Game of Thrones

New books on Elizabeth of York: The True Story of the White Princess

Today Alison Weir’s latest book on Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World was released in the United States. I’ve been reading an advance copy, and it is marvelous. If you enjoyed my posts on Sansa, I highly recommend Weir’s book and Amy Licence’s new book (more below). Not to be effusive, but I think Alison Weir is truly at the height of her writing powers. She’s always been a great writer, so it is impressive her style…

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A Clash of Queens – “Game of Thrones” vs. “The White Queen”

It’s a genre clash bigger than Bosworth. With months and months to go before Game of Thrones Season Four hits our screens, fans are going over the televised ten-part adaptation of The Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory, The White Queen. It might be easy to assume that because it is set in medieval England during the Wars of the Roses, Game of Thrones fans will like it. However a few episodes in many fans are finding that they’re not,…

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Walder Frey, Weddings, and Warwick: the first humiliation (Part 2)

With both Game of Thrones’  Walder Frey and his possible real-life counterpart Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, it always seems to come back around to marriages. Marriages define the men, could enrich them, and did lead them to betray the leader to whom they had sworn fealty and switch sides. Most of Frey’s energy is concentrated around marriages for his children and himself. When he chooses to betray Robb, he does so at a wedding. George RR Martin appears to…

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Interview with Galileu Magazine – NEWS – The True Game of Thrones

Today Galileu, a Brazilian magazine about science and culture, interviewed me about my take on the history behind Game of Thrones. Here is a link to the article: A verdadeira Guerra dos Tronos. I’ll try to post an English translation of it soon. In the meantime, here are a couple of images taken of version translated using Google:      

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Favorite Game of Thrones Character Poll Results

Sorry these poll results have taken so long to post. When I first looked at the poll, it had only gotten an embarrassing six votes so I kind of gave up on it. But, I thought I’d better check again today and noticed that 96 people have answered – I’m thrilled. Thanks! It was great and really cool to see what characters people like. I have to admit I love Arya and Tyrion. However, there are so many great characters…

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Write Like the Wind (George RR Martin)

I am not a big YouTube person, but I spotted this “encouraging” little video in the Wall Street Journal and thought it was hilarious. It looks like an oldie, but a goodie, so I thought I’d share it. The video suggests George RR Martin needs to write faster or else HBO will catch up with him. The singers profess they need their next fix of 900 page “nerd crack.” Greg “Storm” DiCostanzo and Paul Sabourin of geekandsundry did the video— highlights include…

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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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