The History of Poland Podcast

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.

54: The End of the Teutonic Order
Jun 29 • 19 min
Due to the efforts of King Casimir III and the events of the Thirteen Years War, the Teutonic Order as it had once existed is effectively at an end. But that’s not all! We also discuss Elisabeth of Austria, the Privilege of Nieszawa, and much more.…
53: The Founding of the Jagiellonians
Jun 1 • 16 min
Władysław II Jagiełło takes the throne in Poland but faces dissent at home in Lithuania. Also, there are the Teutonic Knights to deal with, what with the Battle of Grunwald and all. The 1400’s were a happening time. Support the show(s) on Patreon:…
52: The History of Lithuania
May 19 • 12 min
In this episode we’re going to very briefly cover the complete history of the state of Lithuania. Definitely won’t skip anything. Support the show(s) on Patreon: Follow along on Twitter: @historyofpoland Follow along on…
51: The Polish-Hungarian Union
Apr 25 • 17 min
The ascension of King Louis the Great to the throne of Poland was not all it was cracked up to be. Instead, it was a middling affair that was eclipsed by the events it set up. Support the show(s) on Patreon: Follow along…
50: The Great King Casimir
Feb 17 • 15 min
We wrap up our time with King Casimir the Great by talking about his final years as King, what made him “the Great,” and the Congress of Kraków. Support the show(s) on Patreon: Follow along on Twitter: @historyofpoland…
49: Casimir and the Ruthenians
Jan 15 • 19 min
Casimir turns his eye to the east and see some land for the taking. Specifically: Ruthenia. Support the show(s) on Patreon: Follow along on Twitter: @historyofpoland Follow along on Facebook: History of Poland Podcast
48: Teutonic Relations
Oct 25, 2019 • 16 min
The Teutonic Order and King Casimir try to work things out, but a lot of people keep getting in the way. Pesky Popes! Support the show(s) on Patreon: To subscribe to my new history podcast, World’s End: The Great War,…
47: The Congress of Visegrád
Oct 12, 2019 • 14 min
King Casimir the Great picks up where his father, Władysław the Elbow-High, left off. But unlike his warmongering father, Casimir strikes out with a bent towards diplomacy. It’s mostly successful. Support the show(s) on Patreon:…
46: King Władysław the Elbow-High
Aug 13, 2019 • 18 min
Władysław the Elbow-High becomes King Władysław the Elbow-High, but that doesn’t mean his life is going to be all roses and fun times. No, he has quite a lot on his plate - but will he be able to successfully balance it all? We also explore the Sword of…
45: The Reign of the Vaclav’s
Jul 13, 2019 • 18 min
Vaclav II and Vaclav III deal with the force that is Władysław, Heir to the Kingdom of Poland. They also deal with the fact that no matter how many Vaclav’s there are, there’ll never be enough. Support the show(s) on Patreon:…
44: The Return of the King
Jul 2, 2019 • 15 min
The Piast family finally realizes that they’ve been making a terrible mistake in fighting against one another. So, they take it upon themselves to name a new king: Przemysł II. It goes about as well as you’d expect. Support the show(s) on Patreon:…
43: Leszek the Black
Jun 17, 2019 • 18 min
Leszek the Black tries his hand at ruling Poland, but will he succeed! He will not! Or, he will, but it’s not the most idyllic time in Poland. Support the show(s) on Patreon: To subscribe to my new history podcast,…
42: What Is Even Happening?
Jun 8, 2019 • 22 min
The Fragmentation of Poland is not being kind to the people of Poland. In this episode, we’re going to cover a great deal of time, but there’s a point to it all. To subscribe to my new history podcast, World’s End: The Great War, visit…
41: The Machinations of Conrad of Masovia
May 26, 2019 • 13 min
Following the Mongol Invasion of Poland, the Poles try to come to grips with their new reality. Do they decide to unite and create a unified state? No, no they do not. Instead, Conrad of Masovia takes the lead and attempts to conquer as much land as…
40: The Mongols Have Arrived
May 18, 2019 • 17 min
At long last, the Mongol Invasion of Poland has arrived. They sweep in from the east, leaving destruction in their wake. Will Poland make a successful stand? Featuring Hospitallers from France, the Hungarian Army, the Cumans, the Teutonic Knights, and…
39: Get It Together Piasts
May 11, 2019 • 16 min
The Piasts continue to fight with one another in what feels a lot like an interminably long civil war. This time, Henry the Bearded comes out on top, but will it last? And will there be repercussions for these short-sighted wars? Support the show on…
38: Long-Term Consequences
May 6, 2019 • 15 min
This may come as a surprise, but Poland is about to descend into civil war. All the while, there are incursions in Prussia, there’s a Mongol storm brewing in the East, and there are Teutonic Knights showing up to “help” fight all comers. Support the show…
37: The Baths Aren’t Safe
Apr 29, 2019 • 16 min
There’s a lot going on in the life of Leszek the White. He’s got the Rus to deal with, King Andrew of Hungary to keep happy, internal rebellions, and rumors of a group of people called the Tartars to the east. But if there’s one thing he should be on the…
36: Spindleshanks
Apr 21, 2019 • 15 min
The newest rivalry in Medieval Europe is between two close relatives, Leszek the White and Władysław Spindleshanks. But, while the drama is between relatives, the real meat of this story centers on the character and actions of Roman, Duke of Vladimir and…
35 - Around and Around We Go
Apr 13, 2019 • 16 min
Casimir is dead, so Mieszko the Old seizes the moment and puts himself in power. But it’s not permanent. But neither is the impermanence. I’ll be honest, this period in Polish history is a bit of a mess. But it’s our mess, so we’ll get through it…
34: A Rebellion, But Small
Apr 6, 2019 • 20 min
It should come as a surprise to no one that Casimir the Just ends up in conflict with his brother, Mieszko the Old, once again. It should also come as no surprise that it was for what the professionals call, “a real dumb reason.” Support the show on…
33: Casimir the Just, the Unwise
Mar 30, 2019 • 13 min
Casimir the II seemed like he’d be a good ruler, since he could hardly be worse than Mieszko the Old. But, it turns out that just because the inept guy leaves, it doesn’t mean someone competent will take his place. Support the show on Patreon:…
32 - Mieszko the Old
Mar 23, 2019 • 14 min
Mieszko the Old takes a stab at running Poland and finds that he’s not really cut out for it. Which is too bad, since his successor is also not cut out for it. In fact, it seems like no one is really equipped to be Grand Duke, which raises the question of…
31: Crafty Prussians
Mar 17, 2019 • 15 min
Bolesław IV the Curly’s reign continues, this time with the highlight being his early porto-crusade against the Prussians. We’ll also spend some time getting to know the rest of the Piast family. Support the show on Patreon:…
30: Losing the Plot
Mar 8, 2019 • 13 min
Bolesław IV the Curly becomes High Duke of Poland, as the next in a long line of rotating Piast relatives who all want to be in charge, but hate it when anyone else is. We also talk Crusades (again). Support the show on Patreon:…
29: Fragmentation
Feb 18, 2019 • 17 min
Władysław II becomes High Duke (Grand Duke) of Poland, but not for long. As we discuss, Bolesław may have been wise to pay more attention to his Ancient Roman history classes. Support the show on Patreon: Follow along on…
28: Setting the Stage
Feb 9, 2019 • 14 min
Bolesław III Wrymouth has been with us for a long time. But, all things must come to an end. We wrap up his life with a special episode talking about his last will and testament, the Congress of Merseburg, and some info on the Hungarian succession.…
27: Pomerania - Part Five
Feb 4, 2019 • 15 min
We wrap up our series on the joint Polish-German conquest of Pomerania with a focus on the missionary journeys of Otto of Bamberg. Support the show on Patreon: Follow along on Twitter: @historyofpoland Follow along on…
26: Pomerania - Part Four
Jan 26, 2019 • 11 min
Yes, yes, Pomerania dominates the headlines.* This time though, we’ll be approaching Pomerania through the eyes of a man named Otto. Specifically, one Otto of Bamberg. *Headlines of 1100s, that is. Support the show on Patreon:…
25: Pomerania - Part Three
Jan 20, 2019 • 14 min
The wars in Pomerania continue, with a special guest appearance: a rebellion! Support the show on Patreon: Follow along on Twitter: @historyofpoland Follow along on Facebook: History of Poland Podcast
24: Pomerania - Part Two
Dec 10, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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: Follow along on Twitter:…
Fall 2018 Update
Sep 22, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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: Follow along on…
The Origins of the Holy Roman Empire - Trailer
May 20, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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…
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 • 17 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 • 12 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 • 14 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 • 14 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 • 12 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.