The Seven Kingdoms

Episodes: Season 1, Episode 10 “Fire and Blood” Three hundred years before the Game of Thrones era, there were seven independent kingdoms – the Kingdoms of the North, the Vale, the Isles and Rivers, the Rock, and the Reach; the Storm Kingdom; and the Kingdom of Dorne.  However, Aegon Targaryen and his two sisters flew dragons over those kingdoms and burned the people into submission. This event, known as Targaryen Conquest, merged the seven kingdoms into one mega kingdom under House…

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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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A Few Introductory Points about the Late Middle Ages

<People who are familiar with the Wars of the Roses may want to skip this post.> I’ve been reading about the Wars of the Roses as a hobby for the past eight years. However, because it is such an intricate period, it has taken me a long time to get even a moderate understanding of the period. There are several reasons why the Wars of the Roses are confusing: Multiple Phases and Causes The wars were not a uniform struggle…

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Many Thrones Storylines from Edward IV’s Life

Game of Thrones is not simply re-enacting the events in the Wars of Roses. For example, George RR Martin doesn’t have one character who completely embodies Edward IV and participates in all the events in Edward’s life. Instead, Martin slices up some of the most interesting aspects of Edward’s life and, possibly so he can shrink the time period, gives them to different characters. For example, like I discussed in this Robert Baratheon post and this Robb Stark post, Martin assigns: Young…

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Family Trees

I’m in the middle of working on a post about Ned Stark, which is proving to be fairly complicated. However, in the meantime, I’m adding trees for the major families in Game of Thrones and Wars of the Roses: House Stark House Baratheon – Robert’s Line House of York Edward IV & Elizabeth Woodville (second generation of House of York) The Woodvilles

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Robert Baratheon May Be Edward IV’s Older Half

The Game of Thrones character, King Robert Baratheon, may have been inspired by an older Edward IV with maybe a touch of Edward IV’s grandson, Henry VIII. In fact, George RR Martin has admitted “If Robert is modelled on anyone, it is more Edward IV of England… though as usual, I rang in some changes1 .” Robert Baratheon may have looked more like Edward IV’s grandson (Henry VIII, right) than Edward IV (left). Did a tinge of Tudor creep in…

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