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Game of Thrones: neither Arya Stark nor Brienne of Tarth are unusual — medieval romance heroines did it all before

Brienne of Tarth and Arya Stark are very unlike what some may expect of a typical medieval lady. The only daughter of a minor knight, Brienne has trained up as a warrior and has been knighted for her valour in the field of battle. Meanwhile Arya, a tomboyish teen when we first met her in series one, is a trained and hardened assassin. No damsels in distress, then – they’ve chosen to defy their society’s expectations and follow their own paths.

This article by Raluca Radulescu, Professor of Medieval Literature and English Literature at the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is republished fromThe Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 8 May 2019

Ligue 1: France gets its first female top flight football referee, but the federation scores an own goal

As the end of the 2018-19 football season approaches, a match between Amiens and Strasbourg in France’s Ligue 1 would normally attract little attention. However, Sunday’s game has already created headlines as Stéphanie Frappart will become the first ever woman to act as a main referee in the top tier of French men’s football.

This article by Jonathan Ervine, Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies, School of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Publication date: 25 April 2019

Bangor gears up for final season of Game of Thrones

As Game of Thrones fans wait in anticipation for the release of Season 8 this month, Bangor University academics take a closer look at the roots of the novels and their influence on the TV series.

Publication date: 9 April 2019

‘Reservoirs, Trauma and Culture in Galicia'

Publication date: 1 April 2019

Visitor from the House of Commons learns more about Bangor Research

On Friday 15 February Dr Rhinannon Williams, Wales Affairs Specialist for the House of Commons, visited Bangor University and addressed a packed audience of academics and researchers. Dr Williams’ role is to co-ordinate the collection and submission of evidence to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.

Publication date: 6 March 2019