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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

The Medieval World of Game of Thrones

12th June 2016, 19:00 to 20:00, Williams Library, St Chad's College, Dr Carolyne Larrington

From its dragons and ice walls, to its political intrigues and warring houses, Game of Thrones draws inspiration from numerous sources, some fantasy and others rooted in historical events. In this free public talk on 12th June, Dr Carolyne Larrington will talk about the medieval basis for George R.R. Martin's fictional world.

Dr Carolyne Larrington of St John’s College, Oxford, is a distinguished medievalist whose areas of expertise include Old Norse, the Arthurian legend, and modern medievalism. She will talk about Game of Thrones from a medievalist’s point of view. Winter is Coming, her book on the medieval sources and analogues of Game of Thrones, both literary and historical, was published just before Christmas last year.

As the series has progressed since then, the talk may offer further insights into the contexts of the show.

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