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Women make up half of the world's population, and yet history books often consign them to the sidelines. They are dismissed as merely the wives of powerful men; babymakers and nothing more. Yet women have been the driving force behind history for millennia, from female Pharoahs, warrior princesses and pirates, to the revolutionaries who sought to topple the male-dominated political systems of their day. From host of the popular 'Queens of England Podcast', The Other Half tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history.
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The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages James Boulton

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

Women make up half of the world's population, and yet history books often consign them to the sidelines. They are dismissed as merely the wives of powerful men; babymakers and nothing more. Yet women have been the driving force behind history for millennia, from female Pharoahs, warrior princesses and pirates, to the revolutionaries who sought to topple the male-dominated political systems of their day. From host of the popular 'Queens of England Podcast', The Other Half tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history.
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    CHAT: Hallie Rubenold on the victims of Jack the Ripper

    CHAT: Hallie Rubenold on the victims of Jack the Ripper

    I speak to historian and author Hallie Rubenhold about the victims of Jack the Ripper, why they have been forgotten and the importance of social history.
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    4.08 Joanna of Naples (4) The new Jezebal

    4.08 Joanna of Naples (4) The new Jezebal

    Now nearly 40, Joanna had given up hope of producing a natural heir, meaning that now she had to solve a bit of a conundrum - who should succeed her as ruler of Naples?
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    • 41 min
    4.07 Joanna of Naples (3) Return of the Queen

    4.07 Joanna of Naples (3) Return of the Queen

    Joanna sits in triumph back in her capital city, but her kingdom still faced three terrible foes: invaders, plague and internal foes.
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    • 40 min
    4.06 Joanna of Naples (2) On trial for her life

    4.06 Joanna of Naples (2) On trial for her life

    Following the grisly murder of her husband, Joanna ends up facing war from within and without her kingdom, all of which would end up with her on trial for her life in Avignon.
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    4.05 Joanna of Naples (1) Two houses both alike in dignity

    4.05 Joanna of Naples (1) Two houses both alike in dignity

    We travel to fourteenth-century Naples to hear about one of the most powerful female rulers of the whole medieval period. Joanna of Naples is one of very few queens regnant in the Middle Ages - her reign was action-packed.

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    • 46 min
    4.04 Marozia: Ruling the Pornocracy

    4.04 Marozia: Ruling the Pornocracy

    Call it the Dark Century, Rule of the Harlots, or, as I have, the Pornocracy, the tenth century was a nadir in papal history, with powerful nobles calling the shots. And at the centre of it all its matriarch: Marozia
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Esther Grebe ,

Warning: risk of addiction

I first started listening to this podcast on a backpacking trip. As I was hiking up mountains and across fields, I felt in a strange way like I was journeying and fighting along with the heroine of the story, Boudica. I’ve been hooked ever since and have currently binge watched though the first season. James Bolton does a fantastic job of finding interesting stories and relating them in a very human way. It’s incredibly refreshing to hear about the “the other half” for once, and the impact these powerful women have made on history.

MuffinMouse ,

My favourite listen

I'm a huge fan of both the Other Half and Queen's of England, also by James. Both shows are well-researched, comprehensively discussed, and very well analysed. I can always count on fair, well-balanced, and reasonable historic analysis backed up with solid evidence. James' love of the topic, humour, and unwitting charm make it all the better. I think I've listened to every episode of QoE at least five times over, and I'm on round two for almost every episode of the Other Half.

Miss Fluffytail ,

Always intriguing

James provides a wonderful service in popularizing the stories of the other half of history. Hard to understand how these awesome and/or dreadful women could be so little known.

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