Episode 120 – The Magnates

Anatolian plateau (Polatli near Ankara from doshgoeseast.blogspot.co.uk)

Anatolian plateau (Polatli near Ankara from doshgoeseast.blogspot.co.uk)

The fruits of the recovery were unevenly distributed. The wealthy landowners of the plateau were building huge estates and developing family histories to go with them.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 119 – Follow the Money

The Forum of Constantine by Antoine Helbert (antoine-helbert.com)

The Forum of Constantine by Antoine Helbert (antoine-helbert.com)

We explore arguments for and against the idea that commerce was a huge source of revenue for Byzantium.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 118 – Revival

Constantinople: the core of Roman survival and revival (Pic by by RadoJavor at deviantart.com)

Constantinople: the core of Roman survival and revival (Pic by by RadoJavor at deviantart.com)

The Romans are finally recovering from three centuries of struggle. One of the lesser-discussed reasons for this was the payments made to the elites for their loyalty.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 117 – Questions IV

Leo VI (Dumbarton Oaks coin collection)

Leo VI (Dumbarton Oaks coin collection)

Its time for some of your questions. We cover queries about the Bulgars, Slavs, Greece, Coins and modern Romania.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 116 – North of the Danube

The Major Varangian trade routes. The Volga route is in red. The Dneiper (and one other) in purple. Existing trade routes in orange

The Major Varangian trade routes. The Volga route is in red. The Dneiper (and one other) in purple. Existing trade routes in orange

We place the Khazars, Magyars, Pechenegs and Rus on the map and explore their relationships with Constantinople.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 115 – The Rise of Bulgaria

Bulgarian Empire c900 AD (from Runciman - First Bulgarian Empire)

Bulgarian Empire c900 AD (from Runciman – First Bulgarian Empire)

The 9th century was a period of amazing social and political change in the Balkans. We follow the Khans as they plot a path toward recognition of their right to exist.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 114 – International Relations

St Mark's Body Brought to Venice by Jacopo Tintoretto

St Mark’s Body Brought to Venice by Jacopo Tintoretto

We explore the diplomatic and trade exchanges between Byzantium, the Caliphate and the Franks.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 113 – Carolingian Decline

The Division of the Carolingian Empire in 843 AD

The Division of the Carolingian Empire in 843 AD

Charlemagne’s empire could not last. Frankish customs saw the realm divided and it would never be put back together.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 112 – The Frontier

The Empire 900 AD

The Empire 900 AD

With the Caliphate in decline the Romans take a greater interest in the Armenian lands on their eastern border. We explore the fragmented landscape and politics of Armenia and take a quick glance at Cilicia and the forts beyond.

Period: 802-912

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Episode 111 – Abbasid Decline

Europe and the Near East 900AD (worldhistorymaps.info)

Europe and the Near East 900AD (worldhistorymaps.info)

Political division of Europe and Middle East from Colin McEvedy's Atlas of Medieval Europe

Political division of Europe and Middle East from Colin McEvedy’s Atlas of Medieval Europe

Samarra today (from bestourism.com)

Samarra today (from bestourism.com)

We begin our end of the century episodes in the East. Since 838 the great Caliphal armies have not been seen in Anatolia. We explore why as the Caliphate slowly pulls itself apart across the 9th century.

Period: 802-912

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