Episode 197 – Anna Komnene with Leonora Neville

Our best primary source for Alexios Komnenos’ reign is The Alexiad written by his daughter Anna Komnene. I talk to Professor Leonora Neville about Anna’s life and writing and how she overcame the obstacles facing a woman trying to write history.

Period: 1080-1118

Download: Anna Komnene with Leonora Neville

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter

Categories: Podcast | 1 Comment

The House of War (special episodes)

Map of the locations in our story

Map of the locations in our story

Gumusler Monastery (planetware.com)

Gumusler Monastery (planetware.com)

Derinkuyu underground caves (planetware.com)

Derinkuyu underground caves (planetware.com)

Zelve cave homes (planetware.com)

Zelve cave homes (planetware.com)

Ihlara Valley (planetware.com)

Ihlara Valley (planetware.com)

A dovecot from Life and Society in Byzantine Cappadocia by Cooper and Decker

A dovecot from Life and Society in Byzantine Cappadocia by Cooper and Decker

As part of the 2018 Istanbul Kickstarter I was commissioned to create new fictional stories based around episode 89 of the podcast. The stories (based on the sources) describe life along the Byzantine-Arab frontier circa 850AD. They continue and expand upon the story told in episode 89 where YOU were a foot soldier who had to track and ambush an enemy army. Now we travel to Cilicia to see the Arabs preparing and to Cappadocia to see soldiers and civilians trying to cope with life during the Summer raid.

If you backed the Kickstarter at the third reward tier or higher then the episodes will automatically be added to your account. If you are a subscriber then all four episodes will appear in your account.

NB – you will see parts 1, 2, 3 and 5 are for sale. Episode 89 acts as part 4 of this story. Remember to listen in order for maximum enjoyment.

Buy episodes here

Plot your journey across the Roman Empire using the Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

Original music by Savfk (www.youtube.com/savfkmusic http://www.facebook.com/savfkmusic)

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter.

Categories: Kickstarter Rewards | 3 Comments

Episode 196 – Cultural Revival

Symeon the New Theologian (johnsanidopoulos.com)

Symeon the New Theologian (johnsanidopoulos.com)

We explore the revival of intellectual and literary culture over the past century. We focus particularly on the work of Michael Psellos and Symeon the New Theologian.

Period: 950-1080

Download: Cultural Revival

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter

Categories: Podcast | 3 Comments

Byzantine Stories. Episode 8 – Cyprus: 565 – 965 AD

Cyprus topography today

Cyprus topography today

Roman roads and cities

Roman roads and cities

Byzantine Cyprus from Byzantine Cyprus by Metcalf

Byzantine Cyprus from Byzantine Cyprus by Metcalf

Find-spots of coins from Byzantine Cyprus by Metcalf

Find-spots of coins from Byzantine Cyprus by Metcalf

Our first Byzantine Story nominated by a listener is Byzantine Cyprus. We chart the history of the island from the death of Justinian to the re-conquest by Nicephorus Phokas. Between 649 and 965 the island was in a tributary relationship with the Islamic Caliphate which dominates our discussion. By combing through the sources we can piece together a narrative of the period and gain a few glimpses of everyday life.

Buy episodes here

The music used is from ashamaluevmusic.com

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter.

Categories: Byzantine Stories | Leave a comment

Backer Rewards Episode 15 – The Hagia Sophia and Imperial Coronations

The Omphalion on the floor of Hagia Sophia

The Omphalion on the floor of Hagia Sophia

Byzantine polykandela in brass or bronze. (pallasweb.com)

Byzantine polykandela in brass or bronze. (pallasweb.com)

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Lidia Dastrù. Some Churches Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom and their Sunrise Orientation. 2018.

Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, Lidia Dastrù. Some Churches Dedicated to the Holy Wisdom and their Sunrise Orientation. 2018.

Our fifteenth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at some aspects of the Hagia Sophia and the coronation ceremony of Emperors.

Download: The Hagia Sophia and Imperial Coronations

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter.

Categories: Kickstarter Rewards | 15 Comments

On stage with Mike Duncan!

I am attending the Sound Education Conference next month and sharing the stage with Mike Duncan! It will be a huge honour for me to meet and chat to the man who inspired ‘The History of Byzantium.’ And you can be there too. I’ve recorded a short explanation for the show but all the details can be found here.

Download: On Stage with Mike Duncan

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter

Categories: Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Robin interviewed on the Roads to Liberty Podcast

Here is the video of my interview with the Roads to Liberty Podcast.

Download: Interviewed with Roads to Liberty

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter

Categories: Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Episode 195 – King of the Ashes

Emperor Nicephorus Botaneiates (httpsgallica.bnf.frark12148btv1b8470047df1.planchecontact.r=botaneiates)

Emperor Nicephorus Botaneiates (gallica.bnf.fr)

We follow the flailing administration of Michael VII as it slowly collapses under the immense weight of events. Then we watch as the remaining Roman Generals line up one after another as each attempts to burn the Empire down in order to become King of the Ashes.

Period: 1072-80

Download: King of the Ashes

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter

Michael VII Doukas on the the Royal Crown of Hungary

Michael VII Doukas on the the Royal Crown of Hungary

 

The Royal Crown of Hungary

The Royal Crown of Hungary

Categories: Podcast | 9 Comments

Episode 194 – Normandy-in-Anatolia

Roussel's seal, with an image of the Virgin Mary

Roussel’s seal, with an image of the Virgin Mary

Turkic nomads begin to raid Anatolia. The Imperial response is hampered by the defection of their Norman mercenaries. Under their commander Roussel de Bailleul they begin operating independently leading the government to squander precious resources in bringing them down.

Period: 1072-76

Download: Normandy-in-Anatolia

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter

Categories: Podcast | 3 Comments

Episode 193 – Manzikert

Doukas’ widow Eudocia marries Romanos Diogenes to empower a General who can stop the Turkic raids. Diogenes does his best but ends up meeting the Sultan, Alp Arslan, in battle on the fields outside the city of Manzikert.

Period: 1067-72

Download: Manzikert

RSS Feed: The History of Byzantium

If you want to send in feedback to the podcast:

– Either comment on this post.

– Or on the facebook page.

– Leave a review on Itunes.

– Follow me on Twitter

Categories: Podcast | 12 Comments

Blog at WordPress.com.