The History of Poland Podcast

The History of Poland Podcast

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Welcome to the History of Poland Podcast! For many episodes to come, we’ll be exploring the rich history of Poland. From it’s humble beginnings, we’ll follow the people of Poland as they form their own unique cultural identity, rise into a great European power, cross paths with the Mongol Horde, save Europe from an Ottoman invasion, and do their best to keep their independence firm from one generation to the next.
24: Pomerania - Part Two
Dec 10 • 15 min
As we continue in our series on Pomerania, we’ll take a look at Poland’s relationship to the early Crusades and how these northern lands factor into that equation. We’ll also say a fond farewell to Gallus Anonymous, who has been with us from the…
23: Pomerania - Part One
Dec 5 • 17 min
Pomerania has been a land of mystery for much of the time that we’ve explored the history of Poland. No more! We start to pull the curtain back on this swampy land to the north. And in the process, we encounter Jerusalem. Yes, Jerusalem. Support the show…
22: A Closer Look at Repentance
Oct 21 • 22 min
Farewell Zbigniew. Yes, in this episode we say goodbye to our old friend Zbigniew. But! Not before he undergoes some brutal treatment at the hands of his half-brother. Eastern European history is never boring! Support the show on Patreon:…
21: Like a Wheel
Sep 29 • 14 min
We learn quite a few lessons in this episode. Bohemians go up and down like a wheel, sure. But chiefly we learn that in a fight of bread versus political willpower, bread always wins. And yes, of course, some lessons about the Piast dynasty. But I know…
20: Three Fables
Sep 22 • 18 min
As we return to the ongoing struggle for supremacy in Poland, we see battle lines drawn between Polish forces and their German and Bohemian counterparts. Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/historyofpolandpodcast Follow along on Twitter:…
Fall 2018 Update
Sep 22 • 1 min
Hello everyone! This is just a quick update to let you know what’s going on with the show.
19: Raring for a Fight
Jun 25 • 16 min
Bolesław and Zbigniew’s ongoing struggle for supremacy crosses borders, as Bolesław takes the fight into Pomerania. In the process, Zbigniew finds himself exiled from Poland. Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/historyofpolandpodcast Follow along on…
The Origins of the Holy Roman Empire - Trailer
May 20 • 2 min
Are you looking to expand your knowledge of the world in which Medieval Poland lived? Well, that means understanding the Holy Roman Empire and where it came from. In a new mini-series, we’ll dive into the origin story for the Holy Roman Empire that…
18: Brother Against Half-Brother
Mar 15 • 13 min
The rift between Zbigniew and Bolesław continues to grow, ultimately leading to open hostilities. But! Not before the two sides dance the dance of diplomacy and the chess match that is foreign entanglements. We’ll meet the current king of Hungary, see…
17: Fresh Fish From the Sea (With Music!)
Feb 25 • 17 min
Bolesław and Zbigniew do not get along, that much is clear. We’ll follow along as they try to find a way to peacefully coexist and then very quickly thereafter decide that it’s not worth the effort. We’ve also got a special treat this time: music made…
16: The End of Władysław’s Dismal Reign
Jan 28 • 13 min
We’ll finally say goodbye to both Władysław and his Count Palatine Sieciech in this episode, which as far as I’m concerned isn’t soon enough. Let’s just say they weren’t the most inspired or capable rulers. But what of Władysław’s sons? Well, we’ll see…
15: Zbigniew’s Many Troubles
Jan 14 • 13 min
The Piast family has had a rough time of it lately. Władysław is an imperfect ruler (to say the least), Sieciech is undermining the entire dynasty, and the issue of succession is really making a mess of things. Yet, of the entire cast I feel most sorry…
14: Władysław’s Family Troubles
Jan 7 • 18 min
After meeting Władysław last time, we’re going to continue with his life and times and examine what his rule looked like. Spoiler alert! It’s not stable, peaceful, or idyllic. We’ll meet up with his sons, Zbigniew and Bolesław III, his Count Palatine…
13: Bolesław II’s Domestic Affairs and Deposition
Dec 5, 2017 • 13 min
We’re back to talk about Bolesław II’s domestic policies, infrastructure projects, unique fall from grace, excommunication, and talk through some of the myths and legends that surround the eventual fate of this former King of Poland. It’ll be the last…
12: Imperial Chaos, or The Investiture Controversy
Oct 19, 2017 • 17 min
We’re going to take a short break from following the life and times of Bolesław II the Generous and focus on what’s happening in Europe in general. That means the Investiture Controversy between Emperor Henry IV of the Holy Roman Empire and Pope Gregory…
11: The Ascent of Bolesław II the Generous
Oct 6, 2017 • 18 min
As part one of our series on the life and tempestuous times of Bolesław II, we’ll dive into his ascent to power as the head of the Piast family in its continued rule over the Polish state, explore some Hungarian history, and see yet another Polish leader…
Trailer
Sep 19, 2017 • 1 min
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10: Collapse, Disintegration, and Restoration
Sep 19, 2017 • 27 min
It’s the 1030s and the Polish realm has collapsed following the death of Mieszko II, with nary a Piast on the throne to keep it knit together. The task of reunification is left to Mieszko’s son, Casimir the Restorer. On his list is not only the…
9: The Many Problems of Mieszko II
Sep 8, 2017 • 17 min
After a bit of a hiatus, we are back and diving right into some thorny topics. The Holy Roman Empire, the status of the Polish Kingdom, and a little lesson about how even if you share the name of a great ancestor like Mieszko II did, it doesn’t mean…
8: What Is a Legacy?
Jul 5, 2017 • 13 min
Bolesław is a mixed bag as far as rulers go, so spend some time with us as we take a minute to evaluate his reputation, how “good” of a ruler he was, and what his legacy is. PS. As I mentioned, I have a new microphone that’s quite nice. But,…
7: We Shall Pierce Your Fat Belly With a Pike
Jun 17, 2017 • 21 min
Bolesław takes a break from his on-again, off-again war with the Holy Roman Empire to take up arms and invade the territory of the Kievan Rus. Along with his army, his mercenaries, and his ill-advised son-in-law Sviatapolk, Bolesław conquers the city of…
6: Will No One Rid Me of This Turbulent Duke?
Jun 8, 2017 • 18 min
Bolesław mourns his old friend Emperor Otto III, tries to intervene in the succession crisis in the Empire, picks the losing side, and then ends up in a two-decade war with the Holy Roman Empire that ends with no clear winner. It’s a long slog for…
5: Adalbert’s Demise
Jun 1, 2017 • 13 min
Adalbert sets off towards Prussia where he meets some fellows who are not at all enthusiastic to see him or his companions. Not to spoil anything, but by the end of his trip I’m guessing that he wished he had brought along those guards Bolesław had lent…
4: Introducing Bolesław
May 24, 2017 • 12 min
Mieszko is gone and the seat of power in the early Polish state lies vacant, only to be filled by Mieszko’s son Bolesław. His reign will feature some of the most daring exploits for a state that has only recently been formed, but before we get to that,…
3: The Baptism of Poland
May 16, 2017 • 15 min
Mieszko continues to turn Poland from an Eastern Pagan state into a Western Christian state. It won’t be perfectly smooth sailing, but by the end of his life Mieszko will have left his mark on both Poland and Europe.
2: Mieszko the First
Apr 13, 2017 • 15 min
We jump from the legendary past into the era of recorded Polish history and meet up with a man named Mieszko, the first historical ruler of Poland. We’ll join him as he establishes the original state of Poland, fights against the rascally nobleman…
1: Rats!
Mar 31, 2017 • 13 min
We start with the legendary beginnings of the Polish state, face down an army of rats intent on exacting justice, and set the stage for entering the historical era.