Episode 41: Trial by Fire
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by Bruce Boyce
6d ago
The spring of 1498 Florence concludes the tumultuous story of Girolamo Savonarola, a man who once held the city in his moral grasp. Journey with us through the fervent streets of a divided Florence, where faith and power collide, leading to a climactic trial by fire that was poised to define Savonarola's legacy. The spectacle captivates a city, but nature intervenes with a thunderous declaration, leaving a legacy of betrayal and a populace swaying from fervent support to vehement disdain. Witness the unraveling of a once unassailable influence, and the subsequent downfall of a figure who sough ..read more
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Episode 40: A Certain Friar
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by Bruce Boyce
3w ago
Step inside Renaissance Florence's tumultuous political and religious landscape, as we unravel Girolamo Savonarola's meteoric rise and dramatic clash with Pope Alexander VI. This episode peels back the layers of Savonarola's profound influence, and the seismic public opinion shifts leading to his eventual downfall. As we chart the enigmatic friar's journey, we dissect his distinctive preaching style—a blend of fiery rhetoric and philosophical depth that captured the hearts of Florence and the keen mind of Niccolò Machiavelli.  We navigate the contentious Florentine politics that provided ..read more
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Episode 39: Bonfire of the Vanities
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by Bruce Boyce
1M ago
The once-great Medici name, synonymous with power and artistry, crumbled under Piero de Medici's rule as he faltered where his father, Lorenzo the Magnificent, had thrived. Listen in as we navigate through the events of his precipitous surrender to Charles VIII and the subsequent exile that left Florence teetering on the brink of a new era. Our narrative casts light on the city's desperate struggle to uphold a republican stance and its fierce determination to keep the Medici from regaining control. Feel the zeal of Girolamo Savonarola's fiery sermons that echoed through the streets of a city ..read more
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The French Invasion of Italy
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by Bruce Boyce
1M ago
Our latest episode delves into the seismic events of 1494, as France's quest for Italian dominance under Charles VIII abruptly ended Italy's golden era. We unravel the political machinations that left Italy fragmented for centuries, from the power plays over the Kingdom of Naples to the diplomatic whirlwind orchestrated by figures like Ludovico Sforza and Pope Alexander VI.   The events surrounding Charles VIII's invasion are critical to understanding the broader European power dynamics that would continue to shape the continent for centuries.  The consequences of the Italian campai ..read more
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Episode 37: The Affairs of Italy
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by Bruce Boyce
2M ago
This episode delves into the complex relationships among Italian states during the late 15th century.  We'll spotlight the four major regional states outside of Florence.  Venice shifted from a maritime empire to a focus on mainland expansion.  Their long conflict with Milan led to the formation of the Italic League, an intriguing defense against French influence.  We'll focus on the politics and challenges within the Papal States.  In Milan, we chart the rise of Ludovico Sforza and how his strategic alliances and diplomatic efforts catapulted him to power.  We'll ..read more
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Episode 36: Twilight of the Medici
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by Bruce Boyce
3M ago
Lorenzo de Medici left an indelible mark on Italian politics and economics during a time riddled with conspiracy and war. In this episode, we explore Medici rule in the aftermath of the Pazzi conspiracy, the impact of war on the Florentine economy, and the challenges faced by the Medici Bank under Lorenzo's stewardship. Let's also unravel the intriguing facets of Lorenzo's personal life and his unwavering dedication to his family amidst serious illness. Discover how he masterminded strategic marriages for his children and aimed for a cardinalship for his son - an insider look into Lorenzo's st ..read more
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Episode 35: The Florentine Golden Age
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by Bruce Boyce
3M ago
This episode promises a richer understanding of the Florentine "Golden Age" marked by the prolific patronage of Lorenzo de Medici, who fostered an inspiring environment for artists and writers alike.  We will spotlight his significant role in endorsing literature and art and collaborating with the era's most influential figures.  We will also dive into the unique cultural tapestry of Florence, its diversity, and the workings of the artist's workshop. We will highlight the Medici's two favorite artists.  Verrochio was a multifaceted artist of the Florentine Renaissance whose mas ..read more
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The Florentine Golden Age
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by Bruce Boyce
3M ago
This episode promises a richer understanding of the Florentine "Golden Age" marked by the prolific patronage of Lorenzo de Medici, who fostered an inspiring environment for artists and writers alike.  We will spotlight his significant role in endorsing literature and art and collaborating with the era's most influential figures.  We will also dive into the unique cultural tapestry of Florence, its diversity, and the workings of the artist's workshop. We will highlight the Medici's two favorite artists.  Verrochio was a multifaceted artist of the Florentine Renaissance whose mas ..read more
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Episode 34: The Platonic Academy
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by Bruce Boyce
4M ago
Ever wondered how the seeds of the early modern period were sown? Prepare to journey back to mid-15th century Florence, a period of profound intellectual evolution, as we trace the steps of the central figure of this shift - Marsilio Ficino. In this fascinating episode, you'll accompany us through Ficino's life, his transformative translation work, his association with the influential Medici family, and his role as the leader of the Platonic Academy. As we navigate Ficino's world, we'll discover the nuanced environment of the so-called Academy. This term conjures images of a formal institutio ..read more
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Episode 33: The Pazzi Conspiracy
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by Bruce Boyce
4M ago
We venture into the complex world of 15th-century Italy, exploring the early years of Lorenzo de' Medici's rule and the intricate web of politics, diplomacy, and intrigue that shaped the Italian Renaissance.  When Lorenzo de' Medici ascended to power, he inherited a delicate balance in the political landscape of Florence.  This episode begins unraveling this complex landscape, showcasing Lorenzo's early approach to governance, shaped by his dual role as a statesman and a banker.  The narrative then pivots to Pope Sixtus IV's ambitions in Romagna and Umbria.  This leads to t ..read more
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