151 – Milan from Visconti to Sforza (1447 – 1450)
After the death of Duke Filippo Maria Visconti of Milan, a succession crisis has everyone in on the game and Venice gobbling up cities. In the end, will Bianca Maria Visconti and her husband, Francesco Sforza, manage to stake her claim? Also some naughtiness in the bedroom going on here.
150 – Decline of the Savoy and the Holy Shroud of Turin (1451 – 1490)
We go back to the north west to visit with Piedmont and the house of Savoy to take them out of the 15th century as they go through a period of decline with the rising power of France threatening their independence. It is in this period, in 1553, that the Savoy acquire the Holy Shroud,…
139 – King Alphonse of Naples (1436 – 1458)
We go back a little to see how Alphonse V of Aragon actually got onto the throne of Naples and what he had to put up with once he got there dealing with Milan, Venice, Genoa and Florence, before a rather unprecedented alliance in 1454 under the “Italic League” when everyone became friends after the…
136 – Savoy from count to duke to pope (1391 – 1451)
We follow little count Amedeo VIII as he comes to power and manages to not only expand, consolidate and organise first his county and then duchy, but even has a go at being pope for a while!
135 – Savoy – different coloured counts and a murder mystery (1255 – 1391)
We continue catching up with the house of Savoy picking up in 1255 and, after some zig-zagging succession, see the “colourful” green count Amedeo VI and then try to discover what really happened to his son, Amedeo VII the Red count, as the counts slowly continue to expand their lands and influence in France and…