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Please note that because iTunes limits the number of episodes displayed to 300, to start at the beginning of my retelling of the story of England, you need to SUBSCRIBE. You'll then find a regular, chronological podcast, starting from from the end of Roman Britain. I’m a bloke in a shed, but I make sure this is good, properly prepared history, and then fill it with my enthusiasm. You’ll find the great events and people for sure – but also some of the byways, of how people lived, their langua ...
 
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In this very special crossover episode, we got the chance to host an episode on the podcast of one of our all-time heroes, David Crowther of “The History of England”. In this episode we talk about operation “tombola”, the allied and partisan attack on a strategic Nazi position in a small town in Northern Italy.…
 
Repost: We first do a bit of catching up with Sardinia in the 14th century, which was marked by the continued attempt by the Aragonese to take over all of the island with only the Judicate of Arborea, initially an ally of the Spanish, surviving the conquest to become a symbol and rallying point for Sardinjian independence. The most famous symbol of…
 
After an attempt at legalising prostitution, the Dolphin doge cannot quite manage to fight off a Hungarian threat, then things with Genoa get so heated over the possession of Eastern Mediterranean islands that Venice stares destruction in the face with enemies at the gates and even in the lagoon. Take a look at our friendly sponsor: https://bit.ly/…
 
We catch Venice up to the mid 14th century following storms, floods earthquakes, plagues and all other kinds of lovely things. Then we see a trattori doge, a big nose and a dolphin ruler. All this while trying keep up the struggle against the Genoese and Turks at sea as well as the Hungarians on land, tough times for Venice indeed. Click through to…
 
One of the Mafia’s most dangerous foes was killed on 23rd May 1992. Anti.Mafia investigative magistrate Giovanni Falcone was responsible for putting hundreds of mafiosi behind bars and his investigation into a tender fixing operation expanded into one of the largest mafia trials in Italian history. His later work at the ministry of the interior led…
 
We follow the joint rule of Galeazzo and Bernabò Visconti as they continue to struggle to expand and consolidate the power of Milan and they set the foundation of a dynasty and a Duchy. We also see how, following the death of Pope Gregory XI, the election of two rival popes, Urban VI and Clement VII gives rise to the Great Western Schism. Click thr…
 
In May 1921 Benito Mussolini’s paramilitary fascist groups gained the first seats in the Italian parliament, a crowning moment after the foundation of the Fasci di Combattimento in 1919. later that same year the Italian fascist party would see its official foundation. In October of the following year Mussolini would take power with the March on Rom…
 
On the 9th of May 1978 the body of the President of the Christian Democrat party Aldo Moro was found in the boot of a Renault 4 in via Caetani, halfway between the headquarters of his own Christian Democrat party and the Italian Communist party. He had been a prisoner of the far left terrorist organisation, the red brigades, since his kidnapping an…
 
After spending so much time gallivanting around town in the kingdom of Naples and the Papal states, it’s time to head back up north to Milan to see what’s going on. We get there in time to see the passing of Azzone visconti and the new role of Archbishop Giovanni and his brother Luchino, under whom the remains of communal Milan are definitively eli…
 
Just a quick update to apologise for the delay in getting the episode out this week, hopefully next week we should be back on track. However I may need in this period to switch to a two episode a month schedule due to a busy work and house period. I would like to take the opportunity to remind you to get your ticket for the intelligent speech confe…
 
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