24 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

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    • 4.6, 49 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.

    #94 – Savonarola Part 1

    #94 – Savonarola Part 1

    After Lorenzo de Medici’s death in 1492, Botticelli gave up painting, abandoned his humanist studies, and became a hardcore fundamentalist Christian. As did a lot of Florentines. The reason? They all fell under the spell of the original fire and brimstone preacher. He wasn’t rich. He didn’t have an army. He wasn’t of the nobility. He wasn’t sent by the pope. In fact, the Pope hated him. But he managed to do what so many rich men with armies had failed to do for decades. He overturned the government of Florence, kicked out the Medici family, and took control of the city. And… to top it off, he was a precursor of the Reformation. He is famous for the Bonfire Of The Vanities. His name was Girolamo SAVONAROLA.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #89 – Sandro Botticelli

    #89 – Sandro Botticelli

    During Lorenzo de Medici’s life, no fewer than three of the outstanding artists of the Renaissance are thought to have spent at least a brief formative period of their early lives in the Palazzo Medici: Leonardo and Michelangelo and the one we’re going to talk about for the next few episodes – the great Sandro Botticelli.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #87 – The Alhambra Decree

    #87 – The Alhambra Decree

    This episode starts with a correction about the skin colour of the Moors, brought to you by our Moroccan listener Mohamed.







    Then, to set the scene for this episode, we have a special song – “The Alhambra Decree” by legendary contemporary folk singer-songwriter David Rovics. Crazy coincidence – I’ve been a fan of David’s work for 15 years and have been on his mailing list forever. And the same week I happened to be preparing this episode, I saw his latest email that contained this song. So I reached out and he was nice enough to give me permission to use this track.







    So what was the Alhambra Decree? It was the 1492 decision, by Isabella and Ferdinand, after they concluded their war with the last remaining Muslim region of Granada, that all of the Jews were to be banished from Spain. But did they really want to banish them? Or just give them an added incentive to convert to Christianity? And why would anyone want to convert to Christianity after the hell the Inquisition had just put the conversos through?







    Some gave in under pressure and converted – some stuck to their guns and migrated to Portugal, whose King promised them refuge. Which was great – until the King of Portugal decided he wanted to marry the daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #82 – The Cathars

    #82 – The Cathars

    In 1184, Pope Lucius III issued a papal bull, Ad Abolendam, to combat the Albigensian heresy in southern France. They were known as Cathars, or Good Christians. They were going around doing horrible anti-Christian things - like saying killing was bad,

    • 1 hr 11 min
    #79 – The Papal War

    #79 – The Papal War

    In the aftermath of the Pazzi Conspiracy, Florence found itself excommunicated en masse by Pope Sixtus IV unless they handed over Lorenzo De Medici. When the city refused, Pope Sixtus went to war.



     

    • 59 min
    #76 – Larry The Med

    #76 – Larry The Med

    The post #76 – Larry The Med appeared first on The Renaissance Times.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

DJ Billy P ,

Podcast like I F***

On a recent episode Cam said “I Podcast like I F**k.”

I assume this means it happens for three hours and change every week, at a desk, broadcast on Facebook Live, there are a lot of confusing tangents that are equal parts revelatory and revolting, any time you say “Oh God!” he explains how there are no gods, only atoms, and that there’s multiple references to a movie he’s making.

Five stars.

The Cam and Ray Story Hour ,

So worthy

I stumbled on The Renaissance Times podcast and gave it a whirl, not knowing how completely I would be submerged into the many podcasts of Cam and Ray. It’s really too bad that the people I know who like history would be put off by the bawdiness, and the people who would love the bawdiness wouldn’t want to have the history, because they’re missing top shelf of each. I’ve now caught up with The Renaissance episodes, have listened to much of The BS Filter, and and whipping my way through the Cold War (Go, HO! Oh, no...) and now I’m itching (in a good way) to get to Napoleon (and then Alexander, and the Caesars...and...). I love Cam’s impersonations and Ray’s…sidekickedness (or whatever, the point is, his penis), and the in-depth so NOT run-of-the-mill history is so refreshing. Then again, the Cold War might never wrap up so I think I’m in for the long haul. I loved the Yalta episodes, by the way, all 25 hours of them.
You guys are amazing. So looking forward to the next 20 decades of your podcasts.

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What a Show

This is a great follow-up from a great duo: the savant of WW2 and Napoleon’s leading expert!
Sorry, David Markham.

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Cam’s crusade against Christianity is brilliant. This show is almost as good as The Cold War: Confessions of Yalta! Join D**k Tickling and the dwarf from Lord of The Rings (after his male pattern baldness kicked in) as they spend the first twenty hours dissecting the turds that brought down the Roman Empire.

This show is sure to turn heads, make laughs, and if you pay close attention you will figure out how to avoid eternal damnation! Therefore, this show is necessary for the survival of humanity.

For the creators- Also, during the intro song there is this snorting sound (likely from a drum pad or something) that sounds like when Ray starts to laugh through his nose!

This is my third subscription from these guys! I’ve gone through the Cold War in February, I caught up to real time for this show in a week, and I’m working on Alexander now! I guess Caesar is all I got left, but I frequent the Augustus show between binges.

I’m starting a road trip and trip across Europe, and this will be one of my main sources of education in my time of sorrow travels (Bob Dylan). People of all ages will love this show. I’m 26, they aren’t!, but I love it.

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