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Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones

(Medievalism #12)

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Published March 2018 by Boydell & Brewer
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Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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"The capacity and willingness to do violence is expected of the noblemen of Westeros, and any suggestion that they are incapable or unwilling is an affront to their honor. These expectations can leave men deeply damaged in ways that they may not even recognize, and cannot admit if they do. Jaime, for example, has no mechanism for coping with emotional stress except dissociation, and he teaches Tommen to do the same. Sandor Clegane struggles with pyrophobia from his brother holding his face to th ...more
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This is a good discussion on how Song/GoT is constructed from medievalisms -- which is to say, medieval history at secondhand, as interpreted through the Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite craze (arch-romantics) and then the Tolkien century. Constructed in the sense that Martin is anti-romantic, so that in effect GoT is a kick in the teeth to the Victorians and their heirs. In a nice irony, he comes close to real medieval romance, which concerned itself with questions of violence.

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