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The Female Bare-Knuckle Prizefighters Of Georgian London | Fight Club | Absolute History

  • čas přidán 2. 02. 2024
  • Actor Sean Bean narrates this four-part documentary, which focuses on the history of one-on-one combat and how people have used organised fighting - to gamble, aid diplomatic relations, settle scores and protect personal honour, for example - throughout the ages. Four eras of fighting are covered in the series - Victorian, Georgian, Elizabethan and Tudor - and each hour-long episode brings to life the duels, the pugilism and the fascination Britain has had with this grim form of entertainment. Witness the rise of female warriors, including Britain's first prizefighter superstar Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, plus the impact of Charles Dickens and the evolution of combat rules, marking a transformative era in London's tumultuous past.
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Komentáře • 76

  • @maidenofmoths
    @maidenofmoths Před 17 dny +69

    Welp, looks like it's time to watch a 3 hour documentary about a topic I didn't know existed 3 minutes ago and I'm so here for it

  • @raymondcava4669
    @raymondcava4669 Před 17 dny +29

    History beats movie any time, thank you for posting.👏

  • @oldschool8432
    @oldschool8432 Před 17 dny +29

    All you light weights complaining bout 3 hrs but I'm happy. This will take me up to bedtime
    Thank you Absolute History

    • @rachelg9873
      @rachelg9873 Před 16 dny

      Lol I just came to the comments after hitting the 44 min mark and thinking it was ending. Then I realized it was 3 hours. I ain't mad about it... but I am presently surprised.

  • @lindyt3942
    @lindyt3942 Před 17 dny +13

    I can’t believe they haven’t made a tv show about these women yet (at least none that I know of). Netflix, HBO, Hulu, etc - they might have a hit on their hands if they made a well written series about these group of women and all the shenanigans, struggles, drama and hardship all of them no doubt went thru.

    • @nosotrosloslobosestamosreg4115
      @nosotrosloslobosestamosreg4115 Před 16 dny +3

      Because they would make those women look like poor oppressed creatures but yet able to defeat ten 8ft 400lb Tæŕgw 'Ynýẅan gladiators at once.

    • @crazycatlady7143
      @crazycatlady7143 Před 9 dny

      Absolutely!!! 👍👍👍

    • @HuckBuddies
      @HuckBuddies Před 23 hodinami +1

      Call it brawl babes 😊

  • @patricialong5767
    @patricialong5767 Před 17 dny +11

    The Georgian period was nuts, way out there in both social custom and in sports interest. Just about anything went!

  • @fatherofhistory
    @fatherofhistory Před 17 dny +44

    I had no idea that women were involved in bare-knuckle boxing in Georgian London. It’s amazing how they defied the social norms and expectations of their time and fought for their own survival and dignity. I admire their courage and skill.

    • @lilyw.719
      @lilyw.719 Před 17 dny

      Women bare-knuckle street fighting for their survival and dignity?
      Errm, what they were doing was and is a total indignity for women.
      And lots of poor women survived without becoming a boxer or a prostitute. Particularly if they relied on God.
      There's no genuine excuse for certain professions.

    • @nosotrosloslobosestamosreg4115
      @nosotrosloslobosestamosreg4115 Před 16 dny

      Ah, yeah, but if men defied societal norms.. How dare he? It looks special because it's women, but I bet one modern transwoman would crush them.

  • @samsa1440
    @samsa1440 Před 17 dny +7

    Excited for this!

  • @ReleaseTheQuackers
    @ReleaseTheQuackers Před 17 dny +23

    So, basically, this was Florida before Florida became Florida...

  • @laceyscrochet
    @laceyscrochet Před 17 dny +11

    I would know that fellow Yorkshire accent anywhere! Mr Sean Bean, hello!😂✌️💜🇬🇧

    • @maradjade1848
      @maradjade1848 Před 15 dny

      Yeah 20 seconds in I was like that's Ned Stark.

  • @edaniellevideos
    @edaniellevideos Před 12 dny +1

    Could you add time stamps in the description so we know when each chapter starts?

  • @jazzywhirl
    @jazzywhirl Před 16 dny +7

    0:39: 🥊 Exploring the brutal world of female bare-knuckle prizefighters in Georgian London.
    14:29: 🎲 The impact of alcohol and gambling on social classes in 18th century Georgian England.
    28:32: ⚔️ Harsh living conditions and prevalent diseases posed everyday hazards to impoverished Irish residents in St Giles, London during the 1830s.
    42:27: 🥊 Decline of female bare-knuckle fighting in Georgian London and its lingering legacy beneath modern streets.
    57:58: 🥊 The life-changing boxing match of a young lad in Georgian London.
    1:11:06: 🥊 Remarkable rise of two surprise bare-knuckle fighters in England and the United States.
    1:23:32: ⚔️ Controversy surrounds the bare-knuckle fight between Heenan and Sayers, leading to the popularity and subsequent disappearance of the prize ring.
    1:39:58: ⚔️ The significance of flintlock pistols in 18th century Britain and their role as status symbols and deadly weapons.
    1:54:27: 💥 Medical expert discusses the severe injuries caused by black powder firearms in close combat.
    2:07:35: ⚔️ Doctors' Unusual Role in Loading Pistols for Duels in Georgian London
    2:23:21: ⚔️ Exploring the art and history of ancient arms and armor, focusing on the craftsmanship and functionality.
    2:37:04: 🐎 The importance of armor and equipment for 15th century mounted Knights, focusing on the lance rest and visor.
    2:50:30: ⚔️ Injuries suffered by fighters in Georgian London were diverse and severe, impacting brain function and limbs.
    Recapped using Tammy AI

  • @stancexpunks
    @stancexpunks Před 16 dny +5

    Omfg I was about to write that the narrator sounds EXACTLY like Sean Bean then I go to check the description to see if it actually is him and IT IS!!! LOVE SEAN BEAN!

  • @Salamandy2.0
    @Salamandy2.0 Před 16 dny +2

    Reminds me of Assassins Creed Syndicate where you can play as a woman and fight opponents.

  • @jennklein1917
    @jennklein1917 Před 10 dny +1

    ❤❤ Sean Bean ❤❤

  • @proper90s43
    @proper90s43 Před 3 dny

    The thing I 'love' about the 'UK', is that all the 'experts' are upper middle class with zero idea of poverty even through acquaintances. Don't they see the irony in this? Especially as we move towards Victorian (not Georgian times, yet) again?

  • @karenchapman8715
    @karenchapman8715 Před 17 dny +5

    I'm not surprised. There were female gladiators.

  • @AnnaAnna-uc2ff
    @AnnaAnna-uc2ff Před 17 dny


  • @alteredpenguin2073
    @alteredpenguin2073 Před 3 dny

    Is that the great Sean Beans' Voice.

    @BUY_YOUTUB_VIEWS_601 Před 17 dny +1

    This video is a shining example of how art and storytelling can change lives.

  • @dross24MA
    @dross24MA Před 17 dny +14

    History repeats itself if left unchecked...Great expansion and constant war existed all over the globe during the Georgian period and the gap between fabulous wealth and extreme poverty had never been wider --- until now!?!? Yikes.

    • @run2cat4run
      @run2cat4run Před 16 dny

      It seem to be our human nature to be violent

    • @dross24MA
      @dross24MA Před 11 dny

      @@run2cat4run 😢😭

  • @daniellancaster4161
    @daniellancaster4161 Před 17 dny

    Shhhhushh!! The books might hear you!!!

  • @YouVSMeTV
    @YouVSMeTV Před 12 dny

    Come on Netflix, where’s the miniseries!? Real strong, historic fighting women. It practically writes itself. 👩🏻 🤜

  • @kwek122
    @kwek122 Před 15 dny +2

    Just checking in with my fellow ADHD crew 👋 good to see you in the comments

  • @bradyelich2745
    @bradyelich2745 Před 17 dny +4

    I had a big girlfriend she was 6 ft tall and 170lbs and she would back me up.

  • @HuckBuddies
    @HuckBuddies Před 23 hodinami

    Someone do a movie, call it brawl babes 😊

  • @IstvanRozsassy
    @IstvanRozsassy Před 17 dny +5

    Nah 3 hours is crazy💀☠

  • @VabellaBeauty
    @VabellaBeauty Před 13 dny

    Wooow 😍

  • @eldraque4556
    @eldraque4556 Před 13 dny


  • @ellie698
    @ellie698 Před 15 dny +1

    Arul to hear this referred to as cat fighting

  • @cpm9747
    @cpm9747 Před 16 dny

    I could swear I've seen this video before...
    Edit: They posted a part of it three months ago. That's so annoying. There's no indication in that one that it's part of a series. wtf

  • @Shunt1995
    @Shunt1995 Před 17 dny

    Who’s the narrator? I know the voice but can’t put a name with it

  • @hiyeshello5867
    @hiyeshello5867 Před 17 dny +7

    Firs- wait 3 HOURS!

  • @bluetv6386
    @bluetv6386 Před 16 dny

    Wimin is cumin

  • @atodaso1668
    @atodaso1668 Před 17 dny +3

    So it was the entertainment round?

  • @jbanders2358
    @jbanders2358 Před 17 dny +2

    Why is this 3 hours!!! FFS 🤦🏻‍♂️

    • @geekogen
      @geekogen Před 17 dny +14

      You don't have to watch if you don't want, you know.

    • @dross24MA
      @dross24MA Před 17 dny +3

      I set the playback speed to 1.25 which helped ...

    • @TheHonestPeanut
      @TheHonestPeanut Před 17 dny +5

      A lot of untold history to catch up on.

    • @jbanders2358
      @jbanders2358 Před 17 dny

      @@geekogenno shite sherlock...

    • @run2cat4run
      @run2cat4run Před 16 dny +1

      Could take breaks

  • @CheeseSteakJimi
    @CheeseSteakJimi Před 17 dny +7

    Wait... what is a female?

    • @mimetype
      @mimetype Před 17 dny +4

      A female is a timeless and brave expression of stunningness and braveness in a timeless brave and stunning sort of way.

    • @LookToWindward
      @LookToWindward Před 17 dny +2

      It’s just something they made up for Anime. Overused trope.

    • @cyndlehick9777
      @cyndlehick9777 Před 17 dny

      @@LookToWindwardlmao love it. Unlike the tomboy.

  • @mimetype
    @mimetype Před 17 dny +3

    I call Bull💩. They're always rewriting events.

    • @run2cat4run
      @run2cat4run Před 16 dny +2


    • @mimetype
      @mimetype Před 16 dny

      @@run2cat4run History is always being nudged in the direction of the cause du jour. The strong woman trope currently pervades all forms of media. Athey never show you the original documents to support their claims either.

  • @MrCapeman1
    @MrCapeman1 Před 17 dny +3


  • @D4n1t0o
    @D4n1t0o Před 17 dny +4

    Oh look, a woke history channel taking a few minor exceptions and inflating them into a full and robust history. Excuse me whilst I don't indulge your fantasies. What a waste of Sean Bean. Smh.