“GAME of Thrones”, which, in case you hadn’t noticed, returned for its eighth and final season this week, has already had a profound impact on the television industry (if you’re a TV producer with an idea for a multi-series drama your chances of getting a green light have skyrocketed). Let’s hope it has an equally profound impact on the history industry. Over the past few decades academics have focused on history from below—hence all those university seminars on bastardy in 15th-century Nottingham and hand-loom weavers in 18th-century Lincoln. They have done this for obvious intellectual reasons: Karl Marx’s contention that “the history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggle” is undoubtedly a powerful insight. Added to this is a sociological reason: the vast expansion of the universities (and the arrival of a more socially and ethnically diverse student population) means that historians are reluctant to … [Read more...] about On “Game of Thrones”, Conservatism, Israel and Lidl
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Winter has come, the army of the dead have arrived, and the game of thrones nears its conclusion. After eight seasons of backstabbing, shock deaths, romance, huge battles, and three dragons, Game of Thrones will come to its heart-stopping conclusion next month. With the final season arriving on April 15 in the UK, now is the perfect time to get a recap on everything that has happened in the HBO fantasy drama so far. Set in the land of Westeros, where summers last decades and winter can last a lifetime, the noble houses of the Seven Kingdoms co-exist peacefully under King Robert Baratheon, the man who usurped the Mad King Aerys Targaryen. But all is not well as threats both within and without the kingdom begin to emerge. Here is everything that has happened in the seven seasons leading up to the grand finale. Be warned, spoilers obviously. Game of Thrones season 1 recap The opening season focuses on the escalating feud between the noble House Stark and House Lannister, both in and … [Read more...] about Ultimate Game of Thrones recap season 1-7 ahead of new season
With Game of Thrones season 8 about to kick off it's a good idea to refresh your knowledge on where the main characters are and what they're up to. In a show this dense, it's difficult to keep track of everyone, what sub-plots they're involved in - even their names, sometimes. What about the spin-off? Game of Thrones prequel cast revealed Season 8 to feature 'longest consecutive battle sequence ever' There are loads of spoilers below, so if you haven't finished watching Game of Thrones through to the end of the seventh season - stop reading now. Here's a brief rundown on the location of all of the major players ahead of Game of Thrones S08E01: White Harbour Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have finished their meeting in King's Landing and were stopping at White Harbour on the way to Winterfell. Season 7 ended with them making love, just as we had it confirmed that they're nephew and aunty. Gross. With them at White Harbour - or also travelling to meet there en route to Winterfell - … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones season 8 preview: A recap of where everyone is
Has season seven of Game of Thrones triggered a bit of a “left out in the cold” feeling? Are there now slightly too many branches on your mental Stark family tree? Worry not: here’s a quick catch-up guide to Benjen Stark, one the latest and greatest characters to make a surprise comeback. Who is Benjen Stark? Benjen Stark, played on Game of Thrones by Joseph Mawle, is the youngest brother of Eddard (Ned) Stark, and the uncle of the six Stark children: Robb (now deceased), Rickon (same again), Bran, Sansa, Arya, and bastard Jon Snow. (Of course, we're now all relatively tickled by Jon’s parentage and the effect it may or may not have on our favourite characters - though its unlikely the character’s relationship with Benjen won’t change too much when the Westerosi gossip chain hits them.) Ned’s other siblings, both of whom are now dead, were named Brandon and Lyanna. What happened to Benjen? Benjen was a fairly significant … [Read more...] about Benjen Stark: Will the Game of Thrones uncle to Bran, Sansa and Arya return in season 8?
It's one of the most successful TV shows ever made and has an army of devoted fans across the world. Dragons, white walkers, the Iron Throne, the endless quest for power in Westeros - not to mention a lot of sex - Game Of Thrones has it all. It has made megastars of many of the actors in leading roles - from Emilia Clarke to Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner to Maisie Williams. But amid all the blood and gore in the iconic fantasy world, many of the young cast have literally grown up on screen. And the adult stars of the Sky Atlantic show - or those who are still alive in the series - have dramatically changed throughout the course of the eight seasons. As fans gear up for the final sries, eagerly awaiting who will end up victorious, we take a look at what the cast looked like back in series one compared to now. Maisie Williams as Ayra Stark Maisie was just 14 when she first appeared on our screens as Ayra Stark. Since then her character has lost both her parents, trained as an assasin, … [Read more...] about How Game Of Thrones stars have dramatically changed since series one