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A feminist women's history comedy podcast about the scandalicious stories of people from olden times. Hosted by Ann Foster.

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A feminist women's history comedy podcast about the scandalicious stories of people from olden times. Hosted by Ann Foster.

    Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part 4

    Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part 4

    Bonjour and welcome to Hortense's Salon Internationale! In this week's episode, we learn more about Hortense Mancini's time as Charles II's maitresse-en-titre, her relationship with Charles's daughter Anne Lennerd, her love of swordfighting, her self-sabotaging affair with Louis I of Monaco, and her platonic life partner Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis, seigneur de Saint-√Čvremond aka CM, and overall her new era as Renaissance Influencer.

    And the story doesn't end here! Next week we'll wrap up the Hortense Saga with her post-post Charles era, and finally see how she scores on the Fredegund memorial scale.

    References:

    Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter 

    The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895

    https://www.winemag.com/2022/02/11/hortense-mancini-runaway-duchess-champagne/

    https://www.thecambridgelanguagecollective.com/arts-and-culture/annalisa-nicholson

    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/28/restoration-influencer-how-charles-iis-clever-mistress-set-trends-ahead-of-her-time



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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part three

    Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part three

    So in 1675, Hortense Mancini fled France to hang out in London during the Restoration era. She truly took the city by storm with her superpowered beauty and scandalous ways. But in order to appreciate just what an effect she had, we need to talk for a minute about what London was like P.H. (Pre-Hortense). This week we learn about what Charles II had been up to since he unsuccessfully tried to marry teen Hortense (like being a volunteer firefighter, sexy Captain Hook impersonator, and oh yeah being the literal King) as well as info about his mistresses Moll Davis, Nell Gwyn, Barbara Villiers, and Louise de Kéroualle AND also the jewel heist saga of Thomas Blood. 

    References: 

    Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895 

    https://www.historyextra.com/period/stuart/sex-scandals-and-betrayals-charles-ii-and-his-court/ article by RE Pritchard 

    Leading Ladies: the many mistresses of Charles II wielded real political power by Annalisa Nicholson (History Extra magazine) 

    Rex Factor podcast about Charles II https://play.acast.com/s/rexfactor/44.charlesii-restoration- 

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    • 58 min
    Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part two

    Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part two

    In the next thrilling installment of the saga of Hortense Mancini, our heroine escapes from her awful husband with the help of her brother and sister, becomes the most popular muse in Rome/Europe, has a not-so-secret sexy affair with a servant, and writes her memoirs (all before age 29). And she's just getting started! Featuring special guest narrative: what her sister Marie had been up to since being forced to consciously uncouple from Louis XIV.

    References:

    Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter

    The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895

    Marie Mancini: writing for her life, by Sarah Nelson https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20563035.2021.1898863



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    • 49 min
    Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part one

    Hortense Mancini, Duchess de Mazarin: part one

    Hortense Mancini appeared one day with Sailor Moon buns and such a fascinating Wikipedia entry I had to make room for her in this internationale season. 

    Her story is like if you did a Frankenstein thing of putting together all the most scandilicious bits of every story ever on Vulgar History ever before into one story, because it's all here! Wearing a pants disguise! Breaking new ground for women in publishing! Putting on plays in which she plays the main part! A terrible husband! Lovers! Outfits!  

    Here in part one we learn about Hortense (incl how to pronounce her name), her sisters, brother, and cousins, her terrible husband, and set the scene with some important people who will show up in later episodes.

    Content warning: discussion of the details of her abusive husband and marriage begin at around 37:30. You can skip that and still listen to future bits of Hortense's story!

    References:

    Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II by Linda Porter

    The Kings' Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith https://bookshop.org/a/1419/9781586488895



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Kristina of Sweden, part four

    Kristina of Sweden, part four

    In the conclusion of this Kristina of Sweden four-part saga, our heroine finds that her can't-be-tamed #JustBeingMiley personality can get in the way of her plans to take over Naples, Sweden, and Poland. But she gets a new house, drinks so much orange juice, and continues living this perplexing life that truly can't be described any way but EPIC.

    References:

    Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric by Veronica Buckley bookshop.org/a/1419/9780060736187

    History of Yesterday article by Ira Larsdotter https://historyofyesterday.com/queen-kristina-of-sweden-causing-controversies-just-for-fun-dca26cb7a44a

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Kristina of Sweden, part three

    Kristina of Sweden, part three

    This episode finds Kristina of Sweden entering her BANGERZ era as she a) shaves her head b) is a wrecking ball all over Rome as she ponders how to live as a Freelance Queen/King. She meets some new friends (some of whom aren't grifters), is surprisingly chill about other peoples' religions, goes TITS OUT both with her collection of erotic artwork AND her neckline, and, fully just vibes out with the electric enthusiasm of a recently escaped bear that's been held captive indoors.

    References:

    Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of a European Eccentric by Veronica Buckley bookshop.org/a/1419/9780060736187

    History of Yesterday article by Ira Larsdotter https://historyofyesterday.com/queen-kristina-of-sweden-causing-controversies-just-for-fun-dca26cb7a44a

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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Bloody Brilliant!

This podcast is brilliant! It is a nice change to have a history podcast solely about incredibly powerful and influential women in history regardless of their background or how good of a person they actually were. You are given a chance to learn about different women from different periods in time and some more or less well known than others.

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