Tales of History and Imagination

Eccentric tales from History by Simone Whitlow

Three: Tipu’s Tiger

December 23rd, 2020

One day, a young prince named Tipu went out hunting in the jungle with a friend – sometimes portrayed as a French mercenary in the service of the prince’s father – the fearsome Hyder Ali. While tracking a local deer or antelope the two men were surprised by a giant tiger leaping out at them from the undergrowth.

This fortnight’s tale focuses on the Mysore Kingdom’s ruler Tipu Sultan, and his macabre taste in musical instruments.

The script of this episode is based on a blog post on Tales of History and Imagination published September 8th 2020. You can read it Here.

 

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About the Author: Simone Whitlow is a musician, songwriter, academic, skip tracer and former Mastermind contestant from New Zealand. Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns. Simone is an avid collector of strange tales from history and other ephemera.

Two: Hannibal in Bithynia

December 9th, 2020

Today’s tale is set in the Asiatic town of Libyssa, in Bithynia – on the periphery of what is now Turkey. The date, some time around 182 BCE. Hannibal Barca, perhaps one of the all time great generals in world history is pacing the room like a caged Barbary Lion. His life, from the age of nine had lead to this point – ever since his father made him take an oath he would “Never be a friend of Rome.” 
How did it all come to this for the Carthaginian strongman? Simone discusses.
The script of this episode is based on a blog post on Tales of History and Imagination published July 28th 2020. You can read it Here.

 

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About the Author: Simone Whitlow is a musician, songwriter, academic and former Mastermind contestant from New Zealand. Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns. Simone is an avid collector of strange tales from history.

One: Martial Bourdin

December 2nd, 2020

Martial Bourdin

At 4:45pm precisely, GMT, on 15th February 1894 the grounds of Greenwich Park, London – home of the Royal Observatory, and a clock we’ll discuss later – are shaken by a resounding boom. Staff at the observatory recalled a “sharp and clear detonation, followed by a noise like a shell going through the air”. They peered out the windows in trepidation attempting to work out what just happened. A park warden and a group of students ran towards the epicenter of the blast – where a solitary young man lay dying. The young man, who died not long after in a local hospital, was identified as 26 year old Frenchman Martial Bourdin.

Why was the young anarchist carrying a bomb through the park on a winter day? Simone discusses.

The script of this episode is based on a blog post on Tales of History and Imagination (Blog) published April 7th 2020. You can read it Here.

If you enjoyed this episode please leave a like, follow the page. Please help my channel grow by sharing with just one person. I post a new episode every fortnight, Wednesday night New Zealand time. 

Tales of History and Imagination are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and run a weekly Wordpress Blog

About the Author: Simone Whitlow is a musician, songwriter, academic and former Mastermind contestant from New Zealand. Transgender, she uses she/her pronouns. Simone is an avid collector of strange tales from history and old guitars.  

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