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Some of the best articles on this website came from readers’ ideas. We love receiving requests. This page shows the latest. Jump to requests.

The Fine Print

Please note that requests may take a surprisingly long time (think: months) to be written and not all requests are possible. How long it takes for us to write an article varies according to what we are currently researching and other articles planned. Currently Jamie is researching the Hundred Years’ War, so it takes longer for her to find new sources, switch gears, etc and start writing about the Crusades or Ancient Rome. But, with that said, an interesting idea is always tempting…

If you are making a request and know of some really interesting sources, please feel free to mention them or email them. (If you don’t know of any sources, that’s a-okay.)

Also, feel free to “vote up” a suggestion by noting in the comments section on this page that you’d like to see a particular article.

If you are interested in writing an article about the idea yourself, that’s always welcome and very cool. Please email.

You can make a request anywhere – here in the comments section, via email, or on Facebook. However, please note that Facebook requests sometimes get lost due to the news-feed type nature of Facebook (as well as my inability to use Facebook in a non-klutzy way). If you don’t hear back, please email us.

Requested and Suggested Articles

This list includes ideas even if they weren’t explicitly suggested as an article:

  •  Aerys the Mad King = Caligula the Mad Emperor
  • Boltons are based off of the Vlad the Impaler/Dracula…with Roose representing history and Ramsay representing the dark legend
  • Volantis and the Aristotle’s view of the perfect Polis
  • Sansa as Elizabeth I [this awesome idea contains a bit of a TV spoiler so it may not happen for a while]

 

Jamie Adair is the editor of History Behind Game of Thrones, a website about the history behind George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels and the hit TV show, "Game of Thrones."

4 Comments

  • Reply February 27, 2014

    KWolf

    The article about Harrenhal was interesting. How about articles about the major castles in Westeros (Winterfell, Casterly Rock, Riverrun etc.) and what they may be based on in history. Storm’s end had kind of interesting history about being built by a stubborn lord despite being torn down by heavy storms.

    • Reply March 2, 2014

      Jaime Adair

      Thanks for the kind words about the Harrenhal article; I didn’t think anyone liked that article so that’s to hear. I’ll add this one to the list. I can’t make any promises though because I’m not sure what I will be able to dig up. Maybe there is something there with Storm’s End. It will be interesting to see.

  • Reply April 4, 2014

    Gillyfish

    One historical parallel that has occurred to me is between the Red Wedding and the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572 during the French Wars of Religion. Both involved a wedding and wholesale slaughter of a faction (although there are other historical examples, I’m sure). Might that be worth a look?

    • Reply April 4, 2014

      Jaime Adair

      I definitely think that is worth a look. Somebody else made a comment about the similarities between the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre and the Red Wedding. Frankly, I think it fits even though George RR Martin didn’t mention it during his Red Wedding interviews. I think there are a lot of parallels between the French Wars of Religion and the whole Melisandre/Lord of Light Plot. (I suspect this might be a blend of the Crusades, the French Religious Wars, and maybe the Reformation, but I haven’t examined it at all yet.) Anyway, I think the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre is fascinating so I will add this to the list of requests – thanks for the great suggestion! It may take a while to get to it because I have a lot of articles planned to go along with the upcoming episodes, including the Purple Wedding.

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