Thursday, January 04, 2007


I learned the other day that Saladin was a Kurd. I had no idea. How ironic!

I ran across this fact while watching a series of lectures on DVD from The Teaching Company called
The Era of the Crusades, given by Professor Kenneth W. Harl of Tulane. An excellent introduction if you (like me) know little or nothing about that age. Even if you have more backrground than I, I suspect that the program would be worthwhile. Professor Harl was originally a classicist and spends a good deal of time on the Byzantines, whom I suspect get short shrift in many accounts.

The series was on sale when I bought it. Unfortunately, if you want to take my recommendation, it seems to have returned to full price.

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