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Baby and New Schedule

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I have big news. A History of Byzantium baby is on the way. The purple room in the Palace is being prepared for the Autumn and I can assure you that the names Justinian and Theodora will not be under consideration.

Of course I’m very excited. But it means I think we need to change the way the podcast is scheduled. I plan on being as involved as possible during the first few months of my baby’s life. And so it won’t be possible to keep a normal podcast routine.

So what we’re going to do is switch to a sort of TV schedule. Where there is silence for a few months and then I will release a complete series of episodes. So that when the podcast is on air, so to speak, you know that it will be out every week without fail and that whatever period of narrative we’re in will reach a natural conclusion. This will include bonus episodes for those who subscribe over at Patreon.

I feel more comfortable switching to this new schedule thanks to Patreon. It means that those of you who kindly support the show can manage your subscriptions however you see fit. And if you’re still in any doubt about how Patreon works – you can pick up a subscription or cancel one any time you like. There is no contract or commitment. And when you resubscribe you get your benefits back instantly.

We’re going to switch to this new schedule immediately. So there will now be a period of silence before a run of episodes that will take us from the death of Manuel through to the sack of Constantinople in 1204.

I won’t be announcing any dates for this new schedule. The periods of silence will take as long as they take and then there will be loads of episodes in a row to enjoy. It will be an adjustment for all of us but I think it’s for the best.

I have pushed myself hard in the past to try and produce the podcast weekly and to leave as few gaps as possible and it can cause a lot of stress. History podcasting just does take a long time. Some topics take weeks to research. And the more I read the better the show gets.

I’m hoping this new schedule will make life easier for you and for me. Thank you for your patience and for your support.

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Episode 247 – Writing Byzantine Fiction with Gordon Doherty

I talk to historical fiction author Gordon Doherty about his Byzantine book series ‘Strategos.’ We talk about inspiration and research but also what advice he’d give to aspiring writers.

We also give you the chance to win a copy of the first book in the Strategos trilogy.

Find out more about Gordon and his other book series (including more Roman era stories) at his website.

Strategos: Born in the Borderlands by Gordon Doherty
A young man with a dark secret holds the key to the coming battle between Byzantium and the Seljuks. This is the first book in the trilogy.

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Episode 246 – Travelling to Turkey with Şerif Yenen

While I’m away on the third ‘History of Byzantium’ tour I thought it was time to talk to the man behind them – Şerif Yenen. Şerif has been a tour guide in Istanbul for decades and has published many excellent books on the subject. He has also gone online to share his love for travel through podcasts and Youtube videos. I talk to Serif about his career and ask him listener questions about what to do and see in Turkey.

Contact me if you’d like to be on the mailing list for future ‘History of Byzantium’ tours.

Check out Şerif’s Youtube channel and his podcast ‘Turkish Odyssey.’ Or visit his website to find out more about his books, lectures and tours around Turkey.

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Episode 245 – Means and Ends

I answer listener questions about Manuel’s reign.

Period: 1143-80

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Episode 244 – Not Completely Unreasonable

A really helpful map from https://imperiobizantino.wordpress.com Excellent work showing the disputed areas between the Christian and Muslim powers of Anatolia, Outremer and the Caucuses.

Manuel deals with the aftermath of the Battle of Myriokephalon. He is left out of an Italian peace conference and must negotiate a peace of his own in Anatolia. He continues his efforts to position Byzantium as a friend of the Latins. And we look at his church and financial policies.

Period: 1176-80

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Episode 243 – The Battle of Myriokephalon

The Turks attack the Romans in the pass of Tzibritze by Gustave Doré 

Manuel launches a Crusade against the Turks of Iconium.

Period: 1174-76

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The History of Byzantium on Youtube – Flash Point History

I have teamed up with Nitin Sil of the Flash Point History Youtube Channel. We are turning the podcast into a Youtube series with brilliant maps, images and animations accompanying my words. Check out our first video now charting the rise of Justinian.

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Episode 242 – Manuel’s Follies

While his armies were fighting in the Balkans Manuel’s diplomats and fleets were busy elsewhere. Komnenos poured money into Italy to try and gain influence there. He considered alliances with the Germans, the Pope and the Normans but ultimately lost them all. He made war on Venice and tried to capture an Egyptian port.

Pic: A golden bust of Frederick I, given to his godfather Count Otto of Cappenberg in 1171. It was used as a reliquary in Cappenberg Abbey and is said in the deed of the gift to have been made “in the likeness of the emperor”.

Period: 1161-73

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Episode 241 – Hungary for Security

Manuel leads Stefan Nemanja during his triumph in 1172

Manuel spends the 1160s at war with Hungary. During these campaigns the Emperor adopts the Hungarian King’s brother making him his heir. This enables the Romans to seize Sirmium and parts of Dalmatia. The Hungarian elites won’t stand for it and try to throw the Romans out.

Period: 1161-72

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Episode 240 – Manuel’s Constantinople

Constantinople in the Byzantine era
Constantinople in the Byzantine era (CPlakidas on Wikipedia)

We look around Constantinople in Manuel’s day. We discuss his use of the two urban palaces and the growth of the Italian population along the Golden Horn.

Period: 1143-61

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