Dr Carolyne Larrington is a Fellow and Tutor in Medieval English Literature, St John’s College. Dr Larrington’s research interests are in Old Icelandic literature, medieval women’s writing, European Arthurian literature, and, most recently, medieval emotion. She has made frequent appearances on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, including on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time and Woman’s Hour. She also appeared in the BBC 4 TV series The Beauty of Books. In 2015 she presented a BBC Radio 4 series, The Lore of the Land, examining the enduring relevance of the creatures of British folklore.
Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones: Game of Thrones is a phenomenon. As Carolyne Larrington reveals in this essential companion to George R R Martin’s fantasy novels and the HBO mega-hit series based on them the show is the epitome of water-cooler TV. It is the subject of intense debate in national newspapers; by PhD students asking why Westeros has yet to see an industrial revolution, or whether astronomy explains the continent’s climatic problems and unpredictable solstices (‘winter is coming’); and by bloggers and cultural commentators contesting the series’ startling portrayals of power, sex and gender. Yet no book has divulged how George R R Martin constructed his remarkable universe out of the Middle Ages. Discussing novels and TV series alike, Larrington explores among other topics: sigils, giants, dragons and direwolves in medieval texts; ravens, old gods and the Weirwood in Norse myth; and a gothic, exotic orient in the eastern continent, Essos. From the White Walkers to the Red Woman, from Casterley Rock to the Shivering Sea, this is an indispensable guide to the twenty-first century’s most important fantasy creation.