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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.

A History of Italy » Podcast Mike Corradi

    • Society & Culture

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.

    126 – Visconti family feud and a new duchy is born (1378 – 1395)

    126 – Visconti family feud and a new duchy is born (1378 – 1395)

    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.

    • 26 min
    The Great Q & A session

    The Great Q & A session

    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.

    125 – War and rebellion in Tuscany (1348 to 1382)

    125 – War and rebellion in Tuscany (1348 to 1382)

    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!

    124 – Troubled Tuscan times and Boccaccio’s Decameron

    124 – Troubled Tuscan times and Boccaccio’s Decameron

    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.

    Halloween Special: The Ghost of Bardi Castle

    Halloween Special: The Ghost of Bardi Castle

    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.

    • 34 min
    123 – The Tuscan scene and Florence rising (1302 – 1327)

    123 – The Tuscan scene and Florence rising (1302 – 1327)

    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.

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