Discover The Real Historical Wars That Inspired Game Of Thrones

If you’re a Game of Thrones aficionado, you may already know that it was inspired by the Wars of the Roses, in which two noble English families fought during the 15th century for the English throne. This outstanding TED Talk video reveals the many historical people and events that GRRM used to create his epic fantasy.

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That was fantastic. It explains things perfectly. Everyone always blames the Yorkists, but I think the video shows a better balance of things. It’s great, and cute at the same time. I love the animations.

For anyone who is interested in a fun historical-fiction account of all this, I recommend Conn Iggulden’s books. There are two parts out so far, covering the story up to Ned, um, I mean Richard of York losing his head and Cersei, er, Margaret, thinking she has everything under control. Stormcrow is the first, Trinity is the Second and I am waiting for the next one with some anticipation, even though I know how the story ends: with Tudors making William Shakespeare write plays that say House of York was bad. But whatever. Go! read! Enjoy!