We take a look at the aftermath of the battle of Legnano which saw the forces of the Lombard League victorious against Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Then we take a quick look at the third and fourth Crusades.
We take a look back at the Byzantine presence in Italy, from the Gothic War in 535 up to the start of the seventh century.
We take a look at the arrival of the Normans in Southern Italy at the start of the XI century and follow their participation in the anti-Byzantine rebellion of the 1040’s.
We take a step back in time to fill in the history of the Catholic Church up t the point in our narrative, i.e. the fall of the Lombard kingdom in 774.
Thanks to Elia Locardi for the Vatican photo, check out his website: Elia Locardi
In this episode we look at one of the great Lombard kings: Liutprand and listen as their reign in Italy draws to a close with the Franks really starting to put the pressure on