Episode 24 of our FREE summer series on the medieval period in the Italian peninsula is ready for you to read and listen to.
For any aspiring or actual revolutionaries out there, this is quite an exciting one as it explains how the ‘comunes’ (basically cities, those not otherwise controlled by the pope or foreigners) organised themseves, and how that was briefly disturbed in Florence by a working-class revolt.
Much as now, the rich and the privileged got the cream, while arranging things so as to make sure those who had nothing remained that way. If you want to undestand why modern Italy, in terms of social equality, is no Sweden, this is essential reading – it’s been this way since the fourteenth century!
N.b. if you’re interested in the tale of how Tuscan workers rebelled against their lot, see today’s P.S. which mentions an ebook that we published a few years back, a fictional account of this very event (it’s only suitable for upper-intermediate/advanced students, and costs £7.99.)
Today’s FREE episode (links below) gives you the history, but with spoilers! Whereas the ebook (details in the P.S.) has a more fun and romanticised version.
So if you plan to buy the ebook, read that first, or the historical background in our Summer Series episode with ruin it for you.
Episodio 24, Rivolte e disordini nei Comuni (XIII-XIV secolo) | History page (all previous episodes)
A lunedì, allora.
P.S. Ebook Easy Reader ‘Tumulto a Firenze’
It’s Tumulto a Firenze, the level is C1/2, and it costs £7.99.
I don’t mention this because I desperately need the cash, or due to the fact that one of my favourite ways to spend a summer weekend is dealing with pleas for help from people who don’t know how to use their iPhones and iPads.
It’s just because I think some of you might enjoy reading, and listening to the story. I did.
Then check out the FREE sample chapter (.pdf), which is also a good way to verify that the text isn’t too difficult for you, that it will work on your confounded iPhone/iPad (do please check), and so on.
The FREE sample chapter (.pdf) also contains a link to the audio recording of the WHOLE STORY, which is available COMPLETELY FREE ONLINE, so ANYONE can listen to it, no payment required!
Obviously, it’s always easier if you also have the written text, but if you just need free listening practice, check out our Catalog page, where you’ll find links to FREE sample chapters at all levels, from beginner to advanced.
Download the ones that interest you and click the link at the beginning of Chapter 1 to start the audio playing, for the entire story. Enjoy.
– Buy the full version of Tumulto a Firenze, just £7.99!
– Download the FREE sample chapter (.pdf).
– Browse ebooks at different levels in our Catalog