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.

Recap 05 – From episode 077 to 100

We go back over around 50 years from the death of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II to beyond 1300 to retrace the steps of the kingdom of Sicily, the war of the Sicilian Vespers, the northern communes and maritime republics as well as looking over at Sardinia and keeping an eye as always on the papacy.

Anti-mafia martyrs: Father Pino Puglisi

The life of Padre Pino Puglisi, who went against the mafia with his faith, his words and culture, to give the citizens of his city schools, homes all the elements that are fundamental rights, stolen by the Mafia and then handed out as favours.

We trace his story from the start of his work to his murder on 15th September 1993 on the day of his birthday.

Anti-mafia martyrs: Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa

On 3rd September, the anniversary of his death, we look at the struggle against organised crime of Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, general of the Italian Carabinieri police force who dedicated his life to the fight against terrorism and the Sicilian Mafia. From his early days in Corleone to his last experience in Palermo, we follow the steps of an anti-mafia hero.

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084 – The war of the Sicilian Vespers

After the Sicilian rebellion of the Vespers, Charles of Anjou lays siege to the city of Messina to start putting down the rebellion. The Sicilians turn to Pater of Aragon to help them and, thank to his excellent admiral Ruggiero di LAuria, he does just that. Before the war escalates, Charles tries to solve thinks in a gentlemanly way with a duel that end up in rather dd way, not many years before almost all the protagonists of this part of our story kick the bucket tin the same year.