Did you know that the Red Wedding was based on an actual battle in Scotland? Have the medieval customs of Westeros seemed familiar to you? What do the Dothraki and a Mongol Horde have in common? How are Beowulf and the Vikings tied into all of this?
In Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones, by Carolyne Larrington, fans of the book series and television show get a chance to delve deeper into the Historical inspirations for characters, events, and customs in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin. If you’re a history lover, this book is difficult to put down. Interested in the Mongols? Prefer Viking history? Deep into the United Kingdom? All of these are covered and delightful.
Larrington has a loving balance between historical textbook and interesting tale. This isn’t a book full of droll passages, but rather fascinating customs and cultures. She is careful to tie historical information into what we love.
In Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones, Larrington does point out that her book covers Seasons 1-5 of the TV show. It does include important facts from the book and some of the changes, but if you aren’t caught up on the TV show there will be spoilers.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan from the TV show or have read every book religiously, this is definitely a book to add to your collection.
Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones is now available.