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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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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.
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.
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.
Survived

Survived

2020-05-2634:1418

Katherine Parr was Henry VIII's sixth wife.
Beheaded II

Beheaded II

2020-05-1233:2515

Catherine Howard was Henry VIII's fifth wife.
Divorced II

Divorced II

2020-04-2832:5220

Anne of Cleves was Henry VIII's fourth wife.
Died

Died

2020-04-1426:4927

Jane Seymour was Henry VIII's third wife.
Beheaded

Beheaded

2020-03-3129:4120

Anne of Boleyn was Henry VIII's second wife.
Divorced

Divorced

2020-03-1726:2923

Catherine of Aragon was Henry VIII's first wife.
The Witch-Hunter King

The Witch-Hunter King

2020-03-0323:1222

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.
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.
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.
Today We Leave for Mexico

Today We Leave for Mexico

2020-01-2122:3825

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.
The Swan King Went Mad

The Swan King Went Mad

2020-01-0725:0927

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?
The Neck and the Necklace

The Neck and the Necklace

2019-12-2425:4020

"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.
The Ice Queen

The Ice Queen

2019-12-1024:3339

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

Embarrassing. Learn to pronounce the names before recording the podcast. It's not that hard.

Jul 11th
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agustin venegas

For a second there I thought you would be talking about lady Di and I was like "oh.. Sh*t's going down"

Jul 9th
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Yasmine C

How a little known aristocrat named Franz Ferdinand came to enter the world stage.

Jul 6th
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Thehubangie

Love ya Dana, over the wives👌💕

May 31st
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Lauren Champlin

This is my favorite episode so far!

May 8th
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Elke Mae Perez-Mamaril

Adagio in the back ground really accentuates their love story....

May 4th
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Angela Pattrick

This was a lovely episode, beautifully read, as always, by the author. I loved the happy ending!

Apr 28th
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Kristy Neary

I really enjoy this format. Her voice is soft but has a lot of intonation. You can see her facial expressions as she speaks. The narrative is interesting and complex, but not difficult to follow. I only wish the episodes were longer.

Apr 14th
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Janine Coelho Jones

love Jane Seymour

Apr 14th
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Desiree Zyla

yesssssss

Apr 14th
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A.J.

Engaging first episode. I'm all in.

Apr 10th
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Andrea Garcia

my favorite wife of Henry 💜💜💜

Apr 7th
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Janine Coelho Jones

Looks like someone is a fan of the Broadway musical SIX lol I see where we are headed here. Big fan of the podcast!

Apr 1st
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Heather Boylen

Thank you! We have extra fingers in our family. I told my 8 year old about it and a few days later angry mothers confronted my mom about it after school. Her classmates didn’t like the history lesson.

Apr 1st
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Desiree Zyla

ahhhhhh I have been waiting so long!!!

Mar 31st
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Bethany

Ooo! I got goosebumps at the end. LOVED this one ❤️💕

Mar 5th
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pir8prod

I can't under estimate the damage done by woke culture.

Feb 22nd
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Ernesto t

"the queen was among her people at last " bro I legit teared up at work hearing that .

Feb 21st
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Bethany

I absolutely LOVE this show. Please never stop 🙂

Feb 14th
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Aly Shrestha

love the way the stories are told. This by far one of my favorite podcasts.

Feb 14th
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