- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119249422
- ISBN-13: 978-1119249429
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Game of Thrones versus History: Written in Blood 1st Edition
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About the Author
Brian A. Pavlac is Professor of History at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. His books include A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities throughout History, 2nd Edition (2nd Edition, 2015), Witch Hunts in the Western World: Persecution and Punishment from the Inquisition to the Salem Trials (2010), and Warrior Bishop of the Twelfth Century (2008).
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The book also actually is referencing the “Game of Thrones” television series more so than the Song of Ice and Fire series. Individual sections vary somewhat between referencing the books or the TV series, but the general focus is more on GOT. I have read all the books and seen up to the current series, and as anyone who has done both realized, not everything from the books are covered, and there are deviations from the books in the television series. A list of both is provided at the end of this book, but I found that most of the chapters reference the film versions more than the book.
Within each of the sections (listed below) are 3-4 sub articles covering those topics. Each is written by a different author (author bios are given at the beginning of the book) and have slightly different tones and styles. Some are more formal than others ( “A defense against the other” reads like a well written journal article) but all have in common thoroughly researched history and readability. In teaching, a technique called “activating or assessing prior knowledge” is used in order to link what a student already knows to new material. Surprisingly, a great deal of Game of Thrones is useful for this technique. I learned a great deal about history from reading this book in a painless manner. Some of my new knowledge is just interesting tidbits (who know that rich and powerful families had MORE children than the poor (not just that survived, which make sense) but actually more. Other information was eye opening (the role of slave soldiers in Islamic history).
The book is much more scholarly than I expected from the title (the Written in Blood subtitle led me to think it would focus mostly on the violence in history and GOT). I pretty much hate history, and I read this book in two days, which tells you that is it also engaging.
Part I Kings, Queens, Knights, and Strategy
Part II Slaves, Barbarians, and Other Others
Part III Women and Children
Part IV Religion
Part V The Background
My one problem with this book is the layout. Grant you, I received a reader's copy so what I am writing may or may not hold true for the actual volume although it has been my experience to note that most of the time the ARC is pretty much in the same format as the first edition. My biggest complaint is the font size used--it is miniscule--the layout seems self-published set up to cram as much print on the page as possible to cut down costs--all at the expense of the reader's eyesight. Publisher, please print this book so that it appeals not only to scholarly types wearing magnifiers, but to actual laymen readers who enjoy a book that is well-formatted.
The end of each chapter/article has a list of references. It is text only, so it is a good match for ebook readers, especially since the both the font size and line-spacing on the 300ish page paperback is rather small. I tried zooming the paperback, it did not work :)
The twenty diverse articles are grouped into different sections, some are more cohesive (eg Religions) than others.
The book assumes you have watched the first six seasons, so if you are spoiler-averse, watch the TV show and read the books (of course!) before reading this. For example, one character is mentioned as "The Hand without a Head". Ouch :)
Book obviously contains spoilers, up through book five and season six.
If you're looking for insight into where events are going next, I don't think you'll get that here.