asoiaf inspiration

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Elizabeth Woodville || The queen consort of a warrior king who took the throne after a rebellion, she was considered the most beautiful woman in the realm. Her critics also viewed her as cold, manipulative, and calculating. Her family benefited greatly from her status as queen, garnering positions and influence. After the death of her husband, she attempted to take control of her son and the crown from the new Lord Protector. Her children were proclaimed illegitimate by her husband’s brother, who took the throne.

Catherine de Medici || From a family known for money, she became queen consort to a king she had a difficult relationship with and was the mother of three kings, two of whom died before her. She wielded varying degrees of power over the government, ruling as queen regent for a time. The reigns of her sons saw civil war and religious turmoil.

Margaret of Anjou || Known to be beautiful, volitile, “passionate and proud and strong-willed”, she became a prominent figure in the English civil war, the War of the Roses, as one of the Lancastrian leaders. She married the reigning king and gave birth to his heir. Many speculated that her son was the product of adultery, though this was never proven. She survived both her son and husband.

Jane Shore || The mistress of a king, she was known to be a great beauty with many suitors. The part she played in attempting to stop Richard III’s rise to power led to her being forced to perform a public walk of penance as punishment. George R. R. Martin cited the event as the basis for Cersei’s walk of penance.

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R I S I N G | a Daenerys Targaryen fanmix

01. this is no mistake, no accident, when you think the final nail is in, think again, don’t be surprised, I will still rise / 02. all you have is your fire, and the place you need to reach - don’t you ever tame your demons, but always keep ‘em on a leash / 03. when the sins of my father weigh down in my soul, and the pain of my mother will not let me go, well, I know there can come fire from the sky to refine the purest of kings / 04. here I come, a firebird, don’t offer up your sorrow / 05. I’m the one they all praise, heaven and earth before a day, they created me to guide, to call, not a queen but an empress to rule them all / 06. I’m gonna fight 'em off, a seven nation army couldn’t hold me back / 07. just give me what I know is mine / 08. no matter what, you’ll never take that from me, my reign is as far as your eyes can see / 09. they’ll know my name after the storms are passing through

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Inspiration for Game of Thrones - Former Yugoslavia!

George RR Martin wrote the first book from 1991-1996, when the Croatian and Bosnian wars were a big deal for American foreign policy and got a lot of popular news coverage. It started out with six republics (seven if you count Kosovo) of Yugoslavia, each with differing cultures, started fighting for autonomy.

What was Yugoslavia?

Yugoslavia was a country in Southeast Europe during most of the 20th century. It came into existence after World War I in 1918. under the name of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes by the merger of the provisional State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (itself formed from territories of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire) with the formerly independent Kingdom of Serbia.

The Serbian royal House of Karađorđević became the Yugoslav royal dynasty. That dynasty, or better said prince Aleksandar united the country (it was his idea). So, Yugoslavia gained international recognition on 13 July 1922 at the Conference of Ambassadors in Paris. The country was named after the South Slavic peoples (Serbs, Croats etc.) and constituted their first union, following centuries in which the territories had been part of the Ottoman Empire and Austria-Hungary.

Renamed Kingdom of Yugoslavia on 3 October 1929, it was invaded by the Axis powers on 6 April 1941. In 1943, a Democratic Federal Yugoslavia was proclaimed by the Partisan resistance. In 1944, the king recognised it as the legitimate government, but in November 1945 the monarchy was abolished. Instead of Aleksandar’s son Petar II, Tito, the Partisan’s leader, came to power. Yugoslavia was renamed the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946, when a communist government was established.

After Tito’s death in Slovenia, an economic and political crisis in the 1980s and the rise of nationalism, Yugoslavia broke up along its republics’ borders, at first into five countries, leading to the Yugoslav Wars.

“..they (Yugoslavs) attempted to do the American model taking these five countries to construct Yugoslavia. So long as Josip Broz Tito was alive it seemed to be working, I mean, that people would say: “I am Yugoslav”. But nobody says that anymore; there are all are Serbs, or Croats, or Bosnians, and the ethnic identity is clearly more important than jumping out of the melting pot. They don’t wanna melt into Yugoslavs like we melted to Americans, so I don’t know… It’s interesting.” - George RR Martin

One Croatian comedy site  first wrote about this and, really there are many similarities between people of Former Yugoslavia and people of Westeros:

Lannister - Slovenians blond, rich, people, who think that they are better than others.

The Reach- Slavonia and the Coast (North Croatia), a rich and fertile soil, never in charge, but always the crucial factor.

Greyjoys - Dalmatians (Croats from Dalmatia), only people who they respect are themselves, they believe that others are weak. They are the people of the sea, pirates.

The Vale - Montenegro, a separate mountainous land, unconquerable. Strange family relations, sons on the first place. They have hawk as a coat of arms.

Dorne - FYR Macedonia Land in the south. They have the sun as coat of arms. They have always been segregated from the rest. Dark handsome men, somewhat different than the others from ex YU.

Baratheons - people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, a large, happy people ready to drink and eat, brave and burly. Neum is Storm’s End, since it has access to the sea. Robert is like Tito, who died when collapse of unity begins.

The North - Serbia the country of wolves and ancient heroes. Proud people, freedom fighters. Some see them as wild, cruel. White Harbor is Belgrade, Kosovo is The Wall. behind The Wall wildlings (Albanians? lol) live.

Targaryen - Karadjordjevic, the royal family in exile, young Danny as throne princess.

Riverlands - Vojvodina (Northern Serbia), a neutral land, similar to Slavonia. Somehow always affected by wars.

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Archmaester Brude, who was born and raised in the shadow city that huddles beneath the crumbling walls of Sunspear, once famously observed that Dorne has more in common with the distant North than either does with the realms that lie between them. The World of Ice and Fire

The North and Dorne + parallels (requested by anonymous)

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She opened her eyes and stared up blind at the black that shrouded her, her dream already fading. So beautiful. She licked her lips, remembering. The bleating of the sheep, the terror in the shepherd’s eyes, the sound the dogs had made as she killed them one by one, the snarling of her pack. Game had become scarcer since the snows began to fall, but last night they had feasted. Lamb and dog
and mutton and the flesh of man. Some of her little grey cousins were afraid of men, even dead men, but not her. Meat was meat, and men were prey. She was the night wolf.
But only when she dreamed.

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pre asoiaf meme  ♔  Catelyn Stark

“…And when Brandon was murdered and Father told me I must wed his brother, I did so gladly, though I never saw Ned’s face until our wedding day. I gave my maidenhood to this solemn stranger and sent him off to his war and his king and the woman who bore him his bastard, because I always did my duty.”

  • Arya: Gendry, would you do anything for me?
  • Gendry: Yeah, of course!
  • Arya: Good I have something I need you to do and you can't ask any questions
  • Arya: I have a stash of 100+ waffles in the car and I need you to scatter them throughout the neighborhood
  • Gendry:
  • Gendry:
  • Gendry:
  • Gendry:
  • Gendry: I'll do it. But on the condition I get one of those waffles.