I’ve begun listening to the New Books in History Podcast, a series of interviews with historians from a wide range of fields. I absolutely adore these, seeing as History is my chosen field of study and I’m always happy to hear people enthusiastically discussing the subject (that’s one of the main attractions here–hearing historians enthuse about obscure historical marginalia can be unbearably cute).
My latest listen was the interview with Jay Rubenstein concerning his book Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse. I was quite surprised to hear Rubenstein started out on the path to this book through studying the works of Guibert de Nogent; I wrote two seminar papers on Guibert’s memoir and history of the first crusade, respectively, in my last year of undergraduate studies at university. I found Rubenstein’s exploration of crusading discourse(for lack of a better term) and its close connection to the imagery of the Apocalypse utterly fascinating.
Actually, all these interviews are well worth your time. After getting repeatedly bummed out over the good blogging press surrounding the Hardcore History podcast (which I do not like one bit), I was pleased to discover a podcast this, well, excellent.
Go thee and listen!