3: Sayyida al-Hurra ibn Banu Rashid

This week’s internationàle destination is North Africa, by way of the Iberian Peninsula. Sayyida al-Hurra, who is known by that name even though it’s not actually her name (it’s all explained in the episode don’t worry), was a refugee from Granada who helped makeover a ruined city, then was named its governor, and also hung out with a very famous (alleged) pirate!!

References:

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

https://www.aramcoworld.com/Articles/January-2017/Malika-VI-Sayyida-Al-Hurra https://insidearabia.com/sayyida-al-hurra-governor-pirate-queen-and-trailblazer/

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas by Laura Sook Duncombe

A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly

The Forgotten Queens of Islam by Fatima Mernissi

The Making of the Modern Mediterranean: Views from the South edited by Judith E. Tucker

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Season 5, Episode 2: Inês de Castro

This week Vulgar History’s Internationale travels bring us to 14th century Portugal, where Inês de Castro (1325-1355) was kind of a big deal. Her charisma and cleverness were such that she made her way from lady in waiting to the Prince’s official mistress to the ZOMBIE QUEEN OF PORTUGAL. But you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out how that all happened.

You can view the tombs of Pedro and Ines here, via Google Arts and Culture:

Also pictures here via Atlas Obscura

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In%C3%AAs_de_Castro
http://www.theroyalarticles.com/articles/71/1/Ines-de-Castro-The-Queen-Who-Was-Crowned-After-Death/Page1.html
https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/king-pedro-and-ines-de-castro/
https://www.iheart.com/podcast/stuff-you-missed-in-history-cl-21124503/episode/symhc-classics-ines-de-castro-and-89220558/

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Season 5, Episode 1: Rani Didda of Kashmir

Welcome to season 5 of Vulgar History, where things are taking an internationàle flair, starting with this story from 10th century Kashmir! The saga of Rani Didda contains THREE coin minting moments, NUMEROUS mysterious deaths, and a new inductee to the Lady Jane Grey Memorial Award for Outstanding Supporting Performance.

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References:

https://feminisminindia.com/2019/05/13/queen-didda-kashmir/
https://swarajyamag.com/magazine/didda-controversial-queen-of-kashmir
https://www.livehistoryindia.com/story/people/kashmirs-ruthless-queen-didda
https://kashmirblogs.wordpress.com/tag/diddakshema/
https://www.everyculture.com/South-Asia/Kshatriya.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDKC3rFrFhQ

The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger
Early India from the Origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar
The Position of Women in Hindu Civilization by A.S. Altekar

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Super Special: Interview with Shelley Puhak, author of The Dark Queens

I was so excited to talk all things Fredegund vs Brunhilde with Shelley Puhak, author of The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World. 
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Super Special: Vulgar History presents: Vulgarpiece Theatre: Shakespeare In Love (1998)

Enjoy this preview of a new spinoff podcast, Vulgarpiece Theatre!

Every month or so, Ann Foster, Allison Epstein, and Lana Wood Johnson will rant our way through scandilicious costume dramas. First up: 1998’s Shakespeare In Love aka Pantaloons All Akimbo aka the Daisy Dukes of Pantaloons.

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Super Special: Princess Cecilia of Sweden

Sweden’s Princess Cecilia was: a teenage party girl, short-lived BFF to Elizabeth I, leader of a pirate fleet, successful diplomat, a petty queen who lived for drama, and our newest tits out icon!!

References:

Allison Epstein’s Dirtbags Through The Ages newsletter

Recommended books on Bookshop.org

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Super Special: Interview: Lucy Jago, author of A Net For Small Fishes

Author Lucy Jago joins us to discuss her new book, A Net For Small Fishes. This historical fiction novel explores the real-life story of Frances Howard and her companion Anne Turner, both of whom were found guilty of involvement in the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. But real talk, if you’ve ever listened to this podcast you know who Frances Howard is. This is a book about her, our queen and icon!!

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Super Special: Catherine Monvoisin aka La Voisin

Catherine Monvoisin, aka La Voisin was a thriving entrepreneur/sorceress in 17th century France. She provided cosmetics, potions, charms, demonic rituals, and midwifery services to people of all classes. But one of her clients was the King’s mistress and they both got caught up in a witch hunt scenario called The Affair Of The Poisons.

References:

The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide & Satanism at the court of Louis XIV by Anne Somerset

Strange Revelations: Magic, poison and sacrilege in Louis XIV’s France by Lynn Wood Mollenauer

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/la-voisin-frances-murderous-fortune-teller

https://historyofyesterday.com/the-affair-of-the-poisons-cf31804b3e0

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Super Special: Mary Shelley: Goth Queen Mom Friend

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) was the calm in the eye of the storm that was literally everyone in her life: her parents, her stepmother, her stepsister, her husband, her husband’s BFF, literally EVERYONE was the most chaotic and she somehow stands out for just keeping it together all these years. She was the ultimate Goth Queen Mom Friend, casually invented a whole new genre of fiction/revolutionized English language literature while on the world’s worst couples getaway and while dealing with perpetual pregnancy and grief. To say we stan is an understatement.

References:

In Search of Mary Shelley by Fiona Sampson

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Super Special: Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England

Elizabeth Woodville was the first commoner AND the first English woman to marry an English King (in the most super secret sexy wedding ever??), but more importantly for Halloween reasons, was maybe descended from a mythical Luxembourgese mermaid-witch-goddess.

References:

Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England by Gemma Hollman

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