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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“Burn them! Burn them all!”

Before Game of Thrones begins, Robert’s Rebellion sends King’s Landing into chaos. While Lannister soldiers sack King’s Landing, the Mad King (Aerys Targaryen) sits on the Iron Throne ordering “Burn them! Burn them all!” over and over again. Finally, Jaime stops the cruelty by slaughtering the king he swore to protect – and permanently earning himself the epithet “the Kingslayer.”  (Somehow I picture the Mad King burning men in the throne room, but I could be wrong about this.) Given…

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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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Was Sansa’s Marriage to Tyrion Inspired by a Tale of Incest?

Sansa Stark’s marriage to Tyrion curiously mirrors Elizabeth of York’s near marriage to her own uncle, Richard III. When the Tyrells provide military support to the Lannisters, Tywin Lannister agrees Joffrey will marry Margaery Tyrell. The result is Sansa’s betrothal to Joffrey is called off. Tywin, however, realizes that with Robb Stark gone, Sansa is the heir to Winterfell and makes Tyrion marry her. Although Sansa never married Joffrey, she was informally betrothed to him. In some respects, this would…

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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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