Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood is a collection of thought-provoking essays from medieval historians and scholars, Jacopo della Quercia among them!
Join us as we explore how the enormously popular HBO series and fantasy literature of George R. R. Martin are both influenced by and differ from real historical figures, events, beliefs, and practices from the medieval world. Topics include the Wars of the Roses, barbarian invasions, medieval warfare, women and agency, slavery, celibate societies in Westeros, myths and legends of medieval Europe, and many more. Jacopo's essay examines the political climate of Game of Thrones through the lens of Renaissance theorist Niccolò Machiavelli's most famous works.
Was Ned Stark a good ruler? Was Roose Bolton too cruel, or not cruel enough? What lessons from Machiavelli's The Prince did Daenerys Targaryen fail to heed in Meereen? Find out in Jacopo's contribution to Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood.