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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 • 380 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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    5.14 Sally Hemings (1) Keeping it in the family

    5.14 Sally Hemings (1) Keeping it in the family

    Not all rulers are monarchs, and not all mistresses consented to sleeping with rulers. The relationship between Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson is one of the most controversial in American history - this is how it starts.
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    • 36 min
    5.13 Madame de Pompadour (3) After us, the Flood

    5.13 Madame de Pompadour (3) After us, the Flood

    As the sexual side of her relationship with Louis XV ended, Reinette would need to find new ways to remain in power - all the while, a new enemy emerged from across the Rhine.
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    • 34 min
    5.12 Madame de Pompadour (2) The Fishes Daughter

    5.12 Madame de Pompadour (2) The Fishes Daughter

    Reinette solidifies her position as the maitresse-en-titre to Louis, but. in doing so, creates some powerful enemies.
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    • 37 min
    5.11 Madame de Pompadour (1) The little Queen

    5.11 Madame de Pompadour (1) The little Queen

    A mother takes her daughter to see a fortune teller, who tells her that she would grow up to sleep with the King of France.
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    • 32 min
    5.10 Hortense Mancini (2) Queen of the Amazons

    5.10 Hortense Mancini (2) Queen of the Amazons

    Hortense travels to England and seduces a King. And his daughter.
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    • 41 min
    Podcast Update - I'm coming back!

    Podcast Update - I'm coming back!

    The Other Half Podcast will return next weekend!
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
380 Ratings

380 Ratings

Eidjr ,

You’re Back!

So excited for new episodes. One of my favorite history podcasts.

History buff 11 ,

So excited that it’s back!!

I love this podcast I have been listening since it was Queens of England and it is one that I look forward to every episode. He has the ability to portray the lives of historical women like no one else. Thank you James!

NanaJHP ,

Thoroughly researched

Happy you are better and pleased for your return. Your wellbeing comes first. Please be good to you.

I’m a “Yank” with a soft spot for British history and Mr Boulton presents a 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.

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