SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 20: 12th Century and the Plot Thickens

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 20: 12th Century and the Plot Thickens
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The 12th Century and Spain is still a land of half a dozen kingdoms vying for control and a score of Muslim principalities known as taifas. Throw in an invasion or two by the Moors and what you have is unimaginable instability. Little by little, the Muslims are beginning to lose their grip on Al Andalus, but it is ever so slow. Castile is on the rise, Aragon has come of age, and even Portugal has come out and become its own kingdom. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 20: 12th Century and the Plot Thickens

Alfonso I el Batallador – King of Aragon

The 12th Century and Spain is still a land of half a dozen kingdoms vying for control and a score of Muslim principalities known as taifas. Throw in an invasion or two by the Moors and what you have is unimaginable instability. Little by little, the Muslims are beginning to lose their grip on Al Andalus, but it is ever so slow. Castile is on the rise, Aragon has come of age, and even Portugal has come out and become its own kingdom. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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Let’s Open a Bottle: Wines from Madrid

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Let’s Open a Bottle: Wines from Madrid
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It may seem counterintuitive to think that the region of Madrid, with its massive capital and built-up bedroom communities, would in anyway be a place for bodegas to make wine, but the reality is quite the opposite. Wine-producing has been going on here for centuries, and after overcoming a rough streak in the middle of the 20th Century, the winemakers of D.O. Vinos de Madrid are enjoying a renaissance.  Listen and enjoy!

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Let’s Open a Bottle: Wines from Madrid

Store featuring wines from Madrid in the Mercado de las Ventas

It may seem counterintuitive to think that the region of Madrid, with its massive capital and built-up bedroom communities, would in anyway be a place for bodegas to make wine, but the reality is quite the opposite. Wine-producing has been going on here for centuries, and after overcoming a rough streak in the middle of the 20th Century, the winemakers of D.O. Vinos de Madrid are enjoying a renaissance.  Listen and enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 19: The 11th Century and the Madness Goes On

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 19: The 11th Century and the Madness Goes On
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It’s the 11th Century and the situation in the Iberian Peninsula is as chaotic and uncertain as ever. Power struggles, civil wars, fratricide, invasions; it seems as if nothing is under control. Not for anyone. But it makes for some pretty exciting, albeit, confusing history. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 19: The 11th Century and the Madness Goes On

It’s the 11th Century and the situation in the Iberian Peninsula is as chaotic and uncertain as ever. Power struggles, civil wars, fratricide, invasions; it seems as if nothing is under control. Not for anyone. But it makes for some pretty exciting, albeit, confusing history. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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¡Olé! The mysterious origin of one of Spain’s most international words

Easily one of Spanish’s most international words, and one which the Spanish themselves still say all the time, the origin of “olé”, just where it came from, has been the center of debate for many years. Theories have been posed and debunked many times over. Where do academics stand now? Listen and learn more!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP.18: The 10th Century

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP.18: The 10th Century
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Muslim Spain, Al Andalus, is at the height of its splendor as the Calipahte of Cordoba. Meanwhile, the Christian regions to the north try to stabilize. But infighting on both sides make things difficult. The great military Almanzor emerges as the terror of the Christian kingdoms. These are times of uncertainty for the Reconquista period of Spain. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP.18: The 10th Century

Muslim Spain, Al Andalus, is at the height of its splendor as the Calipahte of Cordoba. Meanwhile, the Christian regions to the north try to stabilize. But infighting on both sides make things difficult. The great military Almanzor emerges as the terror of the Christian kingdoms. These are times of uncertainty for the Reconquista period of Spain. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 17: Rise of the Kingdoms

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 17: Rise of the Kingdoms
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We are now right smack in the middle of the Middle Ages and many regions are ready to establish kingdoms and move south to push out the Muslims. These kingdoms and other territories will draw the regional map of modern Spain. To understand this period is to understand Spain today. In this episode we have tried to help you get a basic grasp of the different kingdoms, counties and territories. Hope it has worked. Enjoy!

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