Saturday, April 5, 2014

Getting Medieval on To the Best of Our Knowledge

Just gone live: "Getting Medieval" on To the Best of Our Knowledge which includes my interview about Hild.

"Another season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" is beginning, and the History Channel's "Vikings" is racking up ratings. Why are we so interested in the Middle Ages?"

There's also interesting conversation with medieval weapons expert, Kelly DeVries. There's a brief chat with George R.R. Martin about why today's audiences might prefer fiction about the past whereas a previous generation liked thinking about the future. And a segment with Karen Joy Fowler on her latest, the PEN/Faulkner-winning We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. A very satisfying show.

If you only want to listen to me talking about Hild as butcher-bird, Hild as seer, Hild as political spin-meister, then of course feel free to stream or download just my segment (a hair under 12 minutes). But you'll be missing out--not least because they use snippets of Heningarna's "Viima," as incidental music...
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