I agree! George R.R. Martin definitely takes some of his cues from history (especially the European medieval) and many of his characters are inspired by famous historical figures, though they are definitely not fictional stand-ins for these figures, so it’s well-balanced plus his characters are very neatly fleshed out and humanized as befit human beings (including historical figures), so it’s a good combination. 😀
To mark the occasion of the season 4 premier of HBO’s Game of Thrones, I have decided to write down some of the general comparisons of the plot with English medieval society and history.
Game of Thrones is an awesome television show, based off of books written by George R. R. Martin, which my husband tells me are awesome (he has read them multiple times; I have not). The characters stir up emotion in the audience. You cry for the characters you like when they are killed and hate the evil characters with a fiery passion. With dragons, magic and living dead people the show is soundly in the realm of fantasy fiction. But there are hints of actual history alive in the show.
When the show opens, the first things we are treated to is the map of Westeros, a fictional country bordered on three sides with ocean…
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