The History of Cologne

The History of Cologne

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

#44 The Coup of Kaiserswerth

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The year is 1062: the young king of the Holy Roman Empire, Henry IV, a teenager, is celebrating a banquet with his mother on an island in the Rhine in what is now Düsseldorf. He has invited some of the princes of the empire to join him. Among them is Archbishop Anno II of Cologne. What happened following the banquet was to go down in the history books. In his childish enthusiasm, the Archbishop of Cologne lured the young king onto his magnificent ship and kidnapped him. Who was this Anno, a true political rising star for his time? Find out in this episode.

Sources & Literature: L. F. Hesse, Die Jahrbücher des Lambert von Hersfeld (Die Geschichtschreiber der deutschen Vorzeit, 11,5), Berlin 11855 (


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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: 2nd half of 12th century.

by Willem Fromm


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