Survive the Game of Thrones Hiatus with These Queens, Kings, and Conquerors

Posted by Marie on August 30, 2017


“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
William Shakespeare


Experiencing Game of Thrones withdrawal? The wait for the final season might feel agonizing—though maybe not as agonizing as the wait for The Winds of Winter.

But don’t fret! History is teeming with royal drama of every kind, from the mad to the Machiavellian to the morally gray. George R.R. Martin himself drew plenty of inspiration from real-life nobles for his world-renowned fantasy series. Consider The Accursed Kings, a history on the House of Capet, which Martin once called, "The original Game of Thrones."

Each of the following monarchies have enough complexity to fuel their own television show. In fact, many of them already have. There's the Plantagenets, the Tudors, the Romanovs…the list of dynasties who took power by force or fortune goes on and on.

But before any more of them are optioned for the big (or little) screen, be sure to add them to your Want to Read shelf!


The Iron King
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The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age
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The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England
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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life
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Mary Queen of Scots
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The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
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Isabella: The Warrior Queen
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Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France
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The Six Wives of Henry VIII
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
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Peter the Great: His Life and World
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Nicholas and Alexandra
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Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King
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Marie Antoinette: The Journey
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The Betrayal of Liliuokalani: Last Queen of Hawaii 1838-1917
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Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China
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Any history buffs eager to come forward and add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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message 1: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Easy - read A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

Also I highly suggest The Winter King by Bernard Cornwall and the next two in the trilogy.


message 2: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Jeffrey wrote: "Easy - read A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

Also I highly suggest The Winter King by Bernard Cornwall and the next two in the trilogy."

Winter King is easily my favorite adaption of Arthurian Legend


message 3: by Heather (new)

Heather Cain Awesome list!


message 4: by Breslin (new)

Breslin White I just love fictional romances that are set in kingdoms although these are a little far afield.


Heather Codename: ♕Duchess♕ I'd rather have a bunch of fictional high-fantasy rather than non-fiction. I enjoy non-fiction more and more as I've gotten older, but only in small doses.


message 7: by PasionUruguay (new)

PasionUruguay I just hope the Winds of Winter comes soon.But I dont think he will release it until the show is over. Then we will have to wait another 6-7 years for the last book.


message 8: by Andreas (new)

Andreas Jeffrey wrote: "Easy - read A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

Also I highly suggest The Winter King by Bernard Cornwall and the next two in the trilogy."


I second that Jeffrey. I would also add Cornwell's "Saxon Stories" (George Martin is a fan). There are ten books in all (thus far), so a good chance you'll probably finish all ten books before Winds of Winter is released.


message 9: by C.E. (new)

C.E. Crowder The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett, and the rest of the six volume Lymond Chronicles.


message 10: by Eule (new)

Eule Luftschloss George R.R. Martin has written more than just one series, and he's a great editor of short story anthologies on various topics. I am thinking about re-reading Tuff Voyaging soonish.


message 11: by Stacey (new)

Stacey All books by Sharon K Penman


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