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WINTER IS COMING: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones
by Carolyne Larrington

WINTER IS COMING: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones by Carolyne Larrington

November 2015 - 288 pages 198 x 126mm - 40 B&W illustrations

Discover the medieval myths and legends that inspired Game of Thrones, an indispensable book for fans

Key selling points

• Game of Thrones has a huge, increasingly influential and growing fanbase

• Reveals the origins of many of the ideas for the show

• Author is a leading expert on medieval literature, myth and folklore

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; by PhD students asking why Westeros has yet to see an industrial revolution, or whether astronomy explains the continent’s climatic problems and unpredictable solstices; and by bloggers and cultural commentators contesting the series’ startling portrayals of power, sex and gender. Yet no book has yet 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 Children’s books (edited with Diane Purkiss); and The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles (I.B.Tauris, 2015).