December, 2013

The Real Red Queen at Historical Honey

Who was the real Margaret Beaufort? Was she the religious zealot shown in some fictional portrayals? Was she obsessed with her son? Did she hate the Yorkists? Recently,  Historical Honey published an article I wrote about the real historical figure behind Philippa Gregory’s Red Queen. Even if you aren’t a fan of Philippa Gregory, check it out. The article focuses mainly on Margaret Beaufort. Here’s the link: http://www.historicalhoney.com/margaret-beaufort-the-red-queen/. Also, check out Historical Honey. It is a great magazine and has some fascinating…

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Dragonlords, Dark Ages, and Deeper Meanings in Game of Thrones

This is the third part of the interview. This part focuses on George RR Martin’s world building, the themes in Game of Thrones, and if those themes have any relevance or deeper meaning for us today. This part of the interview made me reflect on questions like, Why study medieval history? Traditionally, people have believed in studying history because it can prevent repeating the mistakes of the past. But, what lessons are there in the Wars of the Roses? 9….

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Symbols in Game of Thrones

In many ways, Game of Thrones is written like a traditional literary novel. It has symbols, themes, and foreshadowing – all of which it employs to create a richer story. In this part of last Sunday’s interview, I talk about the symbols I’ve noticed in the books. I’m sure there are probably a lot I’ve missed, so I’d be very interested in hearing what you think. 6. What analysis have you come across reading the books? Literary analysis? Very little. I…

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What is the cultural and literary value of Game of Thrones?

Recently a student asked me for a private interview for an assignment.  I thought it might be interesting to share the interview here, and if nothing else, it might stimulate some interesting comments and conversation.  The interview is about not only the history in Game of Thrones but also why we are drawn to it as well as its literary and cultural value.  The interview is long, so I’ve broken it into three parts. I’d be very interested in your own ideas about…

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New books on Elizabeth of York: The True Story of the White Princess

Today Alison Weir’s latest book on Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World was released in the United States. I’ve been reading an advance copy, and it is marvelous. If you enjoyed my posts on Sansa, I highly recommend Weir’s book and Amy Licence’s new book (more below). Not to be effusive, but I think Alison Weir is truly at the height of her writing powers. She’s always been a great writer, so it is impressive her style…

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