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A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453

The History of Byzantium thehistoryofbyzantium@gmail.com

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    • 4.8 • 3.1K Ratings

A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453

    An update on the schedule of the podcast

    An update on the schedule of the podcast

    Hello everyone,
    This is a short update about the podcast and the likely schedule for the next few months.
    The main takeaways are:
    - The narrative will resume around Spring 2021
    - In the meantime I will be producing bonus episodes and videos from Istanbul. As well as doing work for my Dad and taking a little time out for my mental health.
    - At least two more free episodes about Alexios will be coming soon. Including a Q&A about his reign and the Crusades so do send your questions in. You can comment on the thread below.
    Thanks for your support and understanding,
    Robin
     
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    • 4 min
    Episode 222 - The Good Helmsman

    Episode 222 - The Good Helmsman

    Alexios tries to forge a coalition against Antioch but has to abandon his plans when Anatolia comes calling again. The Emperor leaves this world frustrated by his failure to outmanoeuvre the Normans but his record in office is impressive nonetheless. 
     
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    • 26 min
    Episode 221 - The Triptych

    Episode 221 - The Triptych

    Bohemond heads back to Western Europe to recruit a new army. He leads them back to the Balkans to capture Dyrrhachium but Alexios is waiting for him.
     
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    • 26 min
    Episode 220 - The Crusade of 1101

    Episode 220 - The Crusade of 1101

    More armed pilgrims arrive at Constantinople in the wake of the fall of Jerusalem. Alexios advises them to avoid the Turks of Anatolia but they ignore him. Meanwhile Alexios' attempts to put pressure on Antioch are thwarted by Bohemond's nephew Tancred. Finally we return to Constantinople to check in with the Komnenian regime and watch a man get burnt to death.
     
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    • 31 min
    Episode 219 - A Spectacular Interruption or Jerusalem is now available

    Episode 219 - A Spectacular Interruption or Jerusalem is now available

    It's the end of the First Crusade and this episode is for sale. Either at the website or at https://www.patreon.com/thehistoryofbyzantium
     
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    • 2 min
    Episode 218 - The Siege of Antioch

    Episode 218 - The Siege of Antioch

    The Crusaders set up a siege of Antioch. The vast size of the city makes it impossible to fully encircle. What follows is a battle of attrition as the Crusaders wait for the Turkic garrison to make a mistake and the garrison await reinforcements. Meanwhile Alexios makes his way to the centre of the Anatolian plateau to consolidate the return of Byzantine power. He also awaits news from Antioch.


    Time Stamps - each section is broken up by our drum sound effect
    00.00-03.05 Introduction
    03.06-08.47 Why did the Crusaders have to capture Antioch?
    08.48-14.22 Baldwin at Edessa
    14.23-17.14 The political fragmentation of Syria
    17.15-27.35 The geography of Antioch
    27.36-33.52 Early stages of the siege
    33.53-46.35 Winter stalemate. Suffering and desertions. Bohemond and Robert of Flanders drive off forces from Damascus
    46.36-54.42 Victory over the forces of Aleppo
    54.43-62.18 More fully surrounding the city
    62.19-77.09 Antioch falls
    77.10-84.24 The Crusaders besieged. Kerbogah attacks from the Citadel
    84.25-87.46 Desperation and talk of surrender
    87.47-92.03 Alexios goes home
    92.04-100.19 The final battle
    100.19-107.00 Conclusion
     
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    • 1 hr 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

j_s209 ,

Awesome podcast

Thank you for contiuning Mike Duncan's work and for putting out a product that is just as well done as his. Only 50 episodes in and I'm just as excited about this as when I discovered the History of Rome.

Felice_L ,

Educational, therapeutic and entertaining

The title of this review are the first three words that come to mind when listening to Robin Pearson’s excellent history podcast on the forgotten empire of Eastern Rome. His voice is in my opinion the best in the business, and the quality of each episode is only matched with the clear amount of work and research put into the series. His narrative is captivating, and his historiography is bullet proof. Well done Robin, you’ve got me hooked!

boufhj ,

Enough of the money grubbing.

I’ve been a faithful listener from the start, but you’ve officially lost me with the months of Kickstarter pay-to-play episodes to the detriment of the narrative and what I am quite sure are (were) the majority of your listeners.

Other podcasts I listen to, including Duncan’s History of Rome, seem to be able to support themselves without the constant shilling, on top of the advertising. If you must do these paid episodes, do them in addition to the narrative rather than in lieu of the regular content.

I started writing this review a year and a half ago or so, but never submitted it. I just listened to your last pasting from October, and you took time to thank your kick starter folks and your paid subscribers, but what about the rest of us? You wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the overwhelming number of us who listen to your regular podcasts (and all the ads).

Goodbye.

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