a href="https://bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends">bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends</a></p><p>Patreon: <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a></p><p>Merch: <a href="http://teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory">teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Dec 11, 201953m
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Vulgar History Presents: So This Asshole: Count Cagliostro

<p>Bonus!!</p><p>This is a preview of <strong>So This Asshole, </strong>a new spinoff podcast available through <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">my Patreon</a>. This side series will share the wild stories of some of the many, <em>many </em>assholes involved in the stories of the women profiled on the main <strong>Vulgar History </strong>podcast.</p><p>This episode is all about Giuseppe Balsamo, aka Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (1743-1795), who was briefly mentioned in the <a href="https://anchor.fm/vulgarhistory/episodes/Jeanne-de-Valois-Saint-Rmy--Comtesse-de-la-Motte-e8cp9m"><strong>Vulgar History </strong>episode about Jeanne de la Motte</a>.</p><p>Referenced in this podcast:</p><p><a href="https://amzn.to/2NYWTbp">How To Ruin A Queen by Jonathan Beckman</a> (which is a GREAT book!)</p><p>Other stuff:</p><p>History writing: <a href="http://annfosterwriter.com">annfosterwriter.com</a></p><p>Recommended books: <a href="https://bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends">bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends</a></p><p>Patreon: <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a></p><p>Merch: <a href="http://teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory">teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Feb 5, 202039m
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Joan Of England: The Princess And The Plague (Pandemic Super Special)

<p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>References:&nbsp;</p><p>Joan of England (Wikipedia)</p><p>The black death and Joan of England (History of Royal Women)</p><p>Joan of England &amp; the Black Death (Rebecca Starr)</p><p>On This Day: Death of Joan of England (Creative Historian)</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Apr 6, 202025m
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Charles II de Valois And The Pillow Fight Of Death (Pandemic Super Special)

<p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>References:&nbsp;</p><p>Francis I: The Maker of Modern France by Leonie Frieda</p><p>Charles II de Valois, Duke of Orleans (Wikipedia)</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Apr 10, 202022m
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Eyam, The Plague Village (Pandemic Super Special)

<p>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:</p><p>Eyam Historic Plague Village (the town's current website): <a href="https://www.eyamvillage.org.uk/">www.eyamvillage.org.uk</a></p><p>Did this sleepy village stop the Great Plague? (BBC)</p><p>Plague-Infested Village Self-Quarantined to Stop the Plague of 1666 (Interesting Engineeering)</p><p>Eyam plague: The village of the damned (BBC News)</p><p>Eyam Plague Village Museum – Eyam, England (Atlas Obscura)</p><p>The Black Death and the Great Plague: a comparison (Teachit History)</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Apr 13, 202019m
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Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the English sweating sickness (Pandemic Super Special)

<p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>References:</p><p><a href="https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/the-sweating-disease-that-swept-across-england-500-years-ago-is-still-a-isns"><u>The 'Sweating Disease' That Swept Across England 500 Years Ago is Still a Medical Mystery</u></a> (Discover Magazine)</p><p><a href="https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/the-sweating-sickness-returns"><u>The Sweating Sickness Returns</u></a> (Discover Magazine)</p><p><a href="https://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/2011/02/01/anne-boleyn-and-the-tudor-sweating-sickness/"><u>Anne Boleyn and the Tudor sweating sickness</u></a> (On the Tudor Trail)</p><p><a href="https://www.history.com/news/the-mysterious-epidemic-that-terrified-henry-viii"><u>The Mysterious Epidemic That Terrified Henry VIII</u></a> (History.com)</p><p><a href="https://www.historyextra.com/period/tudor/anne-boleyn-facts-elizabeth-henry-wife-birth-death/"><u>Anne Boleyn: 11 Surprising Facts</u></a> (History Extra)</p><p><a href="https://www.historyextra.com/period/tudor/sweating-sickness-what-symptoms-spread-effects-henry-viii-anne-boleyn/"><u>How Did King Henry VIII 'Self-Isolate' From The Sweating Sickness?</u></a> (History Extra)</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

May 6, 202017m
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Milkmaids, Harem girls, and the History of the Smallpox Vaccine (Pandemic Super Special)

<p>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.</p><p><a href="https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/drjennershouse">Crowdfunding site for Dr. Jenner’s House Museum and Garden</a></p><p>References:</p><p><a href="https://gizmodo.com/princesses-slaves-and-explosives-the-scandalous-orig-1743208795"><u>Princesses, Slaves, and Explosives: The Scandalous Origin of Vaccines</u></a> by Kiona Smith-Strickland, Gizmodo</p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781627797467">Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes who fought them by Jennifer Wright</a></p><p><a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/museum-devoted-vaccination-pioneer-may-close-good-because-covid-19-pandemic-180974843/"><u>COVID-19 May Permanently Shutter Museum Devoted to Vaccination Pioneer</u></a> (Smithsonian)</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

May 19, 202023m
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Lettice Knollys, Countess of Essex and Countess of Leicester (Tits Out Festive Holiday Spactacular Super Special)

<p>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???</p><p>References:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781681776576">Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy That Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court by Nicola Tallis</a></p><p>Other stuff:&nbsp;</p><p>Recommended books: <a href="https://bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends">bookshop.org/lists/vulgar-history-recommends</a></p><p>Patreon: <a href="https://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a></p><p>Merch: <a href="https://teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory">teespring.com/stores/vulgarhistory</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Dec 23, 202045m
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Super Special: Christopher Marlowe (with Allison Epstein)

<p>It's a super special!</p><p>Author Allison Epstein (<a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9780385546713">A Tip For The Hangman</a>) 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??</p><p>You can pre-order Allison's book at <a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9780385546713">Bookshop.org</a> (for the book or eBook) and <a href="https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9780593348888-a-tip-for-the-hangman">Libro.fm</a> (for the audiobook with British narrator!!) and learn more about her at her website <a href="https://allisonepstein.com/">allisonepstein.com</a> and follow her on socials <a href="https://twitter.com/rapscallison">@rapscallison</a></p><p><a href="https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/accusations-against-christopher-marlowe-by-richard-baines-and-others#">Also, click here to read the scandilicious Baines Note written about Marlowe</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><p><br></p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Jan 6, 20211h 5m
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Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part One

<p>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.</p><p>References:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781635574913" target="_blank">The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World by Shelley Puhak</a></p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory">Recommended books on Bookshop.org</a></p><p><a href="https://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">Support Vulgar History on Patreon</a></p><p><a href="https://vulgarhistory.creator-spring.com/">Vulgar History Merch</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Sep 15, 202159m
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Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part Two

<p>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!</p><p>References:</p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781635574913">The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World by Shelley Puhak</a></p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory">Recommended books on Bookshop.org</a></p><p><a href="https://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">Support Vulgar History on Patreon</a></p><p><a href="https://vulgarhistory.creator-spring.com/">Vulgar History Merch</a> - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Sep 22, 20211h 0m
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Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part Three

<p>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?</p><p>References:</p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781635574913">The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World by Shelley Puhak</a></p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory">Recommended books on Bookshop.org</a></p><p><a href="https://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">Support Vulgar History on Patreon</a></p><p><a href="https://vulgarhistory.creator-spring.com/">Vulgar History Merch</a> - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Sep 29, 20211h 5m
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Halloween Super Special: Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England

<p>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.</p><p>References:</p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781643133324" target="_blank">Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England by Gemma Hollman</a></p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory">Recommended books on Bookshop.org</a></p><p><a href="https://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">Support Vulgar History on Patreon</a></p><p><a href="https://vulgarhistory.creator-spring.com/">Vulgar History Merch</a> - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Oct 13, 202149m
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Halloween Super Special: Mary Shelley: Goth Queen Mom Friend

<p>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.</p><p>References:</p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781681777528" target="_blank">In Search of Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson</a></p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory">Recommended books on Bookshop.org</a></p><p><a href="https://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">Support Vulgar History on Patreon</a></p><p><a href="https://vulgarhistory.creator-spring.com/">Vulgar History Merch</a> - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Oct 20, 20211h 12m
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Halloween Super Special: Catherine Monvoisin aka La Voisin

<p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>References:&nbsp;</p><p>The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide &amp; Satanism at the court of Louis XIV by Anne Somerset</p><p>Strange Revelations: Magic, poison and sacrilege in Louis XIV’s France by Lynn Wood Mollenauer</p><p><a href="https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/la-voisin-frances-murderous-fortune-teller" target="_blank">https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/la-voisin-frances-murderous-fortune-teller</a></p><p><a href="https://historyofyesterday.com/the-affair-of-the-poisons-cf31804b3e0" target="_blank">https://historyofyesterday.com/the-affair-of-the-poisons-cf31804b3e0</a></p><p>Recommended books on Bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory&nbsp;</p><p>Support Vulgar History on Patreon&nbsp;at patreon.com/annfosterwriter</p><p>Vulgar History Merch - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order&nbsp;at vulgarhistory.store</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Oct 28, 20211h 17m
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Super Special: Interview: Lucy Jago, author of A Net For Small Fishes

<p>Author Lucy Jago joins us to discuss her new book, <a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781250261953" target="_blank">A Net For Small Fishes</a>. 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!!&nbsp;</p><p>You can order A Net for Small Fishes wherever you like to buy books, including at <a href="https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781250261953" target="_blank">Bookshop.org</a> (for the book or eBook) and <a href="https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781250824752-a-net-for-small-fishes" target="_blank">Libro.fm</a> (for the audiobook). Learn more about Lucy Jago at <a href="http://lucyjago.com" target="_blank">http://lucyjago.com</a></p><p><br></p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Nov 17, 20211h 15m
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Princess Cecilia of Sweden (Tits Out Festive Holiday Super Spectacular)

<p>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!!</p><p>References:</p><p><a href="https://rapscallison.substack.com/p/gustav" target="_blank">Allison Epstein's Dirtbags Through The Ages newsletter</a></p><p><a href="https://bookshop.org/shop/vulgarhistory">Recommended books on Bookshop.org</a></p><p><a href="https://patreon.com/annfosterwriter">Support Vulgar History on Patreon</a></p><p><a href="https://vulgarhistory.creator-spring.com/">Vulgar History Merch</a> - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order</p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Dec 15, 20211h 11m
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Vulgar History presents: Vulgarpiece Theatre: Shakespeare In Love (1998)

<p>Enjoy this preview of a new spinoff podcast, Vulgarpiece Theatre!&nbsp;</p><p>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.</p><p>You can listen to new episodes of Vulgarpiece Theatre by joining the Patreon at <a href="http://patreon.com/annfosterwriter" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">patreon.com/annfosterwriter</a> at the Glorianas level ($5 per month).</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Jan 26, 20221h 40m
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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.comAnd 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<br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Feb 23, 202243m
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Super Special: Tits Out Brigade Qs and As, part one

<p>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!&nbsp;</p><p>Click here for a list of all the books recommended in this episode: bookshop.org/lists/recommended-historical-fiction-78fdf7d3-a7e9-477c-8946-4d0416514506&nbsp;</p><p>Learn more about the National Network of Abortion Funds at abortionfunds.org&nbsp;</p><p>Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter&nbsp;</p><p>Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order&nbsp;</p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

May 18, 202247m
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Super Special: Tits Out Brigade Qs and As, part two

<p>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!</p><p>Here's further info about each of the Canadian heroines:</p><p>Filles du Roi thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/filles-du-roi</p><p>Thanadelthur thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/thanadelthur</p><p>Marie-Joseph Angélique thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/marie-joseph-angelique</p><p>Marie Marguerite Rose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Marguerite_Rose</p><p>Emily Carr thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/emily-carr</p><p>Viola Desmond thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/viola-desmond</p><p>---</p><p>Learn more about the National Network of Abortion Funds at abortionfunds.org</p><p>---</p><p>Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter</p><p>Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order</p><p>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.</p><p>Get merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your order</p><p>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.</p><br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

May 25, 202240m
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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/1419/9780063061064Support Vulgar History on Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriterGet merch at http://vulgarhistory.store - use code TITSOUT for free U.S. shipping or TITSOU10 for 10% off your orderVulgar 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<br /><hr><p style='color:grey; font-size:0.75em;'> Hosted on Acast. See <a style='color:grey;' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' href='https://acast.com/privacy'>acast.com/privacy</a> for more information.</p>

Jun 8, 20221h 2m
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Super Special: A Chat With Joanna Hickson (A Queen's Lady)

A chat with historical fiction author Joanna Hickson.

Jan 18, 202346m
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Super Special: A Chat With Flora Fraser (author of Pretty Young Rebel: The Life of Flora MacDonald)

A chat with historical biographer Flora Fraser

Jan 25, 202347m
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Super Special: A Chat With Emran Iqbal El-Badawi (Author of Queens and Prophets How Arabian Noblewomen and Holy Men Shaped Paganism, Christianity and Islam)

Talking about the women of ancient Arabia with Emran Iqbal El-Badawi

Feb 1, 202336m
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