The wars that inspired Game of Thrones – Alex Gendler



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Beginning around 1377, medieval England was shaken by a power struggle between two noble families, which spanned generations and involved a massive cast of characters, complex motives and shifting loyalties. Sound familiar? Alex Gendler illustrates how the historical conflict known as the Wars of the Roses served as the basis for much of the drama in Game of Thrones.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Brett Underhill.

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33 thoughts on “The wars that inspired Game of Thrones – Alex Gendler

  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    That was way more convoluted than Game of Thrones lol. Gonna have to rewatch a few times

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    bring a little anarchy.
    upset the establish order.
    and everything becomes chaos. – an ancient anarchist quote😉

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    The Prince that was promised = The Kim in the North

    Everything makes sense now.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    Robb stark catelyn stark Ned stark Jon snow Stannis baratheon bran stark Arya stark daenerys targaryen joffrey baratheon /lannister cersei lannister and tyrion lannister. At 5:38

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    The Yorks were descended from Edward III's second son Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence (the next in line after Richard II), as well as his fourth son Edmund of Langley, Duke of York. Technically, Edmund, 5th Earl of March, was the rightful heir, not Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV) in the year 1399.

    Lionel of Antwerp > Philippa, Countess of Ulster (his daughter) > Roger Mortimer, Earl of Ulster and March (her son) > Edmund, 5th Earl of March (his son) > Anne, Countess of Cambridge (his sister) > Richard, Duke of York (her son) > his son Edward IV, First Yorkist King of England.

    England never had Salic Law — women could inherit and descend the crown.  Henry VII (Tudor) claimed the throne through his mother, Margaret Beaufort Countess of Richmond who was, like Henry Bolingbroke, a descendent of Edward III's third son, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

    And I think the SNP are the White Walkers.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    As soon as I read GOT I thought this is very similar to the War of the Roses. Lannister was the nail in the coffin. Good video.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    They forgot to mention that the Wildings are a parallel to the Scots; viewed as a barbaric society living north of Hadrian's Wall, threatening rebellion as a background to the Wars of the Roses

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    People saying that Dany will marry Sansa, yeah not likely. Sansa was completely against Jon going to a Targareyan (I'm not good at spelling) for aid. Also Sansa has the stubborn gene of the Stark family, doubtful that Sansa would consider marriage with Dany. If anything it's likely that Jon and Dany will unite in marriage, after all the series is called The Song of Ice and Fire, ice (Jon SNOW) and fire (Mother of DRAGONS).

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    Damn i may have to watch it a couple more times to get a hold on all of this.
    That's a lot of info in 6 minutes.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 1:19 pm
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    Why are people so power hungry (more like rabid). I won't even try to have control over my dog.

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