A listener suggestion sends us down a rabbit hole of arcane rites and mysterious symbols. What brings together the Arts and Crafts movement, Gothic Revival architecture, the Book of Kells, 17th century English pageantry, medieval cathedrals, memento mori, Nicholas Cage's Wicker Man, and the ancient cults of Bacchus, Dionysus, Pan, and Silvanus? THE GREEN MAN. (Brought to you by Lady Raglan.)
Once upon a time, ancient Romans began the tradition of catching their tears in tiny glass bottles, a tradition which the Victorians carried on throughout the nineteenth century. OR DID THEY? Learn the lies behind the lachrymatory!
What do the Red Barn Murder, the Murders at Stanfield Hall, the Bermondsey Horror, and the Prince of Poisoners have in common? They're all immortalized in Staffordshire pottery! Because the only thing the Victorians loved more than murder was knick-knacks.
I Am A Woman (In Love With a Woman - Must Society Reject Me?) and other fantastical tales from the Isle of Lesbos! The true story behind Beebo Brinker! Which man had his fictional protagonist read his nonfiction tome? Which woman pretended to be a literary agent to represent herself several times over? And just how much is The Price of Salt? There is only one answer sufficient for all these questions: Harold, they're lesbians.
What if one of the founding fathers of America had bought wine in Paris? And what if a bottle of that wine happened to show up at a Christie's auction? And what if no one questioned its veracity until it was too late? All these inquiries and more answered on this very special episode, where we drag billionaires into the dirt where they belong.