Game of Thrones' dark and cynical interpretation of the Middle Ages is a huge problem. The creators argue that it's a more-realistic version of the Middle Ages, but just because it's edgy, doesn't mean it's real.
Jeff Sessions' latest dog-whistle has roots in the medieval, and is yet another attempt to weaponize the Middle Ages for racist purposes. Part XLIII of Race, Racism and the Middle Ages, by Ken Mondschein.
The final scenes of The Last Jedi are straight out of a 14th-century medieval tale. But Rian Johnson has turned the medieval message on its head and thrown a gauntlet to alt-Right fascism. Asa Mittman explores. Part XLII of Race, Racism and the Middle Ages.
Is that Thor's hammer a symbol of hate or not? What about that Celtic tattoo? Or that flag? In a world gone mad, how do you keep your cool? Part XXXIX of Race, Racism and the Middle Ages, by Paul B. Sturtevant.
Medieval European travel writers like Marco Polo were not what we could call textbook racists. But they were endlessly fascinated by the other religions they found around the world. Part XXXVII of our series Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages, by James Hill.
Outdated ideas about race are built into the very fabric of the fantasy genre, which have been recycled from Lord of the Rings to Dungeons and Dragons and beyond. But a new crop of creators are trying to change the way we dream about the past. Part XXXVI of Race, Racism and the Middle Ages, by Paul B. Sturtevant.