Game of Thrones Crossword

Just for fun I created a Game of Thrones crossword. I have no clue (no pun intended) if it is too hard or too easy. There are two ways you can fill in the crossword – either a) by printing out this page or b) by clicking the blue text under the heading “Interactive Version.” I’ll publish the answers for the print version tomorrow. The interactive version has the answers built-in to it. Interactive Version Requires enabling Active X in some…

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Seven Historical Inaccuracies in “The White Queen” Costumes and Sets

Admittedly, I love The White Queen. I’ve read the comments in The Guardian. I cringe at the sometimes <ahem> creative versions of some historical events. And, I often roll my eyes at the magic. But, I still love it. Although some reviewers have criticized the show for its Disney-like cleanliness, it has significantly better sets than many period pieces. Some costumes are frankly stupendous and they really get them right. However, there are some historical inaccuracies in the costumes and…

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George RR Martin and the Futility of War: Famine, War, and The Little Ice Age

Game of Thrones is essentially the story of rival nobles fighting over the succession – who will be king. But, does it have a deeper meaning? I might argue that perhaps it does. During the fourteenth century, while Europe was embroiled in succession wars and other forms of squabbling for territory, the climate changed and medieval peasants starved. But, the kings were too busy empire building, chasing their legacies, and feeding their own egos to care. Today, in America, people speak…

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Tywin Lannister’s Legacy and the Medieval Obsession with Genealogy

During one of Tywin’s war counsels at Harrenhal, back when Arya was Tywin’s cupbearer1 , Tywin discovers, much to his fury, that Amory Lorch inadvertently sends a letter detailing the Lannister’s infantry movements to Lord Marlin of House Dormund instead of Lord Damon of House Marbrand. The following exchange occurs: “Girl, fetch me the Histories of the Greater and Lesser Houses.” – Tywin When Arya immediately retrieves the correct book, Tywin scoffs, “My cupbearer can read better than you.” Tywin…

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Winter is Coming: The Long Winter in Westeros

The dog days are over and before winter arrives here in the northern hemisphere, in one of the last summer weekends—when we might still be hot enough to appreciate stories of cold weather—I thought it might be fun to look at the origins of the legends of the long winter in Westeros and the threat “winter is coming.” (My apologies to everyone in the southern hemisphere who is currently in winter!) This is the first of a two-part post. As…

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