37 episodes

Why did kings and queens have spectators on their wedding night? Who had the very first boob job? And did our ancestors have their unmentionables pierced?
Join historian, Kate Lister, Betwixt the Sheets as she unashamedly roots around the topics which seem to have been skipped in history class.
Everything from landmark LGBTQ+ court cases, to political scandal, to downright bizarre medieval cures for impotence. The etymology of swear words, gender bias in medicine, and satanic panic and cults - there’s nothing off limits.
She'll be bed-hopping around different time periods; from ancient civilisations, to the middle ages, to renaissance and early modern...right up to now.
You’ll laugh, you’ll wince, and you’ll ask yourself how much has actually changed.
So join Kate Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society - a podcast from History Hit.

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Why did kings and queens have spectators on their wedding night? Who had the very first boob job? And did our ancestors have their unmentionables pierced?
Join historian, Kate Lister, Betwixt the Sheets as she unashamedly roots around the topics which seem to have been skipped in history class.
Everything from landmark LGBTQ+ court cases, to political scandal, to downright bizarre medieval cures for impotence. The etymology of swear words, gender bias in medicine, and satanic panic and cults - there’s nothing off limits.
She'll be bed-hopping around different time periods; from ancient civilisations, to the middle ages, to renaissance and early modern...right up to now.
You’ll laugh, you’ll wince, and you’ll ask yourself how much has actually changed.
So join Kate Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society - a podcast from History Hit.

Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Sex Robots

    Sex Robots

    Can a sex robot really fulfil our needs in the bedroom? And what attempts have been made in the past?
    Sex robots may sound like a thing of the future, but for centuries humans have been fascinated by their desire for intimacy with the inanimate.
    From Greek tales of steamy encounters with wax statues to beautifully crafted sex dolls with AI technology; Kate Lister is joined Betwixt The Sheets by archeologist turned computer scientist and expert on Human Computer Interaction, Kate Devlin, to discuss this aspiration of trying to create the “perfect” mate and more.
    *WARNING there are naughty words and sexual content in this episode*
    Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee. Mixed by Anisha Deva.
    Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society. A podcast by History Hit.
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    • 44 min
    Rasputin: Myth & Manhood

    Rasputin: Myth & Manhood

    Was Rasputin really Russia’s greatest love machine? Did he have any healing powers? And why might his penis be pickling in a jar?
    In this episode, we are drawing this mystical man out of his cloud of green smoke to find out which of the things we know about him might actually be true.
    Kate is joined by Douglas Smith, historian, translator and expert in Russian history, who has emerged from the archives with a new interpretation of this cartoon baddy.
    *WARNING there are naughty words and discussions of sexual coercion in this episode*
    Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee.
    Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society. A podcast by History Hit.
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    • 51 min
    Female Pirates

    Female Pirates

    Yo ho ho, a pirate’s life for me - but what is a pirate’s life, and what was it like for women?
    This is the story of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, a pair of reputably vicious pirates, and their journeys onto and across the seas.
    With the help of Julie Walker, author of 'Bonny & Read', find out whether Bonny and Read's fellow crew mates knew that they were women, their reasons for being there, and what life was actually like for them.
    *WARNING this episode contains naughty words and adult themes*
    Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee. Mixed by Matthew Peaty.
    Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society. A podcast by History Hit.
     
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    • 41 min
    Abortion in the UK

    Abortion in the UK

    As the right to decide whether to terminate a pregnancy is challenged on the other side of the Atlantic, today Betwixt the Sheets we are looking at the history of abortions here in Britain.
    This is the second episode in our two-part series on abortion in the US and the UK.
    First, Kate speaks to Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women, about the history of abortion law in the UK, and the significance of harrowing case of 'the horse with a green tail’ in the journey to legalising abortion.
    Kate is then joined by Diane Munday, an abortion rights activist who became active in the movement in the 1960s, and believes that her work is not yet done.
    *WARNING there is discussion about abortion, sexual assault and death in this episode*
    Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee.
    Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society. A podcast by History Hit.

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    • 40 min
    Virginity

    Virginity

    From luring in unicorns to protecting the Roman Empire, myths have surrounded virginity for centuries. But is virginity itself a myth?
    In this episode, Kate speaks to Anke Bernau about where the so-called cherry comes from, what it stands for and why it has been important throughout history.
    *WARNING there are mentions of rape and assault in this episode*
    Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee. Mixed by Peter Dennis.
    Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society. A podcast by History Hit.

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    • 48 min
    Witches

    Witches

    What comes to your mind when you think of a witch? Broomsticks? Black cats? Warts?
    Early modern witchcraft expert, John Callow, is Betwixt the Sheets with Kate to explain the history behind the stereotypes we have today.
    They also chat about the Bideford Witches, the last three women to be hanged for witchcraft in England, as well as the misogyny in witch trials throughout the ages.
    You can find out more about John's work here.
    *WARNING this episode includes naughty words*
    Produced by Charlotte Long and Sophie Gee. Mixed by Seyi Adaobi.
    Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society. A podcast by History Hit. This podcast includes an archive clips from The Witch's Curse 1962.

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 Ratings

rubbisheeny ,

Frank, funny, informative

Always a great listen

Maisie Sarah ,

Never stop this podcast please

Best history pod out there

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My new favourite podcast!

10/10 brilliantly hosted and perfect topics!

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