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Women make up half of the world's population, and yet history books often consign them to the sidelines. They are dismissed as merely the wives of powerful men; babymakers and nothing more. Yet women have been the driving force behind history for millennia, from female Pharoahs, warrior princesses and pirates, to the revolutionaries who sought to topple the male-dominated political systems of their day. From host of the popular 'Queens of England Podcast', The Other Half tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history.
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The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages James Boulton

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 353 Ratings

Women make up half of the world's population, and yet history books often consign them to the sidelines. They are dismissed as merely the wives of powerful men; babymakers and nothing more. Yet women have been the driving force behind history for millennia, from female Pharoahs, warrior princesses and pirates, to the revolutionaries who sought to topple the male-dominated political systems of their day. From host of the popular 'Queens of England Podcast', The Other Half tells the forgotten and ignored stories of the most powerful and influential women in history.
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    SUPPLEMENTAL: Elizabeth to Elizabeth, British Royal Funerals since 1603

    SUPPLEMENTAL: Elizabeth to Elizabeth, British Royal Funerals since 1603

    On Monday 19 September, Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest in Windsor after a state funeral at Westminster Abbey. Royal funerals have gone back hundreds of years, with the first one in the Anglican tradition occurring in 1603. What did those funerals look like, and how will they compare to the one we will watch tomorrow?
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    4.23 Christina of Sweden (3) Queen of the Flying Squadron

    4.23 Christina of Sweden (3) Queen of the Flying Squadron

    Christina arrives in Rome and makes her mark on a very different court from the one in her homeland.
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    • 28 min
    4.22 Christina of Sweden (2) The road to Rome

    4.22 Christina of Sweden (2) The road to Rome

    One of the greatest conscious uncouplings in European royal history as Queen Christina does two unthinkable acts: give up both her throne and her faith.
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    • 22 min
    4.21 Christina of Sweden (1) Athena of the North

    4.21 Christina of Sweden (1) Athena of the North

    Christina, Queen of Sweden, is arguably the most fascinating female monarch in Early Modern history. One of learning and science, independence and free thinking. She is Scandinavia’s Elizabeth I in many ways, but their legacy is very different.
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    • 38 min
    4.20 Olimpia Maidalchini (2) Innocent's dominatrix

    4.20 Olimpia Maidalchini (2) Innocent's dominatrix

    Corruption, family drama, betrayal. The pontificate of Innocent X would certainly not be a dull one with Olimpia Maidalchini at the helm.
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    • 40 min
    4.19 Olimpia Maidalchini (1) Electing a female pope

    4.19 Olimpia Maidalchini (1) Electing a female pope

    Olimpia was very different to her Renaissance forebears, but whose partnership with her brother-in-law would see her become the true power behind the throne of St Peter.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
353 Ratings

353 Ratings

NanaJHP ,

Thoroughly researched

I’m a “Yank” with a soft spot for British history and Mr Boulton presents very satisfactory podcasts about History’s women. I first met him through his queens of England series and have followed him to The Other Half. His programs are beautifully researched with a healthy sprinkling of the real life anecdotes that put the teeth in the stories of history. His presentation style is chatty, so much nicer than a presenter droning on from a script. In short, The Other Half is a total winner.

Anita - R ,

Charmed

I continue to be charmed by Mr. Bolton's podcast. I have listened to every episode, some, many times over. I am ever so grateful he has taken to speaking a bit more slowly.
Thanks for good podcasts.

ng603 ,

Fantastic Insight

Love this podcast about women in history. It is very well researched with great delivery. My #1 Podcast of choice. Easy to listen to, learn something every time and enjoyJames’ sense of humor. Well done!

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