The History of Cologne

The History of Cologne

The podcast about the history of the 2,000 years old city of Cologne in Germany

#48 Germany in the 2nd half of the 11th century - Interview /w Dirk Hoffmann-Becking from History of the Germans Podcast

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This episode I would like to take a more general look at this turbulent time, the second half of the 11th century. Which developments shaped this time, medieval Germany and to what extent they affected Anno and also the city of Cologne. 
But all that would be far too complex for me. 
So I'm glad that Dirk from the "History of the Germans" podcast was kind enough to stop by for this episode. 
In our little chat we start off by talking about our motivation why we started our podcasts and then go straight into the action, the 2nd half of the 11th century.

#47 Anno‘s Revenge - The Archbishop strikes back 1074 AD

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The Archbishop of Cologne Anno II (1056-1075) was chased out of the city by an angry mob after incurring the wrath of the merchant class. In neighboring Neuss, the prince of the church and the empire ponders revenge and gathers a large army to return to Cologne.

#45 Anno II - The great Builder and City Ruler of the 11th century

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Why did Anno II gouge out the eyes of all his jurymen in Cologne, according to legend? In the second half of the 11th century, Anno II ruled over the city of Cologne. With a lively building activity in the city, he is immortalized in the cityscape to this day. Also art, culture and trade prospered under his rule. And the veneration of St. George gave Anno unprecedented greatness here on the Rhine.

#44 The Coup of Kaiserswerth

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A man from the lower nobility of southern Germany becomes Archbishop of Cologne, crushes the power of the Ezzones in the Rhineland and kidnaps the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire: Anno II. is a man that is truly not forgotten in Cologne to this day.

#43 The Rise and Fall of the Ezzonids or How a single family dominated Cologne in the 11th century

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The noble family of the Ezzones was at the height of power in the 11th century. The namesake and Count Palatine of Lorraine named Ezzo had already attained an almost ducal position on the Rhine around the year 1000. How had he managed this? It was, as so often in life, the circumstance of having the right connections and the right nose. Ezzo had successfully married into the then still existing Ottonian imperial dynasty. He then used his proximity to the ruling family to successively expand his power in all parts of the Rhineland.

Funfacts about Cologne - Summer Break Episode

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It's vacation time, hopefully for you too or that you get some time to rest. Have you ever asked yourself why some perfume is called Cologne in the English language? Well, you don't have to wait anymore. Just take a listen.

About this podcast

The History of Cologne is a podcast that tells the story of Cologne, Germany. It’s a city with 2,000 years worth of history and it has so much to tell! Listen to the city growing. Dive into the early history of the city being founded by the Romans. How did it become a bustling medieval city? How did Cologne perform during Napoleon and the Industrial Revolution? And how about the Nazi time? Triweekly schedule, going chronological from the Roman roots up until today.
Where is this podcast now in the chronology: 1075 AD.
Next episode: 19th December

by Willem Fromm

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