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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 in history.

The late middle ages were as different from modern day life as a day on the Starship Enterprise. In some ways, late medieval manners, customs, and attitudes are so unintuitive that they might as well be from Mars. Yet, in other ways, their world is strikingly similar. Medieval nobles were just as materialist as we are today, and many of them could give any schemer climbing the corporate ladder a run for his or her money.

However, in a world with few limits for those with a title, the risks medieval nobles would take to achieve still more power are shocking.

I can’t read George RR Martin’s mind, so the posts on this blog are just educated guesses based on what I know about the War of the Roses. George RR Martin is a masterful writer with a vibrant imagination. He does not simply dramatize historical events. As a result, I may misinterpret his characters or overlook some aspect of history. I’m not a professional historian, so I always really appreciate feedback, questions, comments, ideas, and suggestions. Please add comments under the articles or email me with ideas.

With that said, I’m hoping that this blog will let me share my passion for this period with you and inspire an interest in this exciting time. Enjoy!

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."

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