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Why did kings and queens have spectators on their wedding night? Who had the very first boob job? And did our ancestors have their unmentionables pierced?
Join historian, Kate Lister, Betwixt the Sheets as she unashamedly roots around the topics which seem to have been skipped in history class.
Everything from landmark LGBTQ+ court cases, to political scandal, to downright bizarre medieval cures for impotence. The etymology of swear words, gender bias in medicine, and satanic panic and cults - there’s nothing off limits.
She'll be bed-hopping around different time periods; from ancient civilisations, to the middle ages, to renaissance and early modern...right up to now.
You’ll laugh, you’ll wince, and you’ll ask yourself how much has actually changed.
So join Kate Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society - a podcast from History Hit.
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    • 4.8 • 697 Ratings

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Why did kings and queens have spectators on their wedding night? Who had the very first boob job? And did our ancestors have their unmentionables pierced?
Join historian, Kate Lister, Betwixt the Sheets as she unashamedly roots around the topics which seem to have been skipped in history class.
Everything from landmark LGBTQ+ court cases, to political scandal, to downright bizarre medieval cures for impotence. The etymology of swear words, gender bias in medicine, and satanic panic and cults - there’s nothing off limits.
She'll be bed-hopping around different time periods; from ancient civilisations, to the middle ages, to renaissance and early modern...right up to now.
You’ll laugh, you’ll wince, and you’ll ask yourself how much has actually changed.
So join Kate Betwixt the Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society - a podcast from History Hit.
Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code BETWIXT sign up at historyhit.com/subscribe.
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    Tudor Lesbians

    Tudor Lesbians

    Throughout history, it's mostly been queer men who were persecuted under the historical sodomy laws, but the Tudor period saw a spike in women being tried under it.
    Why was this? And why was it mostly happening in what is modern day Belgium and Netherlands?
    Joining Kate today is historian Jonas Roelens, who specialises in sexuality in the early modern period, to explore the unique things that were happening in Europe during this time that gave rise to such persecutions.
    His book, Citizens and Sodomites: Persecution and Perception of Sodomy in the Southern Low Countries (1400–1700), can be found here.
    This episode was edited by Tom Delargy. The producer was Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.
    Voting is open for the Listener's Choice Award at the British Podcast Awards, so if you enjoy what we're doing, we'd love it if you took a quick follow this link and click on Betwixt the Sheets: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/voting
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    • 45 min
    The Betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots

    The Betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots had a life that resembled a Game of Thrones plot: she had awful taste in men, and a cousin in Queen Elizabeth I of England, who - spoiler alert - eventually signed her death warrant.
    In the face of some outrageous adversity, though, Mary Queen of Scots was an extraordinary woman and queen.
    Was it all bad luck, or was there poor judgement from Mary, too? What are some of the conspiracies that brought about her downfall? And what's her legacy that lasts to this day?
    Joining Kate today is the wonderful Kate Williams, author of The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots: Elizabeth I and Her Greatest Rival. Follow her on Instagram, here.
    This episode was edited and produced by Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.
    Voting is open for the Listener's Choice Award at the British Podcast Awards, so if you enjoy what we're doing, we'd love it if you took a quick follow this link and click on Betwixt the Sheets: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/voting
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code BETWIXT sign up at https://www.historyhit.com/subscription/
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    • 56 min
    The Betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots

    The Betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots had a life that resembled a Game of Thrones plot: she had awful taste in men, and a cousin in Queen Elizabeth I of England, who - spoiler alert - eventually signed her death warrant.

    In the face of some outrageous adversity, though, Mary Queen of Scots was an extraordinary woman and queen.

    Was it all bad luck, or was there poor judgement from Mary, too? What are some of the conspiracies that brought about her downfall? And what's her legacy that lasts to this day?

    Joining Kate today is the wonderful Kate Williams, author of The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots: Elizabeth I and Her Greatest Rival.

    This episode was edited and produced by Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.

    Voting is open for the Listener's Choice Award at the British Podcast Awards, so if you enjoy what we're doing, we'd love it if you took a quick follow this link and click on Betwixt the Sheets: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/voting

    Tudor Origins of the Condom

    Tudor Origins of the Condom

    What were condoms like in Tudor times? Before you were able to pop to the supermarket to pick some up, where did people buy them?
    Joining Kate today is historian Dr. Kate Stephenson, to explore what the earliest evidence of condoms is, just how effective they were, and to smash some of the myths surrounding their history.
    This episode was edited by Tom Delargy, the producer was Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.
    Voting is open for the Listener's Choice Award at the British Podcast Awards, so if you enjoy what we're doing, we'd love it if you took a quick follow this link and click on Betwixt the Sheets: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/voting
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code BETWIXT sign up at https://www.historyhit.com/subscription/
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    • 45 min
    Incest in Ancient Rome

    Incest in Ancient Rome

    What's the worst thing you could accuse someone of in Ancient Rome? There are a few strong candidates, but incest is definitely up there.
    In today's episode, Kate speaks with Roman historian, Emma Southon, author of A History of the Roman Empire in 21 Women, to find out more about the different ways the Ancient Romans thought about incest.
    This episode was edited by Tom Delargy. The producer was Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code BETWIXT sign up at https://www.historyhit.com/subscription/
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    • 37 min
    The REAL Bridgerton: Georgian Drugs & Alcohol

    The REAL Bridgerton: Georgian Drugs & Alcohol

    The third season of Bridgerton is out and we are back in sexy scandalous Georgian society. But while we watch, we're taking a step back to ask: how real is Bridgerton?
    On our third episode in our REAL Bridgerton mini-series, we're looking at the the booze and drugs that took 18th and early 19th century Britain by storm.
    Why was opium taken for health purposes? How did gin get the nickname "mother's ruin"? And what does it feel like to take snuff?
    Joining Kate today are Maddy Pelling, co-host of our sister podcast After Dark and author of Writing on the Wall: Graffiti, Rebellion and the Making of Eighteenth-Century Britain; Marina Capaldi from Summerhall Distillery, and Robert Good from Segar & Snuff Parlour.
    Also, if you'd like to find out more about this incredible period, you can watch Kate present a two-part documentary - Georgian Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll: Unbuttoning Bridgerton - over on History Hit. Simply click here for a free 14 day trial and watch now.
    This episode was edited and produced by Stuart Beckwith. Additional production was provided by Annie Woodman. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code BETWIXT sign up at https://www.historyhit.com/subscription/
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
697 Ratings

697 Ratings

mysterymach ,

Great. Funny. AND informative.

The Boudica episode had me rolling. This is a needed podcast and the host if wonderful and fun. Top drawer darling!

glitterpup64 ,

Great!

Finally. Entertaining and important! Well done.

Tis a Flesh Wound ,

This show keeps getting stronger

I have really enjoyed this podcast even as I skip over topics that don’t interest me - Kate is a lovely host making even weak interviewees sparkle.

My only complaint is the interviewee for the Haití episode the interviewee was asked why slaves were losing limbs - her answer basically there wasn’t any reason. If my memory is correct Haitian riches were indeed in sugar as she rightly stated, but she completely ignored that sugar refinement was and is extremely dangerous. The injustice done is obvious, but her answer of why people were losing limbs was “just cause sadists”. - not that maybe they were forced to do dangerous refinement and probably often lost limbs in explosion or implosion of the sugar. The island was outrageously cruel, but her passion seemed to leave the content unexplained

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