The history of the rise of Al-Andalus and the gradual re-conquering of Spain by the Spanish Christian kingdoms is an epic tale beginning in the year 712 and concluding with the fall of the Kingdom of Grenada in 1492. Join the History of the Crusades Podcast as we cover this lengthy piece of narrative history.
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Over 900 years ago, thousands of Christians invaded the Middle East, intent on taking the Holy Land from the Muslims. The following 200 years were marked by a series of military campaigns known as the Crusades. Join us to follow the history of the Crusades from 1095 onwards. Castles, battles, religious clashes, Richard the Lionheart, the Assassins, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Saladin, the Knights Templar - all will feature as we examine one of the most interesting periods in history.
Al-Andalus has had a solid run of competent, energetic Emirs...until now. We examine the disastrous rule of Abd-Allah.By Sharyn Eastaugh
Our sixteenth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at the relationship between Byzantium and the Rus and later Russia in conversation with Professor Sergey Ivanov. Professor Ivanov is a Russian scholar who has been studying Byzantium for many decades. He currently works in the Institute of Oriental and Ancient Studies at the National Research U…
While King Alfonso III continues his campaign of expansion in the north of the Iberian peninsula, Emir Muhammad faces a new threat to his reign.By Sharyn Eastaugh
While the Emir of al-Andalus Muhammad I is trying to stamp out rebellions within his territory, a new threat emerges, in the form of King Alphonso III of Asturias.By Sharyn Eastaugh
We examine the beginning of the period of rule of the new Emir of al-Andalus, Muhammad I.By Sharyn Eastaugh
High Speed History have Byzantine-themed merchandise available! The good people over at Highspeedhistory.com have produced a range of delightful items featuring our beloved Byzantium. We’re talking t-shirts, hoodies, bags, clocks, towels and stickers amongst many other items. I’m very pleased to say that some of your ideas have made their way into …
We examine how Christians who left al-Andalus during the reign of Abd al-Rahman II for the northern parts of the Iberian peninsula, left their influence on the Christian states. We also zoom in for a closer look at the Basque region.By Sharyn Eastaugh
When I announced I would be taking a break back in the Autumn I received an email from listener Brian Sherry offering to produce an episode of the show for me. He told me about the metal band Judicator recording an entire album about Belisarius. And he very kindly offered to interview them on my behalf. I said yes and Brian got lead singer and writ…
Our final episode on Alexios' reign returns us to our first. Back in episode 197 we interviewed Professor Leonora Neville about Anna Komnene. That interview set us up to cover Alexios' reign and the First Crusade with Anna as our primary source. But the last question I asked that day was about the succession from Alexios to John and Anna's supposed…
We take a look at the effect of the colourful reign of Abd al-Rahman II on the Christians of al-Andalus.By Sharyn Eastaugh
We look at your questions about Alexios and the Crusades. Listeners wanted an update on the state of Byzantium's army, economy and administration. How much credit or blame should Alexios get for the events of his reign? What about his relationship with his family? Were the Latins tougher fighters than the Byzantines? And several more. See acast.com…
Three new episodes are coming your way in the next three weeks. New narrative episodes will come at some point in the Spring. I am still busy working on the Istanbul videos and Byzantine Stories. Also we have a new Patreon https://www.patreon.com/historyofbyzantium. Bonus episodes will no longer be available at thehistoryofbyzantium.com from Octobe…
We return to the narrative in 822 and welcome a new Emir to al-Andalus - Abd al-Rahman II.By Sharyn Eastaugh
We take a look at the Iberian peninsula in the first few decades of the 9th century.By Sharyn Eastaugh
We take a look at the establishment and rise of the rebel Christian Kingdom of Asturias.By Sharyn Eastaugh
We take a look at the lengthy reign of al-Hakam then travel to the northern coastline of the Iberian peninsula where some independent Christian states are beginning to emerge.By Sharyn Eastaugh
Abd al-Rahman died in the year 788. Which one of his sons will rise to power?By Sharyn Eastaugh
Hello everyone, This is a short update about the podcast and the likely schedule for the next few months. The main takeaways are: - The narrative will resume around Spring 2021 - In the meantime I will be producing bonus episodes and videos from Istanbul. As well as doing work for my Dad and taking a little time out for my mental health. - At least…
Alexios tries to forge a coalition against Antioch but has to abandon his plans when Anatolia comes calling again. The Emperor leaves this world frustrated by his failure to outmanoeuvre the Normans but his record in office is impressive nonetheless. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
The last surviving member of the Umayyad dynasty makes his way to the Iberian peninsula, a move which will have long-reaching consequences.By Sharyn Eastaugh
Bohemond heads back to Western Europe to recruit a new army. He leads them back to the Balkans to capture Dyrrhachium but Alexios is waiting for him. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Muslim rulers of Al-Andalus face a Berber revolt and the arrival of some troublesome newcomers.By Sharyn Eastaugh
More armed pilgrims arrive at Constantinople in the wake of the fall of Jerusalem. Alexios advises them to avoid the Turks of Anatolia but they ignore him. Meanwhile Alexios' attempts to put pressure on Antioch are thwarted by Bohemond's nephew Tancred. Finally we return to Constantinople to check in with the Komnenian regime and watch a man get bu…
It's the end of the First Crusade and this episode is for sale. Either at the website or at https://www.patreon.com/thehistoryofbyzantium See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Within a few years following the Battle of 711, the Muslim invaders had consolidated their rule over the Iberian peninsula. How did they manage to do this? Listen in to find out.By Sharyn Eastaugh
We discuss the battle which brought the Muslim conquerers to the Iberian peninsula.By Sharyn Eastaugh
The Crusaders set up a siege of Antioch. The vast size of the city makes it impossible to fully encircle. What follows is a battle of attrition as the Crusaders wait for the Turkic garrison to make a mistake and the garrison await reinforcements. Meanwhile Alexios makes his way to the centre of the Anatolian plateau to consolidate the return of Byz…
We examine the lead up to the battle of 711 and the last years of Visigothic rule.By Sharyn Eastaugh
The new podcast series "Reconquista" which carries on from the History of the Crusades Podcast is now available.
We take a look at the Iberian peninsular from Roman rule to the establishment of the Visigoths.By Sharyn Eastaugh
The Byzantines recover the West Coast of Anatolia while the Crusaders cross the plateau. As they travel the Westerners begin dropping like flies and come to hate the land they've come to liberate. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Crusaders march out from Nicaea on their way to Antioch. First stop is at Dorylaeum on the Anatolian plateau. But the forces of Kilij Arslan are lying in wait. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This is your final reminder about the Intelligent Speech Conference taking place this Saturday 27th June. I'll be taking part in two sessions and if you want to be there go to https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/ to get tickets See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Alexios directs the Crusaders to Nicaea where they set up a siege. Behind the scenes though the Emperor was busy negotiating with the city's garrison. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Basil II may have been gay! Just one of the 'Hidden Stories' I'll be talking about at the Intelligent Speech Conference in a week's time. Tickets are still available for $10 until the 19th June. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I'm a part of two sessions at the Intelligent Speech Conference on June 27th. Please consider buying your ticket today before prices go up! https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The senior nobles of the First Crusade make the journey to Constantinople. There Alexios asks them to swear an oath of allegiance to him. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Our narrative resumes as the so-called People's Crusade crosses the Danube and heads for Constantinople. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I will be taking part in the Intelligent Speech Conference on June 27th. I will be part of a panel talking about how medieval history is depicted in popular culture. And giving a talk about the hidden voices of Byzantium. Find out more at intelligentspeechconference.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
How many people went on Crusade? Who were they and who was in charge of them? Why did they go? What does all this mean for Byzantium? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sharyn Eastaugh from the History of the Crusades podcast explores why people responded to Urban's call. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We follow Urban as he crosses into France and spends over a year on tour. We talk about the steps he took to prepare for the announcement of the Crusades. Then we break down what we believe he said and why he said it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We briefly talk about events in Jerusalem and the wider Levant on the eve of the First Crusade. Had anything happened there that could have sparked the Crusades? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
An interview with Professor Peter Frankopan about his book 'The First Crusade: The Call from the East.' See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We talk about Pope Urban's shaky political position on the eve of the Crusade. As well as discussing the wider Papal reform movement and how military violence came to be a part of their plans. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We discuss what Alexios really wanted from the West. Was he surprised by the Crusading army that formed or had he been lobbying for something similar? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A quick introduction to the Crusading topic and a discussion of how religious interpretations of historical events can be particularly distorting. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We look at events in Constantinople during Alexios' first fifteen years in power. Including reforms to the court, the coinage and social care. We conclude by talking about Alexios' personality. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Alexios campaigns in Europe for a decade dealing with Pechenegs, Cumans and Serbs. But his supporters begin to question his priorities as Anatolia sinks into the mire. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
With Alexios constantly at war in Europe during the 1080s he could only deal with Anatolia through diplomacy. He searched in vain for allies who could stabilise the situation but by 1095 realised he would have to turn West for the manpower needed to campaign in person. For the Romans who actually lived in Anatolia the situation had a Wild West vibe…