If you know Tyrion from Game of Thrones, this is fun stuff. Richard III is the one who (according to Shakespeare) cried out “A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!” Alas, no horse for the unhorsed Richard, so Henry Tudor slew him and became Henry VII, pa to Henry VIII of the six wives, and grandpa to Queen Elizabeth I. So, that Richard.
Recently folks in England dug up some bones in Leicester that they think were Richard’s, and that got us to thinking. This is cool: Richard III has resurfaced in the series Game of Thrones as the Imp!
And here’s the proof (sort of):
Both were physically anomalous: Richard purportedly had a hunch back, or at least scoliosis. Tyrion is a dwarf.
Both were brother to – Richard to the king, Tyrion to the queen.
Both were subjects of and brother/brother-in-law to a queen renowned for her beauty, her golden tresses, and her ruthless ambition. Also, said queens despised Richard/Tyrion.
Both saw their nephews crowned king. Richard is accused of killing his nephew(s) (the famous Princes of the Tower) and usurping the throne. The Imp Tyrion is also accused of killing his nephew. The series isn’t over yet, so I don’t know whether Tyrion becomes king. Maybe.
Both of them rode horses, brandished swords, and wore dashing capes.
And both are clever and wise and would have made good kings.
There you have it. I think George R. R. Martin, who wrote the series Game of Thrones is based on, might have been acquainted with Richard III.
(My scholarship might not be up there with Hilary Mantel’s, but mine was a whole lot easier.)