CFP: A Game of Thrones and History

We are seeking proposals for essays to be included in an edited collection with the working title of A Game of Thrones and History, to be published by Wiley in 2013 as a volume in its ‘Pop Culture and History’ series. We’re looking for essays that elaborate the historical context of G.R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, examining individual characters or aspects of Westeros and other cultures against a historical backdrop, or analyzing how popular historical understandings inform the material.

The collection is aimed at a broader audience than is the case for many scholarly collections, and seeks to make visible for readers the underlying use of historical events and culture in A Game of Thrones. We welcome submissions from historians or those in cognate disciplines, including gender studies, medieval studies or cultural studies.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The Great Houses and the Wars of the Roses

  • Historical parallels for Cersei’s queenship

  • Pretenders in the Middle Ages

  • The Red Wedding and the history of hospitality and betrayal

  • What Westeros could learn from Hadrian’s Wall

  • How medieval were Daenarys’s dragons?

  • The stain of illegitimacy and the bastards of Westeros

  • Brienne of Tarth and medieval women at war

  • A comparative history of treachery in the royal guard and at the court

  • Prostitution in history and in the Seven Kingdoms

  • The Old Gods, the Seven, Druids, and Christians

  • Nobles, peasants, and social structures in Westeros and medieval Europe

  • Marriage bargains and family structures in the Seven Kingdoms: historical parallels

  • Medieval masculinities and manhood in the Seven Kingdoms

  • Hordes, Heroes, Khans, and Khals: the medieval military cultures of Westeros and Essos

This collection will be published by Wiley Publishing, which will pay contributors an honorarium of $400 for each essay.

Please email a 500-word proposal, a one-page c.v., and contact information to Janice Liedl at jliedl [AT] by October 5, 2012.

Notification of accepted proposals will be made by October 15, 2012.
Chapter drafts of approximately 5,000 words will be due by January 15, 2013.

Email inquiries are preferred.

Janice Liedl, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
Laurentian University
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
(705) 675-1151 ext. 4206

Series Editor:
Nancy Reagin, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Women’s & Gender Studies
Pace University
New York, NY 10038
(212) 346-1723


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