The History of Byzantium (general)

Byzantine Stories Episode 3 announcement

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Leo enters the second half of his reign desperate to leave the Empire to a healthy son. Meanwhile his military are successful on land but suffer at sea.


Direct download: 110_The_Four_Wives_of_Leo_VI.mp3
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Subscriptions Update

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Basil's son Leo was known as "the Wise" during his lifetime. We get to know the new Emperor and explore if this reputation was justified.


Direct download: 109_Leo_the_Wise.mp3
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We follow Basil's time in office as tries to wash away the sin of murder and secure legitimacy for his new dynasty. He also tests the limits of Byzantium's growing power in East and West.


Direct download: 108_Known_Unknowns.mp3
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We chart the rise of Basil the Macedonian and his murder of both Bardas and Michael. We also look at how Basil's descendants would re-brand Michael as "the Drunkard" before saying goodbye to the Amorion Dynasty.


Direct download: 107_Keeping_up_with_the_Macedonians.mp3
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Listen here for an announcement about the second episode in the Byzantine Stories series and an increase in the subscription price.

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Theodora and Theoctistus rule for young Michael until he comes of age. Then Uncle Bardas takes over the government. Meanwhile the Romans begin to gain the upper hand in Anatolia while a schism with the Papacy looms.


Direct download: 106_Mother_and_Uncle.mp3
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Theophilus reorganises the army and leaves the throne to his wife and two year-old son. Theodora decides to restore the Icons and we discuss the end to the Iconoclast era of Byzantine history.


Direct download: 105_The_Triumph_of_Orthodoxy.mp3
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We focus on Theophilus' record on the eastern front. The last gasp of true Caliphal power sees the Emperor harshly punished for his support of the Khurramite rebellion.


Direct download: 104_God-fearing.mp3
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