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The Inspirations Behind Game of Thrones

In the many realms of modern fantasy there is only one true King, and his name is George Raymond Richard Martin.

Now, in this visually spectacular hardback book, fans of his work can discover the vast array of historical and literary inspirations that informed Martin's epic A Song of Ice and Fire series, and its hugely successful TV adaptation.


The author of A Game of Thrones and its sequels, George R.R. Martin has created a fantasy world on a scale unrivalled by any other single writer. With their vast range of characters and spectacular locations, his books and their TV adaptations have captured imaginations across the globe.

So how did a writer best known for short stories come to craft such a gigantic sequence of novels, and what is the key to their extraordinary success? What sources – historical, literary and personal – did Martin draw upon in the writing, and what inspiration did they give him?

The Worlds of George R.R. Martin explores the real-life inspirations behind this painstakingly detailed world, from historical events as wide-ranging as the Wars of the Roses and the Mongol conquests to movies, comic books, games and works of fiction, offering readers a thrilling new perspective on Martin’s work.

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