17 Jun 2016

The Medieval World of Game of Thrones

From Nine To Noon, 10:08 am on 17 June 2016
Winter Is Coming

Like any good epic  the mega-hit TV show, Games of Thrones, the fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books has it all: from embattled queens and mystic sects to dragons, direwolves, and ravens.

Now in its sixth series it has become a cultural phenomenon.. with a devoted fan base addicted to tales of power lust and vengeance.

But what of the creation's real-world inspiration?

Oxford University's Carolyne Larrington, the author of Winter Is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones which is "the essential companion" to Martin’s novels and the TV show.

It delves into how  Martin constructed his remarkable storylines out of the Middle Ages, and how they helped inspire the Game of Thrones universe.

She talks to Kathryn Ryan.

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