A NSFW LONG-FORM PODCAST ABOUT

THE RENAISSANCE

Exiting The Dark Ages.

Starting in Florence in the 14th century, a new era began to emerge in the West. Humanists like Petrarch, Boccaccio, Poggio, Cosimo de Medici, Alberti, Brunelleschi, Ghiberti, Fra Angelico, Masaccio & Pope Nicholas V studied classical antiquity to usher in a rebirth in the study of the arts, the sciences, and philosophy. The Renaissance saw the decline of the feudal system, the growth of commerce, the invention or application of paper, printing, the compass, and gunpowder. We are telling the story of how it came to be. 

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#72 – Duke Filippo Maria Visconti

#72 – Duke Filippo Maria Visconti

Cosimo de Medici used his network of bank branches across Europe to do more than just make money. They were also used as an intelligence network. Medici cash was spread far and wide to keep him informed about the machinations of Florence’s - and the Medici family’s -...

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#72 – Duke Filippo Maria Visconti

#72 – Duke Filippo Maria Visconti

Cosimo de Medici used his network of bank branches across Europe to do more than just make money. They were also used as an intelligence network. Medici cash was spread far and wide to keep him informed about the machinations of Florence’s - and the Medici family’s -...

read more

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#71 – The Greek Invasion

#71 – The Greek Invasion

It’s been a while since we have caught up with Cosimo de Medici. Four years after his return to Florence in 1434, he secured a huge opportunity for Florence, that would have far reaching effects on the Renaissance - hosting the Ecumenical Council between the East and...

#70 – Gutenberg Part 6

#70 – Gutenberg Part 6

In 1453, when the Turks took Constantinople, Pope Nicky 5 wanted a crusade and authorized the sale of letters of indulgence—religious documents that released the buyers from penalties for their sins. And guess who printed them? Then he finally got around to working on...

#69 – Gutenberg Part 5

#69 – Gutenberg Part 5

Commercial opportunities for a printing press went beyond books. One of those was the Fall of Constantinople. In 1453, the Ottoman Empire lead by 21-year-old Sultan Mehmed II defeated the army of Constantine XI Palaiologos, the last Byzantine Emperor. To tell this...

#68 – Gutenberg Part 4

#68 – Gutenberg Part 4

Hand carving a piece of metal type for a printing press would take a skilled craftsman an entire day. Just setting one page of the Bible would take 2600 pieces of type. So Gutenberg needed to come up with an efficient way to manufacture type - which is a lot harder...

Welcome To The Renaissance Times Podcast!

This show is different from most other history podcasts in the following ways.

1. There are TWO OF US. This is a conversation, not a lecture.

2. It’s LONG FORM. Which means we will take hundreds of episodes to tell a story. If you want a quick overview, this is not the show for you!

3. It’s NSFW. While we take the history very seriously, we also know that learning is more effective when you’re having fun. Sometimes (okay, quite often) “having fun” for us translates as bad language and dirty jokes. Let’s face it – this history is violent and sexy. This is NOT a child-friendly show, nor is it safe for work.

4. We sometimes CHARGE MONEY. We do this for a living and put a lot of time and effort into making our content. So some of our episodes are free and some require a paid subscription. Feel free to listen to the free ones and then, if you like them, register to listen to the rest.

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What a Show

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by Timer0988736364 from United States of America on April 8, 2019

This is a great follow-up from a great duo: the savant of WW2 and Napoleon’s leading expert! Sorry, David Markham. … Cam’s crusade against Christianity is brilliant. This show is almost as good as The Cold War: Confessions of Yalta! Join D**k Tickling and the dwarf from Lord of The Rings (after his male pattern baldness kicked in) as they spend the first twenty hours dissecting the turds that brought down the Roman Empire. This show is sure to turn heads, make laughs, and if you pay close attention you will figure out how to avoid eternal damnation! Therefore, this show is necessary for the survival of humanity. For the creators- Also, during the intro song there is this snorting sound (likely from a drum pad or something) that sounds like when Ray starts to laugh through his nose! This is my third subscription from these guys! I’ve gone through the Cold War in February, I caught up to real time for this show in a week, and I’m working on Alexander now! I guess Caesar is all I got left, but I frequent the Augustus show between binges. I’m starting a road trip and trip across Europe, and this will be one of my main sources of education in my time of sorrow travels (Bob Dylan). People of all ages will love this show. I’m 26, they aren’t!, but I love it.
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Fascinating, brilliantly insightful, irreverent, objective infotainment

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by MotoPod Martin from United Kingdom on December 29, 2018

Having been a longtime listener to Cam and Rays’ previous series’, I have to admit that learning the Renaissance show would begin with Constantine the Great, I heaved a sigh and declined to sign up. What a fool! This is possibly the best thing that Cam and Ray have done; the point is that we can’t understand what the Renaissance (rebirth in Old French) was a rebirth of, or from, or a reaction to without understanding the degree to which Christianity had stifled scientific (and any other) progress or even the process of intellectual questioning. And apart from this making the podcast start a thousand years before the Renaissance itself, it’s a fascinating insight into the early stages of Christianity becoming official state religions. The crude jokes and nicknames are still there but they compliment the delivery rather than disrupt it (just wait for Crispinus…. or maybe you can work it out) and who doesn’t like a blast of Toto’s Africa (most episodes feature the tune somewhere). So listen to the first few free episodes and make your own mind up but trust me; it only gets better.
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The Renaissance… starting with Constantine

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by ResoundingFootsteps from United States of America on December 11, 2018

I love history. I absorb as much of it as I can from as many different sources as I can. However, I know how dry, dull, and boring it can be to actually learn it. Ray and Cam have to know that as well because they do everything they can to make the Renaissance as lively, vibrant, and downright bloody hilarious as it deserves. They are irreverent and snarky yet they know their stuff and they deliver a massive amount of knowledge, facts, opinions, and analysis with enough humor and bite to keep the listener entertained. They start their show on the Renaissance not on the Renaissance (that’s for plebs) but at the time of Constantine. Why? Because they want the listener to understand the world that the Renaissance was born into. Unconventional? Yeah. But it works. These guys know what they’re doing, at least Cam does, and I wouldn’t trust anyone else to do a podcast about the Renaissance.
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