Half of the world in fascinated by the world created by the mighty HBO series Game of thrones. But did you ever wondered that Game of Thrones is itself derived from the real wars that took place in England during 14 century? Yes, we are talking about Wars of the roses.
The author of the Game of Thrones series, George R.R. Martin, once claimed that “No matter how much I makeup, there’s stuff in history that’s just as bad, or worse”. Who knew he was talking about Wars of roses.
We know that the series has been greatly influenced by moments in history, and here are a few most notable similarities between the fantasy world of Westeros and the real world:
I: Westeros a.k.a England & Ireland.
Give a close look, The map of Westeros clearly resembles the map of England and Ireland beneath it upside down. Great work!
II: The Wall: Hadrian’s wall.
As the giant wall is being depicted by George R. R martin in the game of thrones, a similar wall is present on the map of England known as Hadrian’s wall.
Just as The Wall in Game of Thrones that divides the White Walkers from the humans, Hadrian’s Wall divided the Romans from Scottish Barbarians.
III: The Starks & Lannister’s and The yorks & Lancaster’s.
In the war of the roses, the main sides of the war were Lancaster’s supporting the red rose and Yorks supporting the white rose which is similar as depicted in the game of thrones series Starks supporting white wolf and Lannister’s supporting lion.
The Yorks are northerners much like the Starks, while the Lancasters are obscenely wealthy just like the Lannisters.
IV: The Red wedding and The Black Dinner & the Glencoe Massacre.
Thank God, the brutality shown by George R.R Martin in the red wedding was not his own imagination but rather he took two of the events named as the black dinner and the Glencoe massacre together and merged them up into the formation of Red Wedding.
In the Black Dinner, the king of Scotland welcomed his enemy the Earl of Douglas into his home for a meal with guaranteed safety, which was a horrible lie. After dining, a drummer began pounding on a single drum as the Earl was served the head of a black bear on a plate: the symbol of death. He was put to death in the courtyard.
Clan Campbell invited their detractors in Clan MacDonald to stay overnight with them, Every MacDonald man was surprisingly and ruthlessly slaughtered in their beds by the Campbells, which became the Glencoe Massacre.
V: Daenerys Targaryen and Henry Tudor.
Henry Tudor was an exiled nobleman who spent most of his life across a “narrow sea” in France. Here, he would strengthen his power and plan his invasion of Britain, which nobody believed would ever happen. Sounds familiar! this was the story of Daenerys Targaryen.
In the end, Henry Tudor sat on the throne, is that a possible spoiler! ahem, let’s not talk about this ;).
VI: Theon Greyjoy and George Plantagenet.
Theon grew up in Winterfell as a ward to Lord Eddard Stark and a surrogate brother to Robb. Following the outbreak of the War of the Five Kings, Theon was one of Robb’s most trusted advisors. After Robb sent Theon to meet with his father, Balon Greyjoy, Theon turned on his friend and invaded the North.
Plantagenet turned on his brother during the War of the Roses and defected to the Lancasters. After Edward won the war, George was drowned in a butt of wine for his treason. Drank and suffocated to the death!
VII: Joffrey Baratheon and Edward of Westminster.
As evil as depicted in the series, King Joffrey’s vicious personality seems to be rooted in history. Edward of Lancaster was the son of King Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou—and, like Joffrey, he was rumoured to be of illegitimate birth.
A Milanese Ambassador once said of Edward, the son of King Henry VI, “This boy, though only thirteen years of age, already talks of nothing but of cutting off heads or making war…”
Here is a video depicting all that is taken from history towards the fascinating world of game of thrones:
“All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful”-George R.R.Martin(game of thrones)
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