Ep. 04: The Song of Roland (Medieval Tale)

This is a dramatization of the Song of Roland. It takes the entire epic and reduces it to just a 7 minute reading.

Key Figures:

Roland

Oliver

Ganelon

Bishop Turpin

Charlemagne

Saracen King

Ep. 03: That Time a Viking Kissed a Foot

In this episode we look at the time Rollo had one of his Viking friends kiss the foot of King Charles the Simple of Francia.

 

Music:

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Epic Journey by Yung Logos

Ep. 02 - Medieval Beasts (Cynocephaly)

In this episode, our subject is Medieval Beasts. We look at a species of beasts known as Cynocephaly, or dog-headed men. No, these aren't werewolves.

 

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Ep. 01: Medieval Murder (The Murder of a Pope)

In this episode, we look at the assassination of Pope Boniface VIII at the hands of Philip IV of France and his cronies in 1303.

 

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Charlemagne 06: Boyhood (742-755)

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Charlemagne 05: Pippin the Short (751-768)

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Charlemagne 04: Charles the Hammer

In the last lecture, we looked at the history of the Carolingian family up to Pippin of Herstal. In this lecture, we zoom in and look at the life of his son, Charles the Hammer, Charlemagne’s grandfather. As we will see, Charles rose to prominence because of his military prowess. He is largely regarded as one of the greatest medieval generals for, among other things, his halt of the Umayyad dynasty’s advance into southern France.

 

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Charlemagne 03: The Carolingian Family

In the last lecture, we examined some of the key institutions of the Frankish realm. I briefly touched on some of the earlier figures of the Carolingian family. In this lecture, I want to take a closer look at the history of the Carolingian family up to Charles the Hammer. This will contextualize this Frankish family that would come to rule most of western Europe. Full disclosure for this lecture and the many to come.

 

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Charlemagne 02: The Institutions of the Frankish Kingdom

In the last lecture, we saw some of the salient features of the Frankish world. Towards the end, I noted the rise of an important family, that is, the dynasty of the Merovingians. Under the Merovingians, Clovis would unify much of Western Europe. In this lecture, I want to zoom in and examine the salient institutions that made up the government and bureaucracy of the Frankish kingdom of the Merovingians. It is important to discuss this because these are the institutions in which Charlemagne’s grandfather, Charles the Hammer, and father, Pippin the Short operated. And these are the institutions that his family inherited when they overthrew the Merovingians.

 

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Charlemagne 01: The Frankish World

Charlemagne is an oddity in the early medieval world. He’s odd not because of the things he did or how he acted. He’s odd because it is possible to construct an entire course around him. It is possible to do this because of the immense level of documentation we have about him and his time as king and emperor. In the next thirty or so lectures, we will explore the world of Charlemagne, his life, from boyhood, to his death. We will touch on his legacy and heir, his only surviving son, Louis the Pious. By the time these lectures are complete, you will have a clear understanding of who Charlemagne is and the world in which he operated. In this lecture we begin by contextualizing the man against the backdrop of his environment, that is, the Frankish world.

Medieval Europe 30: The End of the Middle Ages

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Medieval Europe 29: The Hundred Years War, Part II (1415-1453)

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Medieval Europe 28: The Western Schism (1378-1417)

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Medieval Europe 27: The Black Death (1347-1351)

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Medieval Europe 26: The Hundred Years War, Part I (1327-1386)

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Medieval Europe 25: The Avignon Papacy (1309-1376)

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Medieval Europe 24: The Capetians (1165-1328)

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Medieval Europe 23: The Plantagenets, Part II (1216-1327

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Medieval Europe 22: The Plantagenets, Part I (1154–1216)

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Medieval Europe 21: The First Crusade (1095-1099)

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Lecture 20: The Rise of the Normans

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Lecture 19: The Gregorian Reforms (1073-1085)

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Medieval Europe 18: The Investiture Controversy (1075-1077)

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Medieval Europe 17: The Year 1000

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Medieval Europe 15: The Anglo-Saxons (770-1066)

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