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Empires of History Podcast was created and is hosted by Frank Schumpert. Frank created the show with the intention of sharing his love of all things past with fellow history buffs. Empires of History starts its journey by exploring, in continuous narrative fashion, the story of the Ottoman Empire. Frank draws upon a variety of sources, both primary and secondary, and can be guilty of a nerds pride in his boast that most information presented in the show, can’t easily be found by reading a Wikipedia article (though Wiki is rapidly closing that gap). Your host has a BA in History from the University of South Carolina. In the past he has worked in law enforcement and currently supports his family by helping people buy, sell, and invest in real estate.

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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The Ottoman Series Episode 5: Sultan Murad I, Janissaries, Chernomen



Orhan is dead. Murad ascends the throne to be girded with the sword of Osman. While away handling his business in Anatolia, Serbian lords get the notion they can cause trouble. Along the way Murad establishes the Imperial Janissary Corp. An elite fighting force recruited as children and raised in the strict discipline and arts of war to serve later Sultans as the Shock Troops of the Empire. The stage is rapidly being set for epic battles in the future between the Ottomans and their soon-to-be Balkan subjects.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 4: Pirates and goodbye Orhan



In this episode a detailed bio of Byzantine official then later Emperor John Cantazuzene is explored. The overall Ottoman strategic situation is explained and Sultan Orhan’s son is captured by pirates. Death of Orhan and the turning away of Europe from the East.

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The Ottoman Series Episode 3: Something Ottoman this way comes…



In this episode we follow Sultan Orhan’s shrewd political calculations as he finagles his way into Europe under the guise of aiding the beleaguered John Cantazuzene’s efforts to claim the Byzantine throne for himself. In the process Orhan marries a Byzantine princess, defeats an army of Serbians, and establishes the Ottomans on the Gallipoli peninsula cementing a beachhead in Europe.

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Patreon Page is a GO!



Already two episodes in and I’ve been receiving great feedback that I hope to recycle into future episodes to create better content. But as the old saying goes sometimes you just have to let quantity create the quality. With that being said I am proud to announce that we now have an official Patreon page. Here you can donate, any dollar amount, a token of appreciation if you should be so willing.

The page can be found here:  https://www.patreon.com/EmpiresofHistoryPodcast

I can’t thank you enough.

Frank