Northern Illinois University has added a class called “Game of Thrones, Television and Medieval History.”
The best part of the new curriculum is that it seems this course isn’t just a publicity stunt to try and lure kids into the lecture hall, this is a true history lesson. According to The Chicago Tribune, the class is the brainchild of one Professor Valerie Garver, who is a huge ‘Game of Thrones’ fan believes that the HBO drama (and the original books by George R.R. Martin) is actually a great representation of the middle ages.
“It represents aspects of the Middle Ages much more realistically than other media depictions that purport to be more accurate. It stands out because it comments on the human condition in a way that seems real to people. It’s a really good example of a piece of modern culture that draws on how the past impacts the present.”
Not surprisingly the class filled up in less than an hour; don’t fret the course will be offered again next spring. And who knows, maybe Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will guest lecture.