38 episodes

Author Dana Schwartz explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between. Because when you’re wearing a crown, mistakes often mean blood. New episodes every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

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Author Dana Schwartz explores the stories of some of history’s most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between. Because when you’re wearing a crown, mistakes often mean blood. New episodes every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

    King George Washington I

    King George Washington I

    One of the most enduring stories about the founding of the United States of America is that before George Washington accepted the position as President, he declined the position as King. But "enduring" doesn't necessarily mean true.

    • 37 min
    Charles the Beloved, the Mad, the Fool

    Charles the Beloved, the Mad, the Fool

    While feverish and riding on a hot day, King Charles VI had a fit of madness, and murdered one of his own men. For the rest of his reign, he would be plagued by periods of insanity during which he often couldn't remember his own name. And without a clear regent, greedy factions attempting to rule in his place led to chaos for France. 

    • 30 min
    The Beggar Princess of Bristol

    The Beggar Princess of Bristol

    On April 3, 1817, a strange woman in a turban and ruffled black dress appeared in a small village to the north of Bristol. She would claim to be a Princess from a distant island, and for a summer, she would dazzle and charm an entire town of Englishmen and women all too ready to enjoy a spectacle of the "exotic."

    • 29 min
    What Crown Prince Wilhelm Left Behind

    What Crown Prince Wilhelm Left Behind

    Georg Friedrich, the great-great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II is embroiled in a legal battle with Germany, attempting to reclaim millions of euros worth of property that was taken from his family during the Soviet occupation of Germany. But the law that allows property reclamation has one major caveat: property is forfeited if your ancestors significantly contributed to the rise of the Nazi party. So exactly how significant was the role of the Kaiser's son, Crown Prince Wilhelm, in the Nazi party? Because the photos don't look great for him...

    • 30 min
    The Blood Sacrifice of the Tang Emperor

    The Blood Sacrifice of the Tang Emperor

    Yang Guifei is considered one of the four great beauties of China. But her role as imperial consort would have deadly consequences and spell the end of the Tang Dynasty.

    • 30 min
    Grand Princess Olga of Kiev Takes Her Revenge

    Grand Princess Olga of Kiev Takes Her Revenge

    In 945, Olga's husband, Igor I, was murdered by a subjugated tribe. Olga then became the de-facto ruler of Kievan-Rus, and she would let the Drevlians who killed her husband know that mercy was not one of her strong suits.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
8.6K Ratings

8.6K Ratings

Frosty103 ,

Great show!

I don’t know if it’s the warped year of 2020 but this show fits perfectly. I look forward to each week with the new episode. Dana has an AMAZING voice and is a great storyteller. That sentence does not do her justice but you get the point.

MGP Terps ,

Excellent

Always good job by Dana. Thank you Dana for all your work

shelowen ,

NO POLITICS PLEASE

For the love.. I love this podcast. I love history. Can we please for one thing not bring in our current politics? I want to escape when listening.. not hear another persons opinion.

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