The Man Who Would Never Be King: the tragic life and death of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545-1563)

This podcast takes us through the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias, the first son of King Philip II (1527-1598), who was originally destined to succeed his father as ruler of the Spanish Empire. But inbreeding, a childhood full of emotional turmoil, mental health issues and a rivalry with his dad would force Philip to imprison his own son and heir, precipitating his death. It’s a story that would make it to stages and opera houses centuries later. Largely forgotten today, Carlos’ life somehow represents the bizarre and complex practices and inner-workings of this powerful 16th-century dynasty. In today’s podcast, we will mention Charles I of Spain, but mainly his son Philip II, and Philip’s son, Carlos. We will also include María Manuela of Portugal (Carlos’ mother), Philip’s second wife, Mary Tudor (Queen Mary of England), third wife, Elizabeth of Valois and a few others. Hope you enjoy it!

Hungry of Spanish History 3: Bluefin tuna fishing and visiting the coast of Cadiz

3,000 years. Since the days of the Phoenicians, fishermen have been using this unique style known as Almadraba to catch bluefin tuna. Some of the best are caught off the coast of Cadiz. Today’s podcast covers some of the towns and history associated with this fascinating tradition, as well as where to enjoy a little beach weather.

Land of the Rabbits? The History of “Spain”…the name!

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Have you ever wondered where the name “Spain” came from? Ever wanted to know what it means? That’s all right. Give this newest podcast a try and discover the origin of its name and how its meaning has evolved over the centuries.

Is it possible to condense 1 million years of Spanish history into 20 minutes? Let’s give it a try.

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Some people like to get just a general overview of what Spanish history is like so that it’s easier to understand the specifics. Today, I’m going to do just that. Do the impossible; pack 1 million years into twenty minutes. It wasn’t an easy task, but I think we pulled it off! Enjoy and let us know what you think!

Hungry for Spanish History 2: Searching for the Comuneros

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Today’s podcast features monuments and towns associated with the Comunero movement. We take you to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Medina del Campo, Torrelobatón and Villalar de los Comuneros. If you enjoy history and traveling, here are a couple of ideas for you to find new ways to discover Spain. Hope you enjoy it.

Everything you wanted to know about Spanish history and were afraid to ask: Who were the comuneros?

500 years ago these poor guys met their fate after leading one of Spain’s most famous uprisings in history. The Comuneros‘ Rebellion in Castile. They have come to represent the everyday man’s fight against oppression. But was that really the case? Check out this podcast and find out.