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Join our host Holly, with a range of guests from the world of heritage and academia, as we take a trip into the most gut-wrenching and heart-warming depths of history to explore affection, infatuation and attachment across time. As we ask, what is the best love story of all time?

Past Loves - A History Of The Greatest Love Stories Holly

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Join our host Holly, with a range of guests from the world of heritage and academia, as we take a trip into the most gut-wrenching and heart-warming depths of history to explore affection, infatuation and attachment across time. As we ask, what is the best love story of all time?

    Elizabeth Woodville & Edward IV | The Heart Of The War Of The Roses With Gemma Hollman

    Elizabeth Woodville & Edward IV | The Heart Of The War Of The Roses With Gemma Hollman

    Welcome to the one year anniversary special of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time.

    For this very special episode, celebrating the past year, I am joined by the wonderful medieval historian Gemma Hollman to discuss a relationship with repercussions through the ages. Join us as we delve into the  Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV love story.

    In the midst of a warring kingdom, the young new King Edward IV secretly marries Elizabeth Woodville - a widow with lineage which ensures many initially question whether she is the right match for the King of England. The legend behind their love for each other, however, emerges as the couple encounter a tumultuous reign. In death, the legitimacy of their relationship is famously undermined by Richard III in which Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft.

    Their relationship and the drama of the decades in which their love story blossomed remain of vast interest today as evidenced by the popularity of The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and the following BBC adaptation of the same name.

    With this love story, I would like to say a big thank you for all of your support over the past year - you have made this podcast happen and I will be forever grateful. I hope you enjoy!

    Where To Find Us

    Shop Gemma's book Royal Witches: From Joan of Navarre to Elizabeth Woodville : https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/royal-witches/9780750989404/

    Discover more on Gemma's blog: https://justhistoryposts.com/

    Follow Gemma on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustHistoryPosts

    Listen to Past Loves archive: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/past-loves-a-history-of-the-greatest-love-stories/id1509195421

    Join the Past Loves newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d293dd27393a/past-loves-newsletter

    Follow Past Loves on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pastlovespodcast/ 

    If Past Loves has become your current love, you can email me at pastlovespodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Rudolf Nureyev & Erik Bruhn | A Christmas Trip To The Ballet With Irina Klyagin

    Rudolf Nureyev & Erik Bruhn | A Christmas Trip To The Ballet With Irina Klyagin

    Welcome back to the Christmas special of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time.

    With Covid and the closure of so many theatres this year, it only seemed apt to take the Past Loves Christmas special to the stage. So for this very special episode, I am joined by Irina Klyagin - a Russian ballet scholar who looks after Harvard University’s extensive theatre collection at the Houghton Library - to discuss the love story between Rudolf Nureyev and Erik Bruhn.

    Erik was the Danish ice to Rudolf's Russian fire and the two were both titans within the ballet world, defining an era. Their art was, therefore, at the heart of their relationship and was so from the very beginning. When Rudolf defected to the West from the Soviet Union, it was his aim to meet and train with Erik. He knew that was where he was meant to be. They learnt from each other, honing their talent to become two of the most famous male ballet dancers in history.

    Their love story is one of passion which I very much hope you enjoy. May your festive season be full of light and love. Merry Christmas!

    Where To Find Us

    Watch Artists In Love  - Rudolf and Erik episode: https://www.nowtv.com/watch/artists-in-love/dc13f8e4e7924510VgnVCM1000000b43150a____

    Discover Julie Kavanagh's Rudolf Nureyev: https://www.waterstones.com/book/rudolf-nureyev/julie-kavanagh/9780241986905

    Discover Diane Solway's Nureyev: His Life: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nureyev-His-Life-Diane-Solway/dp/0688128734/

    More about Irina: https://library.harvard.edu/staff/irina-klyagin

    Follow Past Loves on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pastlovespodcast/

    Join the Past Loves newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d293dd27393a/past-loves-newsletter

    If Past Loves has become your current love, you can email me at pastlovespodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The 5th Duke & Duchess of Rutland | The Heart of Belvoir Castle With The 11th Duchess

    The 5th Duke & Duchess of Rutland | The Heart of Belvoir Castle With The 11th Duchess

    Welcome back to the season finale of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time.

    This week I am joined by an absolutely incredible guest the 11th Duchess of Rutland to discuss the relationship between the 5th Duke and Duchess, John Henry and Elizabeth.

    Together they created the most magical fairy-tale castle - Belvoir Castle. When Elizabeth arrived at Belvoir as a young bride, she was not inspired by the building currently looking out across the Vale of Belvoir. Instead, this remarkable Regency power couple wanted to make a statement all of their own and with this, the romantic castle that we now see today was born. They entertained in the most fabulous way and left an indelible mark on society and the British landscape. 

    Today, you may recognise Belvoir from Netflix's The Crown, The Young Victoria (2009) or Victoria & Abdul (2017). But, whilst it may be a firm favourite of Hollywood, John Henry and Elizabeth are truly the heart of the breathtaking Belvoir Castle.

    Where To Find Us

    Book tickets for Belvoir Castle: https://www.belvoircastle.com/castle-book-tickets/

    Take the virtual tour: https://www.belvoircastle.com/product/virtual-tour-product/

    Follow Belvoir Castle on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/belvoircastle/

    Follow Past Loves on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pastlovespodcast/

    Shop Her Grace's book Belvoir Castle: A Thousand Years of Family Art and Architecture: https://www.belvoircastle.com/product/belvoir-castle-a-thousand-years-of-family-art-and-architecture/

    Learn more about Elizabeth's parents' love story in the Castle Howard episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/997147/4052561

    Listen To Victoria & Albert episode with Helen Rappaport: https://www.buzzsprout.com/997147/3782192

    Watch Phil Spencer's Stately Homes: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/phil-spencers-stately-homes

    Join the Past Loves newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d293dd27393a/past-loves-newsletter

    If Past Loves has become your current love, you can email me at pastlovespodcast@gmail.com

    • 46 min
    Nicholas II & Alexandra | The Story of the Last Tsar and Tsarina With Virginia Rounding

    Nicholas II & Alexandra | The Story of the Last Tsar and Tsarina With Virginia Rounding

    Welcome back to the next episode of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time.

    This week I am joined by author, editor and proofreader, specialising in Russia and the history of women, Virginia Rounding to discuss the relationship between the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra.

    As the biggest fan of Russian history theirs is a story close to my heart, filled with heart-breaking moments of utter anguish alongside many years of the deepest sense of love for one another. Nicholas became tsar when his father died unexpectedly, taking on the role of the autocratic leader of a vast nation in a trying time. His solace? The fact that he had the woman whom he adored Alexandra, or Alix as she was known, to rule by his side. Together, not only did they shape the future of Russia but, they also raised a family of five children in extraordinary circumstances. After years of war, revolution and Rasputin, their story famously came to a bitter end in 1918.

    Nevertheless, throughout it all, Alix and Nicky's love story is one of true devotion.

    Where To Find Us

    Shop Virginia's book Alix and Nicky: The Passion of the Last Tsar and Tsarina:  https://www.waterstones.com/book/alix-and-nicky/virginia-rounding/9781250022196

    More about Virginia:  https://virginiarounding.org/

    Follow Virginia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VRounding

    Listen to Andrei & Natalia Chikhachev episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/997147/3960962

    Watch Last of the Czars: https://youtu.be/mYo8SEvnsrM

    Join the Past Loves newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d293dd27393a/past-loves-newsletter

    Follow Past Loves on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pastlovespodcast/ 

    If Past Loves has become your current love, you can email me at pastlovespodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Anne Lister & Ann Walker | The Life & Loves of Gentleman Jack With Angela Steidele

    Anne Lister & Ann Walker | The Life & Loves of Gentleman Jack With Angela Steidele

    Welcome back to the next episode of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time.

    This week I am joined by author Angela Steidele who has written several books about LGBTQ+ lives in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, including a biography of Anne Lister. We will, therefore, be delving into the relationship between Anne Lister and Ann Walker.

    Anne Lister is often described as the 'first modern lesbian' and the diaries that she left provide a wealth of detail about her many passionate relationships with women. After all, in 1821, she wrote in her diaries: ‘I love, & only love, the fairer sex’.  When she returned from the continent to Shibden Hall in 1832, she aimed to make the estate a success and find a wife. Her relationship history of labyrinthine complexity thus culminated in a marriage to Ann Walker. Their story is, of course, now at the centre of the smash-hit BBC TV drama series Gentleman Jack. But what is the story behind the dramatisation? It's safe to say it is just as compelling...

    Where To Find Us

    Shop Angela's book Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist: https://www.waterstones.com/book/gentleman-jack/katy-derbyshire/angela-steidele/9781788160995

    Discover more about Angela: https://serpentstail.com/angela-steidele.html

    Listen to HRH Princess Mary & The 6th Earl of Harewood episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/997147/3687205

    Join the Past Loves newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d293dd27393a/past-loves-newsletter

    Follow Past Loves on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pastlovespodcast/ 

    If Past Loves has become your current love, you can email me at pastlovespodcast@gmail.com

     

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Lady Katherine Grey & Edward Seymour | A Tudor Love Story From The Tower With Melita Thomas

    Lady Katherine Grey & Edward Seymour | A Tudor Love Story From The Tower With Melita Thomas

    Welcome back to the next episode of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time - and this time it's the first ever Tudor love story!

    That's right, this week I am joined by Melita Thomas, author and co-founder/editor of Tudor Times, to discuss the love story between Lady Katherine Grey and Edward Seymour. After the death of her sister Lady Jane Grey, Katherine became the next Grey in line to the throne. So when her secret marriage to Edward Seymour was disclosed, it called down Queen Elizabeth's wrath.

    The couple had enjoyed a fragrant summer of banquets and garden walks at Eltham in 1559, before marrying the following year with Edward's sister Jane and a priest as witnesses. When Katherine realised that she was pregnant, it was time to tell the Queen. Predictably, the admission was to have disastrous consequences for the couple. This is, therefore, a story quite unlike any other, weaving together Tudor court politics, familial ties and romantic pursuits. With this, I think that it is safe to say that Katherine and Edward's relationship may just be the most romantic and heart-breaking Tudor tale there is. The story of their love for each other deserves to be told.

    With a special thanks to Llinos @thiscatladylife, to whom this episode is dedicated, for suggesting their story.

    Where To Find Us

    Discover the joys of Tudor Times here: https://tudortimes.co.uk/

    Shop Tudor Times Insights - Lady Katherine Grey, Tudor Prisoner: https://shop.tudortimes.co.uk/collections/books/products/lady-katherine-grey-tudor-prisoner

    Follow Tudor Times on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheTudorTimes

    Discover Melita's other book The House of Grey: Friends & Foes of Kings: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-house-of-grey/melita-thomas/9781445684970

    Join the Past Loves newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/d293dd27393a/past-loves-newsletter

    Follow Past Loves on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pastlovespodcast/ 

    If Past Loves has become your current love, you can email me at pastlovespodcast@gmail.com

    • 51 min

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