The connection between Game of Thrones and real-world history is frequently brought up in discussion among fans, critics and scholars. Now, the folks at Harvard University will explore that connection further with a new course entitled “The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models.”
Time magazine has the scoop, with an exclusive look at the introductory-level course taught by Sean Gilsdorf, in tandem with assistant professor Racha Kirakosian.
The course will include material from both A Song of Ice and Fire novels and the TV series. The course description, according to Time, states they’ll examine the way the books and Game of Thrones “echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the ‘medieval world’ of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE” by studying “a set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones — the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on — with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature, religion, and legend.”
Professor Gilsdorf tells Time that “medieval biographies of queens will be prime source material.” Kirakosian tells the magazine that the course will be a “‘recruitment tool’ for the medieval studies and humanities courses, in general.”
For more info on the new course, swing by Time for the full details!