I’m a big, big fan of the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcasts but their archive/overall organisation of the homepage is a mess. As such, I thought I’d group together certain podcasts they’ve done over time & upload them in a .zip file.
The House of Bourbon series they did includes eight podcasts.
1. The Rise and Fall of the Green Gallant
A man of many appellations — Henry the Great, the Green Gallant — King Henry IV was a very popular French royal . In this episode, Sarah and Deblina explore the controversial life and reign of Henry of Bourbon, including the surprising fate of his head.
2. The Last Years of the Red Eminence
Cardinal Richelieu wielded tremendous political power, but he also made more than a few enemies. Would they seek revenge in his later years?
3. The Affair of the Poisons
From hemlock to cyanide, poison has unfortunately played an integral part in many of history’s great sagas. But in 17th-century France, the scandal over poisoning reached an unprecedented level.
4. Madame de Pompadour and Louis XV
Madame de Pompadour was born in Paris in 1721, and eventually became the mistress of King Louis XV. In this episode, Deblina and Sarah describe Madame de Pompadour’s rise to power.
5. Madame de Maintenon and Louis XIV
As the Sun King, Louis XIV ruled France for over 70 years. Yet even a king can’t get everything he wants. Learn about Louis’ secret marriage to Madame de Maintenon — and why it was secret — in this podcast.
6. Did Marie Antoinette really tell French peasants to eat cake?
Marie Antoinette was only ten when Rousseau published the famous ‘let them eat cake’ quote. Check out our HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about what this statement actually meant — whether or not Marie actually said it.
7. How the French Revolution Worked
Several factors contributed to the French Revolution. Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how an incompetent monarchy, the age of Enlightenment and widespread famine created the perfect storm for a country-wide revolution.
8. Who was the last French Bourbon?
The story of the House of Bourbon is pretty complicated. Luckily, Deblina and Sarah are here to examine the web of people and events leading to the fall of the House. Tune in and learn more about Henri, comte de Chambord, the last French Bourbon.