Footnoting History

In 2013, Christine and several of her friends helped Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge create Footnoting History, a bi-weekly audio podcast that allows them to share their love of history with a general audience. Each host possesses a graduate level degree in history, chooses his or her own topics, and completes his or her own research. This means Christine gets to spend a lot of time talking about the crazy lives of her favorite people: the Bonapartes.

In addition to serving as the Assistant Producer on the Administration Team, Christine also runs the podcast's Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts and spearheads the Revolutionary France Series. Other topics she has covered span from King Henry II of England's sparring children to Laura Bridgman- known as the first deaf/blind woman to be formally educated in the United States. 

Christine's most popular episode centers around the rather gory topic of The Royal Teeth of Louis XIV, which was called "strangely riveting" by CBC's Podcast Playlist. You can listen to it and a selection of Christine's other favorites below, or peruse the full archive of her episodes here.

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Selected Episodes

King Louis XIV of France may be known as the "Sun King" but not everything about his life was bright and splendid. In this episode we discuss the crippling dental difficulties that plagued Louis and possibly increase your appreciation of modern anesthesia.

Napoleon Bonaparte built his career and maintained his empire with soldiers at his back. Often, the fate of the France  seemed to hinge on his military success, but that did not mean every man in the country was eager to join the fight. In this episode, Christine looks at some of the ways men avoided serving in Napoleon's army.

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In May of 2016 the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ elephants performed for their final time before entering retirement. Over 130 years earlier, in 1882, Jumbo the elephant left London for New York and joined P.T. Barnum’s traveling menagerie. In this episode, Christine explores Jumbo’s life as one of the Victorian era’s most famous animals.

In 1120, just when King Henry I of England thought he had achieved a much-needed peace, tragedy struck. What happened to the White Ship that broke the king's heart and changed the trajectory of the English monarchy? Find out on this episode.

As his brother Napoleon rose to power in France, Jerome Bonaparte was in Baltimore, Maryland. While there the young Bonaparte did what many men do, he married a beautiful woman. Unfortunately his union with Miss Elizabeth Patterson was not welcomed by Napoleon, who had other plans for his little brother. In this episode we’ll examine what happened in Baltimore and how Emperor Napoleon’s disapproval dictated the future of the newlywed couple.

© 2016 Christine Caccipuoti

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