The Anarchy


‘The Kings’ Guard’: William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke – the real-life Barristan Selmy

‘Truth is stranger than fiction’. It’s an often-quoted cliché but one that frequently proves accurate. Real history can be more shocking, surprising, and entertaining than fiction. Ser Barristan Selmy, the Kingsguard commander who defected to Daenerys, appears to be like an idealised staple character of medieval literature. Selmy was a renowned knight who was an exceptional jouster in his youth; he was a loyal member of the Kingsguard to four kings and a figure who continued to be a force…

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Purple Wedding: Joffrey and the Death of Eustace of Boulogne

  According to George RR Martin, the Purple Wedding was partially based on events at the tail-end of the Anarchy: the death of King Stephen’s heir Prince Eustace. Here’s the dramatic, turbulent story and its background… [Jump over the background] The King’s Heir is a Girl Before Henry I died, he named his daughter Matilda heir and made his barons swear allegiance to her. The barons must have been play acting: nobody believed a woman could rule. The oath would…

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George RR Martin Reveals History Behind Purple Wedding!

Yesterday was what could only be described as a day of national rejoicing. Jubilant people tweeted about the #PurpleWedding over 23,000 times. One of my favorites was Stephen King’s tweet: Around the same time, George RR Martin revealed that the Purple Wedding is partially based on the death of King Stephen’s heir, who was one of the principal combatants in the Anarchy. (Think: the Pillars of the Earth war that began with the sinking of the White Ship.) Martin’s exact words…

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