Robert II ascends to the throne. The second Capetian, he must rule a kingdom even as many of his vassals consider him an illegitimate ruler.
Dr. Matt Robertshaw explains how Haitians travelled through the French Empire and their impact on Africa.
Hugh Capet inaugurates a new dynasty whose house and offshoots will rule France for 800 years.
Dr. Deborah Bauer talks about the emergence of surveillance agencies in France and the contradictions they represented in a liberal democracy.
Islamic forces from Iberia conquer a fortress in Provence. Taking advantage of political weakness in France, they establish a state along the coast.
Benjamin Bernier of Thugs and Miracles joins the podcasts to rank the Merovingian kings, often called France's first dynasty.
Mickey Mouse, er Robespierre, reads a speech on reason and the Supreme Being.
An excerpt from an audiobook on France's greatest monument, exclusively for patrons!
Part 2 of War for the Throne sees the Carolingian House fail and a new dynasty take its place.
Olivier Robichaud talks about the origins of the French language; how Latin was it? How Gallic? How Frankish?
The Carolingian House enters a crisis that threatens its existence in West Francia.
A massive army of Odin-worshippers sail down the Seine and threaten Paris. With the Carolingians gone the Franks will have to fend for themselves.
What made Gauls and Franks laugh? Hear some very very old jokes that made our ancestors' sides split.
Many people know about Christian Dior, but have you heard about Catherine? Resistance hero, learn all about Miss Dior.
An episode on the wonder and woes of childbirth in the medieval period.
An episode all about Carolingian women, their lives and impact upon Francia.
The legendary Mike Duncan talks about his book Hero of Two Worlds and the incredible life of Lafayette.
What was life like in medieval Francia? Learn all about it for the rich, poor, powerful and powerless.
Charles the Bald inherits a kingdom in collapse. Yet, his indefatigueable spirit proves legendary.
A poem on the inter-Frankish violence by Louis the Pious' sons that tore apart Charlemagne's empire.
A conversation with Robert Pike about Oradour-sur-Glane, which experienced a Nazi massacre in 1944.
Louis the Pious' sons each fight for what is theirs, tearing apart the Frankish world.
Dr.s Christine and Tracy Adams. Christine Adams talk about the history of one of France's most important political positions: the royal mistress.