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This is the Medieval World Podcast. I will post things from the medieval world that I find interesting. I am also uploading a few lectures here as well for my students. These lectures will usually be closer to 20 minutes while the fun subjects will be closer to 6-10 minutes.

The Medieval World W.J.B. Mattingly

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    • 4.3 • 4 Ratings

This is the Medieval World Podcast. I will post things from the medieval world that I find interesting. I am also uploading a few lectures here as well for my students. These lectures will usually be closer to 20 minutes while the fun subjects will be closer to 6-10 minutes.

    Charlemagne 01: The Frankish World

    Charlemagne 01: The Frankish World

    Charlemagne is an oddity in the early medieval world. He’s odd not because of the things he did or how he acted. He’s odd because it is possible to construct an entire course around him. It is possible to do this because of the immense level of documentation we have about him and his time as king and emperor. In the next thirty or so lectures, we will explore the world of Charlemagne, his life, from boyhood, to his death. We will touch on his legacy and heir, his only surviving son, Louis the Pious. By the time these lectures are complete, you will have a clear understanding of who Charlemagne is and the world in which he operated. In this lecture we begin by contextualizing the man against the backdrop of his environment, that is, the Frankish world.

    • 12 min
    Charlemagne 02: The Institutions of the Frankish Kingdom

    Charlemagne 02: The Institutions of the Frankish Kingdom

    In the last lecture, we saw some of the salient features of the Frankish world. Towards the end, I noted the rise of an important family, that is, the dynasty of the Merovingians. Under the Merovingians, Clovis would unify much of Western Europe. In this lecture, I want to zoom in and examine the salient institutions that made up the government and bureaucracy of the Frankish kingdom of the Merovingians. It is important to discuss this because these are the institutions in which Charlemagne’s grandfather, Charles the Hammer, and father, Pippin the Short operated. And these are the institutions that his family inherited when they overthrew the Merovingians.


     


    Heavy Interlude by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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    • 13 min
    Charlemagne 03: The Carolingian Family

    Charlemagne 03: The Carolingian Family

    In the last lecture, we examined some of the key institutions of the Frankish realm. I briefly touched on some of the earlier figures of the Carolingian family. In this lecture, I want to take a closer look at the history of the Carolingian family up to Charles the Hammer. This will contextualize this Frankish family that would come to rule most of western Europe. Full disclosure for this lecture and the many to come.


     


    Heavy Interlude by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100515
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/

    • 8 min
    Charlemagne 04: Charles the Hammer

    Charlemagne 04: Charles the Hammer

    In the last lecture, we looked at the history of the Carolingian family up to Pippin of Herstal. In this lecture, we zoom in and look at the life of his son, Charles the Hammer, Charlemagne’s grandfather. As we will see, Charles rose to prominence because of his military prowess. He is largely regarded as one of the greatest medieval generals for, among other things, his halt of the Umayyad dynasty’s advance into southern France.


     


    Heavy Interlude by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100515
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/

    • 14 min
    Charlemagne 05: Pippin the Short (751-768)

    Charlemagne 05: Pippin the Short (751-768)

    Heavy Interlude by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100515
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/

    • 11 min
    Charlemagne 06: Boyhood (742-755)

    Charlemagne 06: Boyhood (742-755)

    Heavy Interlude by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100515
    Artist: http://incompetech.com/
     

    • 7 min

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There’s plenty of Europe history in podcast land but I like this one for the broad sweep the smaller episodes and analysis

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