Ep 177 - Goddess Isis and Mama Thames - a duo of damp deities
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We're off travelling this week, from London to Oxford, via Greece and Egypt, to find out about the female manifestations of the rivers Thames and Isis. How did the Thames get its name? Is it as simple as it sounds? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ..read more
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Ep 176 - How to lose the World Cup
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1966. A year that lives on in the memory of the English as the year that England won the World Cup. But it's also the year that England LOST the World Cup too. Huh? Alex delves into the last topic she thought she would ever discuss, which is FOOTBALL. Not her natural home, but there's a good reason why, on this one. Because, like everything, there is a fantastic story behind the story of how the world cup trophy, the Jules Rimet, was stolen while on show in a stamp exhibition in London in March of 1966. Who took it and why? Most people know that it was found by a dog called Pickles, but how di ..read more
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Ep 173 - Mary Wortley Montague, mother's marvellous medicine
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Fiona is back, and cracking out a fantastic story, picking up a loose thread from a few weeks ago, Mary Wortley Montague. An intriguing woman, Mary disappeared to Italy after her marriage went a bit wonky, and also took up the mantle of innoculating children well ahead of the UK more generally, and showed people how it could be done, and how it could help by publicly innoculating her own daughter. This is the fascinating story of one woman who broke boundaries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ..read more
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Ep 173 - Dido Belle - society and slavery
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2M ago
Alex is flying solo this week, as we take on the story of Dido Belle, the young mixed race woman, born to am enslaved woman, and brought up in British high society. Born to a British ship's captain, and an enslaved woman being transported to Jamaica, Dido was brought back to the UK and entrusted to one of the highest Judges in the land. Her story was hidden until the 1990s, and we are taking a look at her story, her glorious portrait, and also her uncle, Lord Mansfield, in this week's episode. Join us for a truly intriguing story of a woman of colour in Georgian society. Learn more about your ..read more
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Ep 172 - Operation Umbrella - Over, under, through
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2M ago
We don't half love an Operation here at the Ladies Who London podcast! This, however, is no military operation, although it is no less audacious or finnickity. How do you build huge infrastructure when the place you need to build is one of the busiest spots in London? Well, that is the question. Operation Umbrella was the answer to this exact question. While needing to use the space but also redevelop the space, an ingenious plan took over Oxford Circus, which would require planning engineering before the real engineering took place. And yes, it was very painstaking. Come and find out all abou ..read more
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Ep 171 - Emma Hamilton - rags to riches & maid to mistress, the story you never knew
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2M ago
Heave ho me'hearties, this week we are setting sail aboard the good ship Hamilton, as we take a look at one of history's most famous mistresses, Emma Hamilton. But does she deserve such a reductive title? Surely there is more to her than we think we know? Boy are you in for a treat! We careen from the Temple of Health and the Celestial Bed (remember that?!) to the glamorous streets of Naples, the top deck of a warship and a Queen's court, as we tell the bits of Emma Hamilton's story that you may not know. Sure, she did fall in love with Nelson, and of course that was never sealed with marriage ..read more
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Ep 170 - A mad medley of Montagus
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3M ago
Well this is an episode, kids. Fiona has seen a squirrel and gone on a mad goose chase through the annals of history, chasing down the elusive Montagus. Where will we end up?! Heaven only knows...Alex certainly doesn't! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ..read more
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Ep 169 - the mysterious disappearance of Elizabeth Canning
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This sounds like one of Sherlock's great cases - the mysterious disappearance of Elizabeth Canning, but it is a true story. What you may not know is that she comes back - after about a month, and in a pretty dire situation. So far, so horrible but straightforward. But then, once her kidnappers are tried, convicted, and thrown in prison, something really odd happens. The whole case turns on its head, and Elizabeth is the one thrown into the spotlight. What on earth has happened? What is she accused of, and how does the whole thing end up? For that, and more detail into the horrible case of what ..read more
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Ep 168 - Titus Oates conspiracy - fantasy or fact?
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3M ago
We've been threatening this one for a while, gang! Here is the unedited history of Titus Oates, and who exactly is he? Is he a brave, whistleblowing legend, or a deluded fantasist who is about to put his foot in it? Come with us to find out more And podcast pedestal returns! After overwhelming support, the pedestal makes a comeback, and you get to tell us what you think is the most important part of the story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ..read more
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Ep 167 - Chevalier d'Eon - the gender-fluid spy who defied the King of France
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3M ago
A week late to Trans Visibility Day, but that is on brand for us! This week's episode is all about the Chevalier d'Eon, spy to King Louis XV, and all round enigma! Were they trans? They lived as both man and woman in both France and England over many years. What weird stipulation did the King make in a deal with the Chevalier and why? We delve into this story, surrounded by myth and mystery to try and figure out what is what from the story of this fascinating person. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices ..read more
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