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My Favourite History Books

As I Like It

If It Ain't Baroque...
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So many monarchs, so many books. So. Much. History.

Gemma and Natalie decided to launch a podcast of their own and this is the result...

Welcome to the world of our History Specials!

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3. Princes, Perfumes and Pomanders

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On this episode we interview Olga, a renowned perfume tour guide. We dive deep into the history of perfume and scents in British perfumery.

What is the connection between Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher and Elizabeth, The Queen Mother? None of them were strangers to good scents. 

Come along on the journey and discover the connection between fragrance and your favourite historical persons, be it Napoleon, Catherine de Medici or Florence Nightingale! 

We include a few mystery stories of perfumes surviving famous shipwrecks or a revolution or two. 

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9. Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

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On this episode we interview Olga, a renowned perfume tour guide. We dive deep into the history of perfume and scents in British perfumery.

What is the connection between Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher and Elizabeth, The Queen Mother? None of them were strangers to good scents. 

Come along on the journey and discover the connection between fragrance and your favourite historical persons, be it Napoleon, Catherine de Medici or Florence Nightingale! 

We include a few mystery stories of perfumes surviving famous shipwrecks or a revolution or two. 

8. Royal Witches

The third of our Halloween Specials focusses on the witches, or rather features a crossover between royalty and witchcraft: Royal Witches

 

Four royal women are accused of witchcraft in fifteenth century England. Some get off lightly, some suffer the consequences. 

One has to ask oneself, is it a coincidence that in the century where the shaky English throne can't seem to stabilise, the women are getting the brunt?

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7. Famous Last Words

The second of our Halloween Specials features an interview with our beloved guest Chris Wood about his first book Famous Last Words.

 

The book boasts 20+ chapters on the last words uttered by someone before they died: from executions, to suicide, to murder. That's 23 various stories of how people died, across our beloved isle, across several centuries.

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6. The Black Death

The first of our Halloween Specials is dedicated to The Black Death, and our guest is Chris Riley of The Historians Magazine fame.

Tune in to our episode to learn the lessons we can draw from the OG pandemic that happened in the middle of the 14th century. What can we expect in the future, given that the world has just gone through a pandemic of our own?

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5. Richard III

On the birthday of this in/famous king, we delve into the myths about Richard III.

What was the real Richard like? What are the lessons we can draw from his tale?

What famous screen portrayals were based on his life as well as the Shakespeare version of him, and why are they different?

We also explore some random and silly, questions, like what book we would recommend him, and what film he would like. Somehow, we feel he would know a lot about parking...

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4. Catherine of Aragon

In this first half of the two-parter, we discuss Catherine of Aragon, a.k.a. Catalina de Aragon. In this episode we cover the Who Are You?, Life on Stage and Screen, Fun Facts and Controversy segments, leaving The Legacy, Geography, Edutainment and Pop Quiz for next time.

Catherine...the youngest daughter of the most Catholic monarchs ever...ended up being the eldest wife of Henry VIII. There are many myths surrounding Catherine, a lot of paradoxes are present in her narrative and we would like to shed some light on this, one of the most underrated women in Tudor history.

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3. Princes, Perfumes and Pomanders

princes, perfumes and pomanders olga

On this episode we interview Olga, a renowned perfume tour guide. We dive deep into the history of perfume and scents in British perfumery.

What is the connection between Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher and Elizabeth, The Queen Mother? None of them were strangers to good scents. 

Come along on the journey and discover the connection between fragrance and your favourite historical persons, be it Napoleon, Catherine de Medici or Florence Nightingale! 

We include a few mystery stories of perfumes surviving famous shipwrecks or a revolution or two. 

2. Queen Charlotte

In our second episode we talk about Queen Charlotte, and why she deserves to step into the historical limelight, so many years after her death.

We look at her life, her death and her relationship with her family.

Was she friends with Marie Antoinette? Did she truly love George and why is there a painting of her in North Carolina?

Tune in and let us know in the comments what you thought. 

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1. Death in the Theatre

Our first ever episode had to start with a trigger warning, due to a somewhat sombre topic.

We talk to Chris about his latest book, published by Pen & Sword.

It's his second book, and we were full of admiration, and occasionally fan-girling over his first book Famous Last Words.

In this episode we're all about the theatre and all the ways one could while going to see a show, or being dragged to a theatre so your ex-husband could murder you... Tune in for the bantery chat, macabre laughs and all that Victorian West End glitter.

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