History of the Germans

By Dirk Hoffmann-Becking

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Episodes: 159


 Apr 1, 2024

Greg
 Nov 13, 2023
A very thorough, thoughtful and considered approach. I particularly value the thoughtful and revealing reflection of underlying drivers and other contexts within which people and events are situated

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The podcast that does what it says on the tin: a narrative history of the German people that starts in the year 919 AD and hopes to get all the way to 1991. Episodes are 25-35 min long and drop on Thursday mornings. As Gregory of Tours (539-594) said: "A great many things keep happening, some good, some bad". HotGPod is now entering its 8th season. So far we have covered: Ottonian Emperors (# 1- 21) - Henry the Fowler (#1) - Otto I (#2-8) - Otto II (#9-11) - Otto II (#11-14) - Henry II (#15-17) - Germany in 1000 (#18-21) Salian Emperors(#22-42) - Konrad II (#22- 25) - Henry III (#26-29) - Henry IV/Canossa (#30-39) - Henry V (#40-42) - Concordat of Worms (#42) Early Hohenstaufen (#43-69) - Lothar III (#43-46) - Konrad III (#47-49) - Frederick Barbarossa (#50-69) Late Hohenstaufen (#70-94) - Henry VI (#70-72) - Philipp of Swabia (#73-74) - Otto IV (#74-75) - Frederick II (#75-90) - Epilogue (#91-94) Eastern Expansion (#95-108) The Hanseatic League (#109-127) The Teutonic Knights (#128-137) The Interregnum and the early Habsburgs (#138 ff - Rudolf von Habsburg (#139-141) - Adolf von Nassau (#142) - Albrecht von Habsburg (#143) - Heinrich VII (#144-148)

Episode Date
Ep.152 - The (not so) Ugly Duchess Margarete Maultasch
Jun 13, 2024
Ep. 151 – The Kurverein zu Rhens – featuring William of Ockham
Jun 06, 2024
Ep. 150 – The Last Chivalric Battles – Morgarten and Mühldorf
May 30, 2024
Ep. 149 – The Real Ludwig of Bavaria
May 23, 2024
Ep. 148 - Imperial Swansong – the End of Henry VII’s Campaign in Italy
May 16, 2024
Ep. 147 – Brescia or Bust – Henry VII’s Big Mistake(s)
May 09, 2024
Ep. 146 – The Return of the King – Henry VII’s Journey to Rome
May 02, 2024
Ep. 145 - How to make Friends and Influence People – The Luxemburgs become Kings of Bohemia
Apr 18, 2024
Ep. 144 - The Rise of the House of Luxembourg - The election of Emperor Henry VII
Apr 11, 2024
Ep. 143 – The Murder of a King - Albrecht I von Habsburg.
Apr 04, 2024
Ep. 142 - Adolf von Nassau - A Shadow of a King
Mar 28, 2024
Ep. 141 - Rudolf von Habsburg Semper Augustus - Allezeit Mehrer des Reiches
Mar 21, 2024
Ep. 140 – Rudolf von Habsburg and the Golden King Ottokar II of Bohemia
Mar 14, 2024
Ep. 139 – The End of the Interregnum - The Election of Rudolf von Habsburg in 1273
Mar 07, 2024
Season 8 From the Interregnum to the Golden Bull (1250-1356): Catch-up Episode
Feb 29, 2024
Ep. 137 – The Conversion - Albrecht, Grand Master of the Teutonic Order becomes a protestant duke
Feb 08, 2024
Ep. 136 – 13 Years of War - The Prussian League shifts allegiance
Feb 01, 2024
Ep. 135 - After Tannenberg - The rule of the Teutonic Knights in Prussia weakened
Jan 25, 2024
Ep. 134 – Tannenberg / Grunwald / Žalgiris - A battle of many names
Jan 18, 2024
Ep. 133 – The Order of the Order - The organisational structure of the Teutonic Knights
Jan 11, 2024
Ep. 132 – The Battle on the Ice - Alexander Nevsky, Sergei Eisenstein and what really happened
Jan 01, 2024
Ep. 131 – The Conquest of Prussia (Part II) - The second, third and n-th Prussian uprising
Dec 21, 2023
Ep. 130 – The Conquest of Prussia (Part I) - from Konrad of Masovia's offer to the first Prussian revolts
Dec 14, 2023
Ep. 129 - Hermann von Salza - Diplomat and Grand Master of the Teutonic Order
Dec 07, 2023
Season 7 The Teutonic Knights: Ep. 128 - A Chivalric Order
Nov 30, 2023
An Interview with Carsten Jahnke
Nov 23, 2023
Ep. 127 - The Art and Culture of the Hanse
Nov 02, 2023
Ep. 126 - A Brief History of Bremen
Oct 26, 2023
Ep. 125 – The Rise of Hamburg in the 16th century and beyond
Oct 19, 2023
Ep. 124 – Decline and Fall (Part 2) - Jürgen Wullenwever's and Lübeck's last stand
Oct 12, 2023
Ep. 123 – Decline and Fall (Part 1) - Emperors, kings and princes are closing in on Hanse cities
Oct 05, 2023
Ep. 122 – Calamitous Victories open the Baltic to English merchants
Sep 28, 2023
Ep. 121 – A Constitutional Crisis - The lower classes in the Hanse cities are rising up
Sep 21, 2023
Ep. 120 - Money, Money, Money...how it worked in the Hanseatic League
Sep 14, 2023
Ep. 119 – What is the Hansa? - A crocodile whose main body is concealed below the water?
Sep 07, 2023
Ep. 118 – Pirates - Did Klaus Störtebecker even exist, and if so, did he matter?
Aug 31, 2023
Ep. 117 – Embargoes or how the Hanse forced Norway, Novgorod and even Bruges to grant privileges
Aug 24, 2023
Ep. 116 – The War with Denmark Part 2 - The Peace of Stralsund
Aug 17, 2023
Ep. 115 – The War with Denmark Part I - Waldemar Atterdag's attack on Gotland
Aug 10, 2023
Ep. 114 - The London Steelyard.......and the Hanse trade in Wine
Jul 27, 2023
Ep. 113 – Bergen and Bruges - The Kontors of the Hanseatic League
Jul 20, 2023
Ep. 112 - Grain and Beer - The Hanse's Trade in Beer and Cereals
Jul 13, 2023
Ep. 111 - Hewing and Herring - The Copper Mines of Falun and the Fisheries of Skane
Jul 06, 2023
Ep. 110 - Livonian Cities - Riga, Reval/Tallinn, Dorpat/Taru, Narva
Jun 29, 2023
Season 6 The Hanseatic League: Ep. 109 – The Gotlandfahrer
Jun 22, 2023
Ep. 108 – From Saxony to Saxonies - The Fragmentation of the Great Stem duchy of Henry the Lion
Jun 08, 2023
Ep. 107 - The House of Wettin
Jun 01, 2023
Ep. 106 – How to make a Mark in Brandenburg - The rise of Albrecht the Bear
May 25, 2023
Ep. 105 – The Foundation of Lübeck
May 18, 2023
Ep. 104 - The Making of Holstein
May 11, 2023
Ep. 103 – All the Duke’s Men - Lothar III as duke of Saxony kicks of the colonisation of the East
May 04, 2023
Ep. 102 – The Great Divide - The Investiture Controversy and its impact on the East
Apr 20, 2023
Ep. 101 – Gottschalk and Adalbert - The emergence of the duchy of Mecklenburg
Apr 13, 2023
Ep. 100 – The Saxon War – The Conflict between the Saxons and the Emperors breaks out in the open
Apr 06, 2023
Ep. 99 – Follow the Money - The reason the Saxon nobles raided the east but did not conquer
Mar 30, 2023
Ep. 98 - The Rift - The Saxon Nobles and the Emperors fall out over what to do with the East
Mar 23, 2023
Ep. 97 – Rebellion! - The Slavic Wends push the Saxons back across the Elbe River
Mar 16, 2023
Ep. 96 - Meet the Neighbours - Poland, Bohemia and Denmark
Mar 09, 2023
Season 5 Saxony and Eastward Expansion: Ep. 95 - Callous Kings and Murderous Margraves
Mar 02, 2023
Ep. 94 - Questions and Answers
Feb 09, 2023
Ep. 93 - Frederick II's Afterlife - from Fake Emperors to Ernst Kantorowics
Feb 02, 2023
Ep. 92 - Papal Epilogue - form Boniface VIII's Unam Sanctam to the the Babylonian Captivity of the Church
Jan 26, 2023
Ep. 91 - Hohenstaufen Epilogue - from Manfred of Sicily to the execution of Konradin
Jan 19, 2023
Ep. 90 - Things are Falling Apart - The Battle of Parma and the death of Piero delle Vigne
Jan 12, 2023
Ep. 89 - Holy War - Pope Innocent IV calls a crusade against the emperor Frederick II
Jan 05, 2023
Ep. 88 - A Road to Peace - Can Genghis Khan fore a reconciliation between Frederick II and the Papacy?
Dec 22, 2022
Ep. 87 - The Beast out of the Sea - The War of Words between Pope and Emperor
Dec 15, 2022
Ep. 86 - Oops, we did it again - Frederick II is excommunicated again!
Dec 08, 2022
Ep. 85 - Cortenuova - The great (and only) victory of emperor Frederick II over Milan
Dec 01, 2022
Ep. 84 - The Art of Hunting with Birds
Nov 24, 2022
Ep. 83 - The Court of Frederick II
Nov 17, 2022
Ep. 82 - The Constitution of the Realm - The Mainzer Landfriede on 1235
Nov 10, 2022
Ep. 81 - The King in Brackets - The sad story of Henry (VII), son of the emperor and rebel
Nov 03, 2022
Ep. 80 - A different kind of Emperor - The Constitutions of Melfi
Oct 27, 2022
Ep. 79 - Return to Sicily - Frederick II as a state builder in Sicily
Oct 20, 2022
Ep. 78 – A Crusade without Crusaders - The Sixth Crusade that brings Jerusalem back
Oct 06, 2022
Ep. 77 - A Nail in the Coffin - Frederick II in Germany and the Sanctification of Charlemagne
Sep 29, 2022
Ep. 76 – From Urchin to Emperor - The upbringing of emperor Frederick II "Stupor Mundi"
Sep 22, 2022
Ep. 75 – Wet Pants and other Miracles - Otto IV attacks Sicily and Frederick II chases him back to Germany
Sep 15, 2022
Ep. 74 - A Breaking of Oaths - The Civil War between Philipp of Swabia and Otto IV
Sep 08, 2022
Ep. 73 - One Pope, Three Emperors - Emperor Henry VI is dead and his son just 3 years old
Sep 01, 2022
Ep. 72 - Clouds on the Horizon - Pope and emperor Henry VI clash over Sicily
Aug 24, 2022
Ep. 71 - To Catch a King - What to do with Richard the Lionheart and his ransom?
Aug 14, 2022
Season 4 The Later Hohenstaufen (1189-1250): Ep. 70 - From Father to Son
Aug 07, 2022
Ep. 69 - Germany in 1200 Medieval Faith
Jul 28, 2022
Ep. 68 - Germany in 1200 - The Cities
Jul 21, 2022
Ep. 67 - Germany in the Year 1200 - The Peasants
Jul 14, 2022
Ep. 66 - The Myths of Barbarossa
Jul 07, 2022
Empires of the Normans with Dr. Levi Roach
Jun 30, 2022
Ep. 65 - The Third Crusade
Jun 23, 2022
Ep. 64 - The Heirs of Troy - What is an Emperor for?
Jun 16, 2022
Ep. 63 - Recovery - Barbarossa rebuilds his reign after defeats in Italy and at home
Jun 09, 2022
Ep. 62 - The Fall of Henry the Lion
Jun 02, 2022
Ep. 61 - The Peace of Venice - The Reconciliation between Barbarossa and Pope Alexander III
May 26, 2022
Ep. 60 - Legnano - Barbarossa's final Battle in Italy
May 19, 2022
Ep. 59 - The City of Straw - Barbarossa's failed siege of Alessandria
May 12, 2022
Ep. 58 - The Lombard League
May 05, 2022
Ep. 57 - The Hand of God - The siege of Rome in 1167 that changes everything
Apr 28, 2022
Ep. 56 - The Siege of Crema - and then Barbarossa razes Milan to the ground
Apr 21, 2022
Ep. 55 - The Laws of Roncaglia - Barbarossa brings back Roman Law
Apr 14, 2022
Ep. 54 - A Bohemian Bluff - Barbarossa conquers Milan for the first time
Apr 07, 2022
Ep. 53 - Sacrum Imperium - The moment when the Empire becomes Holy and Roman
Mar 31, 2022
Ep. 52 - The Honour of the Empire - Bringing the broken Empire back together
Mar 24, 2022
Ep. 51 - The Barbarossa - Who was the Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa?
Mar 17, 2022
Ep. 50 - Barbarossa Begins - A Stolen Election?
Mar 10, 2022
Ep. 49 - Konrad's Catastrophe - The Disaster that is the Second Crusade
Mar 03, 2022
Ep. 48 - Konrad's Conundrum - Imperial Coronation or Crusade?
Feb 24, 2022
Ep. 47 - Konrad's Coup - The Hohenstaufen Konrad III snatches the crown from the Welf
Feb 17, 2022
Ep. 46 - A Topsy Turvy World - Lothar III and the schism between Anaclet II Innocent II
Feb 10, 2022
Ep. 45 - Triple Division - The role of Bernard of Clairvaux
Feb 03, 2022
Ep. 44 - A Saxon Emperor - Lothar III takes the crown and ends in a civil war with the Hohenstaufen
Jan 28, 2022
Season 3 The Early Hohenstaufen (1125-1189): Ep. 43- All Change, All Change
Jan 20, 2022
Ep. 42 - A World Revolution?
Dec 09, 2021
Ep. 41 - The Duke's Rebuke - Henry V has to accept the Concordat of Worms
Dec 02, 2021
Ep. 40 - Henry V's Cunning Plan - Pope Paschal II offers to hand back all imperial fiefs which causes havoc
Nov 25, 2021
Ep. 39 - The End of Emperor Henry IV
Nov 18, 2021
Bonus - Matilda of Tuscany
Nov 14, 2021
Ep. 38 - The First Crusade - Crusaders attacking the Jewish communities in Mainz, Speyer and Worms
Nov 11, 2021
Ep. 37 - The Two Grooms - Countess Matilda of Tuscany marries a man 25 years her junior
Nov 04, 2021
Ep. 36 - Henry IV is Coming Home
Oct 28, 2021
Ep. 35 - To Rome! To Rome! - Henry IV takes revenge on pope Gregory VII
Oct 21, 2021
Ep. 34 - Gaining the Upper Hand - Henry IV defeats the anti-king Rudolf von Rheinfelden
Oct 14, 2021
Ep. 33 - Canossa Finally!
Oct 07, 2021
Ep. 32 - Hildebrand, not Pope but false Monk - Emperor Henry IV confronts the Pope
Sep 30, 2021
Ep. 31 - The (second) Saxon War - The nobles rebel against "the imperial tyrant"
Sep 23, 2021
Ep. 30 - Three Roads to Canossa - Lay Piety, Reform Papacy and the Saxon Rebellion
Sep 16, 2021
Ep. 29 - The Last Years of Henry III - Tyrant or consolidator of power?
Aug 26, 2021
Ep. 28 - Three Popes with One Stone - The Council of Sutri in 1046
Aug 19, 2021
Ep. 27 - Peace in Our Time - The Peace of God in the Middle Ages
Aug 12, 2021
Ep. 26 - Henry III Comin' in Smoothly - The first seamless transition of power from father to son in 70 years
Aug 05, 2021
Ep. 25 - Konrad II, the Construction of an Empire - Speyer Cathedral as a symbol of Salian power
Jul 29, 2021
Ep. 24 - Konrad II's Acquisition of Burgundy - The last addition to the Empire
Jul 22, 2021
Ep. 23 - Duke Ernst, Rebel and Legend - A medieval story about loyalty and friendship
Jul 15, 2021
Season 2 The Salian Emperors (1024-1125): Ep. 22 - Konrad II, Who Would Have Thought
Jul 08, 2021
Ep. 21 - Q&A
Jun 24, 2021
Ep. 20 - A Blank Canvas - The perception history of the Ottonians
Jun 10, 2021
Ep. 19 - Henry II and the House of God - How a pious monarch organises his succession
May 27, 2021
Ep. 18 - Henry II Goes Forth - The Wars with Boleslaw Chrobry
May 20, 2021
Ep. 17 - The (not yet holy) Emperor Henry II - Fighting the rivals for the imperial crown
May 13, 2021
Ep. 16 - Germany in the year 1000 (Part 2) - The Imperial Church System
May 06, 2021
Ep. 15 - Germany in the year 1000 (Part 1) - Climate, Agriculture, Economy and medieval hygiene
Apr 29, 2021
Ep. 14 - Otto III The End of a Dream
Apr 22, 2021
Ep. 13 - Otto III The Wonder of the World
Apr 15, 2021
Ep. 12 - The Regency of Theophanu and Adelheid
Apr 02, 2021
Ep. 11 - Woe the Land that is Governed by a Child - The abduction of Otto III
Mar 25, 2021
Ep. 10 - The Misfortunes One Can Endure - Otto II's fateful journey to Southern Italy
Mar 18, 2021
Ep. 9 - A Matter of Habit - The new emperor Otto II has to face the usual rebellions
Mar 11, 2021
Ep. 8 - An Imperial Bride - The empress Theophanu arrives
Mar 04, 2021
Ep. 7 - A New Caesar - Otto the Great is crowned emperor
Feb 25, 2021
Ep. 6 - A Conversation with Swords - The Battle on the Lechfeld
Feb 18, 2021
Ep. 5 - The Father, the Son and the Uncle - Otto I has to deal with his rebellious son
Feb 11, 2021
Ep. 4 - A Foe Wherever You Go - King Otto I settles into being a medieval ruler
Feb 04, 2021
Ep. 3 - A Series of Fortunate Events - Otto I's kingdom is rescued by Konrad Kurzbold
Jan 28, 2021
Ep. 2 - A Dog's Breakfast - Otto the not yet great makes some bad mistakes
Jan 22, 2021
Season 1 The Ottonians (919-1024) Ep. 1 - A New Beginning
Jan 16, 2021
Prologue - Part 3
Jan 15, 2021
Prologue - Part 2
Jan 14, 2021
Prologue - Part 1
Jan 13, 2021
History of the Germans - Trailer
Jan 12, 2021