Las Navas de Tolosa 1212, Part 3

The Almohads arrive in Spain from North Africa and threaten to overwhelm the peninsula. The greatest resistance comes not from the Christian kingdoms, but from a fellow Muslim known as ‘El Rey Lobo’ (The Wolf King), head of a kingdom based in Murcia, a city in its golden age

Host Switch

This is a brief message to advise that I am changing the company who hosts my podcast.
If you experience problems streaming episodes via this blog then please subscribe either via iTunes or via my new host at
Sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions or problems, please write to me at and I will try to help

Las Navas de Tolosa 1212, Part 2

The birth of the kingdom of Portugal, the Siege of Lisbon, and the Union of Aragon and Catalonia – the political map of the peninsula begins to form. Pictured: King Afonso I of Portugal, nicknamed “the Conqueror”, “the Founder” or “the Great”


Las Navas de Tolosa 1212, Part 1

Before 1085 in Spain there was little question that it was the Muslims who had the upper hand in the balance of power. But after King Alfonso VI captured the city of Toledo in 1085, the Christians became much more confident and threatened to rapidly take over the whole peninsula. Why this didn’t happen can be explained for two reasons – firstly, the infighting between Christian rulers, and secondly, the influx of Muslim peoples from north Africa, firstly the Almoravids

End of the Hundred Years War 1449-1453

A recent guest episode for the History of England podcast on the End of the Hundred Years War, in brief the years after Agincourt 1415, but focusing on the last four years from 1449-1453 and the Battles of Formigny and Castillon. In England the victories at Agincourt, Crecy and Poitiers are well known, but less so,  the events around the end of the war, and how the French eventually drove the English from all the continent, except for Calais.   Battles of Formigny and Castillon

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), default quality
Painting depicting the Battle of Castillon (1453) by the French painter Charles-Philippe Larivière (1798–1876). John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury is falling from his wounded horse


Maps courtesy of