My motto is “Honour and Women!”.
I had it engraved on my sword, so as not to forget.
No, not really.
And I didn’t become King of Naples, either.
But read about someone who did, and presumably enjoyed plenty of fights and rumpy pumpy during his ascent from humble shop-keeper’s son to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother-in-law and so Italian monarch:
Il Rinascimento, Episodio 28. Gioacchino Murat e il Regno di Napoli (1808-1815)
At the end of that text you’ll find a link to a Youtube video, which tells the same basic story as in our article but is aimed at Italian teenagers who need a fun way to remember historical figures.
The narrator of the video speaks quickly, but the key words flashing up on the screen make it quite a groovy piece of learning material. Our article is easier, because there’s the full text to read while listening to the audio, but watching the video might be a fun challenge for those with developed listening skills.
N.b. For anyone just joining us, the previous twenty-seven episodes in this series can be found, along with the entire Summer Series from 2020 and 2021, on our History page.
This week, Half-Price ‘Easy Reader’ Ebook Trilogy!
OK, it’s been a while that I’ve been meanning to do an offer on our medieval detective trilogy, and ideally I would have done it at around the same time as publishing episodes 9 and 10 of the Summer Series, which gives the historical context, but life got in the way.
All three ebooks in the trilogy are discounted 50% until next Sunday night, so just £3.99 (each), rather than the usual ‘easy reader’ ebook price of £7.99 (each).
Here’s the blurb for the first one:
Meet Anselmo the apothecary, one of the few educated men of his day. And it’s because of his learning that he’s occasionially called upon by the powerful when they need help resolving their problems.
This time, the apothecary’s task is to discover who was behind the killing of the Pope’s son. Certainly a learned man should be able to figure it out! An important political alliance depends on his answer, not least the unity of the Borgias themselves, a powerful ruling family who are famous for their power struggles and indfidelities.
As Anselmo soon learns, though, it appears to be in nobody’s interest for him to actually find the truth. And in an age in which only power really matters, he’s playing a dangerous game…
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 8 chapters to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at intermediate or advanced levels
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
Buy the Anselmo Trilogy this week and save 50%!
Anselmo e l’omicidio di Giovanni Borgia (C1/2) | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
Anselmo e la moglie spagnola (C1/2) | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
Anselmo e l’avvelenamento del Papa (C1/2) | Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
These three titles are C-level, so advanced. If your Italian has yet to reach such elevated heights, why not browse our online Catalog to find something more suitable?
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Did you read/listen to Saturday’s FREE bulletin of ‘easy’ Italian news?
OnlineItalianClub.com | EasyItalianNews.com | EasyReaders.org (ebooks) | NativeSpeakerTeachers.com (1-1 lessons)
Karen Gerstbrein says
The YouTube video, as elementary as it is, was a nice addition to today’s lesson. Narrator Salvino did a decent job condensing a critical time in Italian history. I appreciated listening to the video as yet another way to study Italian. Thanks for including it.
It was the writer’s idea, Karen (Francesca Colombo), but thanks for the positive feedback. I’m happy you find hte material useful!