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A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com
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    Episode 232 – The Second Crusade, Part 2

    Episode 232 – The Second Crusade, Part 2

    We follow the Emperor Conrad and King Louis as they both attempt to cross Anatolia. 
    Period: 1147-1148

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    • 25 min
    Episode 231 - The Second Crusade, Part 1

    Episode 231 - The Second Crusade, Part 1

    A 'Second' Crusade is called in response to the fall of Edessa in 1144. The French and German monarchs sign up leaving the Byzantines with multiple headaches to deal with. 
    Period: 1144-1147

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    • 24 min
    Episode 230 - The Sack of Edessa

    Episode 230 - The Sack of Edessa

    John II Komnenos' youngest son Manuel takes charge of the Empire. After securing the capital and punishing Raymond of Antioch the new Emperor goes on campaign against the Turks. After chasing the Sultan of Iconium to his capital Manuel realises that fighting on the plateau is no easy business. Meanwhile the Crusader city of Edessa falls and the Byzantines don't appreciate the significance of this event. 
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    Discussion with Marco Capelli about Byzantium and Italy

    Discussion with Marco Capelli about Byzantium and Italy

    Robin discusses 'Byzantium and Italy' with Marco Capelli. Marco is the brilliant host of Storia d'Italia - a podcast telling the story of the History of Italy - in Italian. This interview is in English. Please do tell any Italian speakers you know about Storia d'Italia (italiastoria.com).
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    Family Update

    Family Update

    Family Update
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    Episode 229 - John Komnenos with Dr Maximilian Lau

    Episode 229 - John Komnenos with Dr Maximilian Lau

    Today we talk to the man whose research has guided our last few podcasts Dr Maximilian Lau.
    Dr Lau is Adjunct Professor of Economic History at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, and also a Research Associate in History at St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford. He has been studying 12th century Byzantine history for many years now and the fruits of that labour can be found in his forthcoming book “Rebuilding New Rome. The Foreign Policy of John II Komnenos.”
    The book is written and will be out next year and Dr Lau very generously shared it with me in advance. It’s been incredibly helpful in part because of its quality but also because it follows a format similar to our narrative episodes. It is a chronological account of John’s military and political activity with a discussion of the sources as each incident unfolds. As Dr Lau explains in the interview – John’s reign often gets short shrift in popular Byzantine books because our Roman sources cover him fairly briefly. But there are plenty of other sources to work with and Dr Lau has synthesised them to create a new history of John's reign.
    Period: 1118-1143

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
488 Ratings

488 Ratings

AndyMcMe ,

Well…..

Who knew that the Byzantines were so interesting.

This has been a wonderful and well paced journey through a part of history that I have an at best vague knowledge of, and I have loved even second.

War, intrigue, personal conflict, and epic walls the Byzantines had it all and this podcast is a great way to find out about it.

blueballoo2000 ,

Byzantium explained

Absolutely excellent and very thorough examination- I take my hat off to the author for his investment of time and energy.

Merrabau ,

A lesser known history

Although not the most unknown part of history, the eastern Roman Empire is often forgotten for its western counterpart. Well no longer with this excellent look at the continuation of the Roman people.

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