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This is most likely based on real life Regnal Names. The regnal name is usually followed by a regnal number, written as a Roman numeral, to differentiate that monarch from others who have used the same name while ruling the same realm. So as we see something like "George IV" (read as George the fourth) in real life, Martin just adds some fluff to it. ...


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Dothraki would get slaughtered by Westerosi. I will refer to the Mongols here, as it were Mongols which invaded Europe in 13th century, not Huns (despite what Fakjbf states). Mongols first time invaded Hungary in 13th century, not 12th century. The only battle fought in Hungary then was Battle of Mohi, in 1241. There, Hungarians were defeated, as were ...


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The precise formula was probably not invented by Martin. For example, the secondary school I attended in the UK was founded in 1669, after the restoration of Charles II to the monarchy, and the opening line of the school song was: 'Twas in the days of Charles, the second of the name … Not identical with Martin, but very close. The tune that was in use ...


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In English names, if people are named after an ancestor (usually a parent), a roman numeral is appended to their name to distinguish them. So Robert Smith I can have a descendant named Robert Smith II, who in turn can have a descendant named Robert Smith III. The suffix is pronounced "the first, the second, the third,...". This was common for English royalty ...


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In a roundabout way we know that Ned was not as good a swordsman as his brother Brandon was. From George himself: [Correspondent] I was wondering if you would comment on Benjen Stark's fighting ability. Is he on a level with Brandon, or is he more like Ned? [GRRM] Depends on the kind of fight you had in mind. [GRRM] Brandon was the best of the ...


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