On This Day In History :: September 20, 1948
Happy Birthday George R. R. Martin!
For for information on his life and his body of work (because he’s written more than a couple of books beyond A Game of Thrones) check out his website: http://www.georgerrmartin.com/about-george/life-and-times/
Celebrate his birthday by picking out a book from our science fiction and fantasy collection: http://bit.ly/1aQK1Jo
Meta Monday: The Age of Adulthood
“One of the reasons I wanted to do this with HBO is that I wanted to keep the sex. We had some real problems because Dany is only 13 in the books, and that’s based on medieval history. They didn’t have this concept of adolescence or the teenage years. You were a child or you were an adult. And the onset of sexual maturity meant you were an adult. So I reflected that in the books”—GRRM
Today’s topic is the age at which people would be considered adults in the medieval era and whether there was such a thing as adolescence. This is a fairly important point within the series, since children and what we would consider teens are married off, fight wars, and wear the crown in the series.
Any number of experts on the medieval family and children would argue that GRRM is categorically wrong.