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Feb. 4, 2023

74 Chapter 11: Eden’s End

Guillaume II dies, plunging Sicily into chaos. Norman rule gives way to German overlordship. The great kingdom declines but survives.

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Jan. 27, 2023

74 Chapter 10: The Golden Age of Norman Italy

Norman Sicily enters its golden age and becomes one of the greatest kingdoms in medieval Europe.

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Jan. 21, 2023

74 Chapter 9: Hidden Knives in Every Hand

Queen Marguerite of Navarre rules the Norman Kingdom of Sicily, but she faces constant conspiracies that threaten to overthrow the realm.

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Jan. 13, 2023

74 Chapter 8: Ifriqiya

The Normans conquer north-central Africa and create a new kingdom. But can it last?

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Jan. 5, 2023

74 Chapter 7: The Emirate of Norman Sicily

The Normans create a kingdom in Sicily and rule as 'baptized sultans.'

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Dec. 30, 2022

74 Chapter 6: God’s Goliath

Bohemond, the giant from Apulia, leads the armies of Christ eastward. But is it for God or his own glory for which he fights?

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Dec. 23, 2022

74 Chapter 5: The Western Invasion of the Eastern Roman Empire

The Normans invade Byzantium as Robert Guiscard wants to leave his son Bohemond with an empire.

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Dec. 17, 2022

74 Chapter 4: Breaking Byzantium

Norman mercenaries serve the Eastern Roman Empire against the Turks, but will they be Byzantium's salvation or its worst enemy?

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Dec. 13, 2022

74 Chapter 3: The Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily

The Normans conquer Southern Italy and Sicily, creating a new country.

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Dec. 3, 2022

74 Chapter 2: Greater and Lesser Brothers: Establishing a presence in…

The Hauteville family conquers southern Italy, defying princes, popes and emperors.

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Nov. 26, 2022

Remembering the Algerian War through Hip-Hop

Celine Mitchell explores how modern Algerian-French rappers recreate memory of the Algerian War and connect with France's youth.

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Nov. 20, 2022

74 Chapter 1: The Norman Conquest of the Mediterranean

Norman mercenaries travel to Italy for a better life. Soon they turn from swords-for-hire to conquerors who would rule states across the Mediterranean World.

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Oct. 21, 2022

Ranking the Carolingians with Battle Royale: French Monarchs

Ben of Battle Royale: French Monarchs joins the podcast to rank the Carolingians.

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Oct. 14, 2022

The Strasbourg Dancing Plague of 1518

A Halloween episode about a lethal dance mania in Strasbourg.

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Sept. 24, 2022

73: The Norman Conquest

The Duke of Normandy dreams of a crown. When chaos engulfs England he seizes his chance with blood and iron.

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Aug. 6, 2022

Imagining Empire with Dr. Christina Carroll

Dr. Christina Carroll explains the ideological underpinnings behind the Second French Empire.

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July 29, 2022

Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen, read by…

Dr. Emma Kavanagh reads Olympe de Gouges' 'The Declaration of the Rights of Woman (September 1791),' a classic feminist document and critique of the RIghts of Man and of the Citizen.

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July 29, 2022

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen – 1789

A dramatic reading of one of the most important documents in modern European history.

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July 8, 2022

Dangerous Ideas: Transatlantic Political Groups in the Age of Revolut…

Dr. Micah Alpaugh talks about the revolutionary ideas that criss-crossed the Atlantic & overturned the old Atlantic World order.

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June 25, 2022

The Old French Language with Olivier Robichaud

Olivier Robichaud returns to talk about how the Old French language came into being.

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June 18, 2022

Imperial Connections: Syria, Lebanon and French West Africa with Dahl…

Dahlia El Zein talks about how colonial peoples travelled through the French Empire, interacting and changing their world.

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June 11, 2022

72: The Viking Conquest of Normandy

The Vikings descend upon West Francia, first as raiders, then as conquerors.

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May 14, 2022

Algerian-French Culture in post-Algerian War France with Dr. Richard …

Dr. Richard Derderian talks about how Algerians in France maintained and developed their culture during decades of remarkable, violent change.

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May 7, 2022

The Innocent Women Criminal Exiles of Louisiana with Dr. Joan DeJean

Dr. Joan DeJean talks about how climate crisis, the first economic bubble and meltdown and corrupt police forced innocent women into exile in colonial Louisiana and how they overcame incredible odds to survive and even thrive.

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