Brantley Bryant, an associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, recently went on PBS Newshour and discussed the parallels he sees between Game of Thrones and The Canterbury Tales, Morte d’Arthur, and Beowulf.
A few highlights:
- Ned Stark is the quintessential medieval literary character, the “truth teller,” and things don’t usually go well for the truth teller in medieval tales.
- Jaime Lannister seems like a Lancelot figure.
- Daenerys is an adaptation of a “peace weaver.”
- Stannis and Melisandre is a remix of the Arthur story.
I strongly recommend watching the video – especially if you have any interest in medieval literature. Bryant makes quite a few really interesting observations in a fun, accessible way. Also, a shout out to Medieval News, who originally found this story.