New ebook on the historical inspiration for ‘Game of Thrones’

I have a new Amazon Kindle Single out today, on the historical inspiration for Game of Thrones, which you can buy here. So if you follow me on Twitter prepare for a massive amount of spamming. Especially as the new series starts on Monday.

It’s sort of like Our Island Story, Westeros version, but here’s the blurb:

The HBO series Game of Thrones, based on the George R.R. Martin books, is one of the most popular television shows of recent years. Set on the island of Westeros, it tells of the struggle by various families to win the Iron Throne and so rule ‘the Realm’.

Although fantasy, Game of Thrones borrows heavily from real history, including elements from the Crusades, Spartans and Byzantines. Most of all, however, this saga tells the story of the realm of England and how it came to be, from the first men and the Angles to the Conquest and War of the Roses.

It takes in the myths and migrations of ancient Britain and the culture of the medieval monarchy and tells that story better than most historical fiction, capturing not just the pageantry and violence of the time, but the psychology too, with characters who are neither good nor bad but simply of their time.

It is a gripping and fantastic tale; so, too, is the real game of thrones for the crown of England, as recalled in Ed West’s The Realm, a story that should be read by every fan of the television serie

What do you think?