114 – More Milan and popey come home (1345 – 1385)

We follow the joint rule of Galeazzo and Bernabò Visconti as they continue to struggle to expand and consolidate the power of Milan and they set the foundation of a dynasty and a Duchy.

We also see how, following the death of Pope Gregory XI, the election of two rival popes, Urban VI and Clement VII gives rise to the Great Western Schism.

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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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112 – Queen Joanna of Naples (1345 – 1382)

We follow Queen Joanna of Naples as she goes through three more husbands, ever searching for the right one, but getting ambitious power grabbing insensitive men or total nut jobs until she finally settles on the one who will see her to her end. Meanwhile she will guide the kingdom of Naples through the Sicilian question, rebellions, the plague, warring bandits and the great Western schism.

110 – Cola fizzes and goes flat (1347 – 1354)

After seeing the rise of Nicola di Rienzo Gabrini to become ruler of Rome in the name of the pope, we see how power goes to his head, turning him into a despot who would found a new Roman Empire. He is driven out of the city, but is then sent back 5 years later to attempt to save the city again, this time with rather dire consequences for him.