The real historical event that inspired House Of The Dragon [Comic-Con]
As you may already know, ‘Game of Thrones’ was based on a chapter in British history called the Wars of the Roses – something Martin mentioned on this panel. He joked that he took “elements of the story” and “turned[s] up to eleven”, and this approach continues in “House of the Dragon”. Martin explained:
“That show was based on an earlier period in world history called The Anarchy. And you know, I flew free in real history. When Henry I, the King of England, when his only legitimate son s drowned while trying to cross the English Channel, he only had one legitimate child left who was his daughter Mathilde, and he named her his heiress, and he swore loyalty to all the lords of the kingdom.
“And then a few years later he died, and most of the lords of the realm forgot that oath. treasure, and gets crowned king, and you entered a period called the anarchy where Maud, or Matilda as she was known, and Stephen fought [for] a decade, two decades, whatever – it got awful and bloody.”
The Anarchy – the brutal civil war in England and Normandy – took place between 1138 and 1153. Historical spoilers here: In the real world, the long battle between Stephen and Empress Matilda (as she was called), escalated. ended with Stephen taking the throne, but with Matilda’s son, Henry FitzEmpress, crowned Henry II after Stephen’s death.
In the series, King Viserys’ (Paddy Considine) heir is his brother Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), though Viserys is seeking to name his daughter Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) as heir, which would make her the first queen regent of Westeros. .
“House of the Dragon” premieres on HBO Max on August 21, 2022.