Hospital

30Sep

Podcast resumption.

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Chapter One Hundred and Forty One: A Family at War Part One

31Jul

Fractious and incompetent behaviour from the ruling family plunge the Empire into crisis. It’s not going to get any better!

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Chapter One Hundred and Forty: The Final Recovery

1Jul

A brilliant general becomes Emperor of Nicaea. It only takes him a few years to regain the great city of Constantinople.  Unfortunately everyone is out to get him and it takes a lifetime of juggling to stabilise his empire.

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Back Next Weekend

24Jun

The Myths and History of Greece and Rome will be back next weekend.

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Nine: One Empire, Two Empires, Three Empires, Four Empires.

7May

Welcome to nearly sixty years of total and utter chaos. Four empires and at least twenty emperors fight, make alliances, break alliances and generally fail to get on. Something has to give!

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Eight: Capital, Crusades and Calamity

22Apr

The Angeli prove themselves to be so incompetent that the capital of the Empire cannot withstand the crusading armies.  Calamity results.

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Seven: Angels of Destruction

1Apr

Andronicus Comnenus could not, quite obviously, be allowed to continue as Basileus. If only his demise, like that of Domitian for example, had been planned. Then, perhaps, the chaos and incompetence that followed could have been avoided.

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Six: The Great and the Terrible

18Mar

Manuel Comnenus thinks big but is a bit to pro-western. His cousin, though, is an entirely different kettle of fish!

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Very Important Announcement

10Mar

Introducing the new mythandhistory website. www.mythandhistory.co.uk

 

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Five: Oh No, Not Again!

4Mar

John the Beautiful fails to achieve all his aims as he goes and dies at exactly the wrong moment.  He is succeeded by his son: how will he do?

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Four: John the Beautiful

17Feb

Alexius’s son proves himself to be the equal of his father!

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Three: Urban’s Unhelpful Help

28Dec

The Pope launches the first crusade with mixed results for Alexius and hie empire!

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Two: Back in the West, Part Two

28Oct

A quick look at France, Germany and England in the 300 years up to the start of the First Crusade.

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty One: Norman Conquests

20Aug

Everyone knows about 1066 and all that. The Normans' other conquests are less famous but equally important. Just ask Alexius Comnenus!

 

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirty: Manzikert

2Aug

Disloyalty and bad planning lead to disaster.

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Nine: Descent into Chaos

22May

The great Macedonian Dynasty comes to an end. The Empire begins its final spiral into nothingness.

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Eight: Zoe takes a Husband, or Two, or Three!

7May

Basil's death begins a steep decline. If you want to be emperor then marry Zoe!

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Seven: The Bulgar Slayer

16Apr

Basil II finally has time to give his full attention to the Bulgars. It's not pretty!

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Six: Planning for Greatness

22Jan

Basil II takes control of his empire, finally dispatching the pesky Bardases! And then he plans... a lot.

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Chapter 125: Brilliance, Battles and Bardases

8Jan

The Empire is still on the rise despite the meddling of two men called Bardas!

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Happy Christmas

25Dec

Have a great holiday, with the correct audio file this time!

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Four: White Death of the Saracens

15Dec

Romanus II succeeds his father but is partied out before too long.  Romanus's loss is the Empire's gain.

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Important Announcement

11Dec

An important announcement about Christmas scheduling and my new recording technology.

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Three: The Unusual Usurper

27Nov

Having taken the place of his own son-in-law as senior emperor Romanus Lecapenus begins ro rule. He does a surprisingly good job. Shame about his sons!

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Two: Born to the Purple

13Nov

Leo the Wise finally solves his marriage problem and has the legitimate heir he's always wanted. Then he dies too early!

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty One: Too Many Wives for Leo the Wise

23Oct

Trying to produce a son can be a challenging activity.  Just ask Leo!

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Chapter One Hundred and Twenty: The Rise of the Macedonians

9Oct

Michael III is known to history as Michael the Drunkard. While this may have some truth, it is mostly slander - perpetrated by a certain Basil the Macedonian.

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Chapter One Hundred and Nineteen: Empire of Gold

25Sep

Christmas Day dawns and Leo V is a troubled man. By the end of it he would be a dead one. The Empire, though, is soon rolling in cash.

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Chapter One Hundred and Eighteen: Crumbs, It’s Krum

11Sep

The Khagan of the Bulgars proves to be more than a match for Nicephorus. Meanwhile the hermit's prophecy begins to come true!

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Chapter One Hundred and Seventeen: Irene and Charlemagne

28Aug

Leo IV could have been a good emperor but didn't get the chance. Unfortunately his wife did!

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Chapter One Hundred and Sixteen: Back in the West Part One

14Aug

What's been happening in the west in the 300 years since Rome fell? Time to find out!

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Announcing a new ebook

19Jul

My new ebook: Legends of King Arthur and His Knights is now available on all Amazon stores.  The ASIN code is B01I8IB7J8.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I8IB7J8 for the UK

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I8IB7J8 in the US

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Chapter One Hundred and Fifteen: That is a Statue, not God!

10Jul

After decades of turmoil a strong emperor finally assumes the purple. His reign may have been good news for the people but it was bad news for icons! And as for his son....

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Chapter One Hundred and Fourteen: The Return of Slit Nose

26Jun

The Empire realises, far too late, that exile is not enough for a deposed hated emperor..... he just might come back!

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Chapter One Hundred and Thirteen: Greek Fire

12Jun

Is there finally some light? Maybe. Bring on a vigorous young emperor and a brand new weapon!

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Chapter One Hundred and Twelve: The Last Great Augustus

29May

Heraclius completes his mission against the Persians. Has he done enough?

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Chapter One Hundred and Eleven: the Rise of Islam

3Apr

A huge welcome to Elias Belhaddad who will take us through the rise of a new force.  The world will never be the same again!

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Chapter One Hundred and Ten: A Greco Roman Hero

20Mar

Phocas's reign comes to an end in a brutal manner. His successor proves to be just what the Empire needs.

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Chapter One Hundred and Nine: And You Thought Caracalla was Cruel!

6Mar

The Empire successfully keeps its enemies at bay for more than 20 years. And then...?

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Chapter One Hundred and Eight: Justinian the Great

22Feb

Justinian was certainly a great man; a man of drive, vision and courage. His achievements were many... but at what cost?

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Chapter One Hundred and Seven: Power and Glory

31Jan

Justinian sends his best general, the great Belisarius, to North Africa to evict the Vandals. If successful he will plough on and have a go at the big one: the reconquest of Rome.

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Chapter One Hundred and Six: Nika, Nika Nika, Win, Win, Win

17Jan

Justin is the Emperor but he's not really in charge. His nephew, Peter Sabbatius, gains a new name and a lot of power. Not only that, Peter has the ambition and drive to exercise his power.

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Chapter One Hundred and Five: Why did Rome Fall?

3Jan

The Eastern Empire is healthy and flourishing but the Western Empire is gone. It's time to reflect on the reasons why.

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Merry Christmas to You All

24Dec

Have a great holiday!

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Chapter One Hundred and Four: Picking up the Pieces

13Dec

The fact that the Roman Empire used to contain a city called Rome quickly becomes a distant memory. Constantinople has its own problems. Stability is provided by an old man who proves that age is no barrier to imperial success.

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So… what next?

20Nov

Rome may have fallen but it's not taking this podcast with it. The Eastern Empire is still going strong but will undergo major changes, making our histories of Greece and Rome merge into one.

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Chapter One Hundred and Three: A Farewell to Rome

16Nov

And so Rome falls. The inevitability is clear but the shock is still remarkable. On the other hand life continues as normal.

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Chapter One Hundred and Two: It’s all Gone Horribly Wrong

1Nov

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Barbarian generals and emperors battle for control of the Empire while other barbarians annex large parts of it. The countdown towards the fall of Rome gathers pace.

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Chapter One Hundred and One: The Pope and the Hun

18Oct

And so we reach the beginning of the end. The signs have been there since the death of Theodosius the Great but now everyone can see them, including a certain very famous barbarian king!

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Chapter One Hundred: Vandalism

2Oct

It is the turn of Carthage to get a good sacking and this time the perpetrators are so efficient that they had the whole concept named after them! Worse than that, the ancient city is lost to the Empire as it is occupied by the barbarians.

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