“Newly launched podcast on 1000 years of German history. Great stories, well researched, varied and witty. Once you start listening to it, you will get hooked. Wonderful opportunity to refresh your knowledge and learn holistically more about German history. Details inside that very few history books describe. Try it out and enjoy.”
“A great many things keep happening, some good, some bad” (Gregory of Tours 539-594)
A narrative retelling of German history from the coronation of Henry the Fowler in 919 AD to German Reunification in 1990. Weekly 20-30 minute episodes are available here and with all major providers of fine audio entertainment.
My name is Dirk and I want to take you through German history from the early middle ages to German Reunification in 1990.
Why would you want to come along to this journey? Can German history reach places, other histories cannot?
Why would you want to listen to me, not a professional historian?
Answers to these and other question in this 6 minute trailer
Current Season: The Salians (1024-1125) – To see previous seasons go here
During the century of Salian rule (1024-1125) the Investiture Controversy pits Popes against Emperors. The dispute is nominally about the role secular powers play in the selection of bishops and abbots. But in reality, it is about much more than that. It is about whether the monarch acts as the representative of God, or as a mere mortal, subject to Papal authority. It is about whether Europe becomes a coherent political entity ruled by an all-powerful emperor or whether it becomes a system of interlocking states, cities, and lordships under a parallel church infrastructure. It is about whether Europe becomes a uniform society or the diverse structure that will give birth both to endless warfare and misery for common people, as well as to the Reformation, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment (to name just a few).
Join us as we trace the steps and missteps of the 4 Salian emperors as they move from the unexpected election of Konrad to his son Henry III becoming the undisputed senior ruler in Western Europe. The backlash against the emerging command monarchy culminates in Emperor Henry IV kneeling in the snow outside the Castle of Canossa begging Pope Gregor VII to receive him back into the mother church.
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