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My husband, the writer of this podcast, Paul Vincent, died on 31 December 2018.

Our children and I have decided to keep it available via this site in his memory. 

Many thanks to all those who have downloaded episodes and supported this podcast since its inception.


Chapter One Hundred and Forty Four: Travels and Calls


Manuel II goes a-calling on the heads of state of the major European powers in order to find some support in saving his dying empire.

Chapter One Hundred and Forty Three: Back in the West - Part Three


A lot has been going on in the former Western Roman Empire in the 300 years between 1100 and 1400!

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


Introducing the Hokey Cokey Emperor. Is he in power or out? In, out, in, out!

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


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

Chapter One Hundred and Forty: The Final Recovery


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.

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


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!

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


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

Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Seven: Angels of Destruction


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.

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


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

Very Important Announcement


Introducing the new mythandhistory website.


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


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?

Chapter One Hundred and Thirty Four: John the Beautiful


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

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


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

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


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

Chapter One Hundred and Thirty One: Norman Conquests


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


Chapter One Hundred and Thirty: Manzikert


Disloyalty and bad planning lead to disaster.

Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Nine: Descent into Chaos


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

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


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

Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Seven: The Bulgar Slayer


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

Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Six: Planning for Greatness


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

Chapter 125: Brilliance, Battles and Bardases


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

Happy Christmas


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

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


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

Important Announcement


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

Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Three: The Unusual Usurper


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!

Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Two: Born to the Purple


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

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


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

Chapter One Hundred and Twenty: The Rise of the Macedonians


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.

Chapter One Hundred and Nineteen: Empire of Gold


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.

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


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

Chapter One Hundred and Seventeen: Irene and Charlemagne


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

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


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

Announcing a new ebook


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

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


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....

Chapter One Hundred and Fourteen: The Return of Slit Nose


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

Chapter One Hundred and Thirteen: Greek Fire


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

Chapter One Hundred and Twelve: The Last Great Augustus


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

Chapter One Hundred and Eleven: the Rise of Islam


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!

Chapter One Hundred and Ten: A Greco Roman Hero


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

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


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

Chapter One Hundred and Eight: Justinian the Great


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

Chapter One Hundred and Seven: Power and Glory


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.

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


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.

Chapter One Hundred and Five: Why did Rome Fall?


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

Merry Christmas to You All


Have a great holiday!

Chapter One Hundred and Four: Picking up the Pieces


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.

So… what next?


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.

Chapter One Hundred and Three: A Farewell to Rome


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

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


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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