Welcome to the “History of Cologne” – a podcast about the history of the city of Cologne that is over 2,000 years old. But until it became what it is today, this old city on the Rhine has endured a colorful and rich past. It can therefore be representative as a microcosm of European history. In this podcast you can watch Cologne grow: from the Romans up until our time.
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From the Episodes
#53 When the church bells in Cologne were silenced: The Interdict of 1119
Heinrich V. Young Henry V. (1086-1125) vs. Father Henry IV. (1050-1106) on the right. Archbishop Frederick I. of Schwarzenburg Sadly, I haven’t found an image of him that I could use. And they didn’t take… Continue reading #53 When the church bells in Cologne were silenced: The Interdict of 1119
#52 The History of Cologne Carnival – 200th Anniversary
Experience a time travel through 200 years of Cologne Carnival! From its beginnings to the present day, we will explore the history of Cologne’s famous cheerfulness, celebrate its traditions and customs, and understand why Carnival… Continue reading #52 The History of Cologne Carnival – 200th Anniversary
#51 Exploring 11th Century Cologne: A Virtual Walk through Time
Step back in time and join us on a journey through the bustling streets of medieval Cologne. In this episode of our podcast, we transport you to the year 1100 AD, where you’ll experience the… Continue reading #51 Exploring 11th Century Cologne: A Virtual Walk through Time
#50 “Don’t mess with us!” City Expansion and Siege of Cologne in 1106
The year 1106 is an important milestone in the history of Cologne. The people of Cologne skilfully exploit the dynastic conflict of the empire between father and son, thus circumventing the will of their own… Continue reading #50 “Don’t mess with us!” City Expansion and Siege of Cologne in 1106
#49 Between Toleration and Persecution: Jewish Life around 1100 AD: The Pogrom of 1096 and the First Crusade
We will talk this episode about a small but significant minority in medieval Cologne of the late 11th/ early 12th century. The Jewish community of Cologne. Coexistence between the Jewish and the majority Christian population… Continue reading #49 Between Toleration and Persecution: Jewish Life around 1100 AD: The Pogrom of 1096 and the First Crusade
#48 Interview with Dirk Hoffmann-Becking from History of the Germans Podcast
Germany in the 2nd half of the 11th century – Why everybody wanted to go to Heaven – Why Anno really kidnapped Henry IV. This episode I would like to take a more general look… Continue reading #48 Interview with Dirk Hoffmann-Becking from History of the Germans Podcast
I’m Willem, I grew up in this old city on the Rhine, loving history since I could walk. My passions are local history, podcasting, and cucumber salad.
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