Monthly Archives: December 2018

EXTRA: Author Interview #1 with John McHugo: A Brief Discussion of Islamic History



Please join Empires of History Podcast host Frank as he interviews author, lawyer, and historian John McHugo. John is the author of A Concise History of the Arabs, Syria: A Recent History, and A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi’is. John graciously shares his insights with Frank as the two discuss varied topics such as the legacy of the Ottoman Empire today, the poverty of Islamic history awareness in the West, the conflict in Syria, and the Western perception of the conflict between Sunni and Shi’is.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 8: The Thunderbolt Strikes



Bayezid I assumes the Sultanate after the death of Murad I. Ferocious in temper, impulsive, martial, greedy for lands and glory, he quickly earns numerous enemies and becomes known as the ‘Thunderbolt’ Sultan. Brief bio of his background and the first part of his campaign into Anatolia as the Sultan cut a bloody swath through the hinterlands. Also covers the post-Battle of Kosovo settlement with Serbia as Stephan the Tall becomes the leader after Lazar’s death.

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Always improving episodes



I just wanted to let the listeners of Empires of History Podcast know that I’m hard at work to ever improve the quality, content, and presentation of The Ottoman Series. Episode 7 by dint of quantity, is much better according to listener feedback than episode 1. The introductions have been moved to the back end and a secondary track has been added to create some variety. The research effort will continue and never be compromised.

With that being said I am throwing around the idea of redoing Episodes 1-4. This will be a project when I actually have time on my hands (who knows when that’ll be-hint hint not anytime soon).

Thanks for sticking with me. And thanks for all the positive feedback. It really makes a difference.


The Ottoman Series Episode 7: Battle of Kosovo and the end of the road for Sultan Murad



While deep in Anatolia fighting the Karamanids Sultan Murad I gets word of a massive Ottoman defeat in Bosnia, the Battle of Belica. The Ottoman defeat causes the Christian kingdoms to unite in a Crusade meant to crush the Turks in Europe and drive them out. Sultan Murad invades Bulgaria then swings west and crosses into Serbia intent on finding and killing Prince Lazar. At the Plain of the Black Birds in Serbia both sides meet for what history would call the Battle of Kosovo. At the zenith of the battle Murad is brought down by an assassins dagger. The stage is thus set for the future Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, or Thunderbolt Sultan.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 6: Rebellious sons and the Karamanids



Sultan Murad faces down a rebellion orchestrated by his own son. In the midst of war and attempted coups the Sultan implements reform. In Anatolia the Karamanids make a move on the City of Ankara prompting the Sultan to respond. Meanwhile in Europe trouble brews when a Bosnian force defeats an Ottoman army while the Sultan is away leading to next episodes coverage of the Battle of Kosovo.

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