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The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages

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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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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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I could listen to this podcast all day

By dbertram1 - Jan 02 2020
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James has created a captivating series about many great women of history that we are all familiar with along with many you many not have heard of. Whatever you do James, just please don’t stop making podcast!

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By Rachmeister.Mills. - Dec 03 2019
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What a pleasure it was to pick up on Queens of England podcast, just to find out I had another James Boulton podcast to enjoy! I consider myself an “historical feminist” as I love to learn about great women (and women born to greatness), so now that I’ve caught up on all the episodes I find myself counting down the days until a new episode drops. Thank you, James, for your hard work and dedication!

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215 Ratings
Average Ratings
195
8
6
5
1

I could listen to this podcast all day

By dbertram1 - Jan 02 2020
Read more
James has created a captivating series about many great women of history that we are all familiar with along with many you many not have heard of. Whatever you do James, just please don’t stop making podcast!

James, king of Queens

By Rachmeister.Mills. - Dec 03 2019
Read more
What a pleasure it was to pick up on Queens of England podcast, just to find out I had another James Boulton podcast to enjoy! I consider myself an “historical feminist” as I love to learn about great women (and women born to greatness), so now that I’ve caught up on all the episodes I find myself counting down the days until a new episode drops. Thank you, James, for your hard work and dedication!
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The Other Half: The History of Women Through the Ages

Latest release on Feb 23, 2020

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Rank #4: 1.4 Livia Drusilla (2): The Anti-Cleopatra

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Rank #7: 2.1 The Mothers of World War I: The Daughters and Granddaughters of Queen Victora

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Introducing the second season of The Other Half podcast.

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Rank #8: 2.28 Alix of Hesse (3) A terrible Damoclean uncertainty

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Rank #11: 2.27 Alix of Hesse (2) The truly believing Alexandra Feodorovna

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Rank #12: 1.12 Agrippina Minor (1): Daughter & Sister

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Rank #16: 2.10 Alice: The Hessian Nightingale

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