Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part Three

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with this three-part exploration of the legend that was FREDEGUND! Her story concludes with yet more innovative military victories, unrelenting badassery, and some info about how she lived during an Ice Age (???). Then comes the moment we’re all waiting for: how will this one of a kind Queen score on the scandilicious scale?

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The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World by Shelley Puhak

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Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part Two

In part two of this Super Special, we delve into Fredegund’s Warrior Queen Era as well as learning more about her Wile E. Coyote-like relationship to Brunhilda. Also: absinthe! And: Breton stripes!

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Super Special: Fredegund, Queen of Neustria: Part One

Fredegund, Queen of Neustria was a 6th century enslaved girl turned Queen turned regent turned maybe my fav historical person. This is part one of a two part super special episode, because there’s too much info to put into one hour. In this part, we learn about who tf were the Merovingian Frankish dynasty, why was Fredegund’s sister-in-law Brunhilda so intent on murdering her, and more!! Check back next week when we get into the real meat of this story of QUEEN VS QUEEN as Fredegund arranges more assassinations, becomes a military genius, and a lot more people die of dysentery.

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Season 4, Episode 8: Doña Ana de Mendoza de la Cerda y de Silva Cifuentes, Princess of Eboli, Duchess of Pastrana

Doña Ana de Mendoza was a 16th century Spanish princess who wore a goddamn eyepatch for no reason anyone could figure out, and if that isn’t enough to interest you, I don’t know what else to say to convince you.

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Season 4, Episode 7: Sophia Dorothea of Celle

Sophia Dorothea of Celle (1666-1726), or as we call her in this episode, S.D., is known as England’s Uncrowned Queen. She was raised by loving parents who also loved her, but then got married off to her truly odious cousin and things did not go well.

References: The Imprisoned Princess: The Scandalous Life of Sophia Dorothea of Celle by Catherine Curzon

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Season 4, Episode 6: Lady Arbella Stuart

Lady Arbella Stuart (1575-1615) is one of the lesser-known figures from Tudor and Stuart history. She was Mary Queen of Scots’s niece and granddaughter to both Margaret Douglas and Bess of Hardwick. This genealogy meant she was both a threat to Queen Elizabeth and James I/VI (her cousin), but also that she was used as a figurehead by people who wanted to promote their own interests. Her life was like Grey Gardens meets Rapunzel, and all our girl wanted to do was run off and get secret sexy married like her ancestor/role model Katherine Grey had done. And when she finally took her fate into her own hands, it all got WILDLY scandilicious.

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Recommended history reading: Arbella: England’s Lost Queen by Sarah Gristwood

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Season 4, Episode 5: Marguerite de Valois, Queen of Navarre (aka Queen Margot)

Marguerite de Valois (1553 – 1615) was a French princess whose life was truly non-stop scandiliciousness. Poison gloves! Two assassinations! Scandalous memoirs! A fanatic monk! Carrying around the decapitated head of ones lover! A man named Bussy d’Amboise!

Recommend history viewing: La Reine Margot / Queen Margot (1994)

Recommended history reading: The Rival Queens: Catherine de’Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom by Nancy Goldstone

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Season 4, Episode 4: Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

Lady Margaret Douglas was the only daughter of Margaret Tudor, making her a niece of Henry VIII on the Scottish-disinherited-side. Her parents had an acrimonious divorce which led to Margaret herself growing up mostly in England with various guardians. She was imprisoned five times, mostly in the Tower of London, but her ruthless scheming and family connections freed her every time. She wanted to be Queen, then amended her goal to see her son as King, then finally wound up being OK with her grandkids being Kind and/or Queen.

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Season 4, Episode 3: Isabel of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León

Isabel of Portugal, Queen of Castile and León, is still often referred to as “The Mad Queen.” But as Taylor Swift would say, “no one likes a mad woman/ you made her like that.” And in Isabel’s case, the people who made her like that included her husband, her husband’s EVIL advisor, and her stepson. Like, if you lock a woman in psychological distress in a ghost tower for literal years and then call her “mad” that’s kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, right?

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Season 4, Episode 2: Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

This second episode in this series about Women In Towers And the Assholes Who Sent Them There is the season’s second Margaret. Margaret Pole was just about as royal as you could be back then without being an actual royal. She worked hard to restore her family’s name, but it didn’t help literally every male relative was constantly doing treason around her.

Recommended History Reading: The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

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