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.

I loved seeing it all contextualised like this. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you will love this book.

– Miltos Yerolemou, Game of Thrones’ Syrio Forel

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

The History Behind Game of Thrones: The North Remembers is available in hardcover, paperback. e-book, Kindle and audiobook format. Buy now from these booksellers:

Pen & Sword Books
Historic Environment Scotland

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