157 – Venice out of the middle ages and into uncertainty (1454 – 1492)
After the peace of Lodi, the relative stability on the peninsula allows Venice to concentrate on the Ottomans again and the inevitable first war breaks out in 1463. Before that, we see one of the few doge’s to actually be deposed, Francesco Foscari a record breaking doge for various reasons and sexy actor in “The Medici” Tv series. Then, when Venice reaches a rather humiliating…
148 – Peak and twilight of the Magnificent (1478 – 1492)
After the failed Pazzi conspiracy and its bloody vengeful aftermath, Lorenzo De Medici has to face war against pope Sixtus IV AND Naples AND Urbino. As if that wasn’t enough also plague and more plots. Then, would you believe it, another war, the salt war of Ferrara and once all that is over, a good…
147 – The conpiracy of the crazies (1476 – 1478)
Things heat up as the animosity between the Medici and pope Sixtus IV leads to one of the most infamous conspiracies in history: the Pazzi conspiracy, set up to kill Giuliano and Lorenzo De Medici and overthrow the Signoria, the government of Florence.
141 – The popes are back in business (1417 – 1447)
After the healing of the western schism in 1417, new pope Martin V must get his papal states under control which means dealing with a whole load of issue such as brigands, mercenary captains, pushy neighbours, unruly lords and a lack of cash. We then see how his successor, Eugene IV was able to muck…
140 – King Ferdinand’s woes (1458 – 1492)
After the death of Alphonse the Magnanimous, his illigitimate son, Ferdinand, has quite a time managing to hold on to the kingdom of Naples what with revolting Barons, meddling popes and even an Ottoman invasion! Will the poor man ever get any peace and quiet?