31 episodes

A social history podcast which looks at famous historical women from the British isles

Gallus Girls and Wayward Wome‪n‬ Donna McGlynn

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 46 Ratings

A social history podcast which looks at famous historical women from the British isles

    Mary Mallon: There's Something About Typhoid Mary

    Mary Mallon: There's Something About Typhoid Mary

    Mary Mallon emigrated to America as teenager in 1883.  She became famous for being the first person in the Untied States to be identified as an asymptomatic carrier of Typhoid Fever. 
    Mary is believed to have infected 53 people over a period of time, although it's assumed the number is much higher, and out of those who caught it from Mary, 3 people died. Mary has come to be so strongly identified with the spread of disease that it is now commonly believed she was responsible for hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths. This show takes a more intricate look at Mary and her situation, and what eventually became of her.
    Opening music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter.  All other music used in the show is from copyright free music sites.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Nancy Astor: Lady of the House

    Nancy Astor: Lady of the House

    Although Constance Markiewicz had been elected to parliament before her but refused to take her seat, Nancy Astor was the American whirlwind who became the first female British MP in 1919. She did a heap of good, but life is complicated and HER life was not without a large dose of scandal and controversy. 
    Opening music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter.  All other music used in the show is from copyright free music sites.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Princess Caraboo - Beautiful Fraud

    Princess Caraboo - Beautiful Fraud

    In early 1817, a mystery woman showed up in the town of Almondsbury in Gloucester, England. She seemed disoriented, and when she spoke her words were incomprehensible to English ears. The only thing anyone could discern was that she called herself “Caraboo.” The young lady was taken in by a Mr. and Mrs Worrall, and several days after her arrival, a man named Manuel Enesso  appeared and said he could understand Princess Caraboo’s strange language. Her remarkable story, which he “translated,” was a sensational one, complete with pirates, death, and daring escape...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Katherine Howard: Just a Girl

    Katherine Howard: Just a Girl

    Teeny tiny Katherine Howard was Henry VIII's fifth and youngest wife. He met Katherine when he was almost fifty, and stuck in a marriage that made him miserable. Katherine, young and full of life enchanted him, and she was still only a teenager when she was ‘showed openly as Queen’ at Hampton Court in August 1540, having married Henry the day he sent Thomas Cromwell, who’d arranged his marriage to Anne of Cleves, to the block. However, poor Katherine was Queen of England for only a short while, and her  life, just as short, came to a tragic and violent end. Up until fairly recently, she's been painted as a bit of an empty headed bimbette who may have deserved what she got, but thankfully we (well, most of us, sigh) live in more enlightened times and we can take stock of what we know of Katherine's life, and at least give this young girl the sympathy she deserves.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Jessica Mitford: The Red Debutante

    Jessica Mitford: The Red Debutante

    Jessica Mitford was the communist ‘red sheep’ of the aristocratic, fascist sympathising Mitford clan. Known as ‘Decca’, she was the sister of novelist Nancy, Diana (who was the wife of fascist Oswald Mosley) and Unity, who was the subject of our last episode and who was obsessed with Hitler. Her own family, no strangers to bad behaviour and controversy, regarded Jessica as the one who went too far, it was she they regarded as beyond the pale, while at the same time two of Jessica's sisters were card carrying, Jew hating, fanatical Nazis.
     Opening music by Stefan Kartenburg, featuring Dimitri Artmenko on strings, and it's from dig.ccMixter.  All other music used in the show is from copyright free music sites.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Unity Mitford: Ride of The Valkyrie

    Unity Mitford: Ride of The Valkyrie

    Although the rest of her family were fascist sympathisers of one sort or another, which was common among upper classes in inter-war Britain, Unity Mitford became an extreme right winger, a fanatical fascist who described herself as a "jew hater" and talked at length about how much she loved Hitler. Her life goal was to meet him, and she moved to Munich when she was 19 so she could learn German and thus be able to speak with him when the magical encounter took place. Due to her elevated social status, she successfully managed to insert herself in Hitler's inner circle. Join us as we talk about the (short) life and times of Unity Mitford!

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

Dpcmgc ,

Entertaining and well informed hosts

This is one of my new favorites. Unlike other history podcasts such as Stuff You Missed in History Class, I appreciate that Donna and Tom keep their political views to themselves and stick to entertainment and information. Can’t wait for a new episode!

firefly1928 ,

Love this show!

Very informative and entertaining. Listening from Ohio, US.

arrow vs flash ,

My new favorite

Listening to Donna and Tom banter over incredible women make my day. This podcast is so well researched and presented in very fun ways. Love love love ❤️❤️❤️

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