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Titanic: The Unsinkable with Cody Hartman
4d ago
Titanic: The Unsinkable with Cody Hartman
In this episode Gemma and Natalie talk to Cody Hartman, the director of the new film Unsinkable: Titanic Untold (2024).Please find more information on the film here:https://www.unsinkablethemovie.com/https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7137074/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0_tt_8_nm_0_q_insinkableSee tickets here:https://www.unsinkablethemovie.com/ticketsPlease see some of our favourite books on the topic of RMS Titanic:https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Titanic-Day-by-Day-366-days-with-the-Titanic-Hardback/p/21148/aid/1238https://thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/understanding-j-bruce-ismay/https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Shadow-of-the-Titanic/Andrew-Wilson/9781847398826https://www.amberley-books.com/why-the-titanic-sank.htmlhttps://www.hodder.co.uk/titles/christopher-ward/and-the-band-played-on-the-enthralling-account-of-what-happened-after-the-titanic-sank/9781444707960/If you would like to join Natalie on one of her walking tours in London, please follow the links:https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-the-royal-british-kings-and-queens-walking-tour-t426011/https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-unsavory-history-guided-walking-tour-t428452/https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/royal-london-georgian-and-windsor-monarchs-walking-tour-t481355https://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=supplier:252243A walking tour dedicated to the story of RMS Titanic is in the works.For more history fodder, please browse https://www.reignoflondon.com/ and https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Titanic: Day by Day with Simon Medhurst
5d ago
Titanic: Day by Day with Simon Medhurst
Today’s episode features an interview with the author Simon Medhurst, whose book ‘Titanic: Day by Day’ is presented as a calendar and chronicles the birthdays and the deathdays of those aboard the famous ship, as well as a plethora of Titanic facts and survivor quotes. Simon is also the great-grandson of Robert Hichens, the ship’s quartermaster, who was holding the wheel as the ship struck the iceberg.Please find Simon's book here:https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Titanic-Day-by-Day-366-days-with-the-Titanic-Hardback/p/21148/aid/1238Please see some of our favourite books on the topic of Titanic:https://thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/understanding-j-bruce-ismay/https://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Shadow-of-the-Titanic/Andrew-Wilson/9781847398826https://www.amberley-books.com/why-the-titanic-sank.htmlIf you would like to join Natalie on one of her walking tours in London, please follow the links:https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-the-royal-british-kings-and-queens-walking-tour-t426011/https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-unsavory-history-guided-walking-tour-t428452/https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/royal-london-georgian-and-windsor-monarchs-walking-tour-t481355https://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=supplier:252243A walking tour dedicated to the story of RMS Titanic is in the works.For more history fodder, please browse https://www.reignoflondon.com/ and https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Battle of Towton: The Winner Takes It All with Chris Riley
29-03-2024
The Battle of Towton: The Winner Takes It All with Chris Riley
Tune in to find out all about the Battle of Towton of 1461. Why does this battle matter? Our guest Chris Riley - of The Historians Magazine - chats to us today.You can find Chris on @chrisrileyhistory on IG and linktr.ee/pastandpresentmediaIf you would like to become a member of The Historians Magazine, please see https://thehistoriansmagazine.com/ .Here's a link to one of our favourite books about the Anarchy and The White Ship disaster:https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Edward-IV-and-the-Wars-of-the-Roses-Paperback/p/3174/aid/1238https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Battles-of-the-Wars-of-the-Roses-Hardback/p/22238/aid/1238https://www.amberley-books.com/the-wars-of-the-roses.htmlhttps://www.amberley-books.com/edward-iv.htmlhttps://thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/william-shakespeare-the-wars-of-the-roses-and-the-historians/https://thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/towton-1461/If you would like to join Natalie on one of her walking tours in London, please follow the links:https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-the-royal-british-kings-and-queens-walking-tour-t426011/https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-unsavory-history-guided-walking-tour-t428452/https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/royal-london-georgian-and-windsor-monarchs-walking-tour-t481355 .For more history fodder, please browse https://www.reignoflondon.com/ and https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Mary & George and Royal Kill List
26-03-2024
Mary & George and Royal Kill List
The Tudors and Georgians have dominated the popular imagination for long enough. No more!Please join the #StuartSpring movement in helping us to bring spotlight onto this oft-forgotten dynasty, The Stuarts, who ruled Britain in the 17th century, after ruling Scotland for the previous three.This time Natalie and Gemma discuss the two new Stuart dramas that have hit our screens in the past few weeks: Mary & George and Royal Kill List.We reminisce about the history of the docu-drama genre, as well as recall a few pivotal #KeepItStuart moments.Find more about Royal Kill List here: https://www.history.co.uk/shows/royal-kill-listHere's our blog article about Stuarts on screen: https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/post/the-reel-stuartsTo book a walking tour with Natalie and talk more about the Stuarts and London spots associated with them, please visithttps://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/royal-london-georgian-and-windsor-monarchs-walking-tour-t481355Please check out some of our favourite books about the Stuarts:https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Sex-and-Sexuality-in-Stuart-Britain-Paperback/p/17131/aid/1238https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Charles-Is-Executioners-Civil-War-Regicide-and-the-Republic-Hardback/p/18474/aid/1238https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Charles-II-and-his-Escape-into-Exile-Capture-the-King-Hardback/p/16745/aid/1238https://www.amberley-books.com/a-year-in-the-life-of-stuart-britain.htmlhttps://www.amberley-books.com/the-stuarts-in-100-facts.htmlhttps://thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/return-of-the-king/https://thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/in-a-free-republic/For more history fodder please visit https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ and https://www.reignoflondon.com/Mary & George (2024) and Royal Kill List (2024), both available on Sky TV or Now TV (in the UK). In the US the former will launch on Starz in April and Binge in Australia. #StuartsStreaming Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Strange Bedfellows: Spouses Swiped Left
28-02-2024
Strange Bedfellows: Spouses Swiped Left
Join us this month and explore the love stories of the past.This February we're sharing our chats to various historians and covering all the ways that Royals can come together, be it through arranged marriage, secret engagements or chance meetings. Strange Bedfellows.. On this episode of our Valentines Series, we’re looking at couples, where the couple didn't take to each other and in the world of Royal Tinder, it resulted in a Swipe Left kind of situation. Let's see how these couples tolerated each other's forced presence in their lives: today we talk about Empress Matilda & her hubs Geoffrey of Anjou, Henry VIII & Anna of Kleves, Mary Queen of Scots & her second (but not last) hubs Lord Darnley, andCatherine the Great & Peter III.How do I Loathe Thee? Let Me Count The Ways...We’ve invited historians Chris Riley, Clemmie Bennett, Leah Redmond Chang and Catherine the Great (sorry, Catherine Curzon).Please welcome our experts!Chris writes for The Historians Magazine, please find it here:https://thehistoriansmagazine.com/Please find Clemmie's debut Tudor novel here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Tree-Clemmie-Bennett-ebook .Please find Leah's book here:https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/young-queens-9781526613424/ in the UK andhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374294489 in the USA.Our favourite book of Catherine's when it comes to the Georgian era; it covers most of the courts of Europe and connects the royal dots in most surprising of ways. P.S. If you love your Romanovs or Marie Antoinette, this is a must!https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Life-in-the-Georgian-Court-Hardback/p/12109/aid/1238 .For more history fodder please visit https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ and https://www.reignoflondon.com/To book a walking tour with Natalie and talk more about the medieval Royal London, please visithttps://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=supplier:252243 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Only Love Can Hurt Like This: Unrequited Love
26-02-2024
Only Love Can Hurt Like This: Unrequited Love
Join us this month and explore the love stories of the past.This February we're sharing our chats to various historians and covering all the ways that Royals can come together, be it through arranged marriage, secret engagements or chance meetings. Only Love Can Hurt Like This.. On this episode of our Valentines Series, we’re looking at couples, where an arranged marriage of a monarch led to unforeseen consequences: feelings, but unfortunately, unreciprocated.We’ve invited historians Leah Redmond Chang and Andrea Zuvich to talk about the unrequited feelings of Catherine de Medici towards Henry II of France and Catherine of Braganza’s toward Charles II.Please find Leah's book here:https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/young-queens-9781526613424/ in the UK andhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374294489 in the USA.Andrea has written several books on the Stuarts, please find below:https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Sex-and-Sexuality-in-Stuart-Britain-Paperback/p/17131/aid/1238https://www.amberley-books.com/a-year-in-the-life-of-stuart-britain.htmlhttps://www.amberley-books.com/the-stuarts-in-100-facts.htmlFor more history fodder please visit https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ and https://www.reignoflondon.com/To book a walking tour with Natalie and talk more about the medieval Royal London, please visithttps://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-the-royal-british-kings-and-queens-walking-tour-t426011/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Improbable Matches at the Royal Court
21-02-2024
Improbable Matches at the Royal Court
Join us this month and explore the love stories of the past.Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing with you our chats to various historians and we’ll be covering all the ways that Royals can come together, be it through arranged marriage, secret engagements or chance meetings. My Heart Flies to Your Service... On this episode of our Valentines Series, we’re looking at couples, where a monarch or a senior royal made a match against society rules and definitely against convention of the day.To help us get to know there couples better, we invited Chris Riley & Catherine Curzon.Chris tells us about three medieval couples, or rather one king with a series of boyfriends, and two couples whose stead-fast yet unlikely unions produced Henry VII. Love was in the air? Love was writing the rules.Catherine the Great (sorry, Catherine Curzon) tells us all about Catherine I, second wife to Peter the Great, and Alexander II of Russia, who made a morganatic marriage to a much younger woman, but which union turned to love. Or did it?Chris writes for The Historians Magazine, please find it here:https://thehistoriansmagazine.com/Our favourite book of Catherine's when it comes to the Georgian era; it covers most of the courts of Europe and connects the royal dots in most surprising of ways. P.S. If you love your Romanovs or Marie Antoinette, this is a must!https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Life-in-the-Georgian-Court-Hardback/p/12109/aid/1238 .For more history fodder please visit https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ and https://www.reignoflondon.com/To book a walking tour with Natalie and talk more about the medieval Royal London, please visithttps://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-the-royal-british-kings-and-queens-walking-tour-t426011/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Love as a Choice
17-02-2024
Love as a Choice
Join us this month and explore the love stories of the past.Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing with you our chats to various historians and we’ll be covering all the ways that Royals can come together, be it through arranged marriage, secret engagements or chance meetings.  I Would Not Wish Any Companion in the World but You...On this, the third episode of our Valentines series, we’re focussing on the theme of marriages and unions that happened based on an unlikely choice. One is a monarch, and their partner (married or not) was with them only because of the love they shared.To help us get to know there couples better, we invited Chris Riley, Clemmie Bennett and Catherine Curzon.Chris shared the stories of the unions between Harold Godwinson and Edith Swanneck, as well as Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.Clemmie spilled the mead on a couple that wasn't technically together but definitely belongs on this list: Elizabeth I & Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Did or didn't they? ...Catherine the Great (sorry, Catherine Curzon) tells us all about the love affair and the 'open marriage' between the famous Russian Empress and her most famous favourite.Chris writes for The Historians Magazine, please find it here:https://thehistoriansmagazine.com/Please find Clemmie's debut Tudor novel here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-Tree-Clemmie-Bennett-ebook .Our favourite book of Catherine's when it comes to the Georgian era; it covers most of the courts of Europe and connects the royal dots in most surprising of ways:https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Life-in-the-Georgian-Court-Hardback/p/12109/aid/1238 .For more history fodder please visit https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ and https://www.reignoflondon.com/To book a walking tour with Natalie and talk more about the medieval Royal London, please visithttps://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-the-royal-british-kings-and-queens-walking-tour-t426011/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Arranged Love Blossom: Medieval Edition
14-02-2024
Arranged Love Blossom: Medieval Edition
Join us this month and explore the love stories of the past.Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing with you our chats to various historians and we’ll be covering all the ways that Royals can come together, be it through arranged marriage, secret engagements or chance meetings. We Found Love Right Where We AreOn this, the second episode of our Valentines series, we’re focussing on the theme of Arranged Marriages and those couples who managed to find love within one. There will be several episodes with this theme, this time it's the medieval edition.To help us get to know there couples better, we invited Chris Riley and Gemma Hollman.Chris will tell us about the love between William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders, as well as Edward I and Eleanor of Castile. Gemma will tell us about Edward III and Philippa of Hainault, the oft-forgotten couple.Chris writes for The Historians Magazine, please find it here:https://thehistoriansmagazine.com/Please find Gemma's book on Edward III and Philippa (as well as Edward's later mistress) here:https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/the-queen-and-the-mistress/9780750993692/For more history fodder please visit https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ and https://www.reignoflondon.com/To book a walking tour with Natalie and talk more about the medieval Royal London, please visithttps://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/london-the-royal-british-kings-and-queens-walking-tour-t426011/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Sweet Georgian Carolines with Catherine Curzon
30-01-2024
Sweet Georgian Carolines with Catherine Curzon
On this episode we Gemma and Natalie interview Catherine Curzon, author of many books on the Georgians. The episode focusses on the two Georgian Queens Consort, both called Caroline - Caroline of Ansbach, wife to George II and Caroline of Brunswick, wife to Prince Regent. The two women couldn't be more different from each other - one was a wise politician in love with her husband; and the other - the lover of life, hellbent on getting revenge on her royal hubby. Were they the same in any way? Since a woman's lot would be equally bad in 18th century, even for a royal?Tune in and find out.Our favourite books by Catherine -Georgian Queens: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Queens-of-Georgian-Britain-Hardback/p/14066/aid/1238 Wives of Prince Regent: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Wives-of-George-IV-Hardback/p/20127/aid/1238 Life at Georgian Court: https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Life-in-the-Georgian-Court-Hardback/p/12109/aid/1238To book Coalescence at Old Royal Naval College: https://ornc.org/whats-on/coalescence/Please find more history fodder on our website https://www.ifitaintbaroque.art/ and if you would like to come with Natalie on a walking tour of London, please check out https://www.reignoflondon.com .Here's a direct link to the tour about Georgian and Windsor monarchs: https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/royal-london-georgian-and-windsor-monarchs-walking-tour-t481355 . A new one walking tour on Royal Love Stories has just gone on sale, ready for Valentine's Day. Come for a walk and find out more about amorous Georgians.https://www.getyourguide.com/london-l57/royal-love-stories-walking-tour-t481358/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.