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A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.

A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.
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A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.

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English


Episodes

49.5 Anglo-Spanish War 1585-1604

8/9/2019
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The famous Spanish Armada of 1588 was only one of several battles in the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604. Elizabeth hoped to take advantage of her victory by striking another blow to the Spanish fleet but in truth her own forces were exhausted. The conflict continued for several more years, and became embroiled in continental affairs; the Dutch Revolt and rise of Henry IV of France. Finally, I look at the legacies of Philip II of Spain and Elizabeth I of England For information regarding...

Duration:00:30:35

49.4 The Spanish Armada 1588

8/2/2019
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The famous attempted invasion of England by the Spanish Armada in 1588 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:31:57

49.3 Spain Fights Back against the Dutch Rebels

7/19/2019
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The Duke of Parma (pictured), sent by Philip II of Spain, makes good progress putting down tough resistance in the Dutch Revolt. Spanish success prompts Elizabeth I to get more involved For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:20:51

49.2 The Dutch Revolt Begins

7/5/2019
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Origins of the Dutch Revolt (1568–1648). Philip II of Spain inherits the Netherlands, the Kingdom of Naples and the newly discovered Americas as well as the Iberian Peninsula. Unrest breaks out in the Netherlands, and resistance grows against Philip's rule. Meanwhile, Anglo-Spanish relations are further strained by the discovery of a Spanish plot to kill Queen Elizabeth, the Ridolfi plot Pictured: Philip of Spain and William of Orange, leader of the revolt For information regarding your...

Duration:00:18:40

49.1 The Reign of Mary of England and Philip Habsburg

6/28/2019
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The kingdoms of England and Spain are allies during the reign of Mary I of England and her husband Philip Habsburg, son of Emperor Charles V. Mary, however, dies childless and is succeeded by her sister Elizabeth, a Protestant. Meanwhile Mary Queen of Scots is briefly Queen of France, but on the death of her husband returns to Scotland, causing a dilemma for Queen Elizabeth. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:27:44

48.1 Interview with Jacob F. Field

4/26/2019
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Something different this week - an interview with historian and author Jacob F. Field, whose works include: One Bloody Thing After Another: The World's Gruesome History We Shall Fight on the Beaches: The Speeches That Inspired History And more recently - A History of Europe in Bite Sized Chunks For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:34:45

47.4 French Wars of Religion - Conclusion

4/19/2019
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Conclusion of the French Wars of Religion. On the death of all four sons of Catherine de Medici, the Valois dynasty dies out, leaving a committed Protestant, Henry of Navarre, as heir to the throne. He would go on to become Henry IV, founder of the Bourbon dynasty and one of France's greatest kings. https://aca.st/370288 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:24:19

47.3 St Bartholomew's Day Massacre

4/12/2019
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Fighting breaks out in France between Protestants and Catholics in a series of conflicts known as the French Wars of Religion. The most infamous event of all is the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre 1572 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:16:41

47.2 French Wars of Religion - Background

4/4/2019
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The Protestant Faith is spreading fast when Henry II (pictured) ascends to the throne of France in 1574. His early death destabilizes the French Crown For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:28:05

47.1 Martin Luther, the Reformation and the Printing Press

3/29/2019
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Beginnings of the Reformation, triggered in 1517 by Martin Luther, whose ideas spread quickly thanks to the recent invention of the printing press. Also the economy of France flourishes during the reign of Francis I (1515-1547) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:24:23

46.4 Livonian Wars 1558-1583

2/22/2019
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The final years of Livonia Wars, the struggle for control of the southern Baltic coastline between Sweden, Denmark, Poland-Lithuania and Russia. King Stephan Bathory of Poland leads a campaign into Muscovite territory and besieges the city of Pskov (pictured). Also, the legacy of Ivan IV the Terrible For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:25:10

46.3 Ivan the Terrible and the Oprichnina

2/15/2019
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Ivan the Terrible, convinced of treachery all around him, orders the execution of anyone he suspects of disloyalty. He then creates the Oprichnina, a state within a state in Muscovy, and subjects his people to successive waves of terror, including the massacre of Novogord 1569. Moscow comes under threat in 1571 from an immense army of Crimean Tatars leading to the Battle of Molodi. Meanwhile Denmark and Sweden fight the Seven Years War. For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Duration:00:29:12

46.2 History of Medieval Scandinavia and Hanseatic League

2/8/2019
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The History of Medieval Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, and rivalries between the Hanseatic League (a naval merchant alliance), Denmark, Sweden and Poland-Lithuania For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:23:54

46.1 Battle of Ermes 1560, Fall of the Livonian Order

2/1/2019
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The Livonian Order, in decline for years, suffers defeat at the Battle of Ermes 1560 against an army of Ivan the Terrible, triggering a conflict to fill the power vacuum; the Northern Wars For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:25:54

45.5 Battle of Lepanto 1571

1/4/2019
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The Battle of Lepanto - the largest naval battle in Western history since classical antiquity. A clash for supremacy of the Mediterranean between the Ottomans and a Christian Holy League For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:22:39

45.4 Ottoman Invasion of Cyprus

12/21/2018
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Sultan Selim II directs an Ottoman invasion against the Venetian controlled island of Cyprus, leading to the siege of Famagusta which lasted almost a year from September 1570 to August 1571 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:17:59

45.3 Siege of Malta

12/14/2018
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Philip II of Spain suffers a major setback by the failure to capture the port of Tripoli. Then in 1565 the Ottomans, in the ascendancy in the Mediterranean, attempt to capture the island of Malta, leading to one of most epic sieges of all time. Also, the passing away of Suleiman the Magnificent For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:19:56

45.2 Charles V and Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent

11/30/2018
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The Ottoman Turks and their Barbary Pirate allies fight against Emperor Charles V and Italians for influence in the Mediterranean but form an alliance of convenience with France which shocks Christendom. Meanwhile there is court intrigue in Constantinople centred around the sultan's harem. And Charles V decides to abdicate after a long reign (pictured: a tapestry of the abdication ceremony) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:20:38

45.1 Conflict in the Mediterranean

11/23/2018
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Barbary Pirates fill a political vacuum in North Africa in the 1400's. Then in the 1500's, after the capture of Cairo, the Ottomans expand into the Mediterranean. Emperor Charles V captures the strategic city of Tunis in 1535 but Christendom soon after faces numerous setbacks against the Turks, most notably defeat the naval Battle of Preveza 1538 (pictured) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:23:51

Podcast Update, 11 June 2018

6/11/2018
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Unfortunately I must put the podcast on hiatus for 4 months. Having been elected to represent my local village of Eynsham, for a period I will not realistically be able to keep the podcast going at the same rate as before. But when I'm back, there will be lots of great stories to tell of key battles, from the Battle of Lepanto 1571, Spanish Armada, French Religious Wars of Religion, and many more. See you again in the autumn. For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Duration:00:03:17