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Noble Blood

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Rank #26 in History category

Society & Culture
History
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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. New episodes every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

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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. New episodes every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

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6952 Ratings
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497
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190

Super Interesting!

By mia_2016_c - May 17 2020
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Loved the series on Henry VIII’s wives! Captivating listen. 👍🏽

Great podcast

By Nierengarten - May 17 2020
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I love these short historical stories. The story telling is terrific! Thank you!

iTunes Ratings

6952 Ratings
Average Ratings
5891
497
238
136
190

Super Interesting!

By mia_2016_c - May 17 2020
Read more
Loved the series on Henry VIII’s wives! Captivating listen. 👍🏽

Great podcast

By Nierengarten - May 17 2020
Read more
I love these short historical stories. The story telling is terrific! Thank you!
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Noble Blood

Latest release on Jul 07, 2020

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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. New episodes every two weeks, on Tuesdays.

Rank #1: The Marquise and Her Poisons

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The Marquise de Brinvilliers is a subject of operas and stories, a larger-than-life villainess who murdered her family with poison and almost got away with it. Almost.

Oct 29 2019

34mins

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Rank #2: Let Him Be Hanged There for a Lamb

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Lord Byron has become synonymous with the romantic, creative hero. But it may have been Lady Caroline Lamb, his most famous lover, who truly embodied the spirit of the age. Their romance led to blood, tears, fire, and pubic hair. Poets, am I right?

Nov 12 2019

37mins

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Rank #3: The Wedding Ended in Blood

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The wedding between Margot of Valois and Henry of Navarre was meant to end religious fighting in France. It didn't.

Nov 26 2019

27mins

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Rank #4: The Ice Queen

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Bitterly lonely and abandoned by her family, Anna Ivanovna grew to hate love. And when she became the unlikely Empress of Russia she used her power to build an ice palace that was both a spectacle and a torture chamber. 

Dec 10 2019

25mins

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Rank #5: The Butcher Baronet

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An Australian man comes to England claiming to be a long-lost heir thought dead in a shipwreck. What happened next sparked a trial lasting 188 days—one of the longest in English history—and a scandal that captivated the Victorian public.

Aug 06 2019

30mins

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Rank #6: The Neck and the Necklace

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"The Queen's death must be dated from the Diamond Necklace Trial." The nation turned against Queen Marie Antoinette when she became an unwitting pawn in the most ambitious catfish in history.

Dec 24 2019

28mins

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Rank #7: Ever Dearest Cousin Nicky

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King George V and Tsar Nicholas II were first cousins who looked so much alike that people often jokingly called them twins. When one cousin's crown came under threat, the other had a decision to make. 

Aug 20 2019

27mins

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Rank #8: The Swan King Went Mad

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Only days after he was deposed, King Ludwig II of Bavaria died in an apparent suicide. But was it murder? Or was it just the final act of a king who had gone mad with love and with passion, born into the wrong century?

Jan 07 2020

27mins

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Rank #9: The Butler, in the Bedroom, with a Sabre

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In the middle of the night on an otherwise quiet spring evening, Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, was attacked in his bedchamber by an assailant wielding a sword. The Duke survived, and in the chaotic aftermath, the household discovered the Duke's valet, dead by apparent suicide. But as the details of that night emerged, the story became murky. More questions than answers remain now to a murder mystery that will never be solved. 

Oct 15 2019

28mins

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Rank #10: Until We Meet Again

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The same day Queen Liliuokalani proposed a new constitution for Hawaii that would restore power to the monarchy and grant native Hawaiians the right to vote in elections, a group of white businessmen met at a law office in Honolulu, and hatched a plan that would change the course of nations.

Sep 03 2019

24mins

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ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The Tilly Cult

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In 2001, a woman named Ghislaine de Védrines befriended a charming man named Thierry Tilly. The rest of her close-knit aristocratic family soon became close with him as well. For Noble Blood's one year anniversary, Dana is joined by her research assistant, Hannah Johnston to discuss the mysterious and bizarre brainwashing of the wealthy de Védrines family.

Jul 07 2020

1hr 14mins

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The Bloody Queen of Madagascar

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Stories from history are not kind to Queen Ranavalona of the Kingdom of Imerina. They call her bloodthirsty, mad, a "female Caligula." People were killed under her rule—lots of them, and cruelly. But "madness" doesn't tell the whole story. Ranavalona was a canny political leader, protecting her kingdom from the insurrection of imperialism for her entire 33-year reign... at any cost. 

Jun 23 2020

30mins

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The Crown Prince and His Lover Dead

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The Archduke Rudolf, heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, retreated to his hunting lodge in Mayerling with his teenage lover in 1889 to enact a gristly suicide pact in an event both stranger and more tragic than it appears at first blush.

Jun 09 2020

42mins

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Survived

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Katherine Parr was Henry VIII's sixth wife.

May 26 2020

36mins

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Beheaded II

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Catherine Howard was Henry VIII's fifth wife.

May 12 2020

35mins

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Divorced II

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Anne of Cleves was Henry VIII's fourth wife.

Apr 28 2020

34mins

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Died

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Jane Seymour was Henry VIII's third wife.

Apr 14 2020

28mins

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Beheaded

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Anne of Boleyn was Henry VIII's second wife.

Mar 31 2020

30mins

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Divorced

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Catherine of Aragon was Henry VIII's first wife.

Mar 17 2020

28mins

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The Witch-Hunter King

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During a post-wedding detour in Denmark, James VI of Scotland learned of the evils of witches, and he brought his anti-witch fervor with him when he returned to Scotland.

Mar 03 2020

25mins

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The Ghosts that Haunted the Female Emperor

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In 7th-century China, Wu Zetian went from low-tiered concubine to Empress and then, finally, to Emperor in her own right. Her legacy is murky and strange, and her rise to power is trickled with blood. 

Feb 18 2020

24mins

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Catherine the Great and her Husband the Mediocre

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Catherine the Great, Russia's most famous Empress, wasn't born in Russia—she was a minor German princess engaged to the future Emperor. But less than a year after her husband ascended to the Russian throne, Catherine overthrew him in a coup with the help of her lover in one of the most extraordinary political maneuvers in history.

Feb 04 2020

29mins

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Today We Leave for Mexico

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She was born Charlotte of Belgium, before fate re-named her Carlota of Mexico. She and her husband were high-minded, idealistic imperialists, ready to forge their destiny on a new continent. But they were woefully unprepared for the reality that awaited them outside their palace walls. 

Jan 21 2020

23mins

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The Swan King Went Mad

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Only days after he was deposed, King Ludwig II of Bavaria died in an apparent suicide. But was it murder? Or was it just the final act of a king who had gone mad with love and with passion, born into the wrong century?

Jan 07 2020

27mins

Play

The Neck and the Necklace

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Read more

"The Queen's death must be dated from the Diamond Necklace Trial." The nation turned against Queen Marie Antoinette when she became an unwitting pawn in the most ambitious catfish in history.

Dec 24 2019

28mins

Play

The Ice Queen

Podcast cover
Read more

Bitterly lonely and abandoned by her family, Anna Ivanovna grew to hate love. And when she became the unlikely Empress of Russia she used her power to build an ice palace that was both a spectacle and a torture chamber. 

Dec 10 2019

25mins

Play

The Wedding Ended in Blood

Podcast cover
Read more

The wedding between Margot of Valois and Henry of Navarre was meant to end religious fighting in France. It didn't.

Nov 26 2019

27mins

Play

Let Him Be Hanged There for a Lamb

Podcast cover
Read more

Lord Byron has become synonymous with the romantic, creative hero. But it may have been Lady Caroline Lamb, his most famous lover, who truly embodied the spirit of the age. Their romance led to blood, tears, fire, and pubic hair. Poets, am I right?

Nov 12 2019

37mins

Play

The Marquise and Her Poisons

Podcast cover
Read more

The Marquise de Brinvilliers is a subject of operas and stories, a larger-than-life villainess who murdered her family with poison and almost got away with it. Almost.

Oct 29 2019

34mins

Play

The Butler, in the Bedroom, with a Sabre

Podcast cover
Read more

In the middle of the night on an otherwise quiet spring evening, Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, was attacked in his bedchamber by an assailant wielding a sword. The Duke survived, and in the chaotic aftermath, the household discovered the Duke's valet, dead by apparent suicide. But as the details of that night emerged, the story became murky. More questions than answers remain now to a murder mystery that will never be solved. 

Oct 15 2019

28mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

6952 Ratings
Average Ratings
5891
497
238
136
190

Super Interesting!

By mia_2016_c - May 17 2020
Read more
Loved the series on Henry VIII’s wives! Captivating listen. 👍🏽

Great podcast

By Nierengarten - May 17 2020
Read more
I love these short historical stories. The story telling is terrific! Thank you!