Empress Elisabeth of Russia (with Allison Epstein)

This week we’re talking about the six-foot-tall fashion and party-loving queen who had a loving male companion she discovered singing in a choir… no, not Mary QofS, it’s Empress Elisabeth!!! With a thrilling cameo of a past VH fav but I’ll wait for you to hear until I reveal who it is!!

We’re joined by Allison Epstein, whose new book Let The Dead Bury the Dead takes place in olde timey Russia. Buy a copy of it at bookshop.org or anywhere you get books, and join the Vulgar History Book Club discussion at vulgarhistory.com/bookclub from Oct 18-Nov 15!!

Want to know what Allison has to say about the TV series The Great?  Check out the Patreon-only Aftershow where she airs her grievances.

Other Allison Epstein links:

Dirtbags Through the Ages (newsletter)

Allison’s website


Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (there is a great chapter in this about Elisabeth)


Article from the Moscow Kremlin Museum on Elisabeth’s coronation

This section of the Presidential Library of Russia website

Blog post on La Chevaliere in Russia

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