INFOGRAPHIC: The Real History Behind Game of Thrones

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George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire and the corresponding HBO show Game of Thrones feature perhaps the most talked about fictional world, but did you know that they both draw from actual history? This infographic from insideonline takes a look at what elements correspond to actual historical groups, people, and events (minus the dragons and evil ice elves of course):

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