16 episodes

The goal of Empires of History Podcast is to focus on historical actors and entities that have had a lasting impact on the world. The listener will find the show compelling, personal, and most blessedly, free of politics and subtle agendas. Empires of History will start by presenting the long and shadowed past of the Ottoman Empire in continuous narrative form.



Frank Schumpert, your host, invites you take a step back from your all to busy life. Turn off the notifications on your phone, and let the past accompany your rainy drive home.



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Empires of History Podcast: The Ottoman Series Frank Schumpert- Host/Creator

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The goal of Empires of History Podcast is to focus on historical actors and entities that have had a lasting impact on the world. The listener will find the show compelling, personal, and most blessedly, free of politics and subtle agendas. Empires of History will start by presenting the long and shadowed past of the Ottoman Empire in continuous narrative form.



Frank Schumpert, your host, invites you take a step back from your all to busy life. Turn off the notifications on your phone, and let the past accompany your rainy drive home.



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    The Ottoman Series Episode 13: The Ottoman Interregnum

    The Ottoman Series Episode 13: The Ottoman Interregnum

    Sultan Bayezid is dead. His four sons, Sulyeman, Isa, Musa, and Mehmed all vie for the Sultanate and bring the Anatolian and European countryside to another round of devastating wars. A pivotal moment in Ottoman history, the Interregnum, or Civil War period lasted for about ten years. Listen as one brother after another rises to prominence then falls, by either folly or treachery, to the subtle wiles of Mehmed.



    Also at the end of show shout out to True Crime Recap Podcast!



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    • 27 min
    EXTRA: Author Interview #2 with Dan Cross: The Art of Historical Fiction

    EXTRA: Author Interview #2 with Dan Cross: The Art of Historical Fiction

    Dan Cross is a writer, amateur historian, business owner, and shortlisted for the 2018 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award for best unpublished work. Dan's soon to be debut novel, Caesar of Mercenaries, is represented by Bravo Blue literary agency and who is on a quest of her own to find a publisher for Dan.



    Dan joins Frank in this Extra Episode to discuss the fine art of historical fiction. Topics covered include their own shared love of history, the challenges and rewards of crafting historical narratives, books holding their own in the "new" media age, and the resurgence of the humanities thanks to podcasts.



    The characters, plot, and narrative of Caesar of Mercenaries is still a very closely guarded secret. During the show Frank attempts to pry teasers from Dan on his wonderful work and what future readers can expect.



    You can find Dan at www.dan-cross.com  and also on Twitter @dancrossauthor Here is Dan's Website



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    • 47 min
    The Ottoman Series Episode 12: The Battle of Ankara and Death of Sultan Bayezid I

    The Ottoman Series Episode 12: The Battle of Ankara and Death of Sultan Bayezid I

    Sultan Bayezid is finally roused from his slumber in Edrine. Mustering his army he sets out from Bursa to stop Timur's army as the Asian Warlord bears down on him from the City of Sivas. Arriving outside the Town of Ankara the Sultan finds his own army exhausted and thirsty. Timur manages to slip past Ottoman scouts leading to the fateful battle on the plains of Ankara. The deaths of both Bayezid and Timur is explored along with a detailed break down of both armies order of battles. Announcements at the end of the show and a hint of a special episode to be released later this week.



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    • 35 min
    The Ottoman Series Episode 11: Of Thy Insolence and Folly-Prelude to the Battle of Ankara

    The Ottoman Series Episode 11: Of Thy Insolence and Folly-Prelude to the Battle of Ankara

    By 1399 Sultan Bayezid 'Thunderbolt' had secured his European and Anatolian holdings. The Kingdom of Hungary was on the retreat after the disaster of the Crusade of Nicopolis. In the east Anatolian Beys were swallowed up one by one and the hated Karamanid City of Konya finally fell into Ottoman hands. However in the far east rose the Ottomans greatest threat yet, that of Timur. The episode covers the run-up to the devastating Battle of Ankara by examining the political/strategic situation and the factors and circumstances leading up to the battle. Timur is profiled.



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    • 24 min
    The Ottoman Series Episode 10 Part 2: A Crusade Dies at Nicopolis

    The Ottoman Series Episode 10 Part 2: A Crusade Dies at Nicopolis

    The Crusaders head out from Buda, Hungary and turn south into Ottoman territory. Along the way the army brutally sacks the Town of Oryahovo spreading terror and dread of the Crusader army in both Muslim and Orthodox Christian hearts alike. Meanwhile the Thunderbolt Sultan is gathering his army in Bulgaria readying for a quick march to catch the invaders by surprise. Dogan Bey the wily Ottoman governor of Nicopolis settles down for a siege as the Crusaders encamp outside the city gates. The Crusader War Council is divided against itself with King Sigismund arguing for a rational plan of attack vs the obstinate and arrogant French Knights full of pride and folly. Sultan Bayezid closes in with the well disciplined Sipahi and iron Janissaries for the kill.



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    • 36 min
    The Ottoman Series Episode 10 Part 1: A Crusade Dies at Nicopolis

    The Ottoman Series Episode 10 Part 1: A Crusade Dies at Nicopolis

    King Sigismund of Hungary develops and implements a grand strategy for countering the Ottoman threat. Sultan Bayezid is forced to play catch up behind Sigismund. The dreaded Akinji raiders cause massive suffering and havoc as they spread terror across a wide swath of territory. In Western Europe a temporary lull in the Hundred Years War enables England, France, Burgundy, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire to start a Crusade against the Ottomans. Pope Boniface XI blesses the Crusader forces. The security competition between the Ottoman Empire and Kingdom of Hungary is explored in-depth. This is Part 1 of a 2 Part series on what history calls the Crusade of Nicopolis.



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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

TrueCrimeRecaps ,

History the way it should be taught

Listening to this podcast makes me feel 100% smarter about a period of history that I previously knew nothing about. Between Frank's perfect-for-podcast voice and his deep knowledge about the Ottoman Empire, I can't think of a better way to educate myself about a subject I've always found fascinating but didn't really understand. Great show, Frank!

CMTUHistory ,

East Meets West

In the Empires of History Podcast unpacks a thorough and detailed history of the often neglected Ottoman Empire. The host, Frank, clearly conducts significant research prior to each episode and does a good job of not only conveying the internal history of the Ottomans but also how they interacted with neighboring powers in the region like Byzantium. This is a history deep dive I thoroughly recommend!

Siln SF ,

Great podcast on an often neglected time period!

Frank does an amazing job bringing the Ottoman Empire to life! From humble beginnings, to a baptism of fire, and onwards; the history comes to life! Do yourself a favor and take a listen.

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