Our minds are in the gutter, but some of us are swatching Starz … sex, violence and dirty medievalism

Elliott, Andrew B. R. (2015) Our minds are in the gutter, but some of us are swatching Starz … sex, violence and dirty medievalism. In: Fantasy and science fiction medievalisms: from Isaac Asimov to A Game of Thrones. Cambria, pp. 97-116. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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In a 2011 Yahoo! review of the medieval television series Game of Thrones (2011–), The Borgias (2011–2013), and Camelot (2011), online reviewer Elizabeth Periale proposed—albeit in a throwaway line—that all three series offer a “sexy blueprint: start with a dash of intrigue, add some blood and gore, and then throw in as much sex as you can fit into an episode.”1
Indeed, for a medievalist surveying the popular-cultural landscape, this would appear to be an accusation with some merit: whether it be the blood and nudity of Starz’s Camelot, the bedroom power plays of Showtime’s
The Borgias, or the violence and (problematic) sexual politics of HBO’s Game of Thrones, in the era of cable television the Middle Ages are often characterized by a seemingly formulaic obsession with sex, violence, power, and dirtiness. Even those series that are less extreme in their adult content, such as The Pillars of the Earth (2010) and the History Channel’s
Vikings (2013–), by no means constitute family-friendly television.

Keywords:medievalism, Medieval film, Medieval Television, Middle Ages in popular culture, Middle Ages
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P301 Television studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
ID Code:20058
Deposited On:19 Jan 2016 13:54

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