Westeros is a fictitious kingdom that has a system with warlords and knights claiming land and wealth, while the ordinary people suffer from famine and hunger, and the setting itself bears a resemblance to the European medieval era and the Hundred Years' War, while there are a number of strikingly similar examples. George R.R. Martin himself has stated that he had drawn inspiration from many historical events, yet he never pointed out the exact ones. With this article, I’m trying to connect a few dots by identifying the corresponding historical events for five of our favorite Game of Thrones moments. In case you haven’t guessed it yet, spoiler alerts are in order.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the list…
The Brotherhood Without Banners - Resistance against Serfdom and Peasant's Revolt
The Brotherhood without Banners never had a fight of their worth on-screen, except for the one with The Hound. That said, they are expected to be an integral part of the storyline in the future, as they represent the people rather than a house or a mere sigil. If we consider English history, there is an identical movement of ordinary people that took place against serfdom, which eventually led to a revolt. Both these factions are labeled as rebels, even though they are the ones who fight for a real cause. A war is always between the kings, but the casualty will always be high on the peasants' side.
Tyrion Lannister - Court Dwarfs (Jeffrey Hudson/Sebastián de Morra)
Tyrion Lannister is arguably one of the most genius, celebrated characters in the whole story, considering how well-crafted the character is. All dwarfs are bastards in their father’s eyes, said Tyrion once, and it sums up the whole agony he has suffered in his life. To create a character like Tyrion, George might’ve considered the old system of court dwarfs. In the old times, dwarfs were considered to be adorable, and kings appointed them for their pleasure. They might’ve received good food and dresses, but they never were considered equal, as they were more of a plaything. The portrait in the image belongs to Sebastián de Morra, a court dwarf, and one can’t simply ignore the resemblance between him and Peter Dinklage.
Royal Incest - Cleopatra
It wasn’t the Targaryens who started incest to keep their bloodline pure. There are a number of examples in history where royal families practiced incest to control their power and wealth. Most of these men and women were considered to be crazy, much like the Mad King, yet there were some who had done it as tact nonetheless. The most famous example would be the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, who married her little brother to control the whole dynasty. It was a desperate situation, as Romans were eyeing Egypt, and she had to take desperate measures to ensure her safety. Sounds like a certain sibling pair that we know...
The Purple Wedding - The Snook-Herr Wedding Tragedy
While The Purple Wedding was an execution of a master plan that involved Baelish and the Tyrells, The Snook-Herr Wedding Tragedy was an unfortunate accident. It was a fairly fashionable wedding between Fannie Belle and Winford B. Snook, which took place in 1891. After the meal, the couple took off for their wedding trip to Cincinnati, and then a number of guests fell ill and eventually died. In Cincinnati, the bride and groom also experienced identical symptoms and fell sick. A few days later the groom died, even though the bride survived. There were a number of theories behind the poisoning, yet none of them were confirmed.
The Red Wedding - Massacre of Glencoe
The Glencoe Massacre and The Red Wedding bore a lot of resemblances. Both of them were aimed at the destruction of an important person. Both of them started as a result of the war for power. While The Red Wedding was the end of the war Of The Five Kings, The Glencoe Massacre was a result of power shifting in the British Empire. Both of them were a murder under trust. Glencoe was a lovely valley town in Scotland, run by different clans. The elder one of the Campbell clan was furious about consistent raids and thefts of livestock from the MacDonalds clan, and their reluctance to give their allegiance to the crown made it worse. These issues resulted in the massacre as the Campbells made an elaborate plan to win the MacDonalds' trust for their eventual execution. I wonder how many rats will be running through those mountains.