150 – Decline of the Savoy and the Holy Shroud of Turin (1451 – 1490)
We go back to the north west to visit with Piedmont and the house of Savoy to take them out of the 15th century as they go through a period of decline with the rising power of France threatening their independence. It is in this period, in 1553, that the Savoy acquire the Holy Shroud,…
139 – King Alphonse of Naples (1436 – 1458)
We go back a little to see how Alphonse V of Aragon actually got onto the throne of Naples and what he had to put up with once he got there dealing with Milan, Venice, Genoa and Florence, before a rather unprecedented alliance in 1454 under the “Italic League” when everyone became friends after the…
135 – Savoy – different coloured counts and a murder mystery (1255 – 1391)
We continue catching up with the house of Savoy picking up in 1255 and, after some zig-zagging succession, see the “colourful” green count Amedeo VI and then try to discover what really happened to his son, Amedeo VII the Red count, as the counts slowly continue to expand their lands and influence in France and…
134 – Piedmont and the rise of the house of Savoy
We catch the region of Piedmont up to the 13th century and then start to take a look at the rise of the house of Savoy, beginning with its founder Umberto Biancamano, he of the white hand (for some reason).
4th anniversary episode
We celebrate our 4th anniversary by announcing a new podcast: The K-Rock Chelsea Hotel; the 1 millionth global listen and a guest episode about 14th century Italy on The History of England podcast.