Episode 17 of our FREE 30-part Summer Series of articles with audio on the medieval period in the Italian peninsula is ready for you to read and listen to!
Which should help pass the time if you’re locked down in New Zealand, or Australia.
Here in Europe, it looks like we’re having a few days of bearable, cooler weather, though the heat is due to return soon, in time to stifle any weekend fun.
To cheer us all up then, let’s be glad that we’re not medieval emperors.
Now you’d think that having a top job like that would be fun, fun, fun, right?
But no. If you’re the emperor, you have to deal with troublesome popes.
And vice versa, being the spiritual leader of the western world in the middle ages was not all gluttony and sexual abandon. The pope is never able to forget his emperor problems, which must have been a downer.
I remember reading somewhere about a saying they have in Crete that goes something like “All work is hard. No work is harder.” (I can no longer recall the source, and Google doesn’t know, either.)
Insomma, distant fields. Perhaps being emperor or pope wouldn’t have been as cool as it sounds.
Decide for yourself, with today’s FREE article:
The previous sixteen episodes in this series can be found on our History page (scroll down past the Romans.)
A venerdì, allora.