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Oh Boy, I’m pretty sure I could write a 20 page page on the parallels between the Roman Invasion of Caledonia and the Free Folk’s invasion of Westeros. The part that interests me most, is Albinos’ decision to move his legions into Gaul, thereby leaving large parts of Hadrian’s wall unattended. This led the Caledonian’s to form a make shift alliance and raid south of the wall.
Carcalla, whose brother was murdered (albeit by carcalla) used the war against the Caledonian’s as proof to his army that he was a credible ruler. He was criticized for the influence he allowed a woman to have over his policy (albeit by his mother) and he became obsessed with his supposed divinity and likeness to Alexander the Great…. I know that is all a stretch, but that is off the top of my head.
History is very repetitive. I don’t think George out right copies history – I just think when you create a good story, it will naturally mirror historical events.