The world of “The Game of Thrones” is incredibly similar to the medieval Europe. Here you’ll also find the struggle for throne domination, political intrigues, insidiousness, and human cruelty. So, it’s not a big surprise that many of the characters of George RR Martin’s epic novels have real historical prototypes, many of which were the actual kings of England and France. Who are the most ruthless and bloodthirsty rulers — the real life or a messed up fantasy world? Let’s see and compare!



1. Brienne of Tarth and Joan of Arc
Brienne is (technically) a lady, but with a badass sword and wearing full body armor. People call her the Maid of Tarth, and she does resemble Joan of Arc, who was a warrior as well, and who had also called herself a “maiden” (La Pucelle). She also preferred men’s clothes and short hair, just like Brienne.



2. Daenerys Targaryen and Henry Tudor
What’s the most memorable thing about Dany? Probably her mile-long title, and her three dragons, but also the fact that she’s the last living member of her family and that she was exiled. Guess who else meets those last two criteria? That’s right – Henry Tudor. He was the last of the Lancastrians, and was a legitimate heir to the throne in the Wars of the Roses. He fled the kingdom when he was 14, and his banner had a red dragon on it as well. Too many coincidences?

3. Dothraki and the Mongols
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. In Game of Thrones we have the Dothraki with their khals and nomadic lifestyle. And in the real life there were Mongols. Ruthless killers and plunderers with Genghis Khan as their leader (at one point).



4. Night Watch and the Templars
Night Watch is a military brotherhood, whose members vowed to protect the realm and its citizens from wildlings, white walkers, and other unpleasant creatures. The Watch mainly consists of convicts, who had their crimes written off, when they joined the brotherhood. Meanwhile, in the real world, Templar knights defended pilgrims and Jerusalem from robbers, bandits, and everything unholy.

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