38: Empress Dowager Cixi, part two

After part one laid a lot of track, part two is just all engines go as we look at the subsequent forty-seven years. There were two cult-based rebellions! Three emperors, all chosen by her! A marble boat! A person named Wild Fox Kang! Poisonings! Illnesses! Fleeing in a mule cart! She kept trying to retire but they kept sucking her back in! Also please note: PANTS.

Recommended podcasts to learn more about Asian history:

Asian American History 101

With Chinese Characteristics

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References:

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

Women In World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia

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37: Empress Dowager Cixi, part one

OK this is a major episode, so get ready for the twists and turns of a truly unforgettable saga. Cixi was born to a Manchu family in China in the 19th century and, as a teen, was selected to join the emperor’s harem of concubines. The emperor mostly doesn’t matter (spoiler: none of the emperors in this saga do), because what’s most important is that in the harem she met her ride or die best friend forever, Ci’an. And what they accomplished together is truly breathtaking, changed history, and is also the cliffhanger of this week’s episode.

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Asian American History 101

With Chinese Characteristics

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References:

Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang

Women In World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia

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36: Artemisia I of Caria

Artemisia I of Caria is one of the earliest recorded tits out women of history. She was the Queen of Halicarnassus hundreds of years before Cleopatra, and midway through the events of the Old Testament. She helped out Persian Emperor Xerxes I battle against the Greeks, and was so impressive Herodotus wrote about her (even though she was a woman).

Help for Iran. Some organizations to consider donating to in support of the women of Iran:

Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)

Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran

Amnesty International 

United for Iran

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References:

Wikipedia

Britannica.com

https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1492/women-in-ancient-persia

https://www.worldhistory.org/article/927/women-in-ancient-greece/

https://www.persianesquemagazine.com/4717/

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35: Sarah Kidd (with Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos)

You may not have heard of Sarah Kidd, but you likely have heard of her third husband: Captain Kidd, the famous pirate. I’m joined by Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos, author of the first-ever full length biography of Sarah, THE PIRATE’S WIFE: THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY OF SARAH KIDD to learn all about this lesser-known figure from history. Arrrr!

Learn more about Daphne and her books at daphnepalmergeanacopoulos.com/

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34: Super Special: Before We Were Trans (with Kit Heyam)

As soon as I read Kit Heyam’s new book “Before We Were Trans” I knew I had to try and get them on the podcast. And happy day, Kit agreed! We talk in this chat about the messiness of trans and queer history, women in sexy lady pants, the gender of hats, Njinga, Catalina de Erauso, Kristina of Sweden and MUCH MORE!

Learn more about Kit and their work at kitheyam.com and follow them on Twitter @krheyam

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Also, as mentioned in the episode, some organizations to consider donating to in support of the women of Iran:

Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)

Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran

Amnesty International 

United for Iran

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33: Manuela Sáenz, part two

Doña Manuela Sáenz de Vergara y Aizpuru was the illegitimate daughter of Spanish nobility in Quito (in modern day Ecuador). Side by side with Simón Bolívar, she was instrumental in Spanish colonies emancipating themselves from Spain. Following Simón’s death, Manuela wound up with money problems in Perú. Since the 20th century, South American feminists have reclaimed her legacy and today, she is widely beloved all over South America as their beloved Manuelita.

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References:

Wikipedia

For Glory and Bolivar by Pamela S. Murray

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32: Manuela Sáenz, part one

Doña Manuela Sáenz de Vergara y Aizpuru was the illegitimate daughter of Spanish nobility in Quito (in modern day Ecuador). After a political awakening, she became involved in the patriot revolution seeking to emancipate South America from Spanish control. And that’s just the beginning.

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References:

Wikipedia

For Glory and Bolivar by Pamela S. Murray

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31: Lola Montez, part two (with Allison Epstein)

Part two of our exploration of Ireland’s most scandalous heroine covers the second part of Lola Montez’s life. Can’t mention any details here, it’s all best experienced as guest Allison Epstein (A Tip for the Hangman) did, by just vibing out while I tell the tale.

Learn more about Allison at allisonepstein.com and subscribe to Dirtbags Through The Ages at rapscallison.substack.com/

** I forgot to announce Lola’s total scandilicious score in the episode, scroll to the bottom of these notes to see what it is **

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References:

Wikipedia

The Irish History Podcast

Queens of the Mines podcast

Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast

The Lonely Empress by Joan Haslip

Lola Montez: A Life, by Bruce Seymour

https://decider.com/2021/02/19/dickinson-season-2-spider-dance-lola-montez-anna-baryshnikov-pico-alexander/

https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/montez-lola-4226

https://allthatsinteresting.com/lola-montez

** Lola Montez got a 23. Here is where that puts her on the overall scale:

Catalina de Erauso 23.5

Lola Montez 23

Boudica 23

Christopher Marlowe 22.5

Empress Sisi 21

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30: Lola Montez, part one (with Allison Epstein)

Lola Montez is such a groundbreakingly dirtbaggy grifter and icon, we had to invite friend of the pod Allison Epstein (author of A Tip for the Hangman) to share this wildly bananas saga. The saga is truly internationale as well, as part one travels along with Lola from Ireland to India, England, Scotland, Spain, France, and finally Bavaria. And it’s just part one of two!! Enjoy!!

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References:

Wikipedia

The Irish History Podcast

Stuff You Missed in History Slass podcast

The Lonely Empress by Joan Haslip

Lola Montez: A Life, by Bruce Seymour

https://decider.com/2021/02/19/dickinson-season-2-spider-dance-lola-montez-anna-baryshnikov-pico-alexander/

https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/montez-lola-4226

https://allthatsinteresting.com/lola-montez

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29: Queen Min, part two

In the second part of the saga of Queen Min, we see her extremely competently take control of the Joseon kingdom during a wildly chaotic period in time. China, Japan, Russia, and the US are all at play here and Min has to try and play them all off one another to try and prevent Joseon from falling to any. Meanwhile the father in law from hell, Daewongun, is STILL trying to get rid of her; some of her enemies realize they can manipulate her husband (the literal King) Gojong; she evades at least two major assassination attempts; she kind of rises from the dead; and does she let these things stop her; NO!! (until one of these things sadly does stop her; but does that let Gojong let that be the end of her story; NO!!!)

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References:

Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History

Tragic Facts About Queen Min, The Ghost Empress Of Korea

Queen Min was a rose hiding a deadly thorn. Born into a world of privilege and luxury, Min’s classic beauty covered up her incredible cunning. Korean courtiers watched as Min played a dangerous game of thrones, transforming herself from teenage consort into a terrifying ruler in her own right.

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2015/10/323_70902.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Myeongseong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep_eIppXwT0&t=601s

https://legacyweb.philamuseum.org/doc_downloads/education/JoseonResourceBook.pdf

https://www.koreasociety.org/images/pdf/KoreanStudies/Curriculum_Materials/LessonbyTime/3_GoryeoJoseon/JoseonDynastyandWomensRights-CustomandLaw_Cerulo_Beth.pdf

https://www.thoughtco.com/the-joseon-dynasty-in-korea-195719

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_acUrSV0Bi0

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