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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#107 – Savonarola Part 14 – Savonarola Burns

#107 – Savonarola Part 14 – Savonarola Burns

Savonarola was notified that he and his closest colleagues had been condemned to die. His most ardent believers had faith that the Lord would save him at the last minute, but, yet again, God didn’t show up for work. At 1pm, May 23, 1498, they were degraded then burned in the Piazza della Signoria. And now Florence needs to get its shit together. Do they bring back the Medici? Join the Holy League? And what can they learn from the Savonarola episode?

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#107 – Savonarola Part 14 – Savonarola Burns

#107 – Savonarola Part 14 – Savonarola Burns

Savonarola was notified that he and his closest colleagues had been condemned to die. His most ardent believers had faith that the Lord would save him at the last minute, but, yet again, God didn’t show up for work. At 1pm, May 23, 1498, they were degraded then burned in the Piazza della Signoria. And now Florence needs to get its shit together. Do they bring back the Medici? Join the Holy League? And what can they learn from the Savonarola episode?

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#106 – Savonarola Part 13 – Strappado

#106 – Savonarola Part 13 – Strappado

The trials of Savonarola begin. First he is put on trial by the Signoria of Florence for his political interference. Then he is put on trial by the Pope for his religious accusations and claims of prophecy. This being Catholic Italy, part of the trial involves torture – the strappado. Under torture Savonarola confesses to making everything up and being a big old fake.

#105 – Savonarola Part 12 – Trial By Fire

#105 – Savonarola Part 12 – Trial By Fire

With Charles out of the picture, Piero de Medici figures it’s time for him to return to Florence. He marched into Tuscany with a force of four hundred lancers, light cavalry, and foot soldiers. Unfortunately, nobody shows up to welcome him and he goes back into exile. But his attempt at a return sets off a series of political assassinations in Florence, supported by Savonarola. Civil tensions increase until a Franciscan friar challenges Savonarola to trial by fire. When this doesn’t work out as planned, the people are furious and Savonarola gets thrown into prison.

#103 – Savonarola Part 10

#103 – Savonarola Part 10

Yes, we’re still talking about Savonarola! Deal with it! On this episode, Savonarola refuses the Pope’s summons to go to Rome and to stop preaching. He uses the ol’ Bill Clinton defence. During some of his downtime, one of his colleagues offers to go through a trial by fire to prove how much God loves Savonarola. And when he returns to preaching, Savonarola demands for blood to be spilled by anyone who criticises “his” signoria and decides to build the Hitler Youth to force Florence into being good little Christians. But then the Holy Roman Emperor sets sail for Italy with an armada to kick out the French and Florence yet again needs to choose a side – Savonarola or the Pope?

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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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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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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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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