January 8, 2019

#39 The Rise Of The Medici (part 2)

The rise of the Medici included a few false starts, due to a failed military campaign and a working class revolution. Meanwhile Florence prospered, in part […]
January 5, 2019

#38 The Rise Of The Medici (part 1)

One of the one of the most powerful and influential families of the Renaissance – the Medici – took centuries to rise to power. But when […]
December 13, 2018

#37 The Avignon Popes – Part III

Against complaints about how much they were demanding, the popes said “hey looking this good isn’t easy!” Clement VI had been forced to lend Philip VI […]
December 8, 2018

#36 The Avignon Popes – Part II

After the death of Clement V, Dante wrote to the Italian cardinals and urged them to hold out for an Italian pope who would return the […]