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Professor Carolyne Larrington

Carolyne Larrington was educated at the University of Oxford, where she is Professor of Medieval European Literature. She is a Fellow of St John’s College, where she teaches medieval English literature and Old Icelandic. She researches widely in Old Norse-Icelandic literature, Arthurian literature across Europe and also writes on medievalism – the cultural uses of the Middle Ages in the modern period. As well as publishing new scholarly works on sibling relationships and emotions in Arthurian Literature, she translated the Old Norse Poetic Edda into English; this is now the standard English language translation. Her interest in medievalism has resulted in the writing of her newest trade books: The Land of the Green Man (IB Tauris, 2015) on folk-tale and place in the British Isles, with an accompanying BBC Radio 4 series, ‘The Lore of the Land’, and her latest book, the authoritative Norse Myths: A Guide to Viking and Scandinavian Gods and Heroes (Thames and Hudson, 2017). Her bestselling book on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and the HBO TV show ‘Game of Thrones’, Winter is Coming: the Medieval World of Game of Thrones was published by IB Tauris in 2015 is the inspiration for her Festival talk. She is currently working on the follow-up book, exploring the TV show as a whole. It will be called All Men Must Die, and will appear from IB Tauris in late 2020.

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