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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.

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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.

    The Corpse of Inês de Castro

    The Corpse of Inês de Castro

    King Pedro I of Portugal had one love of his life. And when she died, in 1355, Pedro would do everything in his power to make those who were responsible pay.

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    • 32 min
    The Count, the Moose, and Thomas Jefferson

    The Count, the Moose, and Thomas Jefferson

    After the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers were desperate to prove America's strength on the world stage, especially compared to Europe. To Thomas Jefferson, this meant refuting the theory of "degeneracy" put forth by French naturalist, the Comte de Buffon. And of course, there was only one way to do that: have a moose shipped across the Atlantic.

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    • 31 min
    The Secret History of Emperor Justinian

    The Secret History of Emperor Justinian

    Procopius is considered the preeminent historian of the Byzantine age, writer of works that extolled the virtue and power of Emperor Justinian. But in the 17th century, a work discovered in the Vatican library revealed that Procopius also wrote another book—a secret book, that threatened to undo all of the good will he once built for the Emperor he served.

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    • 30 min
    Lady Mary Wroth's Urania

    Lady Mary Wroth's Urania

    Lady Mary Wroth is often considered the first female writer in England to publish a work of prose under her own name. But her romance, The Countess of Montgomery's Urania, would lead to scandal for more reasons than just a female author...

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    • 31 min
    Mansa Musa and the World Map

    Mansa Musa and the World Map

    Mansa Musa is often considered to be the richest man who ever lived. And, in the 14th century, he set out on a hajj to show his wealth and power to the world.

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    • 29 min
    The Execution of the Roman Virgin

    The Execution of the Roman Virgin

    In 1599, Beatrice Cenci, the daughter of a wealthy Roman nobleman, was convicted of her father's murder. She almost certainly did it—no one was arguing that. But some things are more complicated than they first appear.

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11.9K Ratings

11.9K Ratings

Princessananda ,

Perfection

I love this show! Dana’s information and subject choices are excellent. Thank you!!!

Juliebr83 ,

Love the History

I absolutely love the dive into historical characters and their stories your history books won't tell you about.

Jabara83 ,

Ever the feminist

I’ve listened to this podcast since it first came out. I love the history, but never underestimate Dana’s ability to find some excuse to whine about something feminist or racist about the people she’s talking about.

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