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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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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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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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