The Age of the Condottieri: A Short History of Mediaeval Italy from 1409-1530

Oscar BROWNING (1837 - 1923)

Italy from 1409 to 1530 is synonymous with the Renaissance, but this was also the age of the condottieri, Italian captains of mercenary companies and multinational armies who fought in the service of city states, monarchs, and the Pope. Some like Ludovico Sforza in Milan seized power and founded dynasties in their own right. The merchant princes of the Medici family reached their apogee in Lorenzo the Magnificent in Florence, but faltered in the Papacy; Leo X proved no match for Martin Luther and Clement VII was powerless to avert the sack of Rome in 1527. Venice lost her overseas empire to the Turks, while proud King Francis I, defeated by the Emperor Charles and a prisoner in Madrid, was eventually forced to relinquish all hope of Italian conquest. (Summary by Pamela Nagami, M.D.)

Genre(s): War & Military, Art, Design & Architecture, Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

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Play 01 Ch. 1: Retrospect and Prospect, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 02 Ch. 1: Retrospect and Prospect, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 03 Ch. 2: Joanna of Naples--Muzio Sforza--Braccio da Montone and Carmagnola, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 05 Ch. 3: The Emperor Sigismund--Pope Eugenius IV--The Rise of the Medici--Alfonso of Arragon, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 06 Ch. 3: The Emperor Sigismund--Pope Eugenius IV--The Rise of the Medici--Alfonso of Arragon, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 07 Ch. 4: Francesco Sforza--Frederick III--Pius II, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 08 Ch. 4: Francesco Sforza--Frederick III--Pius II, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 09 Ch. 4: Francesco Sforza--Frederick III--Pius II, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
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Play 10 Ch. 5: Cosimo dei Medici--Paul II, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 11 Ch. 5: Cosimo dei Medici--Paul II, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 12 Ch. 6: The Turks in Europe, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 13 Ch. 6: The Turks in Europe, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 14 Ch. 7: Lorenzo dei Medici--Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 16 Ch. 7: Lorenzo dei Medici--Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
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Play 17 Ch. 8: Charles VIII in Italy, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 18 Ch. 8: Charles VIII in Italy, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 19 Ch. 9: Savonarola, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 22 Ch. 10: Pope Alexander VI, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 23 Ch. 10: Pope Alexander VI, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 24 Ch. 11: Pope Julius II, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 25 Ch. 11: Pope Julius II, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 26 Ch. 12: Leo X, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 27 Ch. 12: Leo X, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 28 Ch. 13: The Sack of Rome, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 29 Ch. 13: The Sack of Rome, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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Play 30 Ch. 13: The Sack of Rome, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
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Play 31 Ch. 14: The Fall of Florence, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
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Play 32 Ch. 14: The Fall of Florence, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
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