War of the Roses

Inspirations for Ned Stark

Episodes: Season 1, Episode 9 “Baelor,” Season 2, Episode 6 “The Old Gods and the New,” Season 2, Episode 7 A Man Without Honor The beloved Game of Thrones character Ned Stark, who was so cruelly taken from us in Episode 9 of Season 1, is a mixed cocktail of historical references. While George RR Martin appears to base Ned Stark on several different historic people, he doesn’t strictly use any one person’s life events as the basis for Ned’s…

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Edward IV’s Relationships, Robert Baratheon’s Death

In my last post, I wrote about the complexities of medieval relationships in the Wars of the Roses. This post, which builds on the last one, primes you on Edward IV’s relationships, the complexities of which form the basis of Robert Baratheon’s last days. Like Robert Baratheon, Edward IV was close to several different noble families. In Robert’s case, he was close to the Starks, the Lannisters, Jon Arryn, and others. As these families pursued their interests, hatred arose. Similar to…

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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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