Is House of the Dragon Based on a True Story or a Book?

CreatedBy Ryan J. CondalAnd George R. R. Martin, ‘House of the DragonHBO’s fantasy action series. SetIn the continent of Westeros, theStory revolves around theConflict between theTwo factions of the ruling Targaryen dynasty. The series begins during the reign of ViserysI Targaryen (Paddy Considine). After his wife’s death during childbirth and with none ofHis male children survived infancy. ViserysNames his daughter Rhaenyra (Emma D’ArcyAs theAdult and Milly AlcockAs theyoung) to be his heir, putting them ahead ofHis brother Daemon (Matt Smith) in theLine of succession. However, ViserysHe later married again, and he and his second spouse, Alicent Hightower (Olivia CookeAs theAdult and Emily CareyAs theYoung), have three sons and one child. After Viserys’ death, a TargaryenWith the end of civil war Rhaenyra onOne side and Viserys’ children with Alicent on the other.

If thePolitical intrigue and unflinching depiction of war and violence in ‘House of the Dragon’ have made you wonder whether it is inspiredBy historical events, we got you covered.

Is House of the Dragon Inspired by a True Story or a Book?

‘House of the Dragon’ is based onCertain sections of Martin’s 2018 book ‘Fire & Blood,’ which serves as a prequel to Martin’s ongoing epic fantasy series, ‘A Song of IceAnd Fire,’ on which HBO’s immensely popular television series ‘Game of Thrones‘ is based. So, ‘House of the Dragon’ is effectively a prequel to ‘Game of Thrones.’ With thePresence ofDragons, magic, and other supernatural element the sprawling ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is obviously not based on a true story.

HoweverWhen? Martin developed various elements of theHe drew his story from real history. For instance, ‘A Song of IceAnd Fire’ is loosely inspired by the Wars of the Roses, the 15ThA century-old civil war was fought to ascertain the next ruler of EnglandBetween House LancasterAnd House YorkBoth ofWhich are cadet branches? ofRoyal House of Plantagenet. The Targaryen civil war depicted in ‘House of the Dragon’ would be known in history as the “dance of the dragons,” and more ominously, “theDying of the dragons.” MartinPosted at the 2022 San Diego Comic-ConHe drew inspiration from aPeriod in EnglishHistory is known as the Anarchy.

“MyBooks are fantasies, but I do enjoy reading history. a lot,” Martin stated. “I get inspirations from history. AndThen I take elements of history and I turn it up to eleven. or obligatory ‘Spinal Tap’ reference, or to 111.” The AnarchyAnother is EnglishCivil war, though this one was not. NormandyYou can also find them here. ThisParticular war ofThe struggle for succession was waged between Empress Matilda, theDaughter of King HenryI, and Stephen of Blois, Henry’s nephew, between 1138 and 1153. ItNamed after theComplete undilution ofThis period saw the emergence of law and order.

AskedA member of the audience about why the world of ‘Game of Thrones‘ seems anti-queen, MartinWe briefly touched on it the connection between ‘Game of Thrones’ and the Wars of the RosesBefore explaining how the Anarchy influenced ‘House of the Dragon’ in detail.

“ThisShow [House of the Dragon]Based onAn earlier period in history is called The AnarchyWhen HenryI, then the King of EnglandWhen his only legitimate son drowned trying to cross the river, he was devastated. the English ChannelHe was left with one legitimate heir, his daughter Matilda,” said the co-creator. “HeNamed her his heir, made everything the Lords of theKingdom swear their loyalty to her, and then a few years later he died. of the LordsIn theThat was all that kingdom forgot about. HereHer cousin is next StephenWho crosses? the ChannelSteals the TreasuryYou are crowned King by him. aPeriod called The AnarchyWhere Matilda, or Maudeas she was known, her cousin StephenFor two decades, he fought. ItWas horrible and bloody.”

Martin continued, “That was the inspiration there; I don’t think WesterosParticularly anti-woman or more misogynistic than real lifeAnd what we call history.”

Unlike the books in ‘The Song of Ice and Fire’ series, ‘Fire & Blood’ is more descriptive than narrative. MartinIt was written like an in-world historical book. thePerspective of Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel of Oldtown. In the ‘Game of Thrones’ universe, Archmaester GyldaynSubmitted the unfinished history book, ‘Fire & Blood, Being a History of the Targaryen Kings of Westeros.’ The first volume ofIt covers theYears starting Aegon I’s conquest to the regency of Aegon III. SemiAccording to -canon sources, Archmaester Gyldayn lives during the reign of RobertI Baratheon. ThisIt was not possible to do so in the past. MartinHe retconned it, as he wanted to cover theRest of the TargaryenVolume 2. Dynasty

Is House of the Dragon Based on a True Story or a Book?
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InHis book Archmaester GyldaynWhen he writes about a topic, he draws from four major sources. the dance of the dragons: theAccounts of Grand Maester Orwyle, Grand Maester Munkun, Septon EustaceCourt jester Mushroom. Grand Maester OrwyleServe King AegonII Targaryen (the eldest son of ViserysI Alicent Hightower) and was later imprisoned by the people loyal to Queen Rhaenyra. HeHe wrote his accounts while he was being held in prison. theBlack cells Grand Maester MunkunHeavy drew from Orwyle’s work while writing his ‘The Dance of the Dragons, A True Telling.’ Septon EustaceSubmitted a sober and somewhat ponderous history in his ‘The Reign of King Viserys, First of His Name, the Dance of the Dragons That Came After,’ though it is biased toward AegonII. Rhaenyra.

MushroomWho was it? aLittle person, performed for amusements of Viserys, Rhaenyra, AegonII, and Aegon III. His testimony (recorded by an unknown scribe) is filled with “little but ribald tales and gossip, piling stabbings, betrayals, seductions, and debaucheries one atop the other.” SoWhile Martin drew from real history to write his book, ‘House of the Dragon’It is ultimately not a true story.

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