16 episodes

Starting in Florence in the 14th century, a new era began to emerge in the West. People like Petrarch, who re-discovered Cicero’s lost letters, and the new humanists - who valued the study of classical antiquity - ushered in a rebirth, or as we know it today, a “renaissance" - in the study of the arts, the sciences, philosophy, and the theatre. They rediscovered what it meant to be human.

The Renaissance Times Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris

    • History
    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

Starting in Florence in the 14th century, a new era began to emerge in the West. People like Petrarch, who re-discovered Cicero’s lost letters, and the new humanists - who valued the study of classical antiquity - ushered in a rebirth, or as we know it today, a “renaissance" - in the study of the arts, the sciences, philosophy, and the theatre. They rediscovered what it meant to be human.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

MotoPod Martin ,

Fascinating, brilliantly insightful, irreverent, objective infotainment

Having been a longtime listener to Cam and Rays’ previous series’, I have to admit that learning the Renaissance show would begin with Constantine the Great, I heaved a sigh and declined to sign up. What a fool!
This is possibly the best thing that Cam and Ray have done; the point is that we can’t understand what the Renaissance (rebirth in Old French) was a rebirth of, or from, or a reaction to without understanding the degree to which Christianity had stifled scientific (and any other) progress or even the process of intellectual questioning. And apart from this making the podcast start a thousand years before the Renaissance itself, it’s a fascinating insight into the early stages of Christianity becoming official state religions. The crude jokes and nicknames are still there but they compliment the delivery rather than disrupt it (just wait for Crispinus.... or maybe you can work it out) and who doesn’t like a blast of Toto’s Africa (most episodes feature the tune somewhere).
So listen to the first few free episodes and make your own mind up but trust me; it only gets better.

El Groo ,

Taking a long view

My long-held theory that Roman history is a bit dull after Marcus Aurelius is blown away by this entertaining podcast covering the role of Christianity in the decline of the empire and the loss of its culture and knowledge in the West.

Presumably working on the premise that you can never have enough context, veteran podcasters Ray and Cam have started their Renaissance podcast 1,000 years early. Which is cool. I’m patient. They have form: less than 40% of their legendary ‘Life of Alexander’ podcast was about the life of Alexander.

Ray and Cam are entertaining story tellers, and Ray even seems to be reading ahead these days. They make the context essential. It’s good to know what the Renaissancers renaissanced back to. There’s more to the story than a bunch of Italians reading old books.

So if you want a fun look at the Christotokos v Theotokos debate, or simply love some Christian on Christian action, then this is the podcast to you.

LUKE ,

Fantastic, as always

Ray & Cam/Cam & Ray make some of the funniest, most informative, and high-quality history podcasts out there, an amazing feat in an era of unprecedentedly excellent historical podcasts. You have heard the phrase ‘Bringing history to life’; well, these guys bring it to life, drag it kicking and screaming into the present day, and proceed to smash it open with whatever they find in their toolbox - and they have some strange tools in there.

The GOAT.

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