Category: Bookish

The Accursed Kings, Part I

Epic medieval saga? Check. Long delay between books? Check. Lavish TV adaptation? Check. The Accursed Kings was everything I wanted for a post-Game of Thrones / pre-Winds of Winter fix

When a new English translation of The Accursed Kings series of historical novels was issued in 2013, George R. R. Martin contributed the foreword. He called it “the original game of thrones.” It’s easy to see the connection. Political machinations. Sexy intrigue with murderous results. Feudal families clashing, their bonds tested and frayed.

While the events of The Accursed Kings, taking place in France over the first half of the 14th century, are in the history books, it’s author Maurice Druon’s particular telling that makes it so influential.

But the big question is, does it fill the Game of Thrones shaped void in your heart?


2018 In Review: My 5-Stars for the Year

In a year where my blogging volume has dropped precipitously due to writing commitments (and, uh, work), this is probably my last post of the year. Let’s go out with a bang! I haven’t had the opportunity to post about some of my favourite things this year, so I’m gathering all my 5-star raves for 2018 in one place.

To keep things manageable, I’m restricting my list of 5-star reading and viewing experiences to “Histories Unfolding Approved” historically-related entries.

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Reading List: 5 Fantasy Novels Ripped from History’s Headlines

Works of fantasy are often most compelling for what they have to say about our world. Despite being set in entirely imaginary worlds, some of my favourite fantasy stories have a close relationship to real historical settings and events. They’re “ripped from old headlines,” if you will.

Perhaps most famously, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and in particular the first novel, A Game of Thrones, has many parallels to England’s War of the Roses. Here are 5 more examples of fantasy novels with a close relation to history.


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