Winter Is Coming: The Medieval World Of Game Of Thrones by Carolyne LarringtonWinter Is Coming: The Medieval World Of Game Of Thrones by Carolyne Larrington

Winter Is Coming: The Medieval World Of Game Of Thrones

byCarolyne Larrington

Paperback | January 30, 2016

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Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. As Carolyne Larrington reveals in this essential companion to George R R Martin's fantasy novels and the HBO mega-hit series based on them the show is the epitome of water-cooler TV. It is the subject of intense debate in national newspapers and by bloggers and cultural commentators contesting the series' startling portrayals of power, sex and gender. Yet no book has divulged how George R R Martin constructed his remarkable universe out of the Middle Ages. Discussing novels and TV series alike, Larrington explores among other topics: sigils, giants, dragons and direwolves in medieval texts; ravens, old gods and the Weirwood in Norse myth; and a gothic, exotic orient in the eastern continent, Essos. From the White Walkers to the Red Woman, from Casterley Rock to the Shivering Sea, this is an indispensable guide to the twenty-first century's most important fantasy creation.

Carolyne Larrington is Fellow and Tutor in Medieval English Literature at St John's College, Oxford. Her previous books include The Women's Companion to Mythology; The Poetic Edda; King Arthur's Enchantresses: Morgan and her Sisters in Arthurian Tradition (I.B.Tauris 2006, paperback 2014); Magical Tales: Myth, Legend and Enchantment in...
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Title:Winter Is Coming: The Medieval World Of Game Of ThronesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:January 30, 2016Publisher:I.B. Tauris & Co LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1784532568

ISBN - 13:9781784532567

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For long-time lovers of A Song of Ice and Fire, the most interesting parts of Larrington's book will be those where she goes off the beaten path. Larrington has an inviting style, and transitions easily between descriptions of the show or books, history lessons, and comparisons between the two. It's a very thorough book that covers nearly every nook and cranny of the Song of Ice and Fire mythology, from the Night's Watch and the Ironborn in the North all the way to Qarth and Asshai in the far east. Even superfans well-versed in the story's historical bases will find plenty to chew on, and casual viewers who never bothered to think about it may find an entirely new way of looking at looking at their favorite show.