Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Game of Thrones Is Actually Based on Real Historical Events

Many of the events in the television series Game of Thrones have parallels in real world history of the Middle Ages. Westeros is a magical world of dragons, sorceresses and supernatural ice creatures but George R. R. Martin, the author of the original books also wanted it to be somewhat realistic and used actual events that took place during the Middle Ages. In the show the House of Stark vies with the House of Lannister for control of the Iron Throne. This storyline bears a strong similarity to the War of the Roses a real-world conflict between the northern House of York and the southern House of Lancaster.

Another example is the naval Battle of Blackwater where Tyrian Lannister orders the use of magical “wildfire” to destroy the enemy fleet commanded by Stannis Baratheon. The magical green fire appears to light water on fire and destroys many of the enemy ships. This is very similar to the real world second Arab Siege of Constantinople (717-718 AD) where the Byzantine secret weapon, Greek fire, was used by the Byzantines against the Arab fleet.

Read More: Ancient Origins


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