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Lecture: “How do we think about Medieval Europe and what does Game of Thrones have to do with it?”

Jul 19, 2019 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Organiser: Heidelberg Talks Student Group

Lecturer: Russel Ó Ríagaín

From Lord of the Rings to Game of Thrones, popular culture has never run short of fantasies inspired by the so called “Middle Ages.” In addition, the idea of “Medieval Europe” has long been utilised by various political groups. But what did Medieval Europe really look like? Is there any connection between the history and the fantasy?

Whether you’re still mourning the end of Game of Thrones, if you fear the impact that migration may have on European culture, or you are simply curious about the ways in which the image of Medieval Europe has featured in political history and popular culture, we wish to invite you to our talk. Our expert Medievalist, Russell Ó Ríagáin, will strive to answer your burning questions, and we will provide coffee and tea over which all can informally discuss their opinions on this topic.

This is the first in a series of talks which aim to bring together the voices of those who live in and around Heidelberg.


Heidelberg Talks” is an independent, student led movement which aims to create an engaged and informed community. Through monthly talks by various experts we provide reliable and thought-provoking information on issues of local and global importance. Each talk is followed by an informal discussion in which all are encouraged to share their opinions and concerns about the topic at hand. We hope that these sessions will allow us all to learn from one another. Absolutely everyone is welcome!

Tea and coffee are provided free of charge.

If you have any needs that are not met by our facilities, or suggestions for future topics, please do not hesitate to contact us here or at heidelbergtalks@gmail.com


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