13 Historical Lessons Learned from Game of Thrones

We can’t learn history lessons from Game of Thrones. We can only learn lessons. There are many lessons from the Starks and the Lannisters that we have seen over and over again. So let’s cover a new character, from whom we can learn a lot.
 13 Historical Lessons Learned from Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It's the depiction of two powerful families -- kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men -- playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. Martin is credited as a co-executive producer and one of the writers for the series, whose shooting locations include Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia and Spain.

1- "Unsullied! Slay the masters, slay the soldiers, slay every man who holds a whip, but harm no child. Strike the chains off every slave you see!" - Daenerys Targaryen

2- “Not a single problem of the class struggle has ever been solved in history except by violence. When violence is exercised by the working people, by the mass of exploited against the exploiters — then we are for it!” - Vladimir Lenin

3- "When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground! Turn us away, and we will burn you first!" - Daenerys Targaryen

4- “Violence is not the monopoly of the exploiters and as such the exploited can use it too and, moreover, ought to use it when the moment arrives.” - Che Guevara

5- “My name is Daenerys Stormborn of the blood of old Valyria, and I will take what is mine! With fire and blood, I will take it!” - Daenerys Targaryen

6- “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.” - Lord Acton

7- “I will crucify the masters. I will set their fleets afire. I will kill every last one of their soldiers and return their cities to the dirt. That’s my plan.” - Daenerys Targaryen

8-“I propose the immediate launching of a nuclear strike on the United States. The Cuban people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the destruction of imperialism and the victory of world revolution!” - Fidel Castro

9- JON SNOW: How do you know it will be a good world?

DAENERYS: Because I know what is good. And so do you.

JON SNOW: No, I don’t.

DAENEYRS: You do. You do, you’ve always known!

JON SNOW: What about everyone else? What about the other people who think they know what’s good?

DAENERYS: They don’t get to choose.

10- “The outstanding negative quality of the totalitarian elite is that it never stops to think about the world as it really is, and never compares the lies with reality.” - Hannah Arendt

11- DAENERYS: Lannister, Targaryen, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell. They're all just spokes on a wheel. This one’s on top, then that one’s on top. And on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground.

12- TYRION: It's a beautiful dream, stopping the wheel. You're not the first person who's ever dreamt it.

DAENERYS: I'm not going to stop the wheel. I'm going to break the wheel.

13- “Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.” - George Orwell

In GOT, it was Lords who conspired to take Aerys out, A rich family who conspired to take Robert out, same rich family that conspired to out the religious leaders, rich families who conspired for Daenerys’ downfall, and rich families who exiled Jon. The wealthy of Westeros take who has some of the blood or legal right and play their games until that person or dynasty is of no use.

British history is no different. King Stephen’s children, Henry VI, Edward of Lancaster, the Princes in the Tower, Richard III, Mary Queen of Scots, the Grey sisters (excluding Jane), Charles I, James II, Edward VIII - a history full of people that were pushed out of or forced out of legitimate claims to the throne by rich people (some for very good reason) Henry II, Henry Tudor, Edward IV - these people only took the throne because wealthy Lords decided they liked them more.


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