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The Almost Forgotten

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The podcast focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due. http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com on Twitter: @thealmostforgot

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The podcast focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due. http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com on Twitter: @thealmostforgot

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Great podcast, well research and it also features an enthusiastic speaker.

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Fantastic! One of my favorites!

iTunes Ratings

169 Ratings
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156
6
2
2
3

Awesome

By ehebhdjs - Nov 06 2019
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Great podcast, well research and it also features an enthusiastic speaker.

Try it

By Stu Nims - Mar 22 2019
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Fantastic! One of my favorites!
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The Almost Forgotten

Latest release on Apr 15, 2020

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The podcast focuses on the lives and times of great historical figures that have mostly fallen through the cracks of our collective memories. We may have heard of these people, but they don't get the attention that some do. Here, they get their due. http://almostforgotten.squarespace.com on Twitter: @thealmostforgot

Rank #1: Episode 1.3 - Mithridates the Great

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Mithridates was King of Pontus, and built an empire to rival Rome on his way to a showdown with the late Republic

Feb 24 2016

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Rank #2: Episode 2.1 - The Diadochi Part 1 - Partitions and Alliances

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Alexander the Great's successors deal with the death of the young king and the fracturing of his massive empire

Jan 04 2017

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Rank #3: Episode 5.1 - Ur-Nammu

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Ur-Nammu was the first king of the Sumerian Third Dynasty of Ur. He helped restore native dominance in Sumer after centuries of foreign rule, instituted reforms and rebuilt the Sumerian infrastructure, and helped usher in the final era of Sumerian rule in Mesopotamia under the Neo-Sumerian Empire.

Feb 20 2019

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Rank #4: Episode 3.4 - Normans in Italy Part 1 - Robert Guiscard

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Norman Robert Guiscard, entered at the dawn of the Norman conquest of Italy, defeated his enemies and pushed aside his competing family members to take the whole of southern Italy, much of Sicily, and parts of the Balkan Peninsula.

Feb 28 2018

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Rank #5: Episode 4.1 - Dutch Revolt Pt 1 - William the Silent

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William the Silent, Prince of Orange-Nassau, was a leading noble in the Habsburg Netherlands. King Charles V split his empire in two, and gave the low countries to Spain, despite its cultural and religious similarities to the Holy Roman Empire. William would find his new sovereign, King Philip II of Spain to be a harsh and uncompromising ruler who would help sow the seeds of revolt in the territory.

Mar 27 2018

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Rank #6: Episode 3.5 - Normans in Italy Part 2: Roger II

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Roger II consolidated all of the Norman holdings in Sicily and Southern Italy into one united and long lasting kingdom. His ability as an administrator and statesman helped propel him past the other Norman leaders to become the first king of the Normans in Italy.

Mar 14 2018

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Rank #7: Episode 5.3 - Cyaxares

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Cyaxares was the king of the Medes, who helped destroy the mighty and terrifying Neo-Assyrian Empire, create a massive empire based in the small region of Media, and laid the foundation of the Achaemenid Persian Empire.

Mar 20 2019

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Rank #8: Episode 5.5 - Matilda of Tuscany

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Matilda was the Margrave of Tuscany and for a time was the most powerful leader in northern Italy. She acted as an almost independent leader rather than a subject of the Holy Roman Empire, fighting with it over policy and supporting papal authority over imperial in an effort to reform and revitalize the church

Apr 17 2019

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Rank #9: Episode 3.1 - Suppiluliuma

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The greatest king of the Hittites, Suppiluliuma helped turn the Anatolian kingdom into perhaps the most powerful empire in the world, for a time

Jan 17 2018

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Rank #10: Episode 2.2 - The Diadochi Part 2 - Perdiccas and Eumenes

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Perdiccas uses his role as regent to the Macedonian kings to try to consolidate power. But the other Diadochi - Ptolemy in Egypt, Antipater in Europe, and Antigonus in Anatolia - have plans of their own

Jan 18 2017

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Rank #11: Episode 1.4 - Zenobia

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Zenobia was a Syrian queen who helped defend Rome against Persia, then declared her own kingdom and fought against Rome

Mar 09 2016

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Rank #12: Episode 5.2 - Piye

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Piye was the King of Kush at a time when Egypt was weakened. He ruled over southern Egypt before trouble to his north brought him into conflict with the Egyptian kinglets in the Lower Nile region up North. He defeated them, and brought the Nubian Kingdom of Kish to it’s greatest heights

Mar 06 2019

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Rank #13: Episode 2.7 - Clovis

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Clovis united the Franks and helped solidify them as the dominant power in northwestern Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire. He created the first Kingdom of France and also helped built out what would becomes Charlemagne's Empire.

Apr 12 2017

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Rank #14: Episode 1.6 - Otto the Great

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Otto helped unite East Francia and established the Holy Roman Empire into basically the country it was for 1,000 years

Apr 06 2016

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Rank #15: Episode 5.6 - The Hussite Wars Part 1

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The Hussite Wars started in 1419 with the first defenestration of Prague. Here we discuss the road to the war, including the situation in Bohemia, and the preaching and then killing of Jan Hus.

May 22 2019

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Rank #16: Episode 2.10 - Eugene of Savoy

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Eugene of Savoy was denied the ability to serve his native France in the military, so he went to Vienna, where he spent the next 50 years commanding forces, much of it against France.

May 31 2017

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Rank #17: Episode 1.10 - John III Sobieski

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John III Sobieski was a Polish general who became king, stopped the last great Ottoman push into Central Europe, and saved his country numerous times

Jul 06 2016

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Rank #18: Episode 1.7 - Enrico Dandolo

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Dandolo became Doge of Venice when it was a city-state with a few dependencies. By the time he died, Venice was an empire

Apr 20 2016

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Rank #19: Episode 3.2 - Ardashir I

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Ardashir rose from being the commander of a fortress in southern Persia to leading the overthrow of the Parthian dynasty. He created the Sassanid Empire, which lasted 4 centuries, and greatly influence culture in the region even to this day.

Jan 31 2018

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Rank #20: Episode 3.3 - Seondeok

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Queen Seondeok of Silla, helped lead the kingdom to eventually unite the Korean peninsula within a few decades of her reign

Feb 14 2018

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Episode 6.6 - Burgundy Pt 6 - Mary and the Rest

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Burgundy is in turmoil after the death of Charles. His daughter Mary is his heir, but France, as well as the Netherlands, aren’t going to allow her to take power easily. Burgundy, though, survives in some way, beyond Mary, through her marriage into the powerful Habsburg family, and leaves a lasting legacy, at least in the Low Countries

Apr 15 2020

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Episode 6.5 - Burgundy Pt 5 - Charles the Bold

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Charles inherited a truly powerful state in Europe upon the death of his father. He was learned and brave, a strong military commander, and looked like he was going to be a leading man in European affairs for generations. But his obsession with his eastern frontier, coupled with a few tactical blunders, made it so that never happened, and ended Burgundy’s dominance.

Apr 01 2020

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Episode 6.4 - Burgundy Pt 4 - Philip the Good

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Philip the Good became the new Duke of Burgundy after his father’s murder. He worked to expand Burgundy’s power, and ruled during its height in a way that kept it strong and secure. But he also missed real opportunities to make it something more.

Mar 17 2020

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Episode 6.3 - Burgundy Pt 3 - John the Fearless

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With Philip the Bold’s death, his strategy of adding more territories to his heir is fulfilled, and John the Fearless inherits what is becoming a Burgundian state. John is even more ambitious than his father, seeking to control France, add to his own territory, and use any means at his disposal to accomplish his goals

Mar 04 2020

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Episode 6.2 - Burgundy Pt 2 - Philip the Bold

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The history of the Duchy of Burgundy continues with the first Valois Duke, Philip the Bold. Philip was a gifted statesman who help grow the duchy into a state that would eventually rival France itself.

Feb 19 2020

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Episode 6.1 - Burgundy Pt 1 - Origins

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Burgundy is a region in eastern France, which had once been an independent Germanic Kingdom. It became a Duchy of France before entering a Golden Age in the 14th and 15th century and turning into something even bigger

Feb 05 2020

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Episode 5.10 - Nzinga

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Nzinga was queen of an African kingdom in today’s Angola. She fought with, and at times allied with, the various colonial and indigenous powers in the region, lost most of her kingdom, gained another, and was able to resist European occupation and keep her kingdom relatively free for decades.

Jul 17 2019

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Episode 5.9 - Bayinnaung

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Bayinnaung was a prince and leading general of a small Burmese kingdom. He helped lead it to become a large empire, only to watch it dissolve when his king was killed. But he quickly restored it, before expanding it more himself, creating the largest land empire in Southeast Asia.

Jul 03 2019

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Episode 5.8 - The Hussite Wars pt 3 - Prokop and the End

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Jan Zizka was dead, but the Hussite cause was not. They continued to fight the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church. They found a new leader in Prokop the Great, and were able to keep Sigismund at bay, but internal turmoil helped splintered the Hussites, but also helped usher in a real compromise.

Jun 19 2019

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Episode 5.7 - The Hussite Wars Part 2 - Jan Zizka

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The Hussites, now fighting both the Catholic Church and the Holy Roman Empire, find the leader they need to survive against impossible odds in Jan Zizka. Zizka was an incredible commander, who never lost a battle, and helped lay the groundwork for two centuries of a semi-independent Bohemian Church.

Jun 05 2019

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Episode 5.6 - The Hussite Wars Part 1

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The Hussite Wars started in 1419 with the first defenestration of Prague. Here we discuss the road to the war, including the situation in Bohemia, and the preaching and then killing of Jan Hus.

May 22 2019

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Episode 5.5 - Matilda of Tuscany

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Matilda was the Margrave of Tuscany and for a time was the most powerful leader in northern Italy. She acted as an almost independent leader rather than a subject of the Holy Roman Empire, fighting with it over policy and supporting papal authority over imperial in an effort to reform and revitalize the church

Apr 17 2019

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Episode 5.4 - Abd al Rahman

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Abd al Rahman, once a legitimate heir to the largest empire in the world, had to hide and flee in exile when his dynasty was overthrown and his family was destroyed. But he wound up in Spain, where he consolidated the fractured Arab conquest and reignited his dynasty.

Apr 03 2019

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Episode 5.3 - Cyaxares

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Cyaxares was the king of the Medes, who helped destroy the mighty and terrifying Neo-Assyrian Empire, create a massive empire based in the small region of Media, and laid the foundation of the Achaemenid Persian Empire.

Mar 20 2019

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Episode 5.2 - Piye

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Piye was the King of Kush at a time when Egypt was weakened. He ruled over southern Egypt before trouble to his north brought him into conflict with the Egyptian kinglets in the Lower Nile region up North. He defeated them, and brought the Nubian Kingdom of Kish to it’s greatest heights

Mar 06 2019

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Episode 5.1 - Ur-Nammu

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Ur-Nammu was the first king of the Sumerian Third Dynasty of Ur. He helped restore native dominance in Sumer after centuries of foreign rule, instituted reforms and rebuilt the Sumerian infrastructure, and helped usher in the final era of Sumerian rule in Mesopotamia under the Neo-Sumerian Empire.

Feb 20 2019

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Episode 5.0 - Season 5 Intro

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Season 5 is coming, and here's a little preview

Jan 02 2019

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Episode 4.9 - Dutch Revolt Pt 9 - Frederick Henry

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The 30 Years War has helped rekindle the 80 Years War, and the Dutch are again fighting for their nation's survival. But now they do so as a burgeoning major power on the European stage, led by William the Silent's youngest son, the new Prince of Orange, Frederick Henry. The Dutch stave off conquest and are formerly recognized by Spain and the rest of the world as an independent power with the Peace of Munster, a constituent part of the Peace of Westphalia.

Jul 18 2018

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Episode 4.8 - Dutch Revolt Pt 8 - Maurice and Oldenbarnevelt

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Maurice continued to lead the Dutch Republic's army to victories, while Johan van Oldenbarnevelt ran the government. They negotiated a 12 Years Truce with Spain, but the outbreak of the 30 Years War brought renewed hostilities in the 80 Years War

Jul 04 2018

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Episode 4.7 - Dutch Revolt Pt 7 - Maurice of Nassau

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Alexander was stuck in the Netherlands with a large army, so he returned to his old gig of attacking and taking Dutch cities. This time the Dutch had an answer, though, in the form of Maurice of Nassau, William the Silent's son

Jun 20 2018

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iTunes Ratings

169 Ratings
Average Ratings
156
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2
2
3

Awesome

By ehebhdjs - Nov 06 2019
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Great podcast, well research and it also features an enthusiastic speaker.

Try it

By Stu Nims - Mar 22 2019
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Fantastic! One of my favorites!