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Mad King Aerys matches Mad King Charles VI

Mad King Aerys matches Mad King Charles VI

Charles VI  of France was called the Beloved and the Mad.
Similarities:

  • King Charles was known for his paranoid psychosis, which caused him to see enemies everywhere and punish them harshly. Mad King Aerys II of Westeros was prone to similar outbursts.
  • Both kings had a connection with fire - Aerys was obsessed with it, Charles VI nearly burned to death as a youth. 

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Aegon The Conqueror matches William The Conqueror

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

  • Both were overseas invaders who bent an entire continent to their will. In the case of Aegon, it was Wester...

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Loras Tyrell matches Piers Gaveston

Loras Tyrell matches Piers Gaveston

Similarities:

  • Both were known for their skill and agility,as well as their militaristic ingenuity
  • Both rose to prominent positions due to their abilities
  • Both were gay, and both had serious romances with royal partners

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Julius Caesar and John Stark inspired Jon Snow

Julius Caesar and John Stark inspired Jon Snow

  • Julius Caesar was a Roman politician, military general, and historian. Julius Caesar and Jon Snow do not share identical life stories - although both were born into prominent families before joining a military service - but they do share identical death stories
  • John Stark  ...

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Jaime Lannister matches Cesare Borgia

Jaime Lannister matches Cesare Borgia

Cesare Borgia is the son of Pope Alexander VI who resigned from the cardinality to become a military commander and powerful lord.
Similarities

  • Like Ser Jaime Lannister, Cesare was known for his many betrayals including the alleged murder of his brother.
  • Cesare ...

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Elizabeth I Of England and Genghis Khan inspired Daenerys Targaryen

Elizabeth I Of England and Genghis Khan inspired Daenerys Targaryen

  • Queen Elizabeth I reign is referred to as England's Golden Age, an era of peace and prosperity: Both queens enjoyed the company of lovers but neither was willing to jeopardize her quest for domination by taking on a potentially dominating husband; Elizabeth had her ...

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Robert Baratheon matches Henry VIII Of England

Robert Baratheon matches Henry VIII Of England

Henry VIII was a British King, best known for having 6 wives, 2 of which were beheaded.

Similarities

  • Like Robert, Henry VIII was rather stout.
  • Both enjoyed lavish celebrations and dangerous games of sport.
  • Henry’s second wife, Anne ...

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The Unsullied match The Ottoman Janissaries

The Unsullied match The Ottoman Janissaries

The Janissaries were an elite corps in the Ottoman Empire.
Similarities: 

  • The Janissaries specialized in providing personal protection for various sultans, just as Grey Worm and his troops guard Daenerys wherever she goes.

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The Night’s Watch matches The Knights Templar

The Night’s Watch matches The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar protected European travelers visiting sites in the Holy Land while also carrying out military operations:

  • Both groups are charged with protecting a realm against outside invaders,
  •  both are led by an elected leader who serves for life.
  • Bot...

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Catelyn Stark matches Cecily Neville, Duchess Of York

Catelyn Stark matches Cecily Neville, Duchess Of York

Cecily Neville was the wife of Richard, Duke of York, and the mother of two kings of England, Edward IV and Richard III.
Similarities

  • Both women followed House Tully’s motto of “Family, Duty, Honor,” which made their sons’ decisions to abandon their betrothal promi...

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Littlefinger matches William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

Littlefinger matches William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley was the longest-serving minister of any of the Tudor monarchs. Similarities: 

  • William Cecil was born into a simple life and climbed the social hierarchy using his inherent abilities to think ahead and give good advice. 
  • Born into a fairly l...

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Brienne Of Tarth matches Joan Of Arc

Brienne Of Tarth matches Joan Of Arc

Joan of Arc is one of the most famous female warriors in history. Similarities

  • Joan of Arc had to convince Charles VII of her worth, whereas Brienne had to prove herself to Prince Renly.
  • Both Joan of Arc and Brienne preferred to wear masculine clothing
  • both w...

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Games of Thrones inspiration

Games of Thrones inspiration

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 Ro...

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Caligula and Edward, Prince of Wales inspired Joffrey Baratheon

Caligula and Edward, Prince of Wales inspired Joffrey Baratheon

Caligula was Rome's most tyrannical emperor. Similarities with Joffrey:

  • Both vicious and hated.
  • Both boys came into power at a young age and both loved to wield their power by tormenting others.
  • Both fond of spending tons of money on ridiculous spectacles.

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Sansa Stark matches Elizabeth Of York

Sansa Stark matches Elizabeth Of York

Elizabeth of York  was the wife of Henry VII, and mother of Henry VIII. Similarities:

  • Just as Sansa spent her younger years twirling around and dreaming of a happily ever after royal wedding, Elizabeth practiced the grace, obedience, and vanity expected of any future queen.

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Varys matches Francis Walsingham

Varys matches Francis Walsingham

Sir Francis Walsingham was the principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I. Similarities:

  • Francis Walsingham had a gigantic network that kept him in the know of everything that happened. 
  • Similarly, Lord Varys has his “little birds”, who are mostly underprivileged child...

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Tyrion Lannister matches Claudius

Tyrion Lannister matches Claudius

Emperor Claudius was Rome’s fourth emperor. 

Similarities

  • Claudius was looked down by his family because he had a speech impediment and a limp. Tyrion’s family literally looked down on him because of his size.
  • Both proved themselves to be brilli...

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Robb Stark matches Edward IV Of England

Robb Stark matches Edward IV Of England

Edward IV was king of England. He was a key figure in the conflict known as the Wars of the Roses. Similarities

  • Edward IV was given the crown after his father was beheaded, just as Robb became King of the North after Ned faced the same brutal fate.
  • As kings, E...

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Ned Stark matches Richard III Of England

Ned Stark matches Richard III Of England

Richard III was king of England for two turbulent years, best known for being accused of murdering his nephews to protect his throne. Similarities

  • Both men were popular in the North, led their people with peace, and believed in loyalty above all other things.
  • ...

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Margaery Tyrell matches Anne Boleyn

Margaery Tyrell matches Anne Boleyn

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.

  • Since Robert was dead, Margaery settled for his highly illegitimate son – even though he was b...

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Melisandre matches Rasputin

Melisandre matches Rasputin

Rasputin was a Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man who befriended the family of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia. Similarities

  • Plots are made to take this alleged magician out, but they demonstrate an uncanny ability to cheat death. 

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Catherine De' Medici and Margaret of Anjou inspired Cersei Lannister

Catherine De' Medici and Margaret of Anjou inspired Cersei Lannister

  • Catherine De' Medici was born to nobility and married King Henry II of France. Similarities: Both Catherine and Cersei were paranoid and ruthless when protecting their families.
  • Margaret Of Anjou was the Queen of England by marriage to King Henry VI. 

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