Recommended social video: Watching Game of Thrones Between the Lines

A rather entertaining video podcast that provides a glimpse into the possible historic inspiration for George R. R. Martin’s saga A Song of Ice and Fire.

The narrator’s voice is a tad high pitched and fast-paced, but there’s a lot to cover when you consider all of the connections this video draws between Martin’s fantasy realm and actual figures and events from the historical period known as the Middle Ages.

World_Map_of_Ice_and_Fire_by_Other_in_Law*Westrosi Map by Aidan Moher

A visually compelling tour of the key characters and political schema of the books that spawned the popular HBO Game of Thrones television series. Parses the noble houses of Westros with England’s War of the Roses. Although I think called Ned Stark a Richard the Third is just poppycock!

Frames GoT as a “soft adaptation” of world history between 476 – 1492 Common Era.

I especially enjoyed how they drew upon Umberto Eco’s “Travels in Hyperreality” to explain how writers/directors use this era as a backdrop upon which to stage decidedly modern dramas. Identifies our human desire to project our own needs upon past events in order to tell stories that we find relevant today.

Pretext, irony, barbarism, romanticism, decadence, identity, philosophy, tradition, the end of days!!! 

It’s all here and presented in a manner that approaches An Inconvenient Truth.   Behold!

Episode URL:

 Between the Lines: Game of Thrones

“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.”
Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC), Pro Publio Sestio

“I prefer my history dead. Dead history is writ in ink, the living sort in blood.”
George R.R. Martin, (1948 – ), A Feast for Crows

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1 Comment

  1. Very interesting video. I enjoyed it and it was well done. And coming from me, who neither likes history, nor watches Game of Thrones, that says a lot. I don’t agree w/ all Eco espouses however.


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