113 – The definitive death of communal Milan (1339 – 1354)

After spending so much time gallivanting around town in the kingdom of Naples and the Papal states, it’s time to head back up north to Milan to see what’s going on. We get there in time to see the passing of Azzone visconti and the new role of Archbishop Giovanni and his brother Luchino, under whom the remains of communal Milan are definitively eliminated and the dynastic Signoria of the Visconti is consolidated, ready to become a great Duchy.

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Crossover: Colombus and Genoa with the History of North America

We went ahead and our narrative quite a bit to have a chat with Mark Vinet of the “History of North America” podcast about the Explorer Christopher Columbus and his relationship and history with his native city of Genoa.

We talked about the location, foundation, history and geography of the city and the traces that we can find of the Explorer to this day as well as talking a bit about Genoa in the 21st-century.

Another great opportunity to have a chat with a fellow podcast about the topics our podcasts have in common.

Here is his YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI-nbsazUhpCqdhH-g9j_vQ

104 – The last Sardinian Judicate (1323-1326)

After a quick recap of what was going on around Italy in 1323, we get to the Aragonese invasion of Sardinia that put a definitive end to the presence of the Republic of Pisa on the island leaving the Judicate of Arborea as the last of the old four Judicates surrounded by the new “Kingdom of Sardinia”

103 – Catching up with Genoa (up to 1310’s)

It’s about time we stop ignoring poor old Genoa up in the top left-hand corner of the country and bring her up-to-date. We take a really quick race from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to Genoa in the 14th century: it’s battles against Saracens, Pisans and Venitians as it fights to assert itself as a powerful maritime republic.

102 – Venice kicks off its 14th century (up to 1310’s)

We go back to one of our favorite destinations: Venice, which we last left at the start of the 13th century to bring the maritime republic up to the 14th. We see some crazy laws as the republic move more and more to an oligarchy and has bit of trouble as the 14th starts up, especially with the pope.

The sketches are also back in this episode.