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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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Amazing History Podcast

By Carriage Return - Nov 13 2019
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A wonderful podcast, dedicated to some of the more looked over members of the movers and shakers. A must listen!!

Thoroughly researched

By NanaJHP - Nov 10 2019
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I’m a “Yank” with a soft spot for British history and Mr Boulton presents very satisfactory podcasts about English/British 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.

iTunes Ratings

194 Ratings
Average Ratings
175
8
5
5
1

Amazing History Podcast

By Carriage Return - Nov 13 2019
Read more
A wonderful podcast, dedicated to some of the more looked over members of the movers and shakers. A must listen!!

Thoroughly researched

By NanaJHP - Nov 10 2019
Read more
I’m a “Yank” with a soft spot for British history and Mr Boulton presents very satisfactory podcasts about English/British 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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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.

Rank #1: 1.3 Livia Drusilla (1): The Whims of Fate

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Born into one of Rome's most noble families, Livia was married to a man below her station and who made terrible decisions - but she would soon catch the eye of the most powerful man in Rome.

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Feb 18 2018

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Rank #2: 2.3 Vicky (1) The British Princess Royal and the Prussian Prince

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Introducing Prussia, Prince Fritz and the Princess Royal, Vicky.

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Sep 23 2018

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Rank #3: 2.2 The Matriarch of Europe

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Queen Victoria was, until very recently, the longest reigning monarch in British history and a towering figure in the story of 19th century Europe. This is, very briefly, her story.

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Sep 09 2018

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

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By marrying Octavian, Livia had married a hugely powerful man - but he was not yet the Emperor. To win control of the Empire, he needed to vilify Antony and Cleopatra - and he used his wife and sister to do it.


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Feb 25 2018

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Rank #5: 2.15 Helena and Louise: The other daughters

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A brief (well not really) telling of the lives of Victoria's other two daughters.

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Apr 21 2019

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Rank #6: 2.23 Ella (2) Coronation and conversion

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Ella leaves her (relatively) upbringing in Darmstadt for the opulence and rampant excesses of life in St Petersburg as the wife of a Romanov.

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Aug 26 2019

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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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Aug 26 2018

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Rank #8: 2.22 Ella (1) Hesse's Helen

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No country was more profoundly changed by World War I than Russia, and at the centre of its revolutionary story are two Hessian princesses.


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Aug 11 2019

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Rank #9: 2.20 Maud of Wales (1) Princess Harry

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Today we look at a woman who married into a kingdom that doesn’t get much coverage in mainstream history - Maud, a daughter of Bertie, the Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII.


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Jul 14 2019

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Rank #10: 2.9 Alice (1) Her Father's Daughter

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Princes Alice was Queen Victoria’s most underrated child, whose influence both intended and not intended was every bit as important as that of Vicky and Bertie and she packed it into a sadly short life full of ambition, courage, tragedy and determination.


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Dec 16 2018

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Rank #11: 1.20 Statilia Messalina

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Nero really did have a bit of a habit of stealing his friend's wives...

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Jul 22 2018

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Rank #12: 1.5 Livia Drusilla (3): Ulysses in a Petticoat

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Livia was the first Empress of Rome, and few others would exert so much influence.


Livia's full advice to Augustus. It is chapters 16-21

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Mar 04 2018

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Rank #13: 2.16 Sophia (1) Fulfilling the prophecy

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The daughters of Queen Victoria grew up at the height of the Victorian era - their granddaughters would be left to pick up the pieces. Today, we begin the second half of this season with Princess Sophia of Prussia

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May 05 2019

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Rank #14: 2.21 Maud of Wales (2) The reluctant queen

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Maud of Wales became queen of a newly formed country in one of the most turbulent times in modern European history. 


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Jul 28 2019

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Rank #15: 1.6 Livia Drusilla (4): Murderous Machiavellian Matriarch?

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Augustus's reign was overshadowed by his inability to secure the succession and problems within his own family. Heir after heir fell by the wayside. But was there a snake in the grass?


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Mar 11 2018

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Rank #16: 1.10 Valeria Messalina (1): A Jealous and Suspicious Mind

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Messalina became Empress of Rome after the assassination of Caligula and his family, and quickly secured her position by giving birth to a son. But she had rivals that needed to be moved on.

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Apr 15 2018

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Rank #17: 2.12 Beatrice (1): The Flower of the Flock

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In this third part of The Mothers of World War I, we are introduced to Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria's youngest daughter and constant companion.

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Feb 17 2019

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Rank #18: 2.8 Vicky (6) The 99 Day Empress

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Things didn’t go great for Vicky in the last episode. And it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

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Dec 02 2018

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Rank #19: 2.10 Alice: The Hessian Nightingale

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In which Alice gets married and moves to Hesse, opening up a whole new period in her life where she would leave a huge lasting impact on the lives of countless men and women in the grand duchy.

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Jan 13 2019

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Rank #20: 1.11 Valeria Messalina (2): Her Highness the Whore

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Messalina, along with her husband and friends in the Imperial administration led a period of repression to suppress the threat of revolts. Oh also she slept with everyone. But also the politics. Shockingly, this policy was destined to bite her in the behind.


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Apr 22 2018

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