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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.

The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages James Boulton

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    • 4.8, 244 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.

    2.39 Ena of Battenburg (1) Naming the King's Yacht

    2.39 Ena of Battenburg (1) Naming the King's Yacht

    No one expected Victoria Eugiene of Battenburg to become Queen of Spain - but when King Alfonso turns on his charm - it's hard to resist.


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    2.38 Missy of Edinburgh (6) Living in memory of the past

    2.38 Missy of Edinburgh (6) Living in memory of the past

    We’re back with Missy, with the final chapter of her story. We see her live through some of the most tumultuous times in the Kingdom of Romania’s short history.


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    CHAT: Ellen Alpsten on Tsarina

    CHAT: Ellen Alpsten on Tsarina

    I chat with Ellen Alpsten about her amazing new book Tsarina, the story of how a peasant girl from the Baltic became the first female ruler of Russia.


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    UK
    Get your hardback here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/tsarina/ellen-alpsten/9781526606419
    ebook here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tsarina-Ellen-Alpsten-ebook/dp/B0844W5YWJ/


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    Get your hardback here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250214430
    ebook here: https://www.amazon.com/Tsarina-Ellen-Alpsten-ebook/dp/B0844W5YWJ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=tsarina&qid=1589131086&sr=8-2
     
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    • 42 min
    2.37 Missy of Edinburgh (5) Mother-in-law of the Balkan

    2.37 Missy of Edinburgh (5) Mother-in-law of the Balkan

    Missy finally crowned as queen and begins to marry her children off across Europe - but her eldest son would continue to be a thorn in her side.


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    2.36 Missy of Edinburgh (4) The only man in Romania

    2.36 Missy of Edinburgh (4) The only man in Romania

    After pushing Romania into World War I, Missy discovers that taking on the Central Powers was somewhat harder than she had imagined.


    Map of Romania in 1916


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    • 52 min
    2.35 Missy of Edinburgh (3) Queen at last

    2.35 Missy of Edinburgh (3) Queen at last

    With war on the horizon, King Carol will prepare Romania for the succession, identifying Missy as one of the future leaders of this proud new nation-state.




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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
244 Ratings

244 Ratings

Clyles89 ,

I’m only giving 3 stars because...

His narratives makes it seem like women are powerful ONLY in relationships to men. He also characterizes most of the women as easily led or naive even when there is really no solid historical evidence for it. I still like the podcast and think it’s interesting.

Elliot Oracle ,

This is the best history podcast ever!!!

The Other Half is the best historical podcast I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. I highly recommend it. It is so well researched and the host’s storytelling is utterly captivating. You end up really caring for these women, their lives and their immortal places in history. Bravo!

mvalian ,

Fantastic

I started this podcast after I finished his Queen’s of England Podcast. Just like it’s sister podcast it is informative, interesting and funny. If you like stories of women and history you will love this podcast. James Boulton has a wonderful way of telling a story. I highly recommend!!

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