'Game Of Thrones' Is More Historically Accurate Than You Probably Know

It's basically a history lesson every week. Plus dragons.

"Game of Thrones" is a fantasy series. Its plots involve dragons, reanimated corpses, and giant magical dogs — not exactly the stuff of reality, even in Medieval Times. But, as this video shows, creator George R. R. Martin based "Game of Thrones" off real historical events, particularly the War of the Roses. In a TED talk by Alex Gendler, we also learn the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, and all the rest strongly resemble real people who lived in the 13 and 1400s.

The War of the Roses was a century-long conflict between multiple factions of the English royal family, known as the houses of Lancaster and York — names that sound oddly similar to Lannister and Stark, right? The dispute began when King Edward III died in 1377. When his oldest son, Edward IV, passed away before him, his grandson, Richard II, succeeded as king of England. But Edward's three other sons disputed this line of succession. Their descendants formed two warring factions, which differentiated themselves with symbols: red roses for the Lancasters, and white roses for the Yorks. Just like in "Game of Thrones," these historical houses all had banners decorated with their clans' specific markings.

The video goes on to explain how the many plots, characters, and even settings of "Game of Thrones" resemble various events and people who perpetuated the War of the Roses. There's an evil prince (like Joffrey), a sly queen (like Cersei), even a beautiful princess who comes from across the sea (like Margaery). It really is remarkable how reality can be even stranger than fiction.


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