The History that Inspired Game of Thrones

Of course the acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones is not a historical drama – far from it. However it took some inspiration from a very interesting period of medieval English history.

The Wars of the Roses

This TED-ed video by Alex Gendler gives a beautifully animated overview of the Wars of the Roses – a power struggle between two noble families for the English throne – and the parallels to some of the main themes of Game of Thrones.

The historical Wars of the Roses were fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet, the houses of Lancaster and York between 1455 and 1487.

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