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,…
082 – Charles in charge and the Sicilian Vespers
1266-1282 Charles of Anjou settles down to govern his new kingdom… and make a mess if it, provoking the rebellion of the Sicilian Vespers.
063 – After Legnano, the cool Crusade and the Italian one
1176 – 1204 We take a look at the aftermath of the battle of Legnano which saw the forces of the Lombard League victorious against Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Then we take a quick look at the third and fourth Crusades.
007 – Living with the Lombards
575-589 The Lombards start to settle down and get to know the neighbourhood and the troublesome neighbours as they go through an interregnum of the Dukes before they get back to electing a king and bashing the Byzantines