Battle of Kulikovo 1380 Part 2

In September 1380 Grand Prince Dmitri of Moscow led an army which confronted an invasion force of Mongols on the banks of the River Don. After his victory he became known to history as Dmitri Donskoi, and a great Russian hero. But to what extent is it justified to portray Dmitri as a symbol of Russian resistance against Tatar repression?

The Sicilian Vespers Parts 1 to 3

I have released on Patreon.com a three part set of episodes on The Sicilian Vespers.
On the fateful night of 30th March 1282 at sunset on Easter Monday a local revolt in Palermo erupted and spread over the whole island of Sicily. Was it pre-planned, or spontaneous, or a mixture of the two? Either way, it was a pivotal event for all major European powers on the Mediterranean; the Papacy, the Byzantine Empire, France and Spain/Aragon, as well as Italy itself (Pictured: Paintings of the event by Francesco Hayez).
The first part is available to all, the second and third to my patrons who have pledged $3 or more a month. If any questions – please get in touch (carl@historyeurope.net)
My Patreon page is at: www.patreon.com/user?u=35216

Hundred Years War Intro Part 2

Background to The Hundred Years War (1337-1453) Part 2
France faces dynastic issues with no direct male heir. In England Edward II is deposed. Edward III ascends to the throne as a minor, and then in 1337 starts to stake his claims to lands in France


Edward III promoted jousting and pageantry

Hundred Years War Intro Part 1

Background to The Hundred Years War (1337-1453)
In the late thirteenth century and early fourteenth century the economy and population of France flourishes. The Kings of England try and hold on to the Duchy of Acquitaine from the Kings of France. The Papacy moved to Avignon.


Picture: Homage of King Edward I of England (kneeling) to Philip IV (seated). As Duke of Aquitaine, Edward was a vassal to the French king. Painting made in 15th century.Hommage of Edward I to Philippe Le Bel

Podcast Break

Unfortunately today I have some bad news. I have recently been diagnosed with a benign brain tumour which must be operated on soon. Naturally I must therefore take a break from the podcast for a number of months in order to recover. Rio Salado is therefore the last podcast for at least three months.
I will try to keep you updated but make no promises. I do, however, look forward to getting back to the show when fully recovered to cover plenty more battles.
Carl

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