Queenship and the Women of Westeros

Female Agency and Advice in Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire

  • Zita Eva Rohr
  • Lisa Benz

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxxiv
  2. Queenship

  3. Female Agency

  4. The Role of Advice

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-263

About this book


Is the world of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones really medieval? How accurately does it reflect the real Middle Ages? Historians have been addressing these questions since the book and television series exploded into a cultural phenomenon. For scholars of medieval and early modern women, they offer a unique vantage point from which to study the intersections of elite women and popular understandings of the premodern world. This volume is a wide-ranging study of those intersections. Focusing on female agency and the role of advice, it finds a wealth of continuities and contrasts between the many powerful female characters of Martin’s fantasy world and the strategies that historical women used to exert influence. Reading characters such as Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, and Brienne of Tarth with a creative, deeply scholarly eye, Queenship and the Women of Westeros makes cutting-edge developments in queenship studies accessible to everyday readers and fans.


Queenship female agency advice and counsel medievalism premodernism George R.R. Martin Daenarys Targaryen Cersei Lannister Arya Stark Margaery Tyrell succession elite medieval women Beowulf fantasy genre gender and power

Editors and affiliations

  • Zita Eva Rohr
    • 1
  • Lisa Benz
    • 2
  1. 1.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.SalemUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25040-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25041-6
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