|aGame of thrones versus history :|bwritten in blood /|cedited by Brian A. Pavlac.
|awritten in blood
|aHoboken, NJ :|bWiley Blackwell,|cc2017.
|axv, 293 p. ;|c23 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aIntroduction: The Winter of our Discontent / Brian A. Pavlac -- Kings, Queens, Knights and Strategy. High and Mighty Queens of Westeros / Kavita Mudan Finn -- A Machiavellian Discourse on Game of Thrones / Jacopo della Quercia -- Chivalry in Westeros / Steven Muhlberger -- Of Kings, their Battles, and Castles / Brian A. Pavlac -- Slaves, Barbarians, and Other Others. Barbarian Colonizers and Post-Colonialism in Westeros and in Britain / Shiloh Carroll -- The Eastern Question / Mat Hardy -- A Defense against the "Other": Constructing Sites on the Edge of Civilization and Savagery / Brian de Ruiter -- Slaves with Swords: Slave Soldiers in Essos and the Islamic World / Robert J. Haug -- Women and Children. Rocking Cradles and Hatching Dragons: Parents in Game of Thrones / Janice Liedl -- "Oh, my sweet summer child": Children and Childhood in Game of Thrones / Helle Strandgaard Jensen and Magnus Qvistgaard -- Writing the Rules of their Own Game: Medieval Female Agency and Game of Thrones / Nicole M. Mares -- The Strength of Sansa Stark: A Representation of Female Agency in Late Medieval England / Danielle Alesi -- Religion. Continuity and Transformation in the Religions of Westeros and Western Europe / Don Riggs -- Religious Violence in Game of Thrones: An Historical Background from Antiquity to the European Wars of Religion / Maureen Attali -- Co-existence and Conflict in the Faith Landscapes of Game of Thrones / Daniel Clasby -- I Shall Take No Wife?: Celibate Societies in Westeros and Western Civilization / Kris Swank -- Background. By Whisper and Raven: Information and Communication in Game of Thrones / Giacomo Giudici -- What's in a Name? History and Fantasy in Game of Thrones / Sara L. Uckelman, Sonia Murphy, & Joseph Percer -- Setting up Westeros: the Medieval-esque World of Game of Thrones? / Gillian Polack.
Since it first aired in 2011, Game of Thrones galloped up the ratings to become the most watched show in HBO’s history. It is no secret that creator George R.R. Martin was inspired by late 15th century Europe when writing A Song of Ice and Fire, the sprawling saga on which the show is based. Aside from the fantastical elements, Game of Thrones really does mirror historic events and bloody battles of medieval times—but how closely?Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood is a collection of thought-provoking essays by medieval historians who explore how the enormously popular HBO series and fantasy literature of George R. R. Martin are both informed by and differ significantly from real historical figures, events, beliefs, and practices of the medieval world. From a variety of perspectives, the authors delve into Martin’s plots, characterizations, and settings, offering insights into whether his creations are historical possibilities or pure flights of fantasy. Topics include the Wars of the Roses, barbarian colonizers, sieges and the nature of medieval warfare, women and agency, slavery, celibate societies in Westeros, myths and legends of medieval Europe, and many more. While life was certainly not a game during the Middle Ages, Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood reveals how a surprising number of otherworldly elements of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy are rooted deeply in the all-too-real world of medieval Europe.
Brian A. Pavlac is Professor of History at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. His books include A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities throughout History, 2nd Edition (2nd Edition, 2015), Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition to the Salem Trials (2010), and Warrior Bishop of the Twelfth Century (2008).