Constanze Mozart (with Kristin Franseen)

This season on Vulgar History, we’re investigating the question How Do You Solve A Problem Like Marie Antoinette? To do so, we’re looking at the lives of women who lived during the revolutionary era of the 18th century.

This week, Kristin Franseen joins us to discuss Constanze Mozart, best known as the wife and then widow of Amadeus Mozart.

Learn about the Grove Music Online website of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Project

Kristin’s references:

Mozart’s Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music by Jane Glover

1791: Mozart’s Last Year by H.C. Robbins Landon

“Salieri’s Cosi fan tutte” by Bruce Alan Brown and John Rice, Cambridge Opera Journal 8, no. 1

Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life edited by Robert Spaethling

A Mozart Pilgrimage by Vincent and Mary Novellos

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Marie-Josèphe Angélique

It’s season seven! This year we’re investigating the question How Do You Solve A Problem Like Marie Antoinette? Marie Antoinette was famously executed during the French Revolution. To understand how that happened means understanding the French Revolution, which means understanding the spirit of revolution that occurred around the world in the 18th century. This is why the first part of season seven is sub-titled Age of Revolution.

Things kick off with the story of Marie-Josephe Angelique, an enslaved Black Portuguese woman who may or may not have burned down Montreal in 1734.

References:

The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal by Afua Cooper

Wikipedia

https://globalnews.ca/news/211853/montreal-to-honour-slave-marie-josephe-angelique-with-park-name/

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/the-hanging-of-angelique-book-review

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/marie-joseph-angelique

https://this.org/2017/03/27/new-film-takes-a-much-needed-glance-into-canadas-uncomfortable-past-with-racism-and-slavery/

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Author Interview: June Hur (A Crane Among Wolves)

Today’s guest, June Hur, is the author of historical novels that read like K-dramas. Her latest, A Crane Among Wolves, is set in Joseon-era Korea during the reign of tyrant King Yeonsan.

Learn more about June and her books at junehur.com

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Author Interview: Ella McLeod (author of The Map that Led to You)

We’re talking about pirate history this week with Ella McLeod, author of the new YA novel The Map That Led To You! In her research, Ella dove into the world of folklore, pirateology, nautical history, and the voices of people left out of history.

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Ella’s Instagram

Ella’s podcast, Comfort Creatures

Theme music by The Severn Duo

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Las Soldaderas of the Mexican Revolution (with Cristina Lumague)

We’re getting into a revolutionary, pants-on vibe this week with a look at Las Soldaderas: women who fought during the Mexican Revolution and whose contributions to victory often go uncredited.

Guiding us through their pants-wearing ways is Cristina Lumague, longtime editor of Vulgar History!

References:

Soldaderas in the Mexican Military: Myth and History by Elizabeth Salas and Elizabeth Blackshear Flinn

Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico: Portraits of Soldaderas, Saints, and Subversives

Cristina’s podcasts:

Historias Unknown https://www.historiasunknown.com/episodes/

Espooky tales https://www.espookytales.com/follow

Espooky Tales socials: tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@espookytales IG https://www.instagram.com/espookytales

A Little Bit de Todo (short daily podcast, available May 5th) https://episodes.fm/1735794761

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Thanadelthur (with Rosalie Tsannie-Burseth)

Today we’re talking about Thanadelthur, a Dene woman who had a profound impact on the Dene people in Northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba during the eighteenth-century fur trade. Much of Thanadelthur’s story is shared through oral storytelling among the Dene community. Today’s guest, Rosalie Tsannie-Burseth is a member of the Hatchet Lake Dënesųłiné First Nation in Treaty 10 territory.

References:

The Legend of Thanadelthur: Elders’ Oral History and Hudson’s Bay Company Journals by Rosalie Tsannie-Burset

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Episode image by Wai Tien from The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur by David A. Robertson

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Matoaka aka Pocahontas (with Lauren DeLeary)

We’re joined today by Lauren DeLeary to talk about the true story of Matoaka, commonly known as Pocahontas. Her story has been misinterpreted countless times from the 16th century through today, perhaps still best known from the animated Disney film. Lauren was the screenwriter of Missing Matoaka, an alternate audio track to the Disney film, presenting her as the first Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman.

Learn more about Missing Matoaka: The True Story of Pocahontas

Learn more about the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

References:

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma by Camilla Townsend

The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History by Dr. Linwood “Little Bear’ Custalow and Angela L. Daniel “Silver Star”

Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America by Benjamin Woolley

The True Story of Pocahontas: Historical Myths Versus Sad Reality by Vincent Schilling (Indian Country Today)

Wikipedia

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Hatshepsut (with Gina Berry)

We’re joined by friend of the podcast Gina Berry to discuss the longest-ago figure ever discussed on the show: Hatshepsut! It’s a long one, so pace yourselves because you want to hear every detail of this remarkable King’s life and reign.

References:

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney

Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender by Kit Heyam

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La Quintrala aka Catalina de los Ríos y Lísperguer (with Maria Marsilli)

La Quintrala is well-known in Chile as a monstrous woman from colonial history. Her alleged murderous rampage killed over 1,000 enslaved people, and her ghost is still causing havoc today. But who was the real-life inspiration of this myth? We’re joined by Dr. Maria N. Marsilli from John Carroll University to separate the bloody legend from the real-life history of a 17th-century Chilean noblewoman.

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Saint Margaret of Scotland (with E.K. McAlpine)

In a long-awaited crossover between pale-skinned history nerds with glasses and long reddish hair, whose cats like to make guest appearances in their content, Hepburn and I are joined by I’m joined by E.K. McAlpine (and Minnie) to talk about her all-time fav: Saint Margaret of Scotland!

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