6: Njinga of Ngola and Matamba: Part One

Njinga, aka Nzinga, aka Ana de Sousa was one of the longest-reigning and most consequential monarchs in history. She ruled over Ndongo and Matamba (near modern-day Angola) for thirty-seven years and NONE of those years was boring. She was a fashion icon, icon for women over age 40 getting shit done, an icon in Black history, an icon in African history, an icon in anti-colonialist history, and SO MUCH MORE.

This week is the first half of her saga; next week we’ll get into the second half, including how she will score on the scandilicious scale!!

References:

Njinga of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen by Linda Heywood

It’s A Continent podcast itsacontinent.com

Excuse My African podcast excusemyafrican.com

The Humanity Archive podcast thehumanityarchive.com

longreads.com/2019/10/03/queens-of-infamy-njinga/

6: Hürrem Sultan (aka Haseki Sultan, aka Roxelana): Part Two

This is the second part of a two-part episode about Hürrem Sultan. It will make most sense if you listen to part one first!

Hürrem Sultan, aka Haseki Sultan, aka Roxelana, was born around 1502 and was captured and sold into slavery as a young girl. She caught the attention of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and wound up shattering all kinds of glass ceilings for women, the enslaved, and concubines as she ascended to become his Queen.

As noted in the episode, this is a video from Bery Istantul Tips that includes Hürrem Sultan’s tomb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQcHyHoZ9Ys&t=6s

References:

The Islamic History Podcast islamichistorypodcast.com/

The Ottoman History podcast ottomanhistorypodcast.com

Ottoman Lives podcast historyonthenet.com/ottoman-lives

Empress of the East: How A European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire by Leslie Peirce

https://www.dailysabah.com/feature/2015/01/09/hurrem-sultan-a-beloved-wife-or-master-manipulator

https://listverse.com/2018/06/06/10-little-known-facts-from-the-crimean-slave-trade/

https://magnificentcentury.fandom.com/wiki/Hurrem_Sultan

https://www.youtube.com/c/BeryIstanbulTips/about

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5: Hürrem Sultan (aka Haseki Sultan, aka Roxelana): Part One

Hürrem Sultan, aka Haseki Sultan, aka Roxelana, was born around 1502 and was captured and sold into slavery as a young girl. She caught the attention of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and wound up shattering all kinds of glass ceilings for women, the enslaved, and concubines as she ascended to become his Queen.

References:

The Ottoman History podcast ottomanhistorypodcast.com

Ottoman Lives podcast historyonthenet.com/ottoman-lives

Empress of the East: How A European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire by Leslie Peirce

https://www.dailysabah.com/feature/2015/01/09/hurrem-sultan-a-beloved-wife-or-master-manipulator

10 Little-Known Facts From The Crimean Slave Trade

https://magnificentcentury.fandom.com/wiki/Hurrem_Sultan

https://www.youtube.com/c/BeryIstanbulTips/about

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4: Malintzin (aka Doña Marina, aka La Malinche)

Malintzin (aka Doña Marina, aka La Malinche) was born in Mexico around 1500. Twice sold into slavery, she found a way to use her multilingualism and skill at diplomacy to make her indispensable to newly-arrived Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. In the aftermath of the Spanish conquest, Malintzin has been viewed alternately as victim, villain, seductress, folk legend, and myth. But who was the real person?

References:

Monstras podcast http://monstraspodcast.com/podcast/episode/4abc6788/la-malinche

Fifth Sun: A new history of the Aztecs by Camilla Townsend

Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico by Camilla Townsend

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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. 
Learn more about Shelley, her books, and upcoming events at shelleypuhak.com
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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.

You can listen to new episodes of Vulgarpiece Theatre by joining the Patreon at patreon.com/annfosterwriter at the Glorianas level ($5 per month).

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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