Game of Thrones in Real Life
While flying dragons, White Walkers, harpies, and Krakens might make the show seem far too unrealistic, certain characters from Game of Thrones are actually based on realistic inspirations. Author George R.R. Martin himself admitted that the show is loosely based on the Wars of the Roses. These historical figures help us to picture just what it would be like if we had Game of Thrones in real life.
Robert Baratheon and Edward IV
Edward IV was responsible for the Yorkist throne line in 1461. Like him, Robert Baratheon overthrew the Targeryen rule, led a rebellion, and rose as the tough and fearsome king. Unfortunately, both Edward IV and Robert Baratheon began their decline when they succumbed to lewdness and drunken misdemeanor. Both of them–at the last minute on their deathbeds–changed their will and named a regent as a successor. This caused quite a crisis to the throne. They both had peculiar deaths as well, as Robert was skewered by a boar while Edward had a fishing accident.
Ned Stark and Richard, Duke of York
Richard was a hero in The Hundred Year’s War in France. Similar to Ned Stark, he was the embodiment of all that was good, noble, honorable, and true. But just like him, he was not in good terms with Margaret of Anjou, the wife of Henry. Ned Stark also did not agree with Cersei Lannister. Towards the end, both of them were beheaded, and both their heads were put up on spikes, mounted for all the world to see.
Cersei Lannister and Margaret of Anjou
Scheming, plotting, conniving and controlling—these were the traits that both Cersei Lannister and Margaret of Anjou possessed. They both stopped at nothing to get what they want, and it did not matter who was in their way. Physically, they also bore a resemblance to each other—a testament of Game of Thrones in real life.
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Stannis Baratheon and Richard III
Here’s a true example of Game of Thrones in real life. Both Stannis Baratheon and Richard III were diehard and loyal subjects of the king, but after the king’s reign, they declared their nephews illegitimate in order to seize power and the throne.
King Joffrey and Richard II
There’s a special place in hell for pure evil, and King Joffrey, son of Cersei Lannister, is sure to be first in line. Richard II was also crowned King at a very young age, and even as he ruled while he was ten, he was said to have had mental instability and personality disorders. Thankfully, when Richard II had high officials executed in 1397, this sparked a movement to overthrow him for his tyranny. Joffrey also met his sticky end when he was poisoned in the series, prompting the well-deserved end of his unpleasant rule.
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