Powerful queens throughout history have often been misunderstood and reduced to stereotypes, as they were judged through biased lenses that distorted their actions and motivations. By examining their lives, we can dispel these myths and gain a better understanding of their true character and legacy. Women like Empress Matilda and Eleanor of Aquitaine defied expectations and challenged the status quo, proving that women have played important roles in history by breaking gender norms.
Disclaimer: This episode contains a conversation about sex and sexuality – listener discretion is advised.
On this Ask the Expert Steph is joined by Dr. Katherine Harvey to discuss the topic of her new book, The Fires of Lust: Sex in the Middle Ages. If you’ve always been interested in what happened behind closed doors, this is the episode for you. Put on some headphones, as this episode is not suitable for work.
As this podcast continues to evolve, I decided this season, I would do my very first themed season. Queens! We’ll learn about a marvelous collection of queens from various guests. In this episode we look at the second wife of King John – son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. To guide us on this journey of discovery, Rebecca is joined by historian and author Sharon Bennett Connelly.