Does Sansa Suck?

Recently, some of you put some great comments on the first post about Sansa Stark . One person wrote that it’s unfair to put Sansa down for not being assertive — after all she is a prisoner.  The comment writer also scolded me a bit for being sexist by equating femininity with passivity and denigrating them both. These are actually fair points. Some of you have argued that finding Sansa annoying is subjective. Sure, it’s subjective. You can’t measure “annoyingness” and not everyone…

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Sansa Stark and Elizabeth of York: A Shattered Childhood (Part 2)

The rioters are raping her. Sansa awakens gasping and shaken only to discover her nightmare has been born to life. She’s “bled.” Fearing the queen will learn she is now a woman and she’ll be forced to consummate her betrothal with Joffrey, Sansa frantically tries to cut the stain out of the mattress. Sansa’s realities are harsh. Childhood is over and womanhood endangers her. Worse than the risk of dying in childbirth, Sansa’s betrothed, Joffrey, is a cruel cowardly boy…

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Announcement: The White Queen & Missing Article

re: the article “5 Historical Inaccuracies in The White Queen Costumes and Set” Last night, I accidentally released a blast promoting an unfinished article “5 Historical Inaccuracies in The White Queen Costumes and Set.” First of all, my apologies. Second,  I’m currently working on a new section of the History Behind Game of Thrones site about The White Queen. Unfortunately, while working on the test site (“sandbox”), I published an article privately but this sent out a social media blast with a…

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The Origin of Sansa May Lie in Elizabeth of York

Sansa Stark is lovely: everything you’d imagine a medieval princess to be. Beautiful, poised, graceful, soft-spoken, and mannerly, Sansa studies the feminine arts and tries to stay composed. She isn’t the sort of girl who would upstage her prince. Instead, she would remain quietly waiting in the background, smiling sweetly, as she ties a favor to his lance or kisses his sword before battle. Yet, Sansa is quite possibly the most annoying character on Game of Thrones. Why is that? Through our twenty-first century eyes, the…

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Giveaways, Goodreads, Google Scholar, and Wars of the Roses Book Reviews

Inspired after the Nerdalicious interview, I’d intended to work on a post about Sansa. Instead, I got distracted and had some fun playing around with Goodreads and writing some reviews. But first, a tip about research and Google Scholar. Google Scholar I’ve never used Goodreads before because I usually find books and articles by reading footnotes and then tracking down the item with Google Books or, my newest discovery, Google Scholar. A few quick asides about that in case you…

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Nerdalicious Interview

What might be my new favorite blog, Nerdalicious, just interviewed me about the historical basis for Game of Thrones and the Song of Ice and Fire series.  To mix it up a bit, I talk about some parallels I haven’t had a chance to write about yet. Nerdalicious has articles about anything that appeals to your inner nerd, including history, StarTrek, Doctor Who, and J.K. Rowling. It even had an awesome post the other day with some very funny GoT…

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