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
The noble family of the Ezzones was at the height of power in the 11th century. The namesake and Count Palatine of Lorraine named Ezzo had already attained an almost ducal position on the Rhine … Continue reading #43 The Rise and Fall of the Ezzonids or How a single family dominated Cologne in the 11th century
It’s vacation time, hopefully for you too or that you get some time to rest. Have you ever asked yourself why some perfume is called Cologne in the English language? Well, you don’t have to … Continue reading Funfacts about Cologne – Summer Break Episode
#42 A Day in Court at Cologne Cathedral in the 11th century – An Ugly Archbishop and the Beauty of the Cologne Penny
Cologne in the 11th century: We look around a bit in the area of Cologne Cathedral, where the Archbishop’s palace is located, the monastery monastery and on the square itself, where court hearings took place. … Continue reading #42 A Day in Court at Cologne Cathedral in the 11th century – An Ugly Archbishop and the Beauty of the Cologne Penny
#41 The Barefoot Shepherd: St. Heribert – A Medieval Crisis Manager of the 11th Century fights Famines and Founder of Deutz Abbey
Heribert was around the year 1000 AD at the pinnacle of power as Chancellor of the Holy Roman Empire – but then he was suddenly deposed: but this was a stroke of luck for Cologne. … Continue reading #41 The Barefoot Shepherd: St. Heribert – A Medieval Crisis Manager of the 11th Century fights Famines and Founder of Deutz Abbey
Cologne in the Year 1000 AD. This year was a year like many others. But let’s take advantage of the beginning of the new millennium to discover the city on foot again. We explore the … Continue reading #40 The Year 1000 AD – Cologne at the turn of the millennium
From the imperial palace in Constantinople to cold Germany. Theophanu’s story, which will find its new adopted home in Cologne, is the subject of this episode. A woman who has received far too little attention … Continue reading #39 Theophanu – A Greek Princess saves the Holy Roman Empire
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.