Okay, if you are a fan of Westeros and Game of Thrones, it might surprise you to know a lot of Thrones is based on history. You might be thinking what history is this based off of – seriously, and how? You know, because of the dragons, zombies, snow demons, seeing the future…you get the point. Besides the fantasy aspects, it’s clear Game of Thrones is strongly based on the middle ages. A brutal and violent time which seems to fit his storytelling style just right.
George R.R. Martin himself has said, he likes to find characters throughout history emulate some of their characteristics except, he “turns it up to eleven” and “changes the color from red to purple” to write the books’ iconic scenes.
With that being said, I figured we’d give you a rundown of the dark TRUE history that your favorite TV show is based off. As twisted and violent as Martin’s writing may be, I think history might just have him beat. Due to the fact, the book series is already longer than 2 pretty well-known books The Lord of The Rings books and The Bible combined, ever heard of them? I can’t really go into all the little historical details without this post turning into a dissertation paper. So, for your sake, we’ll just focus on a couple of major points throughout history that correlate with Martin’s writing.
Since it’s pretty noticeable that Game of Thrones is based on a Medieval Britain. The lack of wifi along with the accents are a dead giveaway. Basically, I’m going to focus on one of the largest historical influences: the War of Roses.