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
#57 Shadow and Light: The Jewish Community in Cologne in the 12th Century
In this episode, we immerse ourselves in 12th century medieval Cologne and explore the fascinating life of the Jewish community that existed in the midst of a predominantly Christian majority society. We learn about the… Continue reading #57 Shadow and Light: The Jewish Community in Cologne in the 12th Century
#56 From Economic Power to Political Dominance – Cologne’s Brotherhood of the Rich in the 12th century
A look into how wealthy citizens of different classes also became rulers that could challenge the city lord. This episode tells the story of how the Cologne “Richerzeche” (brotherhood of the Rich) transformed from a… Continue reading #56 From Economic Power to Political Dominance – Cologne’s Brotherhood of the Rich in the 12th century
#55 Rupert of Deutz and the Fire of 1128
In this podcast episode, you will learn everything about the fire of Deutz and its impact on the region. The focus is particularly on Rupert von Deutz, an important Cologne clergyman of the 12th century… Continue reading #55 Rupert of Deutz and the Fire of 1128
#54 Who owns the city? (in the 12th century)
In this episode, we delve into 12th-century Cologne and take a look at the various institutions that administered and governed the city during this time. We start with the offices and institutions of the archbishop,… Continue reading #54 Who owns the city? (in the 12th century)
#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
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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