Filippo Maria Visconti becomes sole ruler of the duchy of Milan after the assassination of his brother, Giovanni Maria. At first he manages to consolidate the crumbling duchy and set thing son the right path, but with the 1420’s, things get hectic and the Duke’s content plotting and intrigue may complicate things for him as the wars of Lombardy kick off, with Milan, Venice and Florence accompanied by a series of guest starts such as Naples, and Savoy, all the way to the end of the Visconti dynasty.
This is the second and last part of a collaboration with Assassinations Podcast on the notorious Borgia family. First Niall Cooper focuses on Lucrezia Borgia and then I follow the downfall of the short-lived dynasty.
In this episode the Franks make their definitive entrance into Italy and the existence of the Lombard kingdom hangs in the balance. We take a look at how the events really went and then go back, following the story of Alessandro Manzoni’s “Adlechi” to see a juicier version of the events.