Rethinking the Stigma of “Bastard”


Sara McDougall in Oxford University Press: “Watching Game of Thrones, and devouring the novels, made me a better medievalist. As fans of the show and novels know well, George R. R. Martin’s imaginary world offers a vibrant account of life and death, of royal power and magic, of political infighting, arranged marriages, sex, love, and despair. It is not an accurate depiction of medieval Europe, but why should it be? Instead, it is great fun, and is also a prime example of what scholars have started calling “medievalism,” accounts of a medieval past that are often as much about us as about them, what we love (and love to hate) about Medieval Europe, real or imagined…”

Click here to read Bastards and Game of Thrones

Click here to read a related article, The strange story of inventing the ‘bastard’ in medieval Europe, written for Aeon Magazine.



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