Queenship and the women of Westeros: female agency and advice in Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire

Zita Eva Rohr (Editor), Lisa Benz (Editor)

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Is the world of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones really medieval? How accurately does it reflect the real Middle Ages? Historians have been addressing these questions since the book and television series exploded into a cultural phenomenon. For scholars of medieval and early modern women, they offer a unique vantage point from which to study the intersections of elite women and popular understandings of the premodern world. This volume is a wide-ranging study of those intersections. Focusing on female agency and the role of advice, it finds a wealth of continuities and contrasts between the many powerful female characters of Martin’s fantasy world and the strategies that historical women used to exert influence. Reading characters such as Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, and Brienne of Tarth with a creative, deeply scholarly eye, Queenship and the Women of Westeros makes cutting-edge developments in queenship studies accessible to everyday readers and fans.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages263
ISBN (Electronic)9783030250416
ISBN (Print)3030250415, 3030250407, 9783030250409
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameQueenship and Power
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Women
  • Characters and characteristics
  • queenship
  • female agency
  • advice and counsel
  • medievalism
  • premodernism
  • George R.R. Martin
  • Daenarys Targaryen
  • Cersei Lannister
  • Arya Stark
  • Margaery Tyrell
  • succession
  • elite medieval women
  • Beowulf
  • fantasy genre
  • gender and power


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