George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels and HBO's Game of Thrones series depict a medieval world at war. But how accurate are they? The author, an historian and medieval martial arts expert, examines in detail how authentically Martin's fictional world reflects the arms and armor, fighting techniques and siege warfare of the Middle Ages. Along the way, he explores the concept of "medievalism"--modern pop culture's idea of the Middle Ages.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
History professor, fencing master and jouster Ken Mondschein is the author of several books on medieval and Renaissance martial arts. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and is a Visiting Fellow at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies.
Table of ContentsTable of Contents
1. No True Knights: Chivalry in Myth and the Middle Ages
2. A Good Way to Survive a Battle: Armor in Westeros
3. Dragonsteel and Wildfire: Weapons in Westeros
4. “Stick them with the pointy end”: Fighting Arts in Westeros and the Middle Ages
5. The Wager of Battle: War, Duels and Tournaments
6. Down and Out in Westeros: The Economics of Feudal Warfare
7. Women Warriors of Westeros
8. Words and Swords: Conquest and Culture
9. A Medieval Atrocity Sourcebook
What People are Saying About This
"Mondschein has compiled a fascinating and well-researched study of medieval warfare in Game of Thrones, written in an accessible style. Chapters on feudalism, chivalric literature, and women in warfare make this an excellent teaching resource and perfect study guide for fans who want to know more about Martin's epic battle scenes. A cracking read."
"From steelmaking to sword physics, battle strategy to medieval economics, Ken Mondschein knows his knights. In his book, he applies lore of historical figures, European culture, armor diagrams, and cleverly-reasoned timelines to Game of Thrones, but does so much more: He blends an enormous scholarly knowledge of medievalism and personal armor expertise with wry humor and chatty modern analogies, creating a book both thorough and approachable. An impressive reference for fantasy fans and historians alike."