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Henry VIII was a British King, best known for having 6 wives, 2 of which were beheaded.
Emperor Claudius was Rome’s fourth emperor.
Cesare Borgia is the son of Pope Alexander VI who resigned from the cardinality to become a military commander and powerful lord.
Caligula was Rome's most tyrannical emperor. Similarities with Joffrey:
Edward, Prince of Wales - possibly illegitimate son of King Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou. Similarities with Joffrey:
Edward IV was king of England. He was a key figure in the conflict known as the Wars of the Roses. Similarities
Cecily Neville was the wife of Richard, Duke of York, and the mother of two kings of England, Edward IV and Richard III.
Richard III was king of England for two turbulent years, best known for being accused of murdering his nephews to protect his throne. Similarities
Elizabeth of York was the wife of Henry VII, and mother of Henry VIII. Similarities:
Anne Boleyn was Queen of England as the second wife of King Henry VIII. She was found guilty of charges including adultery, incest and conspiracy against the king and was beheaded.
William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley was the longest-serving minister of any of the Tudor monarchs. Similarities:
Sir Francis Walsingham was the principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I. Similarities:
Joan of Arc is one of the most famous female warriors in history. Similarities
The Knights Templar protected European travelers visiting sites in the Holy Land while also carrying out military operations:
Charles VI of France was called the Beloved and the Mad.
The historical parallels between the two isn’t just obvious to readers—George R.R. Martin has straight-up said that Aegon’s story was inspired by William. Similarities
Rasputin was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia. Similarities
The Janissaries were an elite corps in the Ottoman Empire.
A main ingredient in George R.R. Martin's fantastical concoction is the medley of historical figures who inspired Game of Thrones.
When Martin first started writing the book series, he drew a lot of his inspiration from the people and events surrounding the War of the Roses. Influences weren’t confined to that era, nor were his characters necessarily linked in the same ways as their historical counterparts. Instead, he blended bits of history all around the Westeros map, picking and choosing the traits he would use and discard from the historical figures who inspired Game of Thrones.
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