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    30YearsWar #44: Italian Stallions

    30YearsWar #44: Italian Stallions

    The Huguenots and the English landing on the Isle of Re presented a serious challenge for Richelieu in the summer of 1627,  but it was in North Italy, in the Duchies of Mantua and Montferrat, that the Franco-Spanish rivalary truly began to heat up. Indeed, this confrontation in North Italy would prove to be the prelude for French intervention in the war, in 1635. But not yet! Richelieu had to put down the Huguenots first. Only then could he take the steps on the European stage that would make his name so legendary....
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    Yes, You Will Be Interested In The Thirty Years' War

    Yes, You Will Be Interested In The Thirty Years' War

    So, the Thirty Years War eh? What's in it for me, and why do you never shut up about it Zack? Well, if you'll let me, I want to explain why, while I also explain the reasons why yes EVEN YOU will be interested in the Thirty Years War...
    If an in-depth examination of the Thirty Years War isn't your thing, how about a historical fiction series set during that era, which will let you dip your toe in, until you jump in utterly obsessed! I recommend you check out Matchlock and the Embassy, the first instalment of my new series which begins in 1622! I'm so excited about it!
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    • 40 min
    My Favourite Thirty Years' War Story

    My Favourite Thirty Years' War Story

    Welcome to the Thirty Years War...like you've never seen it before! Learn here how the personal rivalry and hatred between Emperor Ferdinand and his subject Frederick pushed Europe to the brink of the abyss...
    Over three decades, this history spat out a wide range of fascinating stories and tales, but in this episode I'm going to focus on one in particular - the incredible story of Frederick V's rise, fall then rise and then fall again! It's a winding tale, but it's also emblematic of the wider war, which could make winners out of loser in the space of a day, and where everything, across the continent of Europe itself, could be changed.
    This is the Thirty Years War at its most dramatic and captivating, and I believe if we look at the story of Frederick from the beginning, the escalation of the conflict into the 30 year mess we know today makes much more sense. Frederick's departure represented the beginning of a free for all for the sake of power and influence, but so long as he was alive, Frederick's rivalry with Emperor Ferdinand did more than any other relationship to further the war's flames, until virtually every power of consequence was sucked into the vortex.
    Sure, you could listen to the real story of the Thirty Years' War, but why not listen to a fictional story, set during this same period? Matchlock is a historical fiction series set during the Thirty Years' War, beginning in 1622, when Matthew Lock lands in Europe to investigate the brutal murder of his parents. If epic drama, conflict and adorable characters are your thing, Matchlock will be ideal for you!
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    • 55 min
    Setting the Stage for the Thirty Years' War [Catch-Up Episode]

    Setting the Stage for the Thirty Years' War [Catch-Up Episode]

    NEW TO WDF? PLEASE START HERE!
    We've been on quite a journey over the last few episodes, and I think it's time we take stock. In this episode, for the benefit of new listeners, I'll explain not only what happens in this conflict, but also why it's fascinating and absolutely worth your time. We bring our story up to 1619, or Episode 18 of the Thirty Years' War back catalogue if you want to listen from the beginning of this incredible story!
    Matchlock is my new series set during the Thirty Years' War, beginning in 1622, when Matthew Lock lands in Europe to investigate the brutal murder of his parents. I have a feeling you'd love it!
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    • 52 min
    30YearsWar #43: Enter Richelieu

    30YearsWar #43: Enter Richelieu

    Our historical fiction series set during the Thirty Years' War is finally ready for you!
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    Although he had been lurking in the background for some time, as he sorted through France's internal problems, by 1629, Cardinal Richelieu was finally ready to make a bold strike in a determined anti-Habsburg direction. That story has since become immortalised, but what of those internal problems? And was this French Cardinal really as willing to shrug of religious maters as is often claiumed? Did the God of pragmatism supplant his faith, or was it all par the course for a Minister who couldn't afford to let his King down? Find out, as we introduce Richelieu to our series. I hope we're ready, because it'll never be the same again!
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    • 32 min
    Matchlock and the Embassy is out NOW!

    Matchlock and the Embassy is out NOW!

    Order your copy of Matchlock and the Embassy by clicking here. 
    In this special episode, I explain some details about Matchlock and the Embassy, which you can now access in all your favourite book vendors, online and off!
    Not sure about it? I read our first review, which provides a brilliant analysis of what this novel brings to the table, and why you'll aring war on historical fiction, and I enjoy it if you enjoy Thirty Years War content.
    Want to dip your toe in? Have a listen to the new and improved Prologue, which I provide at the end of the episode, to get an idea of what to expect from Matthew Lock.
    This is a HUGE deal for me history friends, and I am so excited to see what can be done with this series in the future, when we get even further into the Matchlock story and lore. I hope you're ready, because WDF will never be the same again! I'm declaring war on historical fiction, and I want you by my side when I do!
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Andreas J. H. ,

"Ambition" in podcast form - brilliant

I can't imagine Zack Twamley having a relaxing vacation away from his history podcasting, that's how much he loves his work. His podcast actually made me a bit hesitant at first, because it was SO massive, SO dense. I'm very glad I decided to give it a deeper listen, because today it is one of my favourites. His series on the 30 Years War, the new one, is one I'm looking forward to, with the 17th Century warfare miniseries being a great introduction to a fascinating subject. Bismarck series? Yes please.

This show is a must for any fan of history, be it a student like myself, or just someone who enjoys learning more about Louis XIV's armies, the lead-up to WWI and its aftermath, the Korean War, you name it. I don't know how he does it, but I'm glad he does. Many thumbs up.

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Tuarion

One of the most interesting podcasts I've found.

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