I’m looking to tell a story here and hopefully an entertaining and engrossing story. I’m not looking to do a study of socioeconomic systems or legal systems or any of these things so the really scholarly works, copious footnotes, and things like that, are less useful to me in some ways.
Given the new-found fame of the Game of Thrones, I decided to have the interview transcribed for those of you who don’t want to listen. Thanks to Temple’s Danielle Pinol who did the work. I’m going to provide the transcript in three parts. Here’s part I, about the roots of sovereign power in Westeros. Part II talks about lawyers and magic. Part III will talk about fantasy literature more generally.