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The Emergence of European Civilisation 1400-750 BC
Episode 1 – Constantine changes the foundations of the Roman world
Episode 2 – How the West was Lost
Episode 3 – Justinian overreaches himself, Heraclius throws back the Sassanids
Episode 4 – A portrait of the Romano-Christian Near East, the opening phase of the Islamic invasions
Episode 5 – The fall of Persia, of Roman Syria and Egypt. Character of the Islamic conquest, 1st siege of Constantinople
Episode 6 – The Califate as superpower. Fall of Africa & Spain. Papacy splits from the Roman Empire
Episode 7 – The Mediterranean after the Islamic Conquests. Evolution of the Califate. Charlemagne
Episode 8 – The real Dark Age: Viking & Magyar predation. The loss of Sicily and near loss of Italy to Islamic invasion
Episode 9 – Crystallisation of ‘Francia’, a new Western Empire, revival of cities, Christendom moves onto the offensive
Episode 10 – The ethical and political background to the 1st Crusade
Episode 11 – The first Crusade to Jerusalem. Renewed Islamic invasion of Spain. Papal authority solidified
Episode 12 – Modern denigrations of the West. Cultural efflorescence of the 11th century
Episode 13 – Christian saturation of cultural life. The papacy at its apex. The Templars, Hospitallers, etc.
Episode 14 – Christendom expands at home while Jerusalem falls. Venice contrives the taking of Constantinople
Episode 15 – Feudal political structures. The reconquests of Spain. Liberties & birth of Parliaments
Episode 16 – The Mongol Invasion. Rise of the French monarchy. The fall of Acre & the end of the Crusades
Episode 17 – Deep-seated religious and cultural changes of the High Middle Ages, changing how we feel
Episode 18 – Turks seize western Anatolia. The Papacy at Avignon. Systemic civil war in western Europe
Episode 19 – The last Muslim invasion of Spain. Lithuania merges with Poland. Turks cross over into Europe
Episode 20 – The Companies. Papacy splits (Schism). Civil war endemic in Italy. The anti-papal revolts
Episode 21 – Schism resolved, pope returns to Rome. The Hussite wars. 100 Years War enters new phase
Episode 22 – Jeanne d’Arc. The princely court. Valois king wins 100 Years War. Constantinople falls to Turks
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