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The show, released in weekly 15/20 minute episodes, covers the history of the Italian peninsula from the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, through the unification of Italy in 1861 to the present day.

Episode Date
141 - The popes are back in business (1417 - 1447)
1306
After the healing of the western schism in 1417, new pope Martin V must get his papal state sunder control which means dealing with a whole load of issue such as brigands, mercenary captains, pushy neighbours, unruly lords and a lack of cash. We then see how his successor, Eugene IV managed to muck everything up before managing to sort tit all out again, more or less.
Aug 09, 2022
140 - King Ferdinand's woes (1458 - 1492)
1196
After the death of Alphonse the Magnanimous, his son, Ferdinad, has quite a time managing to hold on to the kingdom of Naples what with revolting Barons, meddling popes and even an Ottoman invasion! Will the poor man ever get any peace and quiet?
Aug 02, 2022
AMM: Paolo Borsellino and Rita Atria
1426
On the 30th anniversary of his death, we look at the life and struggle of anti-mafia investigative magistrate Paolo Borsellino up to his tragic killing and how he crossed path with a brave young girl of only 17, willing to give up the life she had known in search of justice, Rita Atria.
Jul 19, 2022
139 - King Alphonse of Naples (1436 - 1458)
1405
We go back a little to see how Alphonse V of Aragon actually got onto the throne of Naples and what he had to put up with once he got there dealing with Milan, Venice, Genoa and Florence, before a rather unprecedented alliance in 1454 under the "Italic League"
Jul 12, 2022
138 - Aragonese Sardinia and Sicily (1410 - 1500)
1049
We take a quick look at some of the situations and key events in Sardinia and Sicily in the 15th century as the Aragonese consolidate their hold over their new possessions
Jun 21, 2022
137 - The Republic of San Marino
1105
While attempting to catch up with our studies, we go outside (or inside) Italy to look at a foreign country within our borders up to the 15th century and find out why we have yet another independent country on the peninsula.
Jun 07, 2022
Special: Anti-Judaism in Medieval Italy - The case of Simonino da Trento with Lorenzo Paluan
2585
We explore a tragic travesty of justice as we look into the anti-jewish case of Simonino da Trento, a young boy who was found dead in 1475 and whose murder was blamed on the local Jewish community with no tangible proof, leading to their very rapid trial and execution.
May 31, 2022
Recap 06: Episode 101 - 136
1945
After quite a long tour (36 episodes) we take our routine look back to recap what we have been over, moving around Italy and back and forth in time
May 25, 2022
136 - Savoy from count to duke to pope (1391 - 1451)
1069
We follow little count Amedeo VIII as he comes to power and manages to not only expand, consolidate and organise first his county and then duchy, but even has a go at being pope for a while!
May 10, 2022
Anti-mafia martyrs - Pio La Torre, the mafia fighting communist
1069
We take a look at the life and struggle of Sicilian communist party leader Pio La Torre, who spent his whole life trying to oppose Cosa Nostra for the good of the opressed, even when it meant going against his own party.
May 03, 2022
F100: Before Evil - Interview with Brandon Gauthier on Benito Mussolini
2532
As we finish celebrating the 77th anniversary of our liberation from the Fascist government and Nazi occupiers, I talk to author Brandon Gauthier about his new book, which explores the early lives of notirious dictators such as Hitler, Stalin and Kim.
Apr 26, 2022
135 - Savoy - different coloured counts and a murder mystery (1255 - 1391)
1159
We continue catching up with the house of Savoy picking up in 1255 and, after some zig-zagging succession, see the "colourful" green count Amedeo VI and then try to discover what really happened to his son, Amedeo VII the Red count, as the counts slowly continue to expand their lands and influence in France and north-west Italy.
Apr 12, 2022
Announcement: 200th upload, new platform, new logo and happy birthday!
455
We have reached the 200th upload ( regular episodes plus extras) and have moved to a new platform. To celebrate this as well as my 45th birthday we are unveiling the new "A History of Italy" logo
Apr 05, 2022
134 - Piedmont and the rise of the house of Savoy
1075
We catch the region of piedmont up to the 13th century and then start to take a look at the rise of the house of Savoy, beginning with its founder Umberto Biancamano, he of the white hand (for some reason).
Mar 22, 2022
F100 The occupation of Fiume part 02
1584
The second part of our chat on the occupation of Fiume where we look at the occupation itself and the life of D'Annunzio after the endeavor
Mar 15, 2022
F100 The occupation of Fiume - part 01
1216
We draw a profile of the Italian poet and activist Gabriele D'Annunzio up to the time in which he takes command of an expedition to take the city of Fiume, the current day Croatian city of Rijeka. We take a look at his extreme lifestyle of women, drugs and excesses such as being the first recognised Italian toappear naked in a photo! We also have a look at the situation in Italy between WWI and the expedition to Fiume in 1919.
Mar 08, 2022
F100 Memories of Ukraine - an Italian ode to Odessa
1640
In honour of the Ukrainian people, I look back at my fond memories of Ukraine in the "Italian" city of Odessa.
Mar 01, 2022
133 – catching up with Genoa… again (1310 – 1442)
1115
and 15th century Genoa to catch up on all their wars with Venice and the Aragonese as well as all the internal infighting between the various Doria, Spinola, Fieschi, Grimaldi and Campofregaso for which external rulers are constantly called in, the, Anjou, Milan, France, Monferrato, milan again and so on.
Feb 22, 2022
F100: The crystallisation of totalitarianism
2155
We take a break from our narrative of the history of Fascism to talk about the definition of Totalitarianism with Jackson Van Uden. Jackson is a Historian, Author and Podcaster. He hosts the History with Jackson YouTube channel and Podcast where he speaks about History from across the ages, and interviews historians about their research. As an author he has written several articles on a variety of different topics and has also recently published a book entitled the ’The Crystallisation of Totalitarianism’. 
Feb 08, 2022
123 – The end of the Visconti: how to lose a duchy (1410 – 1447)
1553
Filippo Maria Visconti, now sole Duke of Milan, has a bit of time to take a breather, before the chaos of the wars of Lombardy vs Venice and Florence, with special guest stars
Feb 01, 2022
131 – Milan, chaos in the duchy (1402 – 1412)
1167
After the untimely death of the first duke of Milan, Gian Galeazzo Visconti, the duchy is thrown into turmoil as the widow, Caterina Visconti attempts to hold onto the realm of her sons, Giovanni Maria and Filippo Maria through internal intrigue and external military pressure from Florence, Venice and many others trying to take advantage of Milan's moment of weakness.
Jan 25, 2022
130 – The father of the father of the nation: the rise of the Medici (1402 – 1428)
1247
We follow the life and times of Giovanni di Bicci De Medici, shrewd banker and able politician as he navigates the complicated waters of early 15th century Florentine politics as the republic prepares to kick of an age of unprecedented cultural renewal: the Renaissance
Jan 13, 2022
4th anniversary episode
3173
We celebrate our 4th anniversary by announcing a new podcast: The K-Rock Chelsea Hotel; the 1 millionth global listen and a guest episode about 14th century Italy on The History of England podcast.
Jan 04, 2022
Re-release: 129 – Catherine of Siena – Medieval UN ambassador
1217
In this episode we follow the last part of the life of St Catherine of Siena as her fame and influence grows to International levels and she deals with princes and popes alike, going through the war of the eight saints, the Ciompi revolt and the Great Western Schism, all the while battling against her own body.
Dec 29, 2021
Happy Whatever episode
638
Just to wish you a Merry Christmas, happy Kwanza, Sol Invictus, Saturnalia, to hope you had a good Diwali or Hanukah and in general to wish you a merry whatever this period is for you, even if it's nothing at all.

We come bearing audio gifts!

AUGURI
Dec 25, 2021
129 – Catherine of Siena – Medieval UN ambassador
1183
In this episode we follow the last part of the life of St Catherine of Siena as her fame and influence grows to International levels and she deals with princes and popes alike, going through the war of the eight saints, the Ciompi revolt and the Great Western Schism, all the while battling against her own body.
Dec 21, 2021
128 – Caterina of Siena: God's teenage rebel
1174
We look at the early life of Catherine of Siena (Caterina da Siena) as she has her first visions and sets off at a very young age open her life as a mystic, religious and political activist in mid 14th century
Dec 14, 2021
127 – Milan vs Florence: fight to the death (1395 – 1402)
1547
unstoppable expansion of the newly formed Duchy of Milan. Will they manage? Or will Gian Galeazzo Visconti complete his vision of including Florence in his dominions.
Dec 07, 2021
126 – Visconti family feud and a new duchy is born (1378 – 1395)
1567
We see how the power-sharing solution for the government of Milan comes crashing down with power once again in the hands of a single man: Gian Galeazzo Visconti, who, after inheriting the holdings of his father and uncle, will create a Duchy that will last for centuries.

meanwhile we also try and keep up with Florence and the other Tuscan cities as well as those of Piedmont Lombardi and benedetto as they do their best to counter the expansion of the new Duchy.
Nov 30, 2021
The Great Q & A session
2006
To celebrate reaching episode 125, we have a special episode with questions from our wonderful listeners

We get to talk about Latin, Lombards, Normans, noble houses, strange surnames, the mafia, fascism and much, much more.
Nov 23, 2021
125 – War and rebellion in Tuscany (1348 to 1382)
1019
After seeing the gruesome spectacle of the plague in Florence through the eyes of Giovani bocaccio we follow the rising tension in the city and all over Tuscany that would eventually erupt in the rebellion known as the "Revolt of the Ciompi".



In the meantime, Florence also finds time to participate in the war of the eight Saints. Lots of fun in the 14th century for Tuscany!
Nov 16, 2021
124 – Troubled Tuscan times and Boccaccio's Decameron
1103
After following Florence and Tuscany through a mini golden age from the 1280's to the 1330's we see things really start to go downhill with social tensions between the Arti Maggiori, the greater guilds, and the arti minori, the lesser guilds, exacerbated also by the very brief dominion over Florence by Walter of Brienne.



We then take a brief look at the life of Giovani bocaccio and see the plague through his eyes with his great work the Decameron.
Nov 09, 2021
Halloween Special: The Ghost of Bardi Castle
2075
In this special Halloween episode we explore the castle of Bardi in the Apennines of Parma. The ghost is supposedly that of Moroello, the captain of the castle garrison who is said to have died along with his beloved Soleste in the late 15th century.
Oct 31, 2021
123 – The Tuscan scene and Florence rising (1302 – 1327)
1477
area. We see how things went with the Guelphs and Ghibellines inside and outside the region with all the "international" players while all the while the corporations make their way into the halls of power.
Oct 26, 2021
Tech update test and free "NewsCappuccino" episode
596
I'm very sorry but I am updating my tracking system. As an apology: a free episode of one of the features you can find on Patreon, NewsCappuccino, enjoy!
Oct 20, 2021
122 – Braccio da Montone's last stand (1417 – 1424)
1267
the final chapter of his story: will he rise to even greater glory and perhaps cut out a kingdom in central Italy for himself or will it all come crashing down? Will the newly elected Pope Martin the fifth manage to set up a coalition strong enough to beat this great soldier?
Oct 19, 2021
121 Braccio da Montone, Lord of Perugia (1407 – 1417)
1280
Braccio's fame increases as he wins victory after victory, in central Italy, against Naples and in his involvement in the Great Western Schism, all the while with his eye on Perugia.
Oct 13, 2021
120 – Braccio da Montone, early life of a condottiero (1368 – 1406)
1266
Fortebraccio, known as Braccio da Montone
Oct 05, 2021
119 – Joanna II of Naples and some schism fixing
1155
We see the rather naughty and turbulent reign of Joanna II of Naples. Did she really deserve the nickname "the insatiable" or even "the mad"? Or was it just bad press?
Sep 21, 2021
Italian citizenship milestones – Crossover with "The Italian Citizenship Podcast"
3015
A look at some important dates for Italian citizenship and what was happening in those periods
Sep 01, 2021
118 Sicily goes Spanish and Naples gets big ideas (1372 – 1414)
1205
We see how Sicily loses its independence to the Spanish and then cross over to the mainland to see how king Ladislaus of Naples gets some big ideas on expanding his kingdom.
Aug 17, 2021
The bagpipes of resistance – Crossover ep. with "The History of England"
1750
In this very special crossover episode, we got the chance to host an episode on the podcast of one of our all-time heroes, David Crowther of "The History of England".
In this episode we talk about operation "tombola", the allied and partisan attack on a strategic Nazi position in a small town in Northern Italy.
Aug 03, 2021
117 – Eleonora of Arborea and the fall of Sardinia (1326 – 1410)
1194
The life and times of the great "Giudchessa" and the fall of Sardinia to the Spanish.
Jul 20, 2021
NewsCappuccino: Roman helmets and insulting Austria – The Italian national anthem
823
onour of Italy's splendid performance in the EURO cup, a taste on what you can hear on Patreon about the content of the Italian national anthem: the battle of Legnano, Scipio Africanus, the Sicilian Vespers and making fun go Austria.
Jun 17, 2021
F100: 02 Benito Andrea Amilcare Mussolini, early years
1913
n the second episode of Fascism 100, the series on the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Fascist party, we look at the life of Benito Andrea Amilcare Mussolini from his birth on 29th July 1883 to 1921 when the first Fascist delegates were elected to the Italian parliament.
Jun 15, 2021
116 – Venice in mortal peril (1356 – 1400)
1482
After an attempt at legalising prostitution, the Dolphin doge cannot quite fight off a Hungarian threat, then things with Genoa get so heated over the possession of Eastern Mediterranean islands that Venice stares destruction in the face with enemies at the gates and even in the lagoon.
Jun 08, 2021
Special: Republic Day 2021
1088
A repeat episode on the vote that changed Italian History, abolishing the Monarchy and creating the Italian Republic on 2nd June 1946, with all the complications and tensions leading up to and following the vote.
Jun 02, 2021
115 – Hard times for Venice, a very naughty doge and some funny names (1339 – 1356)
1164
We catch Venice up to the mid 14th century following storms, floods earthquakes, plagues and all other kinds of lovely things.

Then we see a trattori doge, a big nose and a dolphin ruler. All this while trying keep up the struggle against the Genoese and Turks at sea as well as the Hungarians on land, tough times for Venice indeed.
Jun 01, 2021
Anti-mafia martyrs: Giovanni Falcone
2183
One of the Mafia's most dangerous foes was killed on 23rd May 1992. Anti.Mafia investigative magistrate Giovanni Falcone was responsible for putting hundreds of mafiosi behind bars and his investigation into a tender fixing operation expanded into one of the largest mafia trials in Italian history. His later work at the ministry of the interior led to some of the toughest anti-mafia legislation ever passed.
May 23, 2021
114 – More Milan and popey come home (1345 – 1385)
1361
The continuing consolidation of Milan under Bernabò and Galeazzo Visconti and the start of the Great Western Schism
May 18, 2021
F100: 01 What is Fascism?
1797
in this first episode of the mini series we explore the meaning of fascism, with particular reference to the Italian experience up until the death of Benito Mussolini in 1945.
May 15, 2021
Coming soon: Fascism 100
304
A new miniseries tracing the rise and fall of Italian Fascism to uncover some of the important lessons that can be learned for the present.
May 11, 2021
Special: The Aldo Moro assassination with Lorenzo Paluan
2327
We attempt to unravel the complicated threads of one of the darkest and most intricate affairs of modern Italian history: the kidnapping and assassination of Also Moro
May 09, 2021
113 – The definitive death of communal Milan (1339 – 1354)
1433
Milan passes from Azzone Visconti to Giovanni and Luchino, expanding among the constantly warring city states of Northern Italy.
May 04, 2021
Update, conference and vote!
183
An update on the podcast schedule, a reminder to get your tickets for the intelligent speech conference and to vote for the podcast at the Premio Italia Medieval
Apr 08, 2021
112 – Queen Joanna of Naples (1345 – 1382)
1238
We follow Queen Joanna of Naples as she goes through three more husbands, ever searching for the right one, but getting ambitious power grabbing insensitive men or total nut jobs until she finally settles on the one who will see her to her end. Meanwhile she will guide the kingdom of Naples through the Sicilian question, rebellions, the plague, warring bandits and the great Western schism.
Mar 30, 2021
Crossover: Colombus and Genoa with the History of North America
2676
The famous/notorious Italian explorer and the city of his birth in this interview with Mark Vinet of the "History of North America podcast
Mar 23, 2021
Interview: Jennifer Anton, author of "Under the Light of the Italian Moon"
2283
We had a great chat with Jennifer Anton, author of the novel "Under the Light of the Italian Moon"
Mar 08, 2021
Intelligent Speech Conference 2021 – 24th April
103
The Intelligent Speech Conference is back!

Little old me will be speaking alongside such podcasting greats as David Crowther, Benjamin Jacobs, Liz Covart, Steve Guerra, Bry and Fry of Pontifacts, Marco Capelli and many more!

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Mar 07, 2021
111 – Joanna of Naples, teenage queen with a boring husband (1326 – 1345)
1371
the rise to the throne of Joanna of Naples, from her marriage at a young age to Andrew. son of the Angevine king of Hungary to her coronation as a teenager after the death of her grandfather Robert of Naples. We will see how her joyful, lively character clashed with that of her husband as complications rose in the kingdom around them, reaching dire consequqnces.
Mar 02, 2021
110 – Cola fizzes and goes flat (1347 – 1354)
1390
After his great rise to power in Rome, we see Cola di Rienzo crash and burn... literally
Feb 17, 2021
109 – Popeless Rome and the rise of Cola (not the drink)
1559
We take a look at what was happening in Rome while the popes were off in Avignon. We quickly see how Clement V dealt with the movement of Fra Dolcino (spoiler: violently) and then how John XXII and his successor, Gregory XII did. We then introduce Clement VI just in time for him to receive a delegation from Rome headed by a charistmatic, handsome young notary called Cola di Rienzo who, with the support of papal authority, got back to Rome and managed to put himself in the driver's seat quite quickly, even overcoming the resistance of the Roman noble families... for now.
Feb 09, 2021
Fill-in episode – 2021 Italian government crisis
795
While waiting to get back on track with the regular podcast (back soon), we take the opportunity to update you on history in the making: the current mid-pandemic government crisis
Feb 07, 2021
108 – Italians against stairs
1258
Mastino II Della Scala gets too big for his own good and Venice, Florence and Milan move in to bring him down a rung or two
Jan 19, 2021
107 – An unexpected king
1242
While everyone (the Pope, the king of France, Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence etc.) is manoeuvring in northern Italy along comes an unexpected king, John of Luxembourg, king of Bohemia. Will he be able to unite the northern cities?
Jan 12, 2021
106 – An imperial tour of Italy (1327-1329)
1508
We follow the descent into Italy of Holy Roman Emperor Luis IV to visit with the Visconti in Milan, the Dalla Scala in Verona, the Este of Ferrara, the Castracani in Lucca and the Gonzaga in Mantua. At the same time we see the struggle between emperor and pope and get a reminder fo the situation in Naples and Sicily.
Jan 05, 2021
105 – The battle of the Bucket (1325)
1678
We take a look at the 1325 battle of Zappolino between Modena and her Ghibelline allies and Bologna and her Guelph ones and how, after one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the Iyaian middle ages, the Modenese cam home with a bucket (and heaps of cash).
Dec 22, 2020
104 – The last Sardinian Judicate (1323-1326)
1462
After a quick recap of what was going on around Italy in 1323, we get to the Aragonese invasion of Sardinia that put a definitive end to the presence of the Republic of Pisa on the island leaving the Judicate of Arborea as the last of the old four Judicates surrounded by the new "Kingdom of Sardinia"
Dec 15, 2020
103 – Catching up with Genoa (up to 1310's)
1159
It's about time we stop ignoring poor old Genoa up in the top left-hand corner of the country and bring her up-to-date. We take a really quick race from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to Genoa in the 14th century: it's battles against Saracens, Pisans and Venitians as it fights to assert itself as a powerful maritime republic.
Dec 08, 2020
102 – Venice kicks off its 14th century (up to 1310's)
1278
We go back to one of our favorite destinations: Venice, which we last left at the start of the 13th century to bring the maritime republic up to the 14th. We see some crazy laws as the republic move more and more to an oligarchy and has bit of trouble as the 14th starts up, especially with the pope.
Dec 01, 2020
The first great MEGA-RECAP launch
130
After 100 episodes you might want a general overview of the story so far from 476 - 1310: The emperors, the naughty popes and who got a word stuck in which orifice. All of the things you may have forgotten in this over one hour episode that sums up the first 800+ years of "A History of Italy".

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Nov 28, 2020
Interview – Sim Salis on comedy in the Berlusconi era, laughter as resistance
2191
We chat to Italian TV presenter, comedian and podcaster Sim Salis about his experience growing up and working in comedy in the Berlusconi years as well as the value of comedy not only in resistance to oppression, but also as a precious tool for conflict resolution.
Nov 24, 2020
101 – The many paths to communal demise (up to early 1300's)
1448
As we really dig into the 14th century, we look at an overview of the different ways in which the communes turned into the signorie, cities and groups of cities ruled over by a single hereditary ruler.
Nov 17, 2020
Recap 05 – From episode 077 to 100
1645
We go back over around 50 years from the death of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II to beyond 1300 to retrace the steps of the kingdom of Sicily, the war of the Sicilian Vespers, the northern communes and maritime republics as well as looking over at Sardinia and keeping an eye as always on the papacy.
Nov 10, 2020
Berlusconi and Bunga Bunga part 3
2093
We arrive at the third and last Berlusconi government (so far) from 2008 to 2011 and his downfall under the onslaught of the EU, economic crisis, legal trouble and Bunga Bunga.
Nov 03, 2020
Berlusconi and Bunga Bunga part 2
1873
In this second part of our review of Wondery's "Bunga Bunga" podcast and our memories of the Berlusconi era, we look at the 2001 - 2006 legislation, lead by Berlusconi and the longest lasting in Italian republican history
Oct 27, 2020
Berlusconi and Bunga Bunga part 1
1803
Following the publication of Wondery's excellent "Bunga Bunga" podcast, with co-host and legal expert Matteo Marconi we review the show and look back on our own experience of the Berlusconi era. In this episode his first government experience in 1994.
Oct 20, 2020
100 – An interview the godfather of history podcasting and more
3333
For our 100th episode we have the wishes from fellow podcasters and an interview with Mike Duncan, creator of the History of Rome, Revolutions and the book "The Storm Before the Storm". We also have an interview with one of the starts of the A History of Italy sketches.
Oct 13, 2020
099 – The Visconti lose Milan and take it back again
1364
Matte Visconti tries to pass power to his son Galeazzo, who ends up making a mess and losing the city to the Della Torre for almost a decade before would-be Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII come sto Milan and puts the Visconti back in power for the next few centuries, despite their own best efforts to do each other in. We also see some rather annoyed popes and of course a battle with Italians on both sides as usual.
Oct 06, 2020
098 – The Visconti take Milan, Act 1
1146
We see the rise of the Visconti family in Milan as they battle the power of the Della Torre for control over the city and subsequently much of Northern Italy. First however, I take a personal look at my relationship with Milan and tell the story of how my mother was an unwitting baby sitter to the Mafia.
Sep 28, 2020
Anti-mafia martyrs: Father Pino Puglisi
1464
words and culture, to give the citizens of his city schools, homes all the elements that are fundamental rights, stolen by the Mafia and then handed out as favours.
Sep 15, 2020
097 – Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy
1415
We have a look at the opus magna of Dante Alighieri, the Divine Comedy, before seeing him off to the end of his days and beyond, with the adventures of his corpse
Sep 08, 2020
Anti-mafia martyrs: Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa
2069
On 3rd September, the anniversary of his death, we look at the struggle against organised crime of Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, general of the Italian Carabinieri police force who dedicated his life to the fight against terrorism and the Sicilian Mafia.
Sep 03, 2020
Anti-mafia martyrs series launch
330
We are going to take a look at some of the brave men and women who have given their lives to fight organised crime in Italy. known as "Le Mafie", the mafias, which include Cosa Nostra, the 'Ndrangheta, the Stidda, the Sacra Corona Unita and the Camorra. On the anniversary of their deaths, we will look at the lives and struggle of people such as General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, Peppino Impastato, Pio La Torre, Giovanni Falcone, Paolo Borsellino and Don Pino Puglisi just to nae a few.
Sep 01, 2020
096 – Florence goes black and white and Dante gets involved
1097
After definitively defeating the Ghibellines, the Florentine Guelphs need new enemies so they split into White and Black Guelphs, catching Dante Alighieri, who had entered politics just a few years before, in a crossfire that will have dire consequences. On a literary level, he starts to get the idea of a sort od mid life crisis travel book...
Aug 26, 2020
095 – Young Dante Alighieri and Florence
1567
e start to take a look at the life and times of the great poet Dante Alighieri, taking the opportunity to look more closely at the history of his city, Florence.
Aug 19, 2020
094 – Naples vs Sicily
1300
We see how the descent of Emperor Henry VII reignites the conflict between Frederick of Sicily and the new king of Naples, Robert. The animosity will last as long as the two men live.
Aug 02, 2020
093 – A change of scenery for the papacy and an anachronistic emperor
1425
The papacy, under Clement V heads off for its long exile to Avignone and then Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII tries to move back the clock on the Italian scene.
Jul 18, 2020
092 – Boniface VIII peaks and crashes
1366
1298- 1303 Boniface VIII crushes the internal opposition of the Colonna, organises the first Jubilee, dabble in Italian politics including Florence and then clashes once again with Philipp IV of France, which seals his fate.
Jun 26, 2020
091 – Boniface VIII on the scene
1259
1295 - 1297 We go back to the abdication of pope Celestine V in 1295 and see the rise to power of one of the most controverstial popes in history, Boniface VIII in this first of two episodes on the man and his time.
Jun 21, 2020
090 – Twilight of the Sardinian Judicates
1451
Before finally getting on to the 14th century, we see how the end of the 13th marked the beginning of the end of the Sardinian Judicates, before of course going back to look at what they actually were.
Jun 11, 2020
089 – The "cannibal" count – an example of late 13th century Italian politics
1281
the politics of late 13th century Pisa as an example of the general situation in the communes as well as touching on Sardinia.
Jun 04, 2020
088 – Twilight of the communes
1100
Before saying goodbye to the 13th century, we take a quick tour of the peninsula to tie up some loose ends, such as the maritime, republics, Piedmont and the situation with the communes.
May 16, 2020
087 – Marco Polo part 2
1218
Marco Polo finally leaves on his great voyage which will take him to the ends of the known earth to meet a whole series of different cultures to then come back to Venice and live though one of the republic's most dangerous moments
May 08, 2020
086 – Marco Polo part 1
1095
In this first episode on the 13th century explorer Marco Polo we look at some background on Venice at his time and his family as well as introducing the figure of the Great Khan Kublai.
Apr 30, 2020
Special: 25th April Liberation
1033
A special episode for the 75th anniversary of the liberation from Nazi and Fascist occupation
Apr 25, 2020
085 – The war of the Sicilian Vespers gets confusing
1050
1285 - 1302 The War of the Italian Vespers gets quite confusing, but in the end finally leads to the Peace of Calbelotta in 1302 in which the island of Sicily is separated from the rest of the kingdom.
Apr 17, 2020
084 – The war of the Sicilian Vespers
1261
1282 - 1285 The start of the War of the Sicilian Vespers and a strange duel to attempt to put an end to it.
Apr 10, 2020
083 – Who are these Aragonese anyway? With David Cot of "The History of Spain"
1180
Before going into the war of the Italian Vespers, we get some help from David Cot of "The History of Spain" podcast to bring us u to date on the kingdom of Aragon and Peter III and his sons.
Apr 02, 2020
082 – Charles in charge and the Sicilian Vespers
1153
1266-1282 Charles of Anjou settles down to govern his new kingdom... and make a mess if it, provoking the rebellion of the Sicilian Vespers.
Mar 27, 2020
081 – The last stand of the house of Staufen with guest host Marco Cappelli
1239
Marco Cappelli tells us about the last stand of Conradine of Hohenstauen at the battle that took place near Marco's home town Tagliacozzo.
Mar 19, 2020
080 – Frederick II's boys and here come the French
1036
1250 - 1266 We take a look at what happened to the sons of Frederick II, Conrad, Henry and Manfredi. In the case of Manfredi we see his rise to influence over almost all of Italy before it all came crashing down with the invasion of Charles of Anjou.
Mar 12, 2020
079 – The Prisoner King and the rest of Frederick II's boys
1143
1248 -1272 We start taking a look at how things progressed after the death of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, starting with his son Enzo, who fell prisoner to the Coomune of Bologna, giving rise to a whole series of legends
Mar 04, 2020
078 – The Golden age of communes
1238
We take a look at some of the factors that made the 13th century the golden age of the communes such as trade and finance as the consular communes transformed into popular communes as early signs of the coming era of the "signorie" loomed.
Feb 27, 2020
077 – The situation in the 13th century and revenge in Florence
1161
We take a look at how our communes are evolving in the 13th century with the whole messy Guelphs and Ghibellines business and have a look at the legend of how the factions were formed in Florence with the tragic tale of Buondelmonte dei Buondelmonti, a real soap opera, Florentine style.
Feb 20, 2020
Recap 04: Episodes 051 – 076 from the Concordat of Worms to the death of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II
971
We stop for our usual recap to look back over episodes 051 to 076 going from the Concordat of Worms in 1122 to the death of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, with a look at the rise of the Commune city states and the maritime republics, Venice in particular.
Feb 11, 2020
076 – St. Francis of Assisi
2222
We look at the life and ideas of one of the most famous and influential figures in religious and non religious history, a young man who deemed of being a great soldier, who became one of the greatest champions of peace.
Feb 05, 2020
075 – Heresies and the Inquisition
1234
We take a break to look at the increase in heretical ideas and movement in the 12th and 13th centuries such as the Cathars and Waldensians and how the church decided to dea with the rising tide of critical opposition to it.
Jan 21, 2020
074 – Goodbye Freddie II
1252
We see the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II to its end as he faces off with Gregory IX and then Innocent IV, all the while dealing with the ever rebellious communes of northern Italy in their continuous struggle between pro-imperial Ghibellines and pro-papal Guelphs, up to the Battle of Parma in 1247.
Jan 14, 2020
073 – Frederick II stupor mundi (and a bit naughty)
1106
1231 - 1237 We take a moment to look more into the provate life of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and see how his court, as well as seeing a little naughtiness going on, was a cradle of culture and science. We than deal with a rebellion by his first born son Henry before we see a rematch of Empire vs Lombard League.
Jan 07, 2020
072 – Frederick II takes the reigns and trouble starts
1254
1220 - 1231 After his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in 1220, Frederick II has to first consolidate the south, facing the Muslim rebellion and then deal with the insistence of the popes for a new Crusade, an issue he will find a completely unprecedented solution for.
Dec 29, 2019
071 – Wonderboy rising: Freddie II
1011
1197 - 2020 We see the early life of Frederick I of Sicily, son of Constance of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI up to the point when he becomes Emperor Frederick II himself with great regret from the popes who had hoped to keep the crown of the empire and that of the kingdom of Sicily separate. Are we in for another great class between Empire and Papacy?
Dec 23, 2019
070 – No more Normans and Horrid Henry
1256
1186 - 1197 We sadly saw goodbye to the Norman kings in Sicily and usher in a new era in which the Hohenstaufen, under emperor Henry VI, son of Barbarossa, extend their dominion from the north sea to the centre of the Meditteranean.
Dec 12, 2019
069 – Venice part 06
1126
This is the last in our miniseries on Venice, taking us from the mid twelfth century back up to the notorious 4th Crusade, but not before we look at a 1997 attempt at Venetian independence using a WWII machine gun and a home-made tank called "Tanko"
Dec 04, 2019
068 – Venice part 05
1145
This episode takes us through Venice in the 12th century, overcoming issues with Normans, Hungarians and seeing trouble starts with the Eastern Roman Empire as well as more interest towards the rest of Italy. Also there is a doge with an odd name and some confusion with the bodies of dead Saints.
Nov 27, 2019
067 – Venice part 04
1209
After being guided into the new millenium by Domenico II Orsoleo, we follow the (all too high) rise and downfall of the family as Venice itself rises and falls along its way through the 11th century with its new Norman threat as the first crusade draws closer.
Nov 13, 2019
066 – Venice part 03
1068
After addressing some listener questions on Venice, we first see Venice pass through a period of division and crisis before it finds a "saviour" in Pietro II Orsoleo who bring the city triumphantly into he new millenium.
Nov 06, 2019
065 – Venice part 02
1155
After the danger of a Franish invasion passes in 810, we then follow the Venetians as they head for the new Millenium with a change of capital and facing new enemies, threats and opportunities.
Nov 01, 2019
064 – Venice part 01
1302
We take another break from our chronological progress to take a look at Venice as we reach the fourth Crusade, the event that dramatically changed the maritime republic. IN this episode we go from the foundation to the Frankish attack in 810.
Oct 23, 2019
Crossover 2 part 2 – The fall of the Borgias
3150
This is the second and last part of a collaboration with Assassinations Podcast on the notorious Borgia family. First Niall Cooper focuses on Lucrezia Borgia and then I follow the downfall of the short-lived dynasty.
Oct 15, 2019
Crossover 2 part 1 – The Rise of the Borgias
1958
a collaboration episode with one of my favourite podcast, Assassinations Podcast. In this episode I talk about the rise of the Borgia family and Neil of Assassinations Podcast focuses on Cesare Borgia.
Oct 08, 2019
063 – After Legnano, the cool Crusade and the Italian one
1549
1176 - 1204 We take a look at the aftermath of the battle of Legnano which saw the forces of the Lombard League victorious against Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Then we take a quick look at the third and fourth Crusades.
Oct 01, 2019
062 – The battle of Legnano
1553
1176 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and the Cities of the Lombard League gather their forces and clash at a small town outside of Milan, called Legnano. The battle would echo through the centuries to be remembered in Italian politics to this day.
Sep 24, 2019
061 – Prelude to Legnano
1428
1166 - 1174 After the formation of the Lombard League of the communes of northern Italy a clash with Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa had become almost inevitable. Both sides now started to prepare for the confrontation that would decide the future of Italy.
Sep 12, 2019
Crossover 1 part 2 – With "The History of the Papacy" on the Lombards
1520
In this first ever crossover episode, we talk to Steve Guerra of the History of the Papacy podcast about the Lombards. This is part 2 of 2.
Sep 03, 2019
Crossover 1 part 1 – With "The History of the Papacy" on the Lombards
1487
In this first ever crossover episode, we talk to Steve Guerra of the History of the Papacy podcast about the Lombards. This is part 1 of 2.
Aug 27, 2019
060 – A communal storm arising
1249
1162 - 1167 We see how after sorting out Milan, Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa also goes on to try and deal with pope Alexander III. Meanwhile, the communes start to learn that there can be strength in numbers, with the League of Verona in 1164 and the Lombard and Italic Leagues in 1167.
Aug 20, 2019
059 – Barbarossa brings the heat
1240
1158 - 1162 After the diet of Roncaglia, we follow Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa as he tries to deal with a papal schism between Victor IV and Alexander III and then goes on to deal with the communes, particularly the every obstinate Milan.
Aug 14, 2019
058 – Byzantium is back and so is Barbarossa
1217
1155 - 1158 We see an attempt by Eastern Roman Emperor Manuel Komnenus to bring at least part of Italy back into the empire, a peace between pope Hadrian IV and the Norman king William I. Then, of course there is the continuing struggle between Frederick Barbarossa and the northern communes headed by Milan.
Aug 07, 2019
057 – Hadrian and Frederick's troubles in Rome
1112
1154 - 1155 Hadrian IV tries to come to terms with the Roman commune and its moral leader, Arnaldo da Brescia, but the results are not quite as they expected
Jul 30, 2019
056 – Communal growing pains, an English pope and Barbarossa on the scene
1241
The communes start to feel they need some admin changes. We go from pope Eugene III through an Anastasius for a bit to the major hitter Hadrian IV. All the while Frederick Barbarossa starts to come into play
Jul 23, 2019
Fill in episode – Women's world cup and how offsides came to Pulaski, VA
809
While still doing a little dillying and a touch of dallying, we take a moment to look at the recent Women's Fifa soccer world cup and relive some soccer memories from the great state of Virginia.
Jul 12, 2019
Fill-in episode – A trip to Puglia and listener questions
943
While waiting to get back on track, we take a virtual trip to Puglia and answer some listener questions and comments
Jul 03, 2019
055 – A new Roman Republic and a kind-of crusade
1085
1143 - 1147 n the first half of the 12th century, with communes popping up like mushrooms, Rome wasn't just gonna sit back and let them have all the fun. However, if there's something about Rome, it's that there is always a pope around.
Jun 13, 2019
054 – A troubled new kingdom and cantankerous communes
1291
1130 - 1143 We accompany Duke Roger of Sicily, Puglia and Calabria in his attempt to set up a kingdom before we take a look around our spanking new communes.
Jun 06, 2019
053 – Guelfs, Ghibellines and Normans with big ideas
1335
1122 - 1130 We finally get back to the chronological narration of Italian history, popping in to see a new Holy Roman Emperor, a new pope, or couple of popes and catch up with the ambitious Normans
May 29, 2019
052 – A wander around in the early 12th century
1208
Having set up the start of the communes, we take a look at what it would be like to wander around an Italian city in the early 12th century
May 21, 2019
051 – Communes rising
1201
We take a look at how a new form of local government, the Communes rose and gained their independence from the feudal powers that be, 
May 14, 2019
Recap 03: Episodes 28 – 50 from the year 1000 to the concordat of Worms in 1122
1424
Using th concordat of Worms as a stopping point, we look back over th episodes that cover from the year 1000 to the end of the investiture crisis in 1122.
May 01, 2019
050 – Arrivederci Arabs, the Emirate of Sicily part 2
1234
We see the golden age of Muslim Sicily under the Fatimids and Kalbids before everything comes crashing down to to interval division and outside forces.
Apr 22, 2019
049 – Arrivederci Arabs, the Emirate of Sicily part 1
1146
We take a look back at the Arab invasione of Sicily starting with the early raids in the seventh century, through the invasion of 827 up to the fall of the Aghlabids in the early tenth century.
Apr 14, 2019
048 – Bye bye Byzantines -The end of Byzantine Italy part 2
1290
In the second part of this miniseries we go from the time of king Rotari of the Lombards at the end of the seventh century to the fall of Bai and the end of the Byzantine presence in Italy.
Mar 31, 2019
047 – Bye bye Byzantines – The end of Byzantine Italy part 1
1389
We take a look back at the Byzantine presence in Italy, from the Gothic War in 535 up to the start of the seventh century.
Mar 20, 2019
046 – Matilda of Tuscany, the iron countess of Canossa, part 2
1690
We continue the story of Matilda of Canossa as  war breaks out with Emperor Henry IV. We then see yet another failed attempt at marriage, the end of the fight against Henry IV and how things went with his son and successor, Henry V while alone she tan one of the largest areas in Italy.
Mar 05, 2019
045 – Matilda of Tuscany, the iron countess of Canossa Part 1
1295
1046 - 1080 We look at the life of Matilda of Canossa, starting from the history of her family through her childhood, the humiliation of Canossa and to the start of the war against Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV.
Feb 24, 2019
044 – Goodbye Henry, goodbye Matilda and a can of worms
1447
We see how Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV ended up, as well as his long-term nemesis Matilda of Tuscany, countess of Canossa. Meanwhile we change  couple of popes and get a new Emperor, yet another Henry as he also struggles with a couple of popes on their way to the concordat of Worms.
Feb 16, 2019
Interview – The massacre of the Foibe and the Italian Istrian exodus with Roberta Alessandra Belulovich
1949
On the "giornata del ricordo", a commemoration to remember the victims of the Massacre of the Foibe in Istria and Venezia Giulia in 1943 and 1945, we talk to Roberta Alessandra Belulovich, an Istria Italian about her family history and the Istrian question.
Feb 10, 2019
043 – A crusading we will go
1338
1095 - 1099 We see how Urban II took the investiture controversy to a whole different level and scored major PR points for the papacy with the first crusade.
Feb 03, 2019
Special: Italy's role in the holocaust
1147
To commemorate Holocaust remembrance day, we look at Italy's role in the tragedy, from the initial indifference to the Jews in Italy, to the racial laws of 1938 and the deportations and killings of the war period.
Jan 27, 2019
042 – An "Urban" pope and an imperial soap opera
1040
1087 - 1095 We follow the start of one of the most famous papacies in history, that of Urban II and his fight against Henry IV alongside the countess Matilda of Canossa as things get personal, while the Normans try to sort themselves out after the death of Robert Guiscard.
Jan 20, 2019
041 – A Runaway pope and the end of the Fox
1081
1085 - 1087 After the turmoil of the papacy of Gregory VII, we see a pope that just didn't want the job and follow the final years of the great Norman Robert Guiscard.
Jan 12, 2019
NC 013 – Happy birthday podcast and national stereotypes
494
To celebrate the birthday of "A History of Italy" we are releasing a free versions of NewsCappuccino in which we talk about national stereotypes.
Jan 05, 2019
040 – Half-time in the investiture controversy
996
1077 - 1085 The investiture controversy heats up with an anti-king elected in Germany and an anti-pope elected by Henry IV who then take the fight against Gregory and Matilde down into Italy with the Normans of Robert Guiscard waiting in the wings.
Jan 03, 2019
Christmas 2018 – Italian Christmas past and present and a Christmas witch
1135
We have a look at important events in Italy on and around Christmas as well as explore the traditions, including that of the Christmas witch.
Dec 26, 2018
039 – A sticky end and the humiliation of Canossa
1026
1076 - 1077 Godfrey the Hunchback meets a sticky end and the investiture controversy reaches a high point and slips towards war
Dec 19, 2018
038 – Gregory VII and marriage counselling
1116
1073 - 1076 We follow the marital problems of Matilde of Canossa and Godfrey the Hunchback of Lorain while pope Gregory VII rolled up his sleeves and get's down to some serious posing and reforming.
Dec 12, 2018
037 – The Normans run out of room and the papacy out of patience
1032
1061 - 1073 The Normand, having conquered as much as they could in Southern Italy, head for Sicily while the struggle between the papacy and the empire heats up.
Dec 05, 2018
036 – Introducing a beard, a hunchback and Matilda
1043
1052 - 1061 Bonifacio Attone of Canossa dies leaving his wife Beatrice and stepdaughter to first look to the pope and then marry Godfrey the Bearded while in the backgrounds a couple of popes come and go and we also see a change of emperors.
Nov 28, 2018
035 – The lion, the fox and the Great Schism
1175
1047 - 1054 Once pope Leo IX takes power, we follow his rather disastrous decision to challenge the Normans and Robert Guiscard. After that, we have a quick look at the start of the Great East- West Schism.
Nov 21, 2018
034 – Another Henry, too many popes and naughtiness in the church
1248
1039-1046 We follow the descent of Henry III into Italy and see how he deals with the church as a reform takes route
Nov 11, 2018
033 – Here come the Normans, there goes the neighbourhood
1109
We take a look at the arrival of the Normans in Southern Italy at the start of the XI century and follow their participation in the anti-Byzantines rebellions of the 1040's.
Oct 27, 2018
032 – Saxons to Salians and a fake news legend
1223
1024 - 1037 We look at the passage from Henry II to Conrad and look at the trouble caused for the new emperor by Bishop Aribert of Milan while he tries to consolidate his hold on Italy with the help of Bonifacio of Canossa and the new pope. 
Oct 18, 2018
031 – A rebellion in the south, a lion in the north and how Henry II got on
1237
1009 - 1024 We take a look at a forgotten rebellion in the south of Italy headed by an apple tree, check in with the Canossa family to observe their growing power in the north and then see how Holy Roman emperor Henry II got on when he made his way across the Alps.
Oct 09, 2018
Special: The massacre of Monte Sole
1063
Between the 29th September and 5th October 1944, the Nazi occupiers of Italy, along with their Fascist allies, rounded up and killed almost 800 civilians, mostly elderly, women and children in the worst single episode of violence against the civilian population in Western Europe. The massacre occurred on the slopes of Monte Sole, south of Bologna.
Sep 30, 2018
030 – Saxons, Saracens, Sardinia
1166
We leave Henry II waiting for a moment to look at the increasing Saracen raids in the early 11th century before taking a look at the unique history of the Sardinian "Giudicati".
Sep 25, 2018
029 – New millennium, nationalist myths, same old mess
961
1002 - 1013 As a new millennium dawns on the Italian pensala, we see that nothing much has changed, at least for the moment, as we see Henry II of Bavaria attempting to take power in Italy and then become emperor.
Sep 16, 2018
Special: 8th September 1943, from infamy to resistance
1062
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the armistice between the Italian government and the allied forces we look at the fateful day the armistice was announced and the consequences for the Italian forces and people.
Sep 09, 2018
028 – The year 1000 and life for the average Giuseppe
999
After our recap episode, we take a look at the attitudes towards the year 1000 and have a look at what daily life was like for people around that year.
Sep 03, 2018
NC 003 – Identity crisis of a Brexit victim
498
We explore the concept of national identity and pride and look at additive rather than subtractive human pride.
Aug 30, 2018
Recap 02 – episodes 014 – 027
1165
In this recap episode we look back over the period from the fall of the Lombard kingdom at the hands of Charlemagne in 774 to the year 1000.
Aug 27, 2018
NewsCappuccino 002 – On the possible third Italian republic and unity
701
A look at the paper is an opportunity to explain the make-up of the current government and prompts consideration about the state of Italian unity today.
Aug 22, 2018
NewsCappuccino 001 – Choosing coffee, choosing a government and a visit to Rome
718
In the bar today a conversation about the government between two men with Roman accents prompts memories of trips to the eternal city, inlacing one adventure riding with a coach-full of modern-day hippies.
Aug 22, 2018
NewsCappuccino 000 – Launch episode
198
Welcome to the new Paypal and patron-only feature of "A History of Italy": NewsCapuccino. In this programme we're going to take a look at current affairs, stories and memories, starting from Italy and Italian issues, but taking a look at the world as well.
Aug 22, 2018
027 – Yet another Otto (III)
1204
983 - 1002 After the death of Otto II, we see how his young son was brought up to manhood under the regency of his mother Theophanu and his grandmother Adelaide of Italy and how he became an emperor with dreams of greatness, as well as how those dress clashed with reality
Aug 19, 2018
026 – Another Otto (II)
1193
973 - 983 We take just a moment to mourn Otto I and then proceed to see how his son, Otto II, got on with his attempt to hold the Holy Roman Empire together and even try to expand to all of the Italian peninsula while dealing with the usual pope complications. 
Aug 12, 2018
025 – Ottonian Italy
1105
966 - 973 Otto I of Germany continues to consolidate his hold over Italy, attempting to go all the way south and dislodge the remaining Byzantine presence, meanwhile setting up his son with a Byzantine princess, Theophanu.
Aug 04, 2018
Interview – Daniela Pellacani on Ciro Menotti
1075
We have a chat with Italian teacher and history enthusiast Daniela Pellacani from Carpi on one of the heroes of the Risorgimento, Ciro Menotti.
Jul 27, 2018
024 – Outstanding Otto and more mess from a porn pope
1086
951 - 066 We take a look at the reign of the teenage oboe John XII and the start of the struggle between the papacy and the Holy Roman Empire
Jul 21, 2018
023 – Here come the Ottonians
1190
932 - 955 We look at how Alberic II did after taking control of Rome from his mother Marozia and his stepfather Guido of Provence. Then we jave a look at the usual confusion in northern Italy before the descent of the Saxon king Otto I, while we wait for the unforgettable pope John Xii to come on the scene.
Jul 13, 2018
022 – More mischief from Marozia
1253
910 - 932 We look at the second part of the incredible story of Marozia, as we use her family as an example of the chaos that was early tenth century Italy.
Jun 29, 2018
021 – Rowdy Roman Revelry: Marozia's pornocracy
994
897 - 910 We take a look at the situation of debauchery and corruption that Italy, and more specifically Rome, fell into during the ninth and tenth centuries, with a particular focus on the Tuscolo family and perhaps its most famous member, Marozia.
Jun 21, 2018
020 – Annoying anarchy
1274
888- 926 We look at the anarchy Italy fell into after the end of the Carolingians with the dealings of such men as Berengarius of Friuli and Guy of Spoleto, intersperse with some more foreign kings and emperors.
Jun 13, 2018
019 – Feudal fun with the Franks
1243
843- 887 We finish off the last of th Carolingians in Italy and take a look at the feudal system they brought with them into the county.
Jun 08, 2018
Special: Republic Day and an unprecedented institutional crisis
1140
We look back over the history of the upcoming cementation of Republic Day, 2nd June and look at the current political situation in the light of the constitution that cam out of that historical moment.
May 30, 2018
018 – A clear-up on kingdoms and back up the boot in the ninth century
1129
We first cleat up the concept of the "Kingdom of Italy" and then make our way back up from the Arab Emirate of Sicily to look at the Principality of Benevento, the Duchy of Naples and the Duchy of Spoleto in the ninth century as the Carolingians do their thing up north.
May 23, 2018
017 – Some silly Syracusans, some Saracens and Sicily, plus pirates
939
827-840 We leave the north for a while and take a look at Sicily. First we have a quick peak at the start of the Arab raids on the island in the early seventh century and then head back to the ninth when Sicily became an Arab Emirate.
May 16, 2018
016 – Italy after Charlemagne
914
800 - 840 We look at what happened up to and after the death of Charlemagne to see what his sons got up to.
May 09, 2018
Special: A load of baloney from Bologna part 2
950
The second part of a two-part episode on the history of the city of Bologna. Her ewe cover the modern and contemporary eras of the regional capital of Emilia Romagna
May 02, 2018
Special: A load of baloney from Bologna Part 1
1406
This is the first part of a two-part series on the history of the city of Bologna, from pre-history to the end of the Middle Ages.
Apr 26, 2018
015 – A Confusing Christmas Coronation
747
795 - 800 We look at the election and tumultuous adventures of pope Leo III before he goes on to crown Charlemagne, thus determining the relations between the papacy and the budding Holy Roman Empire for centuries to come
Apr 18, 2018
014 – Carolingian Italy
964
We have a look at the system that Charlemagne set up in Italy, the administration, the economy and the educational reform
Apr 11, 2018
Recap 01 Episodes 001 – 013 from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the fall of the Lombards
819
A recap of the first thirteen episodes that acts as a refresher before we move on to the Carolingian reign in Italy and the growing power of the papcy and the Holy Roman Empire
Apr 04, 2018
013 - A look at the Catholic church
1025
We take a look back at the Catholic church as it's role in Italy increases with the arrival of the Franks.
Mar 28, 2018
Interview – Dario Pedrazzini on the Lombards
1024
An interview with Dario Pedrazzini on the daily lives of the Lombards at the time of king Rothari from his book on the topic
Mar 28, 2018
012 – Here come the Franks
957
771-774 The Franks make their definitive entrance into Italy and the existence of the Lombard kingdom hangs in the balance. We take a look at how the events really went and then go back, following the story of Alessandro Manzoni's "Adlechi" to see a juicier version of the events.
Mar 21, 2018
011 – The Lombards' last linger in the limelight
922
744 - 770 From the endow the reign of Aistulf in 756 to the hight of power of king Desiderius, who by 770 gad taken the Lombards to their maximum expansion and influence
Mar 14, 2018
Special: The 2018 Italian election
1391
An explanation and recap of the 2018 Italian election
Mar 07, 2018
010 – Getting tired of living with the Lombards
1172
712 - 744 Liutprand, one of the top 3 Lombard kings and his successors, Ratchis and Aistulf with the pope becoming more of a player and the Franks looming as ever
Feb 28, 2018
009 – A crazy confusing conundrum of kings
989
652-712 From the death of Rothari through a series of kings to the reign of Ansprand in 712 as usual with some Franks and Byzantines thrown in
Feb 21, 2018
008 – The Lombards get comfy and some laws
1138
590 - 643 The end of the reign of Agilulf, through Adaloald and Airport through to Rothari and his historical edict
Feb 14, 2018
007 – Living with the Lombards
1173
575-589 The Lombards start to settle down and get to know the neighbourhood and the troublesome neighbours as they go through an interregnum of the Dukes before they get back to electing a king and bashing the Byzantines
Feb 07, 2018
006 – Here come the Lombards
1116
555-574 A quick look at the brief period of Byzantine rule before the arrival of the Lombards in 568 and then we look at their invasion of Italy and hear a bit of juicy royal gossip
Jan 31, 2018
005 – The Gothic War continues
1169
540-554 The war between the Ostrogoths in Italy and the imperial forces of Byzantium continues from 540 and reaches it's end in 552
Jan 24, 2018
004 – Queen Amalasuntha and Byztantium gets annoyed
1051
526-540 From the death of Theodoric the great in 526, through the regency of his daughter Amalasuntha, to the end of the first phase of the Gothic war in 540
Jan 17, 2018
003 – Theodoric and the rise and fall of the Ostrogoth kingdom
1136
493-526 From 493 when Theodoric the Great took contro of the Italian peninsula to his death in 526
Jan 10, 2018
002 – The new Italian kingdom from Odoacer to Theodoric
1025
476-493 The Italian kingdom of Odoacer (476 – 493) and the takeover by the Goths of Theodoric the Great
Jan 03, 2018
001 – The end of the end and the beginning of the beginning
1132
410-476 We go back before the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476 to focus on three key events and names: Alaric, Attila and Odoacer. 
Jan 03, 2018
000 – Launch
526
This is our launch episode in which we outline the content and intentions foe the podcast
Oct 06, 2017
Trailer
91
A short presentation of the show
Oct 01, 2017