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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Renaissance #175 – The Mona Lisa (Leonardo 63)

Renaissance #175 – The Mona Lisa (Leonardo 63)

We finally get to the most famous painting in the world. He started it in Florence in 1503, and it was still in his studio when he died in 1519. Who was she? Why did he agree to paint her when he declined many other opportunities to pick up a brush? And why is it so famous?

Renaissance #174 – The Erect Fingers (Leonardo 62)

Renaissance #174 – The Erect Fingers (Leonardo 62)

In the last decade of his life, Leonardo became obsessed with painting erect fingers, especially on very sexy depictions of “St John the Baptist”. What do the fingers represent? We can only imagine…

#173 – Leonardo Goes To Rome (Leonardo 61)

#173 – Leonardo Goes To Rome (Leonardo 61)

On this episode we focus on the later life of Leonardo da Vinci, examining his self-portrayals, and his relationship with the Medici family. We delve into Leonardo’s image as an “iconic venerable sage” and questions the authenticity of his self-portraits.

Then we look at Leonardo’s move to Rome in 1513, under the patronage of Giovanni de’ Medici, who became Pope Leo X, and his brother Giuliano. He resided in the Villa Belvedere, a hub for intellectuals and artists during the Renaissance, and immersed himself in studying rare plants and fossils. Despite being in an artistic environment, Leonardo is still reluctant to paint, focusing more on the sciences and engineering.

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. Play Episode 1 now by scrolling down to the podcast app links at the bottom of the page or by going here.

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Best History Podcast Ever

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by MarianitaDA from the United States on June 6, 2022

I found this podcast fairly recently when looking for some Renaissance related ones. I tried a few and most were completely boring and hard el follow until I found this one. In a recent episode, I heard Cam saying they do not have female listeners and I thought of letting them know they do. Born and rained a catholic I keep an open mind and laugh at all their comments about religion and women. The good fun and humor balances the amount of historical facts and anecdotes I learn with every episode. I’m planning to listen to heir other podcasts as soon as I’m done with this (which I will miss a lot). Thank you both for doing this, and looking forward to hear more from you soon.
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So worthy

★★★★★ in Apple Podcasts by The Cam and Ray Story Hour from United States of America on December 5, 2019

I stumbled on The Renaissance Times podcast and gave it a whirl, not knowing how completely I would be submerged into the many podcasts of Cam and Ray. It’s really too bad that the people I know who like history would be put off by the bawdiness, and the people who would love the bawdiness wouldn’t want to have the history, because they’re missing top shelf of each. I’ve now caught up with The Renaissance episodes, have listened to much of The BS Filter, and and whipping my way through the Cold War (Go, HO! Oh, no…) and now I’m itching (in a good way) to get to Napoleon (and then Alexander, and the Caesars…and…). I love Cam’s impersonations and Ray’s…sidekickedness (or whatever, the point is, his penis), and the in-depth so NOT run-of-the-mill history is so refreshing. Then again, the Cold War might never wrap up so I think I’m in for the long haul. I loved the Yalta episodes, by the way, all 25 hours of them. You guys are amazing. So looking forward to the next 20 decades of your podcasts.
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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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