51. Caribbean Piracy (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss the global framework that allowed piracy to become such a strong phenomenon in the Caribbean Sea, as well as what being a pirate was like. Yumiko Hutchenreuther returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 36, The Reformation (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   2:59 – I was incorrect – Switzerland was actually confederated from 26 different cantons. The amount of historical, cultural, religious, and especially language differences in such a small area by strict measurement is really quite astonishing. It is, however, also a microcosm of the Germanic world […]

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36. The Reformation (Part 2)

In this episode we follow some of the non-Lutheran reformers in their early days, as well as the Catholic response to the Reformation and the ensuing religious wars, culminating in the Peace of Westphalia. Gary Hallman returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 35, The Reformation, Part 1

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   8:26 – the diaspora I refer to here is the expulsion of the Jewish people from Judea after a number of revolts during the first and second centuries against the Roman Empire. Before early Christians were seen as a threat against the Romans due to their […]

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35. The Reformation (Part 1)

In this episode, we discuss the roots of Luther’s reformation philosophies, as well as what set Luther apart from other early heresies. Gary Hallman joins as guest.

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Notes: Episode 28, Charlemagne (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   2:26 – I was right! We’re on our third pope now. 4:29 – If you want the long version of this story, I get into some more detail in last month’s episode about the Knights Templar, which you can find here. 12:22 – You know, the […]

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28. Charlemagne (Part 2)

In this episode we focus mainly on Charlemagne’s coronation by Pope Leo III as Roman Emperor and the far-reaching consequences of the act. Phil Downey returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 27, Charlemagne (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   6:51 – It looks as though Charlemagne’s date of birth may have been shifted forward several years from 742 to 747 by some chroniclers both to coincide with Easter and to mask the fact that Charlemagne may have been born out of wedlock. 742 is by […]

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27. Charlemagne (Part 1)

In this episode, we discuss the stretch of time between the collapse of the Western Roman Empire and the rule of Charlemagne, as well as Charlemagne’s first years of rule. Phil Downey returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 26, The Knights Templar (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   3:29 – The first part of Colin’s Napoleon episode can be found here. It’s well worth a listen; I think we did a fairly good job of surveying an extremely complicated and large topic. 3:55 – I apologize in advance for the number of times I […]

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