Brits get real-life history muddled up with fiction – and think Games Of Thrones was REAL

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Another one in 20 people thought the Lannisters and Starks (from Game of Thrones) contested the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century – not the houses of York and Lancaster.

The study of 2,000 adults found seven in ten consider themselves knowledgeable about British history.

But only 32 percent knew the Wars of the Roses took place during the 1400s, and just 36 percent knew that The Black Death occurred in the 1300s.

And nearly half didn’t know how many wives Henry VIII had, with a tenth believing he had eight, rather than six – and the same proportion believed Joan of Arc was one of them.

Over a third didn’t realise Henry VIII created the Church of England – showing how, for many, school history lessons really are history.

A further 54 percent had no idea William Shakespeare was alive during the Tudor period, and one in twenty think Gandalf the Grey, from Lord of the Rings, really existed.

What is clear is that British people take pride in their history and have a thirst for more information and knowledge about it

Sky HISTORY spokesman

Brits appear to at least be aware of some of history’s most famous battles, with just over six in ten having heard of the Battle of Hastings (67 percent), Battle of Waterloo (66 percent), D-Day (63 percent) and The Somme (62 percent).

However, other “famous historical battles” Brits thought they recalled included The Battle of Hogwarts – which took place in the Harry Potter universe – and The Clone Wars, from Star Wars.

A spokesman for Sky HISTORY, which commissioned the research as part of the launch of its new TV series Royal Bastards: Rise of the Tudors, on Mondays at 9pm, said: “British history is littered with so many important stories as well as iconic myths and legends, it’s hardly surprising that people’s memories can be a little foggy.

“What is clear is that British people take pride in their history and have a thirst for more information and knowledge about it. Our role is to show them that history is well and truly alive, and that fact is every bit as exciting and dramatic as fiction.”

The Battle of Bosworth Hill, at which the future Henry VII defeated and killed Richard III, was recognised by 43 percent of those surveyed.

But the Battle of Townton, at which Edward of York routed the Lancastrians, was known by just one in ten – both key battles in the War of the Roses.

More than seven in ten adults believe many women’s achievements throughout history have been overlooked and need to be heard.

Marie Curie was named the most inspiring female figure throughout history, chosen by 51 percent of respondents to the survey, carried out via OnePoll.

She was followed by Florence Nightingale (48 percent), Emmeline Pankhurst (38 percent) and Rosa Parks (30 percent).

But only 21 percent of respondents knew Margaret Beaufort was mother to the first Tudor monarch, and instrumental in ending the Wars of the Roses – with less than one in ten believing she was the most inspiring woman in history.

The Sky HISTORY spokesman added: “We wanted to shine a light on the role that Margaret Beaufort played in founding the Tudor dynasty and putting an end to the bloodshed of the Wars of the Roses.

“It’s a vital story which explains how, whilst the alpha males were slaughtering one another on the battlefield and stabbing each other in the back, it was the constant and courageous women who won the day.”

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