10 Game of Thrones characters and the historical figures they are based upon

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HBO’s Game of Thrones is a sensational mix of political intrigue, fantasy concepts, dragons and the walking dead. The characters in Game of Thrones characters resemble several historical figures involved in the 15th century civil war (war of the roses).

 

1. Robert Baratheon/Henry VIII

Apart from the physical transformation, both Henry and Robert went from active young men to bloated drunkards who spent excessive amounts of money on measly practices making their kingdoms bankrupted. They had a love of booze, games, and women who weren’t their wives’ Also there was a rumor that one of Henry’s wives had a close relationship with her brother which give credence to her eventual execution.

2. Tyrion Lannister/Claudius

Tyrion Lannister/Claudius

Tyrion’s character influences from a historical figure, Richard III & is closely resembled by Emperor Claudius who, like Tyrion was born with physical disabilities. People continuously underestimate him but he proved himself as a skilled operator in politics.

3. Jaime Lannister/Cesare Borgia

Jaime Lannister/Cesare Borgia

Jaime and Cesare both were born into powerful families having leader’s quality & had distinguished military careers. Both were well known for betrayal, with Jaime’s as the Kingslayer and allegations that Cesare murdered his brother and slept with the wife of his brother, also both of them had slept with their sister.

4. Cersei Lannister/Margaret d’Anjou

Cersei Lannister/Margaret d’Anjou
Cersei Lannister/Margaret d’Anjou

Margaret d’Anjou had an unhappy marriage to Henry VI, much like Cersei and Robert Baratheon respectively. Margaret used her political influences to build support and allegiance to her side in the war of roses. Both women’s children legitimacy was questioned, Edward in Margaret case & Joffrey in Cersei case.

5. Joffrey Baratheon/Caligula

Joffrey Baratheon/Caligula
Joffrey Baratheon/Caligula

Caligula was cruelly insane as Joffrey, both misusing their powers having questionable legitimacy. Both murdered many of his relatives & confiscated people’s property. Both died young, although Caligula was stabbed to death as opposed to the Joffery who was poisoned.

6. Robb Stark/Edward IV of York

Robb Stark/Edward IV of York
Robb Stark/Edward IV of York

There are so many points which were common between Robb Stark and Edward IV of York. Both inherited their position at a young age after their fathers were beheaded & succeed in wars and ignored pressure to marry to form a political alliance.

7. Varys/Francis Walsingham

Varys/Francis Walsingham
Varys/Francis Walsingham

Walsingham was Elizabeth I’s spymaster and, although some of his actions were undoubtedly self-serving, he undoubtedly contributed to the relative stability that prevailed over England at the time. Sound like anybody familiar?

8. Stannis Baratheon/Oliver Cromwell

Stannis Baratheon/Oliver Cromwell
Stannis Baratheon/Oliver Cromwell

Both Stannis & Oliver were pious, steely, and militarily accomplished leaders having a sense of divine providence. Likewise, Stannis’ grit in combat is continuously praised and had faith in the Lord of Light which pushes him to dangerous extremes. Stannis died on the field of battle & Cromwell died in office as the Lord Protector.

9. Melisandre/Rasputin

Melisandre/Rasputin
Melisandre/Rasputin

A mysterious stranger with an oversized influence on the wife of a man who holds power? Seemingly magical powers and a resistance to poisons? You’d have sex with them? Well, 2 out of 3 isn’t bad.

The sexual magnetism and epic mythmaking that surrounds both Melisandre and Rasputin, not to mention the unspeakable horrors they both committed in the name of higher powers, cast both as fascinating figures in both historical and fictional settings.

10. Ned Stark/Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York

Ned Stark/Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York
Ned Stark/Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York

Richard, Duke of York, was the first powerful leader of North of England house during the War of the Roses. He marched south in an attempt to stop a meddling Queen corrupting the royal beadledom. Richard was not like Ned who was quite as good a soldier, losing few battles, including the battle of Wakefield which led him to his death. Both of them were loved by common folks & disliked by gentlefolks.

 

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