In the Game of Thrones series, George R.R. Martin masterfully manages a broad cast of characters, sweeping conflict, location and plot. His ability to keep things moving and keep the reader involved in the story is an inspiration for every writer.
George R.R. Martin’s Inspiration
I recently discovered that he’d used a series of historical novels as a strong inspiration. And the series, called The Cursed Kings, is about a part of French History that I love—the fall of the Knights Templar.
Not one, but two French television series have been made from The Cursed Kings series, of which this book is the first. George R.R. Martin wrote the forward for The Iron King. He cites The Cursed Kings by Maurice Drouon as a strong influence on him while writing A Song of Ice and Fire.
Drama Kicked Off by a Curse
The Iron King kicks off in Paris in 1314 where the French king Philip the Fair (as in ‘good looking,’ not in any way as in ‘just’) has arranged take down the Knights Templar, to whom he owed vast sums of money. From the flaming bonfire, white-bearded Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay curses the king, and the Pope, who is colluding with him, saying they will both be dead in a year and “You shall be accursed to the 13th generation of your lines!” You know we’re going to have fun watching that curse come home to roost.
|Here is a great book to read before you visit Paris, by the way, especially if you are a fan of medieval court intrigue. And Game of Thrones fans, I hate to break it to you, but that’s what you’re watching so avidly every week! You are also watching Epic Fantasy, a genre which at one time seemed the least likely to be brought to HBO as a series. Bravo to the folks to made that happen, and who keep us watching!|
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