The History Behind Game of Thrones: The North Remembers

A wall in the distant north cuts the world in two. Ruthless seaborne warriors raid the coasts from their war galleys, yearning to regain lost glories. A young nobleman and his kin are slaughtered under a banner of truce within a mighty castle. A warrior king becomes a legend when he smites his foe with one swing of his axe during a nation-forging battle. Yet this isn’t Westeros – it’s Scotland.

The intersection of history and pop culture holds boundless potential to engage people in the story of Scotland, and to encourage them to think critically about history. To that end, I wrote a book about the many direct inspirations from Scottish history in Game of Thrones – like the basis for the Red Wedding or for a wall separating civilisation from supposed barbarism – as well as the many thematic parallels between them, including the impact of fire-breathing, awe-inspiring weapons or the idea of rivalry between ‘the North’ and ‘the South’.

Game of Thrones is history re-imagined as fantasy; The History Behind Game of Thrones: The North Remembers turns the tables, using George R. R. Martin’s extraordinary fictional universe as a way to understand the driving forces and defining moments from Scotland’s story. Why were castles so important? Was there a limit to the powers a medieval king could use – or abuse? What was the reality of being under siege? Was there really anything that can compare to the destructive force of dragons? By joining forces, Westeros and Scotland hold the answers.

Book of the Month, October 2019:
“Just as ‘Game of Thrones’ was hailed as a fantasy show for people who don’t like fantasy shows, this book is an entertaining and fascinating history book for readers who don’t like history books.”

– The Scots Magazine

The History Behind Game of Thrones: The North Remembers by David C. Weinczok is perhaps one of the most interesting books I’ve read this year.

– Military History Online