Enter to Win “Iron Fire and Ice: The Real History that Inspired Game of Thrones”!

Iron, Fire and Ice

There’s just three weeks left until the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones and we can hardly stand the wait anymore! That seems like a great time for a giveaway, as publishers are rolling out all kinds of goodness in anticipation of season 8 and the series’ endgame.

According to Skyhorse Publishing, Ed West’s new book Iron, Fire and Ice: The Real History that Inspired Game of Thrones chronicles “the very real historical events that inspired the show. George R.R. Martin’s bestselling novels are rife with allusions, inspirations, and flat-out copies of real-life people, events, and places of medieval and Tudor England and Europe. The Red Wedding? Based on actual events in Scottish history. The poisoning of Joffrey Baratheon? Eerily similar to the death of William the Conqueror’s grandson. The Dothraki? Also known as Huns, Magyars, Turks, and Mongols.”

The book is being published on April 9th and we have a copy to share with one lucky reader. We’re accepting entries in the Iron, Fire and Ice Giveaway for the next seven days, open to readers in the USA and Canada– here are the complete rules!

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Entries are accepted for seven days, closing the giveaway for entries on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 12PM ET. The winner will be randomly selected from the entries, and announced shortly thereafter.

**The contest is for residents of USA and Canada** The (1) winner will be selected from among valid entrants by random drawing. The winner must respond within 72 hours of notification or will forfeit their prizes and another winner/s will be selected. Winners may be responsible for local taxes/importing fees. The winner must have a valid shipping address.

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    1. • I assume this is an officially licensed product? If so, count me in.

      • Misc: What I’d really like is a detailed analysis of any historical or literary figures that inspired GRRM (and the showrunners) to create the character of Sandor Clegane. While Rory McCann’s portrayal has a lot to do with the popularity of The Hound, when I started watching the show Sandor looked to be nothing more than window dressing: a tertiary, background character – “Joffrey’s dog.” I was surprised to see him emerge as a prominent character with his own story line.

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    2. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, they cling to the real or the gods or love


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    3. Even though I’m still working through the George RR Martin boxed set of books, this would be a really cool addition to my library!

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    4. Upon first viewing the Red Wedding, I assumed it to be based upon the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris in 1572, where Catholics slaughtered the gathering of Huguenots assembled for the wedding of Catholic Marguerite de Valois to the Huguenot prince, Henri III of Navarre. So many possible other sources, I suppose.
      This publication might be an interesting read to compare with my other assumptions of the borrowings in the show and books.

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    5. I’ll help write the pages of history this season, but pardon me, I’ll have to use my other hand to do so…

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    6. Here’s hoping the book is as good as Carolyne Larrington’s lively and informative “Winter is Coming – The Medieval World of Game of Thrones”!

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    7. This would be a great addition to my history book shelf – and this is one I’ll actually read. 🙂

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    8. Tensor the Mage, Not Yet Learned Enough To Know If Ever There Was A Real-Life Inspiration For “The Rains Of Castamere” says:

      Well, so far GRRM and B&W haven’t given us an analog to the White Ship disaster of November 1120, but there is still a whole season to go…

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    9. I’m such a fan of the books…and of history. I read histories of the Plantagenets, the Tudors and the Romanoffs to better understand events that inspired ASOIAF….help me round out my library material!

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    10. I keep seeing youtube videos titles with these kinds of history comparisons, but since they are on youtube i hesitate to watch them as a ‘real’ informative source for history, usually comes with a bias theory they are trying to support… but i am curious

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    11. I don’t often go in for prize draws, but put me done for this one please 🙂

      Ah, just seen it only applies to the USA and Canada, so no luck – I’m in Spain 🙁

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    12. I think one of the most important parts in creating a fantasy world is basing it in fact. Without the factual, the fantastical elements will be that much less believable and immersive. Yes, there’s dragons and magic, but there are humans too, with human needs, wants, and flaws.

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