Non-Book Review: Game Of Thrones And The Medieval Art Of War

Game Of Thrones And The Medieval Art Of War, by Ken Mondschein

It ought not to be a surprise that there have been a few notable efforts on the part of military historians to tie the Game of Thrones with medieval military history [1].  It should be noted that I am somewhat fond of the Game of Thrones series myself and its ubiquitous tie-ins [2].  As it happens, I requested this book from the De Re Militari as is my fashion after reading and reviewing my previous book from them, and although a copy of the book had just gone out the person in charge of soliciting reviews was able to swing a second copy of the book directly from the publisher upon the promise from me that I would inform him when I got a copy, which reminds me that I should do that soon in case I forget and send him the review as my notice that I received the book, which would be in bad form.

The book itself is about two hundred pages of material, and is divided into nine chapters, making for a manageable chapter length of just over 20 pages apiece.  The author begins by pointing out the myth of chivalry, and then moves on to discussing how armor will help one survive a battle.  After that the author looks at dragonsteel and wildfire as aspects of weaponry in Westeros.  A discussion of fighting arts follows before a look at duels and tournaments.  A chapter on the economics of feudal warfare and a discussion of women warriors of Westeros then comes before the author closes the book with chapters on conquest and culture and a medieval atrocity sourcebook.  All in all this looks like a book I will greatly enjoy reading and reviewing and it does not appear as if the book will take me very long to complete, at least by my initial impression.  Whether or not this book has mass market appeal, it aims at the audience that likes Game of Thrones as well as medieval military history, and surely that is a large enough audience to make it worth their while to receive my review.

[1] See, for example:

[2] See, for example:

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