Tyrion Lannister really Richard III? or…My kingdom for a horse!

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.)

 

 

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Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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