House of the Dragon: The brutal real-life historical event that inspired the story of Rhaenyra Targaryen

The Game of Thrones prequel is taking HBO by storm with its story about the Targaryen family.

The House of the Dragon works as a “spin-off” prequel to Game of Thrones and although the story it tells is not part of the still-unfinished fantasy saga A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin, da is based on another work by the American author: fire and blood, published in 2018, and focused 100% on exploring the history of the Targaryen family. The powerful house to which Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) belongs has ruled over the Seven Kingdoms for centuries, but when we met them in the original series, only a few members had managed to be saved from Robert Baratheon’s rebellion and had grown up hiding on another continent .

The story of Daenerys and everything that surrounded her powerful family has always caused great curiosity. First among readers, but later among viewers, often referred to as Halisi or Queen of Dragons as one of the most beloved and charismatic characters. Accompanied by her three majestic dragons, Daenerys was ready to restore what was one day taken from her family, until, still oblivious to her plans, in Westeros, the reign of the powerful family was still very much present, and part of its history had become legend.

now, from the hand of House of the Dragon, we will have the opportunity to meet one of the most famous: a succession conflict that would eventually become the beginning of the end for the Targaryen clan.

Created by Ryan J. Condal featuring George RR Martin himself, HBO’s new fantasy series takes us back to Westeros to tell us about the conflict between two factions of the Targaryen dynasty. At the beginning of the series, we find ourselves in the middle of the reign of Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine), who, after the death of his wife and without any of his sons surviving infancy, names his daughter Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) his heir. A decision that is not taken very well by the council and which will be threatened by the king’s remarriage to Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) and their offspring. The foundations of the future Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of Dragons.

Is A Dance With Dragons Based On An Actual Event?

It goes without saying that the story created by George RR Martin, with its dragons, magic and other supernatural elements, is fictional. However, the author has admitted that he was inspired by a real historical event for the development of some elements that are part of his story.

As he himself announced in his presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year 2022, a month before the debut of the series, Martin was inspired by a period of English history known as “The Anarchy” to create the Targaryen Civil War. A war of succession fought between Empress Matilda, daughter of King Henry I, and Stephen of Blois, Henry’s nephew, between 1138 and 1153.

My books are obviously fantasy, but I follow history a lot. the story inspires me [George R.R. Martin]

“This series is based on a period of history called the Anarchy, when Henry I, then King of England, when his only legitimate son drowned trying to cross the English Channel, he was left with only one legitimate heir, his daughter MatildaMartin explained, “He named her his heir, had all the lords of the realm swear allegiance to her, and then a few years later he died and most of the lords of the realm forgot about it. Here comes his cousin Esteban, who crosses the English Channel, steals the treasure, and crowns himself king. Then You enter a period called Anarchy where Matilda, or Maud as she is known, and her cousin Esteban have been fighting for two decades. It was horrible and bloody.”

As you may have noticed, the similarities are striking.

“I don’t think Westeros is any more anti-feminist or misogynistic than real life and what we call history”Martin added.

Likewise his literary saga A Song of Fire and Ice he also found inspiration in his historical event: the Wars of the Roses, the 15th-century civil war fought to determine who would be the next ruler of England between two royal houses, the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

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