After addressing some listener questions on Venice, we first see Venice pass through a period of division and crisis before it finds a “saviour” in Pietro II Orsoleo who bring the city triumphantly into he new millenium.
After our recap episode, we take a look at the attitudes towards the year 1000 and have a look at what daily life was like for people around that year.
In this recap episode we look back over the period from the fall of the Lombard kingdom at the hands of Charlemagne in 774 to the year 1000.
After the death of Otto II, we see how his young son was brought up to manhood under the regency of his mother Theophanu and his grandmother Adelaide of Italy and how he became an emperor with dreams of greatness, as well as how those dress clashed with reality.
We take just a moment to mourn Otto I and then proceed to see how his son, Otto II, got on with his attempt to hold the Holy Roman Empire together and even try to expand to all of the Italian peninsula while dealing with the usual pope complications.