132 – The end of the Visconti: how to lose a duchy (1410 – 1447)

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.

4th anniversary episode

To celebrate our 4th anniversary we have a couple of announcements and a special guest episode:

First of all, we are launching a new 21 episode podcast: “The K-Rock Chelsea Hotel” all about one of the most important icons of popular counter culture: the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, NY, with episodes on Edith Piaf, Janis Joplin, Edie Sedgwick, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock and many many more

Then, we are very pleased to announce (supposedly) reaching 1 million global listens!

Finally, the guest episode Mike did on “The History of England podcast” in which he and David spoke about 14th century Italy around the time of the mercenary adventurer John Hawkwood

122 – Braccio da Montone’s last stand (1417 – 1424)

After following the impressive, almost invincible rise of warlord Braccio da Montone, we see the final chapter of his story: will he rise to even greater glory and perhaps cut out a kingdom in central Italy for himself or will it all come crashing down? Will the newly elected Pope Martin the fifth manage to set up a coalition strong enough to beat this great soldier?

121 Braccio da Montone, Lord of Perugia (1407 – 1417)

In this second part three professional soldier and adventurer Braccio da Montone we see how he founded his own company which gained great success, earning a reputation for being invincible. We see how he fought in central Italy and got involved with the kingdom of Naples and some schism papal politics all the while keeping his eye on his greatest desire: the city of Perugia.

119 – Joanna II of Naples and some schism fixing

We see the rather naughty and turbulent reign of Joanna II of Naples. Did she really deserve the nickname “the insatiable” or even “the mad”? Or was it just bad press?

After that we finally see the church get their act together and heal the Wester schism.