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June 10, 2023

Secrecy in the late Ancien Régime with Dr. Nicole Bauer

Dr. Bauer talks all about the lettres de cachet, conspiracies and the Bastille prison.

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June 3, 2023

Industrial Shipbuilding in Normandy with Dr. Mathieu Bidaux

The story of industrial seafaring ships, the people who made them, the World Wars and the decline of their garden city.

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May 27, 2023

Nighttime in the 18th century French Caribbean with Adrian van der Ve…

An episode covering night time culture in the French Caribbean.

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May 19, 2023

What happened to the French Communist Party?

We explore the spectacular rise and fall of the French Communist Party.

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May 13, 2023

How many wars have France and England fought against each other?

We list every war between France and England (then Britain) and judge each whether it was a win, loss or tie for France.

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May 6, 2023

Has France ever had a civil war?

We examine what wars could be considered 'French Civil Wars'

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April 28, 2023

Why were so many French kings named ‘Louis’?

Find out where 'Louis' came from and why there were so many kings who bore that name.

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April 21, 2023

Why did the Second Republic only last for 4 years?

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April 14, 2023

Chapter 12: Le Grand Louvre

An excerpt from our epic series on the Louvre!

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April 7, 2023

The Phoenix Queen with Leanda de Lisle

Best-selling author Leanda de Lisle talks about the princess from France who was also queen of England during its Civil War.

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April 1, 2023

What happened to France’s other capitals?

An episode covering the history of all the capitals of France; it wasn't just Paris!

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March 24, 2023

When did the French Revolution end?

We examine possible end dates for one of the most important revolutions in human history.

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March 17, 2023

How many governments has France had?

France has existed for over a millenia; how many governments has it had in that time?

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March 11, 2023

76: Philippe I “The Amorous”

Philippe I "The Amorous" shows that all is fair in love in war.

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March 3, 2023

75: Henri I: The Monarchy’s Lowest Point?

Henri I is known as the French monarchy's lowest point. But was he such a bad king?

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Feb. 25, 2023

74: The Norman Conquest of the Mediterranean Complete

The completed series on the Norman Conquest of the Mediterranean.

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Feb. 18, 2023

74: The World the Normans Made

Wherein we recount the incredible impact that Normans had upon the medieval Mediterranean world.

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Feb. 10, 2023

74 Chapter 12: Reconquista

Most 11th-12th century Norman adventurers went to Italy, but some went south to Iberia to join the Reconquista.

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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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