The Queen of Sheba (with Princess O’Nika Auguste)

We’re joined by return guest Princess O’Nika Auguste, here to share the story of The Queen of Sheba. Princess explains this Queen’s connection to Ethiopian, Rastafarian, Yemeni, Islamic, Jewish, Christian, and Black history.

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Mary Ann Shadd Cary (with Nneka D. Dennie)

Mary Ann Shadd Cary is recognized as a national hero in both Canada and the United States. I’m joined by Nneka D. Dennie, author of Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Essential Writings of a Nineteenth-Century Black Radical Feminist to discuss Mary Ann’s life and legacy.

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Author Interview: Avery Cunningham (Author of The Mayor of Maxwell Street)

We’re joined this week by Avery Cunningham, author of The Mayor of Maxwell Street. This historical fiction novel has it all: old timey gangsters! Lady journalists! Noir-adjacent gangland rivalries! And: 1920s outfits. It’s also a story about the Black elite of 1920s Kentucky and Chicago, using fictional characters to highlight this lesser known aspect of Black American history.

Learn more about Avery and her books at averycunninghamauthor.com

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Author Interview: Vanessa Miller (Author of The American Queen)

Talking with Vanessa Miller, author of the historical fiction novel The American Queen. This novel is based on actual events that occurred between 1865 – 1889 and shares the unsung history of a Black woman who built a kingdom as a refuge for the courageous people who dared to dream of a different way of life.

Learn more about Vanessa and her books at vanessamiller.com

The resources Vanessa mentioned to look up the age of words are:

etymonline.com

merriam-webster.com

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Author Interview: Andrea Penrose (Author of The Diamond of London)

Born into an illustrious family of swashbuckling war heroes and brilliant political leaders, Lady Hester Stanhope was a Regency-era adventuress who lived on her own terms and refused to conform. Author Andrea Penrose took Hester’s life as inspiration for her new historical fiction novel, The Diamond of London.

Learn more about Andrea and her work at andreapenrose.com

Read Andrea’s blog posts at Word Wenches

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Lucy Percy Hay, Countess of Carlisle (Ann’s Version)

This week is a re-release of season 1, episode 6 of Vulgar History, telling the saga of the Wizard Earl’s Daughter, Frances Howard’s protegee, that’s right: lady spy Lucy Percy Hay!

This rerelease includes a new edit of the original recording and a new intro and extro.

Mentioned in this episode: 

Sweet Valley Sagas by Francine Pascal 

Court Lady and Country Wife: Royal Privilege and Civil War: Two Noble Sisters in 17th-century England by Lita-Rose Betcherman

Invisible Agents: Women and Espionage in Seventeenth-Century Britain by Nadine Akkerman 

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Mary Toft (Ann’s Version)

This week is a re-release of season 1, episode 5 of Vulgar History, telling the saga of the Imposteress Rabbit Breeder, Mary Toft!

This rerelease includes a new edit of the original recording and a new intro and extro.

Content warnings: animal cruelty/killing, nonconsensual gynecological procedures, Nathanael St. Andre

References:

The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft and Eighteenth-Century England by Karen Harvey

What Mary Toft Felt: Women’s Voices, Pain, Power and the Body by Karen Harvey (History Workshop Journal)

Why Historians Are Reexamining the Case of the Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Sabrina Imbler (Atlas Obscura)

Imagining Monsters: Miscreations of the Self in Eighteenth-Century England By Dennis Todd

Lore, episode 45: First Impressions (Lore Podcast)

Mary Toft and Her Extraordinary Delivery of Rabbits by Niki Russell (The Public Domain Review)

An Extraordinary Delivery of Rabbits by Edward White (The Paris Review)

The Curious Case of Mary Toft (University of Glasgow Special Collections)

The confessions of a rabbit woman and other recently digitized tales from the Osler Library by Mary Yearl (McGill University Library News)

Mary Toft or Tofts (Godalming Musem)

The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Lucas Reilly (Mental Floss)

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Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Ann’s Version)

This week is a re-release of season 1, episode 4 of Vulgar History, telling the saga of Elizabeth Báthory aka The Blood Countess aka #JusticeForBettyBats!

This rerelease includes a new edit of the original recording and a new intro and extro.

References:

Countess Dracula: The Life and Times of Elizabeth Bathory, the Blood Countess by Tony Thorne

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Jeanne de Valois-Saint-Rémy, Comtesse de la Motte (Ann’s Version)

This week is a re-release of season 1, episode 3 of Vulgar History, telling the saga of the Affair of the Necklace and Jeanne de la Motte!

This rerelease includes a new edit of the original recording and a new intro and extro.

References:

How To Ruin A Queen by Jonathan Beckman

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Frances Howard, Duchess of Somerset (Ann’s Version)

This week is a re-release of season 1, episode 2 of Vulgar History, telling the scandalicious saga of OG tits out icon/ our patron saint, Frances Howard.

This rerelease includes a new edit of the original recording and a bunch of new updates about Frances, two other people ALSO called Frances Howard, what is Bobby Duds doing in this narrative, and: Lettice Knollys! I also reassess Frances’s score on the Fredegund Memorial Scandilicious Scale.

Recommended Reading:

A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago (aka the Frances Howard novel!!)

The Trials of Frances Howard: Fact and Fiction at the Court of King James by David Lindley

References:

The Overbury Affair by Miriam Allen DeFord

Unnatural Murder: Poison in the Court of James I by Anne Somerset

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