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Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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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. 

Find suggested readings, recommended links, and more from editor Brian Pavlac at gameofthronesversushistory.com. 

About the Author

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).


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1984 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (9 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XK9NLMW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #441,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
Two kids mom
5.0 out of 5 starsA fairly academic and engaging book. Teaches real history by linking to GOT. Not a light read, but very educational.
20 May 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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Diana Faillace Von Behren
3.0 out of 5 starsToo Small Print and Format Throws Off a Good Study of George R. R. Martin's Muses
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X. Fossor
4.0 out of 5 starsFun For The Recreational Reader; Perhaps A Chore & Less Fun As An Assigned Text
30 July 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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