Today we have Episode 5 of our FREE Summer Series on the Middle Ages.
This one is rather long but, on the plus side, it’s about the colorful ‘Longobardi’ (Lombards), after which Lombardia, the Italian region where Milan is located, is named.
The Longobardo leader was a bit of a type, apparently. He killed a rival for the top job, then forced the man’s daughter to marry him.
Later, at a banquet, he pulled out the guy’s skull and celebrated his own ascent to power by drinking wine from it (I was wondering which wine… Italian, obviously, but which – a bubbly white? A full-bodied red?)
After quenching his thirst, he apparently insisted his new wife do the same, drinking to his good health from her dead dad’s bonce.
Read and listen to today’s episode to find out how she eventually got her own back…
N.b. Previous episodes of this series can be found on our history page, as can last year’s summer series, The Story of Rome.
To get to the Middle Ages, scroll down past Rome.
Next year I’ll be writing that to get to the Renaissance, you need to scroll down past Rome and the Middle Ages.
And in the summer of 2023 I’ll be telling you that to get to the Risorgimento, you need to scroll all the way down past Rome, the Medioevo, and the Rinascimento.
You get the idea, I’m sure – all the history articles are on the History page, in approximately chronological order.
Which means the newest stuff is at the bottom!
A venerdì, allora.
Not interested in history? Then visit the club website to explore masses of other free materials, read/listen to our ‘easy news’ bulletin, or go buy something from our shop…