Why don’t women’s clothes have more pockets? Who are the female writers and artists my education forgot to include? How does a woman go about seizing control of her government? What was it like to be a female slave and how did the lucky ones escape? When did women get to put their own name on their credit cards? Is the life of a female spy as glamorous as Hollywood has led me to believe?
In short, what were the women doing all that time? I explore these and other questions in this thematic approach to women’s history.
I am currently on a research break working on Series 11, but instead of going dark during this time, I have lined up a variety of content for you. This week I am playing an interview I did a few months ago with Mike Corradi of the fabulously entertaining History of Italy podcast. He starts with the Fall of the Roman Empire and has just recently completed the Middle Ages, meaning that he has already covered about 1000 years of history, which is epic. I learned about learning about Queen Amalansuntha, Matilda of Tuscany (the iron countess), and Joanna of Naples, by binging his show, but my hands down favorite episode is episode 159, a social history episode where Mike takes a look at what life was like in the middle ages for the average Giuseppe and Lucrezia. I love social history. Fortunately for me, Mike was willing to break out of the medieval timeline to talk about Artemisia Gentileschi, a great Italian Painter.
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