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Welcome to History Lessons for Misanthropes, with Dr. Mildred Strange and her buddy Lou. We talk about uncomfortable, weird, and tragic history, dispelling myths and unpacking truths.

History Lessons for Misanthropes Dr. Mildred Strange

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    • 4.7, 14 Ratings

Welcome to History Lessons for Misanthropes, with Dr. Mildred Strange and her buddy Lou. We talk about uncomfortable, weird, and tragic history, dispelling myths and unpacking truths.

    43 - Mary MacLane

    43 - Mary MacLane

    In this episode, Dr. Mildred Strange tells Lou The Story of Mary MacLane, a woman who published her first book in 1901 at age 19.  What made her stand out from other writers of the time is that she lived a life in opposition to what was expected of girls in 1901.  From declaring her devotion to the devil, shunning Christianity, publicly flouting her bisexuality, and being the first woman to write, star in, and narrate a motion picture.  

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    42 - Bonusode: Kazimir Malevich with Dr. Irina

    42 - Bonusode: Kazimir Malevich with Dr. Irina

    In this episode Mildred and Lou host guest scholar Irina to discuss her doctoral research on early 20th century Russian artist Kazimir Malevich.  His work was influenced by esoteric concepts including various forms of mysticism, and theoretical mathematical concepts like the 4th dimension and imaginary numbers.  Roles are reversed as Lou discusses science and Mildred references cartoons.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    41 - Geoffrey Monmouth and the History of the Kings of Britain

    41 - Geoffrey Monmouth and the History of the Kings of Britain

    In this episode, we take a look at Geoffrey of Monmouth and his 12th century book "The History of the Kings of Britain".  This is the book that contains the most famous source for the legend of King Arthur, though it is largely accepted that the legend is fictitious.  Why did Geoffrey write this book, at this specific time, and how did it become so widely known.  Few books from this time period have endured quite like this one.

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    • 55 min
    40 - Chevalier d'Eon

    40 - Chevalier d'Eon

    In this episode Mildred tries to untangle the confusing tale of the Chevalier/Chevaliere d'Eon, an 18th century french spy and diplomat who presented masculine for the first 49 years of life, and female for the last 33.  Speculation from scholars of their change in gender range from a hoax, to punishment by the king, to being a gender theorist ahead of their time.  

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    • 56 min
    39 - Saladin

    39 - Saladin

    In this episode, Dr. Strange discusses the life of Saladin (aka Salah ad-Din), the Sunni Muslim leader who fought against King Richard I (Lionheart) during the third Crusade in the 12th Century C.E.

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    38 - The Fox Sisters

    38 - The Fox Sisters

    In this episode we discuss the Fox sisters, Maggie and Kate, as well as their big sister Leah, who in 1848 accidentally launched a movement that's still active today.

    Did the girls actually make contact with a spirit on that night in 1848 or was it a joke that went too far?  How did being thrust into the limelight affect the lives of the young women.  

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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

HorrorJunkies ,

Creepy, Weird, and Fantastic

This is easily becoming one of my favorite shows. I loved Dr. Strange from her episodes on This Might Sound Crazy. Also hearing my beautiful baby boy Lou’s voice is always a sweet nothing to my ears. Also low the shout out!!!

Missg...Meee ,

Can Lou chill with all the interrupting?

I’m really digging the topics and the fact Dr. Strange is so knowledgeable about soooo much. But it’s really difficult to listen to the other person constantly interrupt her with bad jokes or tangents. To me it comes across as almost disrespectful since Dr. Strange obviously does super deep and thorough research, then has Lou blurt out lame white dude bro jokes. Please for sake of us history nerds, let her tell the story.

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