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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Brunhild of Austrasia (with Shelley Puhak)

Remember awhile ago, we did three episodes about the iconic Queen Fredegund? And she was so iconic we re-named the scandilicious scale after her? WELL

By popular request, we’re back to look at Fred’s arch-nemesis, Brunhild of Austrasia. To keep my #TeamFred energy from overwhelming things, our guest this week is Shelley Puhak, author of The Dark Queens: The Bloody Rivalry That Formed The Medieval World aka, the person who introduced Fred and Brun into all our lives!!

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Here’s the Radegund book Shelley spoke about. Radegund: The Trials and Triumphs of a Merovingian Queen by E.T. Dailey (published by Oxford University Press).

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Mary Ann Bugg (with Meg Foster)

This week, it’s a Foster duet as we’re joined by Dr. Meg Foster (no relation) to talk about Australia’s legacy of bushrangers, and her recent book Boundary Crossers: The Hidden History of Australia’s Other Bushrangers. If you don’t know who the bushrangers were, don’t worry, that’s the first thing Meg explains.

Our discussion focuses on Mary Ann Bugg, a mixed-race Worimi woman often left out or misrepresented in bushranger sagas.

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Elagabalus (with Kit Heyam)

NOTE: This episode was updated in June 2024 to include Elagabalus’s score on the Fredegund Memorial Scandiliciousness Scale.

Thinking about the Roman Empire? If you weren’t before, you are now! Friend of the podcast Dr. Kit Heyam is back to discuss the fascinating life of ancient Roman emperor Elagabalus (aka Heliogabalus). Elagabalus’s reign was short, and odd, and the way it was written about (by haters) leaves many questions about their queer and trans identity. Kit is here to compassionately explore Elagabalus’s life and story.

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Tune into Vulgar History Live!! On October 21st 2023 at 5:30 Central Time (or watch the livestream later on) at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_089jR4GZw8

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Rachel (aka La Grande Rachel aka Mademoiselle Rachel aka Rachel Félix) (with Allison Epstein)

My name is Ann, joined this week by Allison, to talk about a tits out women who only needs one name: RACHEL.

References:

Tragic Muse: Rachel of the Comédie-Francaise by Rachel H. Brownstein

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/09571558211045052

https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/rachel-eliza-rachel-felix

https://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/6068-felix-elisa-rachel

As mentioned in the episode, here are images of Rachel’s tomb

And here is Wikimedia Commons’s page of images of Rachel, almost entirely in various togas, her signature look.

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The Public Universal Friend (with Kit Heyam)

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

In honour of Pride Month, we’re talking this week about the trans historical figure The Public Universal Friend. The Friend, aka PUF, grew up as a Quaker in late 18th-century Pennsylvania. Were they also a cult leader? Listen and find out!

We’re joined this week by three-time returning guest Kit Heyam to talk about this fascinating historical figure.

Organizations to Support:

Kit recommends supporting TransActual (UK)

Ann recommends supporting:

Point of Pride (US)

Trans Care+ (Canada)

The Trevor Project (US)

References:

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

Public Universal Friend essay by Amanda Carson Banks from Women in World History

Vulgar Pride podcast playlist on Spotify

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