I recently came across a video of a medieval literature professor from Sonoma State University discussing his thoughts on the popular series Game of Thrones, and the connections this show has to medieval literature. In the short video, he primarily focuses on justice and politics in the show, and compares these to those found in medieval literature. He then moves to compare several of the characters to different figures seen in medieval poetry, such as the “truthteller” and various knights, as well as finds comparisons with the ideas and plot with Beowulf. Also, he does find some similarities in the ways the female lead characters are portrayed.
I found the video to be very interesting, and a way to connect what we’ve been studying in class to modern pop culture.