Jamie Adair

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."

A Few Introductory Points about the Late Middle Ages

<People who are familiar with the Wars of the Roses may want to skip this post.> I’ve been reading about the Wars of the Roses as a hobby for the past eight years. However, because it is such an intricate period, it has taken me a long time to get even a moderate understanding of the period. There are several reasons why the Wars of the Roses are confusing: Multiple Phases and Causes The wars were not a uniform struggle…

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Many Thrones Storylines from Edward IV’s Life

Game of Thrones is not simply re-enacting the events in the Wars of Roses. For example, George RR Martin doesn’t have one character who completely embodies Edward IV and participates in all the events in Edward’s life. Instead, Martin slices up some of the most interesting aspects of Edward’s life and, possibly so he can shrink the time period, gives them to different characters. For example, like I discussed in this Robert Baratheon post and this Robb Stark post, Martin assigns: Young…

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Family Trees

I’m in the middle of working on a post about Ned Stark, which is proving to be fairly complicated. However, in the meantime, I’m adding trees for the major families in Game of Thrones and Wars of the Roses: House Stark House Baratheon – Robert’s Line House of York Edward IV & Elizabeth Woodville (second generation of House of York) The Woodvilles

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Robert Baratheon May Be Edward IV’s Older Half

The Game of Thrones character, King Robert Baratheon, may have been inspired by an older Edward IV with maybe a touch of Edward IV’s grandson, Henry VIII. In fact, George RR Martin has admitted “If Robert is modelled on anyone, it is more Edward IV of England… though as usual, I rang in some changes1 .” Robert Baratheon may have looked more like Edward IV’s grandson (Henry VIII, right) than Edward IV (left). Did a tinge of Tudor creep in…

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Robb Stark as a Young Edward IV

In Game of  Thrones, George RR Martin may base two characters on Edward IV: Robb Stark may be an incarnation of a young Edward IV whereas the older Edward IV may have inspired his Robert Baratheon. Here’s my take on Robb Stark as the young Edward IV. Robb Stark’s torment after learning of his father’s death (In Season 1, Episode 9 “Baelor” At roughly 49:00). Courtesy of Wikia. Robb Stark’s journey involves his coming of age as both a man…

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An Easy Intro to the Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses (~1455-~1485+) was a thirty-year period of civil wars filled with bloodshed and betrayal; it marked some of the most violent and dramatic events in English history. There were four different kings on the throne – all except one of whom had overthrown another king in violent battle or subterfuge. However, even if you don’t like war or military history – I didn’t before – the period captures the imagination. Plus the period is a kissing cousin…

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Welcome

Welcome to my blog about the historical events that may have inspired George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones – specifically events from the War of the Roses. I love the War of the Roses period in England (1450-1483 or arguably 1525). It is just as exciting, dynamic, dramatic, and violent as George RR Martin’s novels. Uncovering the real events that inspired parts of Game of Thrones takes us on a journey into one of the most mysterious and incredible times…

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