I recorded a short update about the podcast and the likely schedule for the next few months. You can listen to it here.
The main takeaways are:
– The narrative will resume around Spring 2021
– In the meantime I will be producing bonus episodes and videos from Istanbul. As well as doing work for my Dad and taking a little time out for my mental health.
– At least two more free episodes about Alexios will be coming soon. Including a Q&A about his reign and the Crusades so do send your questions in. You can comment on the thread below.
Thanks for your support and understanding,
Hope your doing well, you deserve a break! Been loving the podcast so far 🙂
I’m sure that other people will ask these but:
1) How is the current state of the army? It’s been a while since the last episode dedicated to it. I know that during the years past Basil II the divide between themata/tagmata becomes blurry in the sources, but do any of these even exist by now? An other than the elite mercenary units, how are the remaining native troops recruited (and what importance they have overall by now).
2) What is the provincial administration? Do the themes still exist in the Balkans, and if so, has their administration/organization changed in any way?
3) How has the re-incorporation of Western Anatolia been. Have the old theme provinces been restored? Was the population happy to be again part of the empire? And has the area been made profitable by the end of Alexios reign?
Robin, just heard this update – as a listener since 2012 and Kickstarter subscriber I can only say you have given us literally years of your work, blood, sweat and tears and most of that for free, for nothing, countless hours of knowledge, entertainment and pleasure and you absolutely must take a break and look after your mental health, which as someone who has struggled with it for years is something you cannot ignore or try to work your way through.
We all will understand and wait patiently and in anticipation of new material when it arrives.
Rome, and indeed Constantinople either was not built in a day, nor 8 years even!
Take care of yourself, your health, your Dad’s work and the new Mrs History of Byzantium.
The Romans can wait and so can we.