House of the Dragon What historical event inspired George RR?

Don’t miss out on knowing what was the historical event that George RR Martin used to reinterpret to create his book “Fire and Blood”, which serves as the basis for the HBO Max series, “House of the Dragon”.

It turns out that during a Comic-Con panel this summer, author George RR Martin, whose books inspired the acclaimed Game of Thrones, spoke about his latest creation, Fire and Blood.

It was that same book that has served as the basis for House of the Dragon, the new HBO Max series that began airing on August 21.

What historical event inspired George RR Martin?

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Images inspired by history

It has been noted that like Game of Thrones, which was loosely based on the Wars of the Roses, Martin said that the new series is also derived from real medieval history:

“I take inspiration from the story, and then he took elements of the story to interpret them,” he said. “House of the Dragon” is based on an earlier period in history called the Anarchy.”

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Images inspired by history

In fact, this event was more than just loose inspiration for the series: several of the main characters are directly based on the key figures of that conflict-ridden period.

It should be noted that the Anarchy was an English civil war of succession. It lasted from 1138 to 1153, but has its roots in a tragedy that took place nearly two decades earlier.

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What happens in this historical event?

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In 1120, King Henry I lost his only (legitimate) son and heir, William Adelin, in a shipwreck in the English Channel while William was traveling from Normandy to England, both territories under Henry’s control at the time.

Henry’s wife had died a few years earlier, so his answer was twofold: 1) he named his teenage daughter, Empress Matilda, his successor, the first woman to be so named, and 2) he married a much older woman. younger, perhaps hoping to produce another male heir.

An infant son never appeared, so Henry I groomed Matilda to take over and repeatedly had noblemen and barons swear allegiance to her. Matilda strategically married a nobleman from a territory bordering Normandy and had a son of her own, Henry II.

King Henry died in 1135. Matilda, now in her thirties, was away from the seat of power in London and, surprise! “Not all of the nobles were as committed to her coronation as they had claimed.

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It is noted that his cousin, Stephen of Blois, seized the throne with the help of his brother. And this caused a civil war. Matilda waged a fight against her cousin Stephen and the sexism of medieval England for 19 long years, during a period described as The Anarchy.

Basing her campaign in Oxford, Matilda fought, complied, and even made an elaborate escape during her enduring efforts to reclaim the English throne.

This is why viewers who have seen the first few episodes of House of the Dragon will notice the similarities. King Henry I is King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) and his daughter Matilda is Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock).

The deaths of Enrique’s wife and son were combined into a single event: a bloody doomed childbirth from which neither mother nor son survived. At the end of the first episode, Viserys appointed Rhaenyra as his successor and forced her council to swear allegiance.

Given this, it can be said that the equivalent of the historical Esteban is Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) in the series, although the relationship is a little different since Prince Daemon is Rhaenyra’s uncle.

Notably, it also appears that the character of Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) is based on Henry’s second wife, Adela of Leuven. It is unknown if Matilda and Adela were friends in their youth in the same way that Rhaenyra and Alicent are in the series, but in real life they were roughly the same age.

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