I Take History With My Coffee

A historical journey through the Early Modern period

I Take History With My Coffee

Recent Episodes

April 11, 2024

Episode 44: Machiavelli the Politician

Niccolò Machiavelli, often synonymous with cunning and ruthless political tactics, is frequently misunderstood. His works, particularly "The Prince," are much more than guides to unscrupulous behavior. They reflect a deep un…
March 28, 2024

Episode 43: Machiavelli the Man

In this episode, we unlock the enigma of Niccolò Machiavelli, the man whose name is a byword for cunning strategy. With the fall of Savonarola as our starting point, we'll traverse Machiavelli's rise from a modest upbringing…
March 1, 2024

Episode 42: The Warrior Pope

Step behind the curtain of history as we dissect the Italian Wars—a tapestry of strategy and bloodshed that forever altered the landscape of Renaissance Italy. Be prepared to unravel the aftermath of Charles VIII's invasion …
Feb. 16, 2024

Episode 41: Trial by Fire

The spring of 1498 Florence concludes the tumultuous story of Girolamo Savonarola, a man who once held the city in his moral grasp. Journey with us through the fervent streets of a divided Florence, where faith and power col…
Feb. 1, 2024

Episode 40: A Certain Friar

Step inside Renaissance Florence's tumultuous political and religious landscape, as we unravel Girolamo Savonarola's meteoric rise and dramatic clash with Pope Alexander VI. This episode peels back the layers of Savonarola's…
Jan. 18, 2024

Episode 39: Bonfire of the Vanities

The once-great Medici name, synonymous with power and artistry, crumbled under Piero de Medici's rule as he faltered where his father, Lorenzo the Magnificent, had thrived. Listen in as we navigate through the events of his …

Recent Blog Posts

Niccolò Machiavelli: The Enigma Unraveled

Niccolò Machiavelli, a name synonymous with political intrigue and strategic thinking, remains an enigma centuries after his death. In this exploration of his life and ideas, we unravel the mystery of the man who profoundly influenced Western…

Key figures 1495 - 1513

Louis XII of France                                         Pope Julius II   Ferdinand II of Aragon        &nbs…