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Title:
Chivalry in Westeros : the knightly code of a Song of Ice and Fire
Publication Information:
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company Publishers, Inc., [2018]

©2018
ISBN:
9781476670058
Physical Description:
viii, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
An Introduction to Westerosi Chivalry -- Chivalry in Oral Tradition -- Chivalry in Written Tradition -- Franchise -- Loyalty -- Prowess -- Vengeance -- Peace Weaving -- Conclusions: Teaching Westeros.
Abstract:
"George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire has sparked a renewed interest in things medieval. The pseudo-historical world of Westeros delights casual fans while offering a rich new perspective for medievalists and scholars. This study explores how Martin crafts a chivalric code that intersects with and illuminates well known medieval texts, including both romance and heroic epics. Through characters such as Brienne of Tarth, Sandor Clegane and Jaime Lannister, Martin variously challenges, upholds and deconstructs chivalry as depicted in the literature of the Middle Ages." -- Publisher's description
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Summary

George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire has sparked a renewed interest in things medieval. The pseudo-historical world of Westeros delights casual fans while offering a rich new perspective for medievalists and scholars. This study explores how Martin crafts a chivalric code that intersects with and illuminates well known medieval texts, including both romance and heroic epics. Through characters such as Brienne of Tarth, Sandor Clegane and Jaime Lannister, Martin variously challenges, upholds and deconstructs chivalry as depicted in the literature of the Middle Ages.


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Library Journal Review

George R.R. Martin's substitution of "Ser" for "Sir" in reference to noblemen in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire" is an immediate and astonishingly effective sign that the author is establishing a world entirely separate-yet wholly similar to-our own Middle Ages. Jamison (English, Georgia Southern Univ.) explores further parallels between Westeros and the medieval period by examining the role of chivalry in Westeros, with particular emphasis given to contradictions inherent in the idea of chivalry, comparing the ways in which those tensions act on characters such as Jaime Lannister and Arya Stark with the ways they affect Sir Lancelot and Beowulf, among others. While the explication of these contradictions form the most compelling content, and almost do not need the foil of Westeros to justify the work, academics and fans who are growing impatient with the long wait between novels will appreciate having these characters along on the journey. The final chapter on peace weaving is notable for its examination of potentials for female empowerment within chivalry, often seen as lacking in both the period and the novels. VERDICT While written for an academic audience, this accessible book will appeal to all fans of Martin's series or the Middle Ages.-Jenny Brewer, Helen Hall Lib., League City, TX © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
1 An Introduction to Westerosi Chivalryp. 7
2 Chivalry in Oral Traditionp. 25
3 Chivalry in Written Traditionp. 44
4 Franchisep. 62
5 Loyaltyp. 89
6 Prowessp. 114
7 Vengeancep. 141
8 Peace Weavingp. 160
Conclusions: Teaching Westernsp. 182
Chapter Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 207