Harvard, officially the world's best university, is obviously really looking forward to GoT season 7, because it's offering students the chance to enroll on a Game of Thrones-inspired history course that - contrary to what you might be feeling right now - actually sounds pretty cool.
First reported by Time, 'The Real Game of Thrones: From Modern Myths to Medieval Models,' course will examine how George R.R. Martin's book series and HBO's TV show "echoes and adapts, as well as distorts the history and culture of the 'medieval world' of Eurasia from c. 400 to 1500 CE."
According to professors Sean Gilsdorf, who is a medieval historian and director for Medieval Studies at Harvard, and Racha Kirakosian, assistant professor of German and the Study of Religion, the course will explore "a set of archetypal characters at the heart of Game of Thrones -the king, the good wife, the second son, the adventurer, and so on - with distinct analogues in medieval history, literature, religion, and legend."
"Game of Thrones does dramatise nicely some fundamental things going on in medieval courts. Tensions between a queen and the younger women who marry their sons are some 'Real Housewives of 10th-century Germany' kind of stuff, where you see these women going after each other," Gilsdorf explains.
Kirakosian adds that the course aims to be a "recruitment tool" to attract more students to medieval studies and humanities classes, which have fallen in popularity.
We reckon this is a pretty good strategy.