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Read About The Real-Life Event That Inspired Last Night’s Devastating ‘Game Of Thrones’

By / 06.02.13

I’ve been holding this in all season, so I’m going straight to the post-jump spoilers. UPDATE: Full recap.

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Good that feels good to say. Back in 2001, George R.R. Martin had this to say about his historical influences:

Most of my borrowings, however, come from English and French medieval history, simply because I am more familiar with those than with the heroes, legends, and traditions of other countries. The Wars of the Roses, the Crusades, and the Hundred Years War have been my biggest influences…oh, and some Scottish history as well, such as the infamous Black Dinner that inspired my own Red Wedding. (Via)

What is the “Black Dinner,” and is J.B. Smoove involved? In reverse, sadly no (Danny Dubersteins? Possibly) and the Black Dinner story goes like: in the Late Middle Ages, there was a prominent Scottish family called the Douglases who were so powerful, they became a serious threat to the monarch. In 1440, the 6th Earl of Douglas and his brother were invited to dine with the 10-year-old King James II of Scotland. Then:

The legendary banquet was held in the Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle, with King James and Earl Douglas getting on famously. Then, at the end of the feast, somebody brought in the head of a black bull and thumped it on the table, silencing the hubbub and causing several jaws to drop open. That symbolic act was supposed to be a portent for the death of the principal guest – the Black Douglas. The story concludes with the King’s pleas being ignored and Douglas heads joining that of the bull on the table. (Via)

The moral of the story: POOR GREY WIND. Full recap tomorrow.

(Via)


TOPICS#game of thrones
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