Chivalry in Westeros: The Knightly Code of A Song of Ice and Fire

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McFarland, Feb 12, 2018 - Literary Criticism - 217 pages
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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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Contents

Preface
1
ONE An Introduction to Westerosi Chivalry
7
Two Chivalry in Oral Tradition
25
THREE Chivalry in Written Tradition
44
Four Franchise
62
Five Loyalty
89
Six Prowess
114
Seven Vengeance
141
Eight Peace Weaving
160
Teaching Westeros
182
Chapter Notes
191
Bibliography
201
Index
207
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Carol Parrish Jamison is a professor of English at Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus, in Savannah, Georgia. She specializes in medieval literature, linguistics, and medievalism.

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