‘I watch it for historic reasons.’ Representation and reception of the Middle Ages in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

This article aims to analyse several ideas of the Middle Ages that inspired HBO’s TV show Game of Thrones (HBO 2011-), based on George R. R. Martin’s ongoing series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire (1996-).

Game of Tropes: Subversion of Medieval Ideals in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

Martin does not only incorporate these medieval “building blocks” into his own work, he also deviates from them. 

What’s more bloody – Game of Thrones or the Wars of the Roses?

Has Game of Thrones become far too bloody? Surprisingly, statistical analyses actually indicate that the fictional show is quite realistic compared to a real life medieval civil war.

Muscular Medievalism

Our job as medievalists—as humanists—is not to wall off the Middle Ages from public discourse when it’s being misused or mishandled.

Which Of The Seven Kingdoms Do You Belong To?

Take this quiz and find out where you’d live in Westeros…unless you’re part of the Night’s Watch of course.

How Well Do You Know The History of Westeros?

You win or you die.

Could You Pass Westeros 101?

Valar Dohaeris! We shall see!

The Medieval Magazine: Game of Thrones (Volume 2 Issue 12)

As a new season of Game of Thrones is set to begin, we take a look at the influence of the Middle Ages on the works by George R.R. Martin.

How Well Do You Know A Song Of Ice And Fire?

Think you know Westeros and Essos? Find out here!

What was the Most Shocking Moment of Game of Thrones – Season 5?

Spoilers!!! Don’t take a look at this unless you have watched every minute of Season 5! If you have, vote on the most shocking scene.

Game Of Thrones Banners Quiz

Match the correct banner with the family name, words or seat.

Primetime Paganism: Popular-Culture Representations of Europhilic Polytheism in Game of Thrones and Vikings

This article provides a critical examination of the politico-religious content of the highly successful television series Game of Thrones and Vikings.

‘We Do Not Sow’: The Economics and Politics of A Song of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic A Song of Ice and Fire brilliantly illustrates a number of basic principles of political economy.

Game of Thrones: What’s Your Role In Westeros?

Find out who you’d be in Westeros, in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Genre Medievalisms: Geek Goes Chic!

Is Cersei a collection of bad medieval stereotypes? Have nerds gone mainstream? Were American cowboys a modern retelling of the medieval knight? Put down that comic, put away your bag of dice, and indulge your inner nerd.

Which Game Of Thrones Character Said This?

Game of Thrones is full of witty words and quotable one-liners but can you remember which familiar face uttered them first?

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Quiz

Your favourite quiz for your favourite TV show.

What’s Your Game Of Thrones House?

Everyone has a personality type, and some personality types are more devious than others. Which Westerosi family would you feel right at home in?

Ten Thoughts on Game of Thrones: Sons of the Harpy

Somewhat random thoughts on Season 5 Episode 4 of Game of Thrones…

Is this title real or from Game of Thrones?

Here are 20 of the strangest sounding official ranks and titles. Some are genuine British royal or parliamentary titles – and some are from Game Of Thrones. Which is which?

Ten Thoughts on Game of Thrones: High Sparrow

Taking a look at Episode 3 of Season 5 from Game of Thrones:

Who Would Be Your Nemesis In Game Of Thrones?

So many people, so many ways to die. But beware, for this quiz is dark and full of spoilers.

‘Game of Thrones, Television and Medieval History’ – medieval and media studies team up to offer course on popular show

For 20 students at Northern Illinois University, Game of Thrones isn’t merely the most entertaining show on television — it’s also among the most thought-provoking classes on campus this spring.

Ten Thoughts on Game of Thrones: The Wars to Come

Some semi-random observations on Season 5 Episode 1: The Wars to Come

Guide to New Characters for Season 5 of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has a very large cast, and in Season 5 there are several new additions. We put together a short guide to who is coming to the series in the next few episodes

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