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Join our host Holly, with a range of guests from the world of heritage and academia, as we take a trip into the most gut-wrenching and heart-warming depths of history to explore affection, infatuation and attachment across time. As we ask, what is the best love story of all time?

Join our host Holly, with a range of guests from the world of heritage and academia, as we take a trip into the most gut-wrenching and heart-warming depths of history to explore affection, infatuation and attachment across time. As we ask, what is the best love story of all time?

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United Kingdom

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Join our host Holly, with a range of guests from the world of heritage and academia, as we take a trip into the most gut-wrenching and heart-warming depths of history to explore affection, infatuation and attachment across time. As we ask, what is the best love story of all time?

Language:

English


Episodes

Elizabeth Woodville & Edward IV | The Heart Of The War Of The Roses With Gemma Hollman

5/3/2021
Welcome to the one year anniversary special of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. For this very special episode, celebrating the past year, I am joined by the wonderful medieval historian Gemma Hollman to discuss a relationship with repercussions through the ages. Join us as we delve into the Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV love story. In the midst of a warring kingdom, the young new King Edward IV secretly marries...

Duration:01:14:40

Rudolf Nureyev & Erik Bruhn | A Christmas Trip To The Ballet With Irina Klyagin

12/14/2020
Welcome back to the Christmas special of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. With Covid and the closure of so many theatres this year, it only seemed apt to take the Past Loves Christmas special to the stage. So for this very special episode, I am joined by Irina Klyagin - a Russian ballet scholar who looks after Harvard University’s extensive theatre collection at the Houghton Library - to discuss the love story between...

Duration:01:06:38

The 5th Duke & Duchess of Rutland | The Heart of Belvoir Castle With The 11th Duchess

10/26/2020
Welcome back to the season finale of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by an absolutely incredible guest the 11th Duchess of Rutland to discuss the relationship between the 5th Duke and Duchess, John Henry and Elizabeth. Together they created the most magical fairy-tale castle - Belvoir Castle. When Elizabeth arrived at Belvoir as a young bride, she was not inspired by the building currently...

Duration:00:46:11

Nicholas II & Alexandra | The Story of the Last Tsar and Tsarina With Virginia Rounding

10/19/2020
Welcome back to the next episode of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by author, editor and proofreader, specialising in Russia and the history of women, Virginia Rounding to discuss the relationship between the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. As the biggest fan of Russian history theirs is a story close to my heart, filled with heart-breaking moments of...

Duration:01:04:05

Anne Lister & Ann Walker | The Life & Loves of Gentleman Jack With Angela Steidele

10/12/2020
Welcome back to the next episode of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by author Angela Steidele who has written several books about LGBTQ+ lives in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, including a biography of Anne Lister. We will, therefore, be delving into the relationship between Anne Lister and Ann Walker. Anne Lister is often described as the 'first modern lesbian' and the diaries that she...

Duration:01:10:16

Lady Katherine Grey & Edward Seymour | A Tudor Love Story From The Tower With Melita Thomas

10/5/2020
Welcome back to the next episode of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time - and this time it's the first ever Tudor love story! That's right, this week I am joined by Melita Thomas, author and co-founder/editor of Tudor Times, to discuss the love story between Lady Katherine Grey and Edward Seymour. After the death of her sister Lady Jane Grey, Katherine became the next Grey in line to the throne. So when her secret marriage...

Duration:00:51:14

John & Joséphine Bowes | The Couple Behind The Bowes Museum with Judith Phillips

9/28/2020
Welcome back to the next episode of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week, we are discovering the love story behind one of my absolute favourite places - The Bowes Museum. The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure in the heart of Teesdale, based in the historic town of Bernard Castle. A truly magnificent museum, it may outwardly appear to be a stately home but, in fact, the museum was specifically built by John and...

Duration:00:54:21

Elinor Powell & Frederick Albert | A German POW, A Black Nurse, Enemies in Love with Alexis Clark

9/21/2020
Welcome back to the next episode of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week we are exploring a period of history that is so very often spoken about but, in a completely unique way with an unlikely romance between Elinor Powell and Frederick Albert. I am joined by author and freelance journalist, Alexis Clark as we travel into the depths of the Arizona desert to discover the love story between this African american...

Duration:00:44:27

Lady Augusta Murray & Prince Augustus | A Forbidden Wife With Julia Abel Smith

9/14/2020
Welcome back to Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by Julia Abel Smith who has enjoyed a long career with The Landmark Trust and more recently with Art UK. She has also written for Country Life and House & Garden magazines. Whilst researching the history of one of the Trust’s follies, she discovered Lady Augusta and was captivated. Lady Augusta had secretly married Prince Augustus, the son of George...

Duration:00:50:40

Nur Jahan & Jahangir | The Astonishing Reign Of Co-sovereigns With Ruby Lal

9/7/2020
Welcome to the second season of Past Loves - the weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by acclaimed historian of India and a professor of South Asian History at Emory University, Ruby Lal, to discuss the relationship between Nur Jahan and Jahangir - the early 17th century co-sovereigns of the Mughal empire. At a time when other wives were secluded behind walls, Nur Jahan boldly redefined the role of the royal wife. She...

Duration:00:58:45

Past Loves Is Back With A Second Season!

8/31/2020
September means new seasons all round because Past Loves Season Two is just around the corner! Join me, your true romantic host Holly, and a range of guests from the world of heritage and academia as we continue our exploration into the history of affection, infatuation and attachment. This season is set to be even more expansive as we will span four centuries and four continents. So, if you are devoted to history like me or want to be swept away in the romance of it all, this is the...

Duration:00:03:06

Maria & Patrick Brontë | The Love Story Behind The Legendary Literary Family with Sharon Wright

7/15/2020
Welcome for the last time this season to the next episode of Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by award-winning journalist and author Sharon Wright to discuss the relationship between Maria Branwell and Patrick Brontë - the love story at the heart of this legendary literary family. With their undeniable legacy, Maria and Patrick's relationship has been somewhat obscured by history. So Sharon's...

Duration:00:58:59

Mildred & Richard Loving | Loving v. Virginia - The Love Story That Went To The US Supreme Court With Peter Wallenstein

7/6/2020
Welcome once again to the next episode of Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by Professor of History at Virginia Tech Peter Wallenstein to discuss the relationship between Mildred and Richard Loving - a normal couple from the depths of Virginia who quite literally redefined the constitution of the United States of America. Against the backdrop of anti-miscegenation laws that had criminalized...

Duration:01:02:09

Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas | The Love Story At The Heart Of 20th-Century Art With Kelly Cricchio

6/29/2020
Welcome once again to the next episode of Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by Kelly Cricchio of The Art Herstorian to delve into the relationship between American writer Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and their undeniable legacy. Together, they laid the foundation for 20th-century art and literature - cultivating and patronising the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Hemingway. In the heart of...

Duration:00:52:56

Charles Stewart Parnell & Katie O'Shea | The True Love Story Behind The Homewrecker of History with Elisabeth Kehoe

6/22/2020
Welcome once again to the next episode of Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by author and senior research fellow of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, Elisabeth Kehoe as we discuss the relationship between Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and MP Charles Stewart Parnell and Katie O'Shea. It was Katie who was later dubbed Kitty O'Shea for the vehement public...

Duration:00:56:35

Oscar Wilde & Lord Alfred Douglas | Love On Trial With Matthew Sturgis

6/15/2020
Welcome once again to a very special episode of Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by historian, biographer and Oscar Wilde aficionado Matthew Sturgis to discuss the relationship between poet and playwright Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas or Bosie. This is a deep, passionate and overwhelming love story that defied convention set within the timeline of the persecution of passion. As the...

Duration:00:53:32

The Howards of Castle Howard | A Place Like No Other With Nick Howard & Chris Ridgway

6/8/2020
Welcome once again to a very special episode of Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by two guests, Nick Howard and Chris Ridgway. Chris is Castle Howard's curator and since 1984, he has lectured nationally and internationally about the history of this historic house near York. Nick, conversely, is a descendant of the Howard family and resides in this most glorious of stately homes, synonymous with...

Duration:00:52:41

Andrei & Natalia Chikhachev | An Ordinary Marriage In Provincial Russia With Kate Antonova

6/1/2020
Welcome to Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by Associate Professor of Russian history at Queens College, City University of New York, Kate Antonova to discuss a remarkable couple deep in the heart of provincial Russia during the long Nineteenth Century. As the author of An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in Provincial Russia, Kate draws upon the diaries that both Andrei and...

Duration:00:49:47

Kate & Carlo Perugini | Dickens’s Artistic Daughter, Katey and Her True Love with Lucinda Hawksley

5/25/2020
Welcome to Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by author, art historian, public speaker and broadcaster Lucinda Hawksley to discuss the relationship between Katey Dickens, Charles Dickens’s artistic daughter, and her second husband Carlo Perugini. As the great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens and the author of Dickens's Artistic Daughter Katey: Her Life, Loves & Impact,...

Duration:00:48:26

Queen Victoria & Prince Albert | Marriage, Monarchy and Magnificent Obsession with Helen Rappaport

5/18/2020
Welcome to Past Loves - the new weekly history podcast that explores affection, infatuation and attachment across time. This week I am joined by Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author and historian Helen Rappaport to discuss the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The union of Victoria and Albert is almost mythologised within our collective consciousness and of course, we all know the extent to which Victoria mourned and memorialised Albert after his untimely...

Duration:00:48:19