September, 2013

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Traces of Henry VIII in Game of Thrones: Similarities Between Henry VIII and Robert Baratheon

Initially, I resisted the idea of there being any similarity between Robert Baratheon and Henry VIII. (In  Robert Baratheon May Be Edward IV’s Older Half,  I compared Robert Baratheon to Edward IV but I did say I thought Robert Baratheon had a tinge of Tudor.) While getting my Tudor on this week – these days I’m more of a Plantagenet gal – I reread some of my old Tudor books and saw striking similarities between Henry VIII’s finer points and…

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White Queen: Episode Six “Love and Marriage”

In the aftermath of Tewkesbury, Anne Neville comes to court to beg forgiveness from Edward, who grants it easily while Elizabeth gives her best glower from the throne. Anne tries to plea for her mother, who is barricaded in sanctuary, to no avail, while Isabel tells her to forget her mother and show the Yorks her loyalty. Elizabeth throws a tantrum about the Neville sisters being forgiven, while Jacquetta tells her firmly to let it go. “England must have peace,”…

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The Chase: Henry VIII and Robert Baratheon

George RR Martin appears to base the deadly King’s Landing politics on the cut-throat world of  Henry VIII’s court. One of the reasons faction arose in Henry VIII’s reign is because he was often away hunting, which required him to delegate power and this, in turn, gave courtiers the idea they could get more power. Like Henry VIII, Robert Baratheon was noted for his love of hunting. Where was Robert when his children were born? Hunting of course. And, how…

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The Defence of a Dynasty or the Wrath of a Mad King?

I am not so blind that I cannot see the shadow of the axe when it is hanging over my own neck. — Robert Baratheon to Ned Stark (Game of Thrones Chapter 33) Ned Stark baulked at the idea of assassinating a pregnant young girl. But then it was Ned’s political naivete coupled with his sense of honour that brought about his downfall. Daenerys Targaryen was a true threat to Robert’s throne, and Daenerys with an heir, especially a son, even more so….

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Henry VIII, the Game of Medieval Politics, and Game of Thrones

At the heart of Game of Thrones is the game of medieval politics. George RR Martin worded the title of this novel very careful: it is no coincidence the first word is game. Henry VIII’s one-time Lord Chancellor, and later victim, Sir Thomas More described the court politics as “a king’s game, and for the more part played on scaffolds.” Since Henry VIII presided over the greatest political game of all, it seems fitting that George RR Martin should base…

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Henry VIII Week

Last week, Olga Hughes published a fantastic interview on Nerdalicious with historian John Matusiak, who just released a new book, Henry VIII: The Life and Rule of England’s Nero. The interview and, heck, even the title of this book make it pretty clear that Matsuiak will be less than complementary towards old King Hal. And, frankly, rightly so. I haven’t read the book yet, but I do agree with the refreshing perspective. I loved this interview and it inspired me…

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“The White Queen” – Episode 5 – War at First Hand

Elizabeth has finally had a male heir to secure the York line, but Lancaster is back in power with Warwick placing a feeble Henry VI back on the throne. While Margaret Beaufort is a loyal Lancastrian, she laments “If it’s God’s will for Henry to be king, why does he put another obstacle in the way?” Edward sweeps into sanctuary, surprising Elizabeth in a joyful reunion and marveling at the sight of his son. George has fled France and Lancaster…

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The White Queen Episode Two – “The Price of Power”

It looks like cramming twenty years of the Wars of the Roses into ten episodes is going to be rather problematic. Elizabeth is already pregnant with the first of her ten York children by Edward. Warwick spends most of the episode plotting and calling Elizabeth a witch. Historically these accusations had yet to be made, but if Elizabeth is going to be an actual witch then I suppose we shall have to call her one. We get our first close look…

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How Much Violence is Too Much on Game of Thrones?

Recently, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss appeared on The Writers’ Room and discussed how tricky it is balance the violence in Game of Thrones with the tone. Too much blood spurting out and it starts looking comical. They discuss Ned Stark’s death, noting they almost showed the sword slicing through his neck and blood gushing out – only to drop these frames from the final cut. Entertainment Weekly’s video has pop-ups on it with fun facts…

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The White Queen Episode Three Review – “The Storm”

Elizabeth is barricaded in the Tower with the children, while Warwick and George still have Edward under house arrest. Parliament is refusing to accept George as king and Warwick is forced to allow Edward to saunter away unharmed. Aneurin Barnard has developed a suitably earnest and loyal face for his portrayal of Richard III. Isabel has managed to get pregnant immediately, which prompts Elizabeth to practice some more witchcraft because she needs a boy this time. Elizabeth learns she must…

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