Announcements

History Behind Game of Thrones is One Year Old

As we approach the premiere of Season 4 tonight, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been reading over the past year. History Behind Game of Thrones had its first nameday on March 23rd. When I started this website, it was a bit of an experiment. I wasn’t sure how many similarities I would be able to find between history and George RR Martin’s work. I figured I’d end up killing the blog after 2-3 weeks. In…

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Requests

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…

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The Excitement is Building: Game of Thrones – Season 4 Premiere Date, Previews

It’s very exciting that HBO finally announced the Season 4 Game of Thrones premiere data is on April 6, 2014. I realize that some of you reading are probably fans of the books and might not even like the TV show, but I love it. (In fact, I just added a countdown timer to the sidebar.) The set design, costumes, attention detail, and panoramic scope and extras (think: the horde) all bring the books to life in a concrete visceral…

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Towton Gets a Reprieve

A warm thank you to everyone who shared, tweeted, emailed, wrote to the Selby District council, called them, attended the meeting, and objected to the petition to establish a permanent pitch on the soon-to-be-protected edge of the Towton battlefield. Your efforts to publicize this issue helped save a valuable part of the world’s history. As of tonight, 229 people voiced their opinions, mainly objections, on the Selby District Council page. As a result, yesterday the Selby Council voted to reject…

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Your Help is Needed Urgently: Protect Edward’s IV’s Bloodiest Battlefield!

If you’re a Wars of the Roses enthusiast, even if you hate military history, please help protect the Towton battlefield – site of the bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Towton, the key victory that brought Edward IV to the throne, left roughly 20,000 to 50,000 men dead on a snowy, blood-soaked battlefield on Palm Sunday 1461. On January 8th, only four days from now, the Selby District Council is voting on whether or not to allow the construction…

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Read What George RR Martin Reads, Bookstore

Are you tired of waiting for George RR Martin to release Winds of Winter? Maybe you are looking for a good book to read about the Wars of the Roses? Recently George RR Martin recommended some books he loves for readers waiting for the next Songs of Fire and Ice installment, “The Winds of Winter.” I’ve assembled George RR Martin’s extensive and fascinating recommendations plus some history books I love in an Amazon store on this site, which I’ve named…

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The History Behind the White Queen

In honor of tonight’s US premiere of The White Queen on Starz, I’ve created a new site about The White Queen: history-behind-the-white-queen.com.  I’ve also added a White Queen Cheat Sheet and an Episode 1 Viewer’s guide to the site. The site is still a beta and under constructions. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with the web programming. My intention is to merge the two sites eventually.  

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Game of Thrones Brazil Article, Lucrezia Borgia

A wonderful article by Lidiany CS discussing some of the theories on this blog appeared on the Game of Thrones Brazil site (GameofThronesBR.com). Not only is the article extremely well written, the best part is it introduces a new idea I’d never thought of before: Lucrezia Borgia being an inspiration for Cersei Lannister! This is a fantastic interpretation. Lidiany does an excellent job of drawing a parallel between Lucrezia and Cersei. It fits very nicely. I’m including a rough English…

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Forums

I was chatting with a friend the other day about different books on the Wars of the Roses and I realized that one of the reason I started this blog was just to get a chance to converse with other people who have similar historical interests. (In “real” (non-virtual) life I don’t have any friends who are into the Wars of the Roses.) She made a comment that sometimes she would go and hang out on the AnneBoleyn Files forums…

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Announcement: The White Queen & Missing Article

re: the article “5 Historical Inaccuracies in The White Queen Costumes and Set” Last night, I accidentally released a blast promoting an unfinished article “5 Historical Inaccuracies in The White Queen Costumes and Set.” First of all, my apologies. Second,  I’m currently working on a new section of the History Behind Game of Thrones site about The White Queen. Unfortunately, while working on the test site (“sandbox”), I published an article privately but this sent out a social media blast with a…

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