68 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.

    Murder, Madness, and Eric XIV

    Murder, Madness, and Eric XIV

    Throughout history, there have been stories of royals going mad. But very few kings have committed murder in their fits of insanity.

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    • 37 min
    The Tiger of Mysore

    The Tiger of Mysore

    At the end of the 1700s, Tipu Sultan was the leader of the Kingdom of Mysore, facing off against the encroaching invasion of the British East India Trading Company. Today, Tipu's legacy is complicated and still confused with propaganda and mythology. Was he a crusading hero, or a religious bigot?
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    • 24 min
    Darya Saltykova, Serial Killer

    Darya Saltykova, Serial Killer

    In the 18th century in Russia, a noblewoman named Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova was well known in her area for treating her serfs with unique cruelty. But the true situation was far worse than the rumors. Eventually, she would be convicted of beating 38 young women to death, but many think she might have killed over a hundred more.
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    • 25 min
    The Blood Countess Elizabeth Báthory

    The Blood Countess Elizabeth Báthory

    Elizabeth Báthory is famous for being one of history's most prolific serial killers, a Hungarian Countess who tortured and slaughtered hundreds of young women, protected by her power as a noble. But what is the story is a little more complicated? What if the political power that allegedly protected her was actually a target for her political enemies? Is it possible that history's favorite murderess is actually innocent?
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    • 31 min
    The Mistress, the Murderer

    The Mistress, the Murderer

    King Edward VIII is notorious for abdicating the British throne to marry a twice-divorced American woman. But Wallis Simpson was far from his most notorious paramour...
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    • 32 min
    The Runaway Duchess

    The Runaway Duchess

    Hortense Mancini is perhaps most famous for being a royal mistress, but her life was a series of adventures and scandals. Hortense was willing to do whatever it took to be a woman who lived on her own terms in the 17th century.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
10.6K Ratings

10.6K Ratings

Lightning121710 ,

Obsessed

I am OBSESSED with this podcast. Love the history, love the production. Also Dana’s voice is so similar to Paget Brewster’s!!
Can’t wait to keep going. (Also I don’t understand why people leave poor reviews for ideologies they disagree with - maybe try listening to something else, if you are afraid of leaving your echo chamber.)

petitsyrahh ,

Love this Podcast!

I love historical fiction, and I love even more the well-researched back story to historical events! I eagerly await each new episode, Dana melds story telling and true history together seamlessly. I can’t wait to read Dana’s new book!

rnw5072 ,

So happy I started listening

Quickly became my new favorite podcast

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