Episode 185 – Winning the Election

The ruins of Ani as seen from the Armenian side

The ruins of Ani as seen from the Armenian side

Constantine Monomachos faces yet more challenges in the early years of his reign. We cover the annexation of Ani, the Pechenegs crossing the Danube and the revolt of Leo Tornikios.

Period: 1044-47

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Episode 184 – Act Two Begins

Constantine IX Monomachos (left) and Zoe (right) (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (left) and Zoe (right) (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Constantine IX Monomachos (mosaic in Hagia Sophia)

Zoe chooses Constantine Monomachos to be her new husband and Emperor. We discuss his character and relationship with our historian Michael Psellos. Then move on to two major challenges which greeted his arrival on the throne.

Period: 1042-44

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Backer Rewards Episode 12 – Harald Hardrada with Noah Tetzner

Window with portrait of Harald in Lerwick Town Hall, Shetland

Window with portrait of Harald in Lerwick Town Hall, Shetland

Our twelfth Kickstarter backers reward episode looks at the life of Harald Hardrada in conversation with Noah Tetzner from the History of Vikings Podcast.

Here’s Noah’s book The Poetic Edda: A Study Guide

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Episode 183 – The Fall of Michael V

Zoe (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by KIBEA)

Zoe (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

Theodora (from 'Rulers of the Byzantine Empire' published by Kibea)

Theodora (from ‘Rulers of the Byzantine Empire’ published by KIBEA)

We follow the short reign of Michael V from the death of his uncle to his dramatic fall just four months later.

Period: 1041-2

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Culinary Gourmet Tour of Turkey with Serif Yenen

Although the History of Byzantium tours are sold out for 2019, our tour guide Serif Yenen has many attractive trips taking place throughout the year. If you’re a foodie you may be interested in his Culinary Gourmet tour taking place in late May. Click here for more information.

Food-Culinary-Gourmet Tour of Turkey with Serif Yenen

Tour Date: 18-28 May, 2019

How familiar are you with the Turkish Cuisine? Would you believe if we told you it is one of the best cuisines in the world? You have to visit Turkey and decide about it by yourself. A delicious food and culinary experience in Turkey awaits you.

Anatolia, today’s Turkey, has always been a cradle of civilizations, going as early as Göbekli Tepe in 10.000 B.C. More than 30 advanced cultures of ancient history have chosen Anatolia as their home land, each leaving a very rich culture behind. There is so much history and food culture in these lands.

Furthermore, the lands of Anatolia were the earliest to cultivate vineyards and produce wines, dating back to the Neolithic Age (Çayönü-Nevali Çori, 7000 B.C.).

The Bronze Age people, the Hittites were the first to make laws and regulations about viticulture and wine making.

Serif Yenen is a travel specialist, tour guide and guidebook author. As a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Turkey and food lover himself, he has been leading very special tours and traveling through the lands of Anatolia for more than 30 years. With his special interest in food, over the years, he has found so many hidden places for food experiences.

Now he is ready to share these experiences with you.

https://serifyenen.com/tours/food-culinary-gourmet-tour-of-turkey/

 

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Episode 182 – The Double Agent

My map of the Balkans duing 11th century

My map of the Balkans duing 11th century

We cover the Bulgarian uprising of 1040 and the events elsewhere in the Balkans which led up to it.

Period: 1034-41

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Episode 181 – A Bunch of Nobodies

George Maniakes yells at Stephen from the Madrid Skylitzes

George Maniakes yells at Stephen from the Madrid Skylitzes

Michael IV marries Zoe and becomes Emperor. Despite ill health he rules well with his brother John the Orphanotrophos. Their invasion of Sicily goes well initially but soon falls apart.

Period: 1034-40

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Episode 180 – Stumbling Forward

The murder of Romanos III Argyros from the Chronicle of John Skylitzes.

The murder of Romanos III Argyros from the Chronicle of John Skylitzes.

Romanos III is faced with the same problems which troubled his predecessor. He decides that a campaign against Aleppo will solve some of his problems. Meanwhile Zoe is left alone and frustrated in the Palace.

Period: 1028-34

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Episode 179 – Where Were We

Basil II and Constantine VIII from the Bari Exultet Roll

Basil II and Constantine VIII from the Bari Exultet Roll

We return to the narrative with a short introduction and the short reign of Basil’s brother Constantine VIII.

Period: 1025-28

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Backer Rewards Episode 11 – The Jewish Communities of Byzantium

Oria in Italy. One of the centre of Jewish learning in Byzantine times

Oria in Italy. One of the centre of Jewish learning in Byzantine times

Our eleventh Kickstarter backers reward episode explores Byzantium’s Jewish communities.

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