George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, (1449 –1478) was the middle brother of two Wars of the Roses kings: Richard III and Edward IV. Although almost forgotten today, George played a pivotal role during the struggles between York and Lancaster. George is immortalized in Shakespeare’s plays Henry VI, part 3 and Richard III as well as in the classic line “…false, fleeting, perjured Clarence.”
In real life, George had to choose between his father-in-law or elder brother. George succumbed to his own ambition, sided with his father-in-law, and betrayed his brother because he himself hoped to have his throne. Years later, Edward has George executed, likely in a butt of malmsey wine.
As the man who betrays his spiritual brother for his father, Game of Thrones’ Theon Greyjoy bears more than a passing resemblance to George Plantagenet.
Given the recent release of historian John Ashdown-Hill’s new book about George Plantagenet, The Third Plantagenet, it seems like a good time to examine the similarities between Theon and George Plantagenet as well as speak to John Ashdown-Hill about his remarkable book. Stay tuned for the upcoming series of articles.