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
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.
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.
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."
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...
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.
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.
Customer ReviewsSee All
I love this show. My only issue is they can’t come fast enough for me😚I have always been intrigued with our European roots and being a genealogy nut I have made a few connections. My Uncle was the “Wagon Master” for George Washington. Richard“Wagon Master” Vernon.
Thank you for sharing!
My new thang.
I absolutely love history, and when I heard an advertisement for this show- I was so excited. This podcast did not disappoint then and has not since. I eagerly look forward to each episode, and I can’t wait until there are backup episodes on Patreon. Thank you so much for this show! Miss Dana teaches me something new every time.
My most looked forward to podcast!
I find myself checking this podcast to make sure I didn't miss a new episode the minute it's available! I love hearing the history, the details, and love the way Dana tells each story.