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23 February, 2016

Larrington's Winter is Coming, Reviewed in Medievally Speaking

Carolyne Larrington, Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (2016), was recently reviewed by Stephen Basdeo 2016:   The book and television series Game of Thrones will likely be familiar to medieval scholars. With another television series planned for this year, and at least two more books from Martin which are due to be published, the Game of Thrones mania is unlikely to fade soon. There have obviously been books published about the show before, but these have mostly been companion pieces to the television series, concerned chiefly with the production of the show. Carolyne Larrington’sWinter is Coming, however, is ‘what happens when a scholar of medieval literature and culture watches the HBO show Game of Thrones and reads George R. R. Martin’s series, A Song of Ice and Fire’ (p. xiii). The aim of the books is not, however, to ‘chase up Martin’s sources or to spot direct influences on […] the show’ (Ibid). Rather, Larrington uses Game of Thrones as a window through which she teaches the reader about the medieval period, and she does it effectively. As there is currently no work of a similar kind on Martin’s books or the show, Winter is Coming therefore breaks new ground for medievalists. Read THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE