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Author Dana Schwartz explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between. Because when you’re wearing a crown, mistakes often mean blood.

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    • 4.8 • 395 Ratings

Author Dana Schwartz explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between. Because when you’re wearing a crown, mistakes often mean blood.

    The Safavid Princess in Power

    The Safavid Princess in Power

    When the Shah of the Safavid empire died in 1576, three of his sons would eventually become Shah. But the real power behind the scenes was their sister, Pari Khan Khanum, a brilliant strategist and political thinker who maintained control of the kingdom until it led to her tragic death.

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    • 39 min
    The First New Chronicle

    The First New Chronicle

    In 1600, Guaman Poma began writing what would become a nearly 1,200-page open letter to King Philip III of Spain. Part history, part social critique, it's an illustrated depiction of Inca life and culture that was lost to history for 300 years, until it was rediscovered by accident.

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    • 20 min
    The Princess Imprisoned in her Celle

    The Princess Imprisoned in her Celle

    Sophia Dorothea of Celle was forced to marry a cousin she loathed. Stuck alone in restrictive Hanoverian court, her one happiness was the affair she began with a dashing visiting Count. But royal affairs almost always lead to tragedy, and though her husband's position in the courts of Europe would continue to rise, Sophia Dorothea would suffer only tragedy.

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    • 50 min
    The Argyll Scandal

    The Argyll Scandal

    Margaret Whigham Sweeney Campbell was the most notorious tabloid figure of her day. Her divorce from Ian Campbell, Duke of Argyll, would be the longest and costliest divorce in British history until that point, and would help usher in the all-too-modern tabloid trend of tearing scandalized women apart.

    Listen to Margaret, Duchess of Argyll - In Her Own Words (BBC Archive) for more. 

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    • 46 min
    Jeanne de Clisson, Pirate Terror of France

    Jeanne de Clisson, Pirate Terror of France

    In the 14th century, Jeanne de Clisson's husband was accused of being a traitor and beheaded by the king of France. In response, Jeanne decided to get her revenge.

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    • 26 min
    The Death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    The Death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

    The day began with an explosion, and it ended in death, and it changed the course of history forever.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
395 Ratings

395 Ratings

SufyanSaleem ,

Chills

I’ve been following this podcast since the very first episode. Honestly one of the best ones out there. And Dana’s delivery is just impeccable. Sends chills and shivers down my spine every time. A must listen.

lpk@itunes ,

Excellent & Substantial

These podcasts are impressive; thoroughly researched, balanced and very well presented. The results are enjoyable, informative and interesting. However, I do have one quibble. If only Dana could forgo the need to include verbal quotation marks quite so often. It is self evident that a quotation is being spoken and the oft repeated QUOTE can be quite tedious.

cherisy ,

You’re Wrong About

Came across Dana Schwartz on You’re Wrong About, speaking on Catherine the Great. Am now binging Noble Blood. Thank you thankyou thankyou! My new favourite podcast!

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