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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
    • 4.8 • 361 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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    4.26 Pascalina Lehnert (2) The powerful virgin

    4.26 Pascalina Lehnert (2) The powerful virgin

    Pascalina helps propel Pius XII to the papacy, becoming his right-hand woman and the most powerful woman in Vatican history.
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    4.25 Pascalina Lehnert (1) Dealing with devils

    4.25 Pascalina Lehnert (1) Dealing with devils

    Pascalina would come a long way from her family farm in Bavaria, becoming the right-hand woman to a man who would become Pope just as Europe slipped towards war.
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    4.24 Christina of Sweden (4) The uninvited pest

    4.24 Christina of Sweden (4) The uninvited pest

    Scandal was never far from Christina but she is about to get embroiled in her most serious one to date.
    Pontifacts: Women and Female Power in the Vatican with The Other Half Podcast
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    • 40 min
    SUPPLEMENTAL: Elizabeth to Elizabeth, British Royal Funerals since 1603

    SUPPLEMENTAL: Elizabeth to Elizabeth, British Royal Funerals since 1603

    On Monday 19 September, Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest in Windsor after a state funeral at Westminster Abbey. Royal funerals have gone back hundreds of years, with the first one in the Anglican tradition occurring in 1603. What did those funerals look like, and how will they compare to the one we will watch tomorrow?
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    • 32 min
    4.23 Christina of Sweden (3) Queen of the Flying Squadron

    4.23 Christina of Sweden (3) Queen of the Flying Squadron

    Christina arrives in Rome and makes her mark on a very different court from the one in her homeland.
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    • 28 min
    4.22 Christina of Sweden (2) The road to Rome

    4.22 Christina of Sweden (2) The road to Rome

    One of the greatest conscious uncouplings in European royal history as Queen Christina does two unthinkable acts: give up both her throne and her faith.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
361 Ratings

361 Ratings

SamMahony ,

One of THE best

He’s so good factually but he also is immensely entertaining. I only hope he decides to go to the male side or different historic avenues. His voice is melodic and combines History with the human stuff you want to know. I just love him

NanaJHP ,

Thoroughly researched

I’m a “Yank” with a soft spot for British history and Mr Boulton presents very satisfactory podcasts about History’s women. I first met him through his queens of England series and have followed him to The Other Half. His programs are beautifully researched with a healthy sprinkling of the real life anecdotes that put the teeth in the stories of history. His presentation style is chatty, so much nicer than a presenter droning on from a script. In short, The Other Half is a total winner.

Anita - R ,

Charmed

I continue to be charmed by Mr. Bolton's podcast. I have listened to every episode, some, many times over. I am ever so grateful he has taken to speaking a bit more slowly.
Thanks for good podcasts.

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