Vulgar History Presents: So This Asshole: Count Cagliostro


This is a preview of So This Asshole, a new spinoff podcast available through my Patreon. This side series will share the wild stories of some of the many, many assholes involved in the stories of the women profiled on the main Vulgar History podcast.

This episode is all about Giuseppe Balsamo, aka Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (1743-1795), who was briefly mentioned in the Vulgar History episode about Jeanne de la Motte.

Referenced in this podcast:

How To Ruin A Queen by Jonathan Beckman (which is a GREAT book!)

Other stuff:

History writing:

Recommended books:



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