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A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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United Kingdom

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A podcast telling the story of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire from 476 AD to 1453. www.thehistoryofbyzantium.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Language:

English


Episodes

Baby and New Schedule

5/11/2022
I have big news. A History of Byzantium baby is on the way. The purple room in the Palace is being prepared for the Autumn and I can assure you that the names Justinian and Theodora will not be under consideration. Of course I’m very excited. But it means I think we need to change the way the podcast is scheduled. I plan on being as involved as possible during the first few months of my baby’s life. And so it won’t be possible to keep a normal podcast routine. So what we’re going to do is...

Duration:00:03:32

Episode 247 - Writing Byzantine Fiction with Gordon Doherty

5/5/2022
I talk to historical fiction author Gordon Doherty about his Byzantine book series 'Strategos.' We talk about inspiration and research but also what advice he'd give to aspiring writers. We also give you the chance to win a copy of the first book in the Strategos trilogy. Find out more about Gordon and his other book series (including more Roman era stories) at his website. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:37:55

Episode 246 - Travelling to Turkey with Şerif Yenen

4/20/2022
While I'm away on the third 'History of Byzantium' tour I thought it was time to talk to the man behind them - Şerif Yenen. Şerif has been a tour guide in Istanbul for decades and has published many excellent books on the subject. He has also gone online to share his love for travel through podcasts and Youtube videos. I talk to Serif about his career and ask him listener questions about what to do and see in Turkey. Contact me if you'd like to be on the mailing list for future 'History of...

Duration:00:29:44

April 2022 Update

4/16/2022
April 2022 Update See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:02:31

Episode 245 - Means and Ends

4/5/2022
I answer listener questions about Manuel's reign. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:29:56

Episode 244 - Not Completely Unreasonable

3/29/2022
Manuel deals with the aftermath of the Battle of Myriokephalon. He is left out of an Italian peace conference and must negotiate a peace of his own in Anatolia. He continues his efforts to position Byzantium as a friend of the Latins. And we look at his church and financial policies. Period: 1176-80 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:29:46

Episode 243 - The Battle of Myriokephalon

3/23/2022
Manuel launches a Crusade against the Turks of Iconium. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:47:32

The History of Byzantium on Youtube - Flash Point History

3/11/2022
I have teamed up with Nitin Sil of the Flash Point History Youtube Channel. We are turning the podcast into a Youtube series with brilliant maps, images and animations accompanying my words. Check out our first video now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2pQjfOebdI&t=2241s charting the rise of Justinian. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:02:22

Episode 242 - Manuel’s Follies

3/10/2022
While his armies were fighting in the Balkans Manuel's diplomats and fleets were busy elsewhere. Komnenos poured money into Italy to try and gain influence there. He considered alliances with the Germans, the Pope and the Normans but ultimately lost them all. He made war on Venice and tried to capture an Egyptian port. Period: 1161-73 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:32:12

History of Byzantium Tour - April 23 to May 2, 2022

2/26/2022
History of Byzantium Tour - April 23 to May 2, 2022. The tour will visit Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus. If you'd like to come or if you'd like to hear about future tours please email thehistoryofbyzantium@gmail.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:03:11

Episode 241 - Hungary for Security

2/22/2022
Manuel spends the 1160s at war with Hungary. During these campaigns the Emperor adopts the Hungarian King's brother making him his heir. This enables the Romans to seize Sirmium and parts of Dalmatia. The Hungarian elites won't stand for it and try to throw the Romans out. Period: 1161-72 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:30:54

Episode 240 - Manuel’s Constantinople

2/14/2022
We look around Constantinople in Manuel's day. We discuss his use of the two urban palaces and the growth of the Italian population along the Golden Horn. Period: 1143-61 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:22:14

Episode 239 - The New Aristocracy

2/4/2022
When Alexios Komnenos came to power his family decided to marry their way out of the civil wars which threatened the state. By Manuel's day this meant that a new aristocracy had grown up who dominated the organs of the Byzantine state. We discuss this development and how Manuel managed his family. As well as those who resented this innovation. Period: 1143-61 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:16:13

Episode 238 - Queens of Jerusalem with Katherine Pangonis

1/26/2022
Today we talk to historian Katherine Pangonis about her book 'Queens of Jerusalem.' Not only do we talk about the fascinating lives of the women of Outremer but we also pick up Andronikos' story as he manages to scandalise all of Christendom. Find out more about Katherine at her website To listen to the book for free why not use Audible's 30-day trial See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:37:25

Episode 237 - Manuel and Andronikos

1/24/2022
We pause the narrative briefly to learn more about Manuel's world. Today we talk about the Emperor's personality and relatives. Including his cousin, friend and rival Andronikos. Period: 1143-61 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:26:24

Episode 236 - Why Make Peace?

1/7/2022
With Italy and the Balkans at peace Manuel turns his attention to Anatolia. He marches to Antioch to punish those who'd wronged him. He then campaigns against the Turks with surprisingly positive results. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:19:37

Episode 235 - Sundered by Gold

12/21/2021
Manuel's Italian campaign begins brightly but ends in failure. Meanwhile his cousin Andronikos tries to kill him and more bad news arrives from Antioch. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:21:28

Episode 234 - Changing Priorities

12/13/2021
The Normans raid the cities of Greece during the passage of the Second Crusade. Manuel sees this as such a worrying development that he makes the decision to prioritise the recovery of Apulia over Antioch. This sets off a series of conflicts in the Balkans and a series of missed opportunities in Syria. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:21:11

Episode 232 - The Second Crusade, Part 2

11/25/2021
We follow the Emperor Conrad and King Louis as they both attempt to cross Anatolia. Period: 1147-1148 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:25:03

Episode 231 - The Second Crusade, Part 1

11/21/2021
A 'Second' Crusade is called in response to the fall of Edessa in 1144. The French and German monarchs sign up leaving the Byzantines with multiple headaches to deal with. Period: 1144-1147 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:25:07