The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages
By James Boulton
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Women make up half of the world's population, and yet history books often consign them to the sidelines. They are dismissed as merely the wives of powerful men; babymakers and nothing more. Yet women have been the driving force behind history for millennia, from female Pharoahs, warrior princesses and pirates, to the revolutionaries who sought to topple the male-dominated political systems of their day. From host of the popular 'Queens of England Podcast', The Other Half tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history.
||Clean2.12 Beatrice (1): The Flower of the Flock||In this third part of The Mothers of World War I, we are introduced to Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria's youngest daughter and constant companion.||2/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.11 Alice (3) A Life Cut Short||Alice continues her efforts to improve the lives of her people but personal tragedy and a deterioration in relations with her husband marred the final decade of her life.||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanState of the Podcast Address||A little update on the podcast.||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.10 Alice: The Hessian Nightingale||In which Alice gets married and moves to Hesse, opening up a whole new period in her life where she would leave a huge lasting impact on the lives of countless men and women in the grand duchy.||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.9 Alice (1) Her Father's Daughter||Princes Alice was Queen Victoria’s most underrated child, whose influence both intended and not intended was every bit as important as that of Vicky and Bertie and she packed it into a sadly short life full of ambition, courage, tragedy and determinat||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.8 Vicky (6) The 99 Day Empress||Things didn’t go great for Vicky in the last episode. And it’s about to get a whole lot worse.||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.7 Vicky (5) The Fear of What Might Happen||Vicky had been one of the few voices in the kingdom who had seen through Bismarck's actions But to no avail. Today, we will be taking a look at Vicky’s time as Crown Princess of Germany, particularly focussing on her relationships with her ever...||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.6 Vicky (4) Iron, Blood and Unification||Albert’s death meant that Vicky had to press on without her guide and mentor. How would she cope without him in the many crises of the 1860s.||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.5 Vicky (3) Meet the Hohenzollerns||Vicky had grown up into a warm and loving family, to two parents that adored each other. Therefore it was quite the culture shock when she joined the Hohenzollern dynasty.||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.4 Vicky (2): Her Special Mission||Amid much opposition and celebration, Vicky, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, married Prince Fritz of Prussia. Daguerreotype image of Vicky, Victoria and Albert||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.3 Vicky (1) The British Princess Royal and the Prussian Prince||Introducing Prussia, Prince Fritz and the Princess Royal, Vicky.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.2 The Matriarch of Europe||Queen Victoria was, until very recently, the longest reigning monarch in British history and a towering figure in the story of 19th century Europe. This is, very briefly, her story.||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.1 The Mothers of World War I: The Daughters and Granddaughters of Queen Victora||Introducing the second season of The Other Half podcast.||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.20 Statilia Messalina||Nero really did have a bit of a habit of stealing his friend's wives...||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.19 Poppaea Sabina: A Cruel and Devious Woman||The quintessential Other Woman, Poppaea Sabina has been villified as an ambitious whore for nearly 2,000 years, in everywhere from Hollywood to Doctor Who. But who was she really?||7/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.18 Claudia Octavia: A Wife's Ruin||Claudia Octavia had a husband who hated her, a mother-in-law who out-shadowed her, and a love rival who wanted her gone. It was never going to end well for her...||7/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.17 Agrippina Minor (6): Smite My Womb||Nero didn't do things by half - especially not with his mother's murder.||6/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.16 Agrippina Minor (5) A Meddling Mother||Having finally achieved her goal of getting Nero on the throne, Agrippina expected to be able to still have everything her own way. But she forgot that teenage boys hate being told what to do by their mothers Images of Agrippina on the coinage and th.||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.15 Agrippina Minor (4) Murder by Mushrooms||Agrippina had expertly used her family name and history to make herself the most powerful woman in Rome. But she couldn't have done it without also destroying her enemies.||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.14 Agrippina Minor (3) Partner in Power||Now that she was Empress of Rome, Agrippina set about doing what she did best - getting stuff Done.||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.13 Agrippina Minor (2): In Want of a Husband||The death of her brother Caligula brought Agrippina back from exile, but she wasn't out of the woods yet.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.12 Agrippina Minor (1): Daughter & Sister||Agrippina Minor was born into the most richest, most august family's in Rome. And her childhood totally sucked.||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSupplemental: The Royal Wedding Special||On Saturday 19 May, Meghan Markle will become a member of the royal family of the UK and 15 other countries. It will be a great occasion, but how does it rank against royal weddings of the past? Is she the first bi-racial woman to marry a prince? Is sh.||5/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.11 Valeria Messalina (2): Her Highness the Whore||Messalina, along with her husband and friends in the Imperial administration led a period of repression to suppress the threat of revolts. Oh also she slept with everyone. But also the politics. Shockingly, this policy was destined to bite her in the b.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.10 Valeria Messalina (1): A Jealous and Suspicious Mind||Messalina became Empress of Rome after the assassination of Caligula and his family, and quickly secured her position by giving birth to a son. But she had rivals that needed to be moved on.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.9 Caligula's Wives||Somewhere deep in the recesses of the world there is a list of the world's crappiest husbands. Caligula is on that list, and four women: Junia Claudilla, Livia Orestilla, Lollia Paulina and Milonia Caesonia were about to find that out.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.8 Livia Drusilla (6) Princeps Femina||The reign of Tiberius is most frequently described as being one of cruelty, depravity and neglect, but in actual fact, there was one elderly woman who was helping to keep it all together. Livia had quite a lot on her hands in her final years of life.||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.7 Livia Drusilla (5): Julia Augusta||As Augustus final years, Livia took steps to make sure her son Tiberius took the throne.||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.6 Livia Drusilla (4): Murderous Machiavellian Matriarch?||Augustus's reign was overshadowed by his inability to secure the succession and problems within his own family. Heir after heir fell by the wayside. But was there a snake in the grass? Audio credit: "What Shall We Do About Claudius" I...||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.5 Livia Drusilla (3): Ulysses in a Petticoat||Livia was the first Empress of Rome, and few others would exert so much influence. Livia's full advice to Augustus. It is chapters 16-21||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.4 Livia Drusilla (2): The Anti-Cleopatra||By marrying Octavian, Livia had married a hugely powerful man - but he was not yet the Emperor. To win control of the Empire, he needed to vilify Antony and Cleopatra - and he used his wife and sister to do it. SHOWNOTES Livia Drusilla Statue Emp.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.3 Livia Drusilla (1): The Whims of Fate||Born into one of Rome's most noble families, Livia was married to a man below her station and who made terrible decisions - but she would soon catch the eye of the most powerful man in Rome.||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.2 The Fall of the Roman Republic||The Roman Republic had managed to squash all its enemies - but then it turn in on itself. How did it happen? And who were the women in the centre of the action EXPLICIT - Augustus's poem about Fulvia||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.1 The First First Ladies of Rome||Ancient Rome was a highly patriarchal place - but did it mean to be a woman in that society? How were they viewed at the time? And what happened when they tried to become powerful?||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer||Introducing my new show!||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Loved his old show!
I loved the “Queens of England” podcast, and I am pretty excited about this new show. It is absolutely worth checking it out.
My favorite podcast
Incredible, well researched and easy to digest history. The host is a great story teller, I am always excited for the new episodes!
Love this show!
I love This podcast. I especially like the episodes about Queen Victoria’s daughters. I look forward to listening when each new episode drops.