Monthly Archives: February 2017

Episode Update and Preview



Hello friends,

I’m writing today, hopefully finishing writing today, for episode 4, and that should mean I’ll have it recorded and released on time this weekend. This episode is going to wrap up the Schiltberger series, so we’ll say our sad goodbyes to our Bavarian friend and be moving on.

And where will we be going? Back to Anatolia of course, this time in the company of an English traveller. The year was 1599, and he had a gift to deliver to Sultan Mehmed III. There’ll be less bloodshed but just as much fun.

But we’re not done with Schiltberger just yet. This episode, we’ll hear about his post-Timur adventures, the continuing misfortune of those he followed, his take on the infidel religions, and a piece of oddball spy-work in Alexandria.

Until Friday,

D.


The Travels of Johann Schiltberger 3: Timur the Conqueror



 

Episode 3 is here, and it follows Johann Schiltberger on his merry way, after the Battle of Angora and into the life of Timur, the limitlessly violent Turko-Mongol conqueror. There will be pyramids of heads, flaming camels, and elephants, poisoned-scimitar wielding elephants. Timur’s story is actually fascinating in itself, and we’ll also look at his Imperial home, Samarkand, by way of a somewhat food obsessed Castilian knight. Enjoy!

Devon.

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Off Week Update



Hello Good Citizens,

I’ll be recording Episode 3 of the Schiltberger series tomorrow, which means you should have it on Friday assuming nothing untoward happens. This episode will follow Schiltberger’s story as he tells of Timur and his blood-soaked conquests from Damascus to Delhi. It’ll be peak-violence for the Schiltberger narrative, but we’ll also get to know Timur and his history (and connection to Genghis Khan), witness epic undertakings under tremendously harsh conditions, and get a good look at Timur’s capital city of Samarkand through the eyes of a food loving Castilian ambassador named Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo.

I think Episode 4 will likely bring the Schiltberger series to a conclusion, though I might do a bit of a wrap-up episode after that because there’s a lot of good stuff that hasn’t had an obvious place in the podcast. Once Schiltberger is done, there are a few possibilities as to where we’ll go next, but I’m thinking of coming back to Ottoman Istanbul, 200 years after Schiltberger, for the story of another traveller, an English one this time. I think it should make a good stand-alone episode, but it’ll probably turn into two or three as these things go.

Enjoy your weeks and look for the new episode on Friday!

D.

 


The Travels of Johann Schiltberger 2: The Battle of Angora/Ankara



 

Today, we’ll follow Johann Schiltberger’s journey under Bayezid’s control. There will be an escape attempt, epic battles, an epic snake battle, and some Ottoman history. I hope you like it.

If you are enjoying the podcast, please do take the time to give me an iTunes rating and to share the podcast with a friend. I’d also love to hear from you, either in the comments or at @circus_human on Twitter, if you have any feedback about the show. This is still very much early days, and I have some ideas for changes to come but could definitely use some outside perspectives.

Thanks for listening everybody. Enjoy.

Devon.

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