In the words of that immortal poet Rihanna "Work, work, work, work, work" is the subject of this episode of history podcast Rude Tudors. More specifically, literary historian Liz Rodriguez and nerdy laywoman Nicole Keating dig deep into the lives of three badass working women. From crossdressing pirate to propagandist spy to philanthropic banker, these Renaissance ladies worked their way through the world. Find out the answers to...
Highlights include Ben Jonson cosplay, the horrors of early modern ultrasounds, callbacks to burn books, old-timey wage gaps, and more!
Have you heard of Grace O'Malley, the Irish pirate queen? Though ignored by chronicles and official histories, O'Malley's legend lives on poems, music, and romance novels. As the only woman on record as having a leadership role with her clan in 16th-century Gaelic Ireland, O'Malley's history jumps out of the shadows as this episode explores this important figure during a time of serious political upheaval. Join literary historian Liz Rodriguez and comic actress Nicole Keating as they get to the root of the following questions:
Though vilified by the English as manly, O'Malley defied gender roles and expectations as she defended her piracy and and fought for her family's ancestral lands. In doing so, she courted the understanding and favor of Queen Elizabeth herself.
In this episode, Liz and Nicole discuss William Herle, reputed pirate and spy for William Cecil (a.k.a. Lord Burghley) and Queen Elizabeth. Highlights include developing your Renaissance spy skills; Law and Order: Special Sea Victims Unit; the goings-on of the Marshalsea Prison; developing a convincing cover story; toilet rum and basement wine; the Ridolfi plot to overthrow Elizabeth; the pope’s beef with England; the average running speed of a papal bull; bro-ing out over Catholicism; transhistorical butthole smuggling; and Mary, Queen of Scotts, the ultimate Girl Who Codes. Plus, the latest installment of Wack Translations! rudetudors.com @rudetudors
William Cecil, one of Elizabeth's spy handlers