History is full of weird stuff and I wanna tell you about it. Twice a month you and I will uncover little known nuggets of history like why a Pope waged war on cats, how a bunch of drunk Chinese poets revolutionized poetry as we know it, find out what the heck the war of 1812 was, and much more. So if you have about 30min why not give For the Love of History a try!
The Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
She walked the streets of New Orleans as if she owned them with her snake by her side. White slavers coward at the mear sight of her and feared her power. Heartsick lovers plead for her help and she tended to the sick and dying. Was Marie Laveau a benevolent saint or an evil voodoo sorceress? Find out this and more in this week's episode.
Empress Baddie: Khutulun the Warrior
Move over Mulan there's a new warrior princess in town, she can ride horses shoot an arrow, and wrestle any man in the whos that independent badass fighter?! None other than the Mongolian marvel herself Khutulun.
Meet Khutulun, Mongolia’s undefeated wrestling princess (https://www.scmp.com/sport/martial-arts/wrestling/article/3100842/forget-mulan-meet-khutulun-mongolias-undefeated)
Warriors: Asian women in Asian society (http://www.colorq.org/Articles/article.aspx?d=2002&x=asianwarriors)
Biographies Mongolian Women (http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/mongolian8.html)
Khutulun: The Undefeated Bad-Ass Mongolian Warrior Princess (https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-people/khutulun-0010840)
The Vices: Catherine the Great and her Sexy Furniture
Secret sexy furniture, erotic wall art, Nazis, and defamation of character! These are all topics we'll cover in this week's episode on Catherine the Great and her sexy furniture.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10414941-catherine-the-great)
The strange story about Catherine the Great and her horse (https://www.vortexmag.net/en/the-strange-story-about-catherine-the-great-and-her-horse/)
Why Catherine the Great's Enemies Turned Her into a Sex Fiend (https://www.history.com/news/catherine-the-great-enemies-sex-myths)
National Geographic Icons of Power Catherine the Great (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdcsGV1HaQU)
Catherine the Great, Tsarina of Russia, Part 1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzlyW9pLOUo)
Fatima al-Fihri: the woman behind the world's first university
Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population are women—you’d think that higher education started as a boys’ club, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, universities, as we know them, were started by a refugee Muslim women in 859 CE!
The true story of Fatima al-Fihri, the founder of the world’s first known university (https://www.stylist.co.uk/visible-women/fatima-al-fihri-founder-world-first-known-university-this-weeks-issue-430/224181#:~:text=Fatima%20al%2DFihri%20was%20a,educational%20institution%20in%20the%20world.)
University of Machester Press Fatima al-Fihri: Founder of the world’s first university (https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/articles/fatima-al-fihri-founder-worlds-first-university/)
The Arab Muslim Woman Who Brought Higher Education To The Entire World (https://www.girlboss.com/read/2018-3-27-fatima-al-fihri-history)
Al-Qarawiyyin University in Fes: Brainchild of a Muslim Woman (https://insidearabia.com/al-qarawiyyin-university-in-fes-brainchild-of-a-muslim-woman/)
The Real Ice Age Squirrel
Teeth of tiger, collar bone of chicken, ear bone of reptile, and weird little membrane thing that goes from cheek to ankle
This is not a witches concoction friend, this is the recipe for Jurassic squirrels.
Ancient Squirrel-Like Creatures Push Back Mammal Evolution (https://www.livescience.com/47774-ancient-squirrels-push-back-mammal-evolution.html)
Oldest fossil of a flying squirrel sheds new light on its evolutionary tree (https://elifesciences.org/for-the-press/6d353f36/oldest-fossil-of-a-flying-squirrel-sheds-new-light-on-its-evolutionary-tree)
These Jurassic "squirrels” were the first creatures of their kind to go airborne (https://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/fossils/these-jurassic-squirrels-were-the-first-creatures-of-their-kind-to-go-airborne/)
National Geographic: Ancient "Saber-Toothed Squirrel" Found (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/11/101102-saber-toothed-squirrel-fossils-paleontology-dinosaurs-science/)
The History of Birthdays: stars, birthday daemons, and cake
It's celebrated almost universally, billions of cards are sent for it, its been happening for thousands of years, and you're assigned a daemon on that day, I'm talking about the day of all days, your birthday.
Find out why birthdays in the west are celebrated with cake and candles, and why the sky on your day of birth was so important. Also, birthday demon, come on... need I say more?
Here’s Why You Should Thank the Ancient Greeks for Your Birthday Cake
The lore of Birthays refrence page
Good Question: How Did Birthday Traditions Start?
The Lore of Birthdays by Ralph Linton, Adelin Linton