The Real War of Thrones

Mondays at 7:30pm AEDT from March 5 until March 26

In the turbulent formative centuries of early Europe, power-hungry family dynasties fought for domination of the continent. They clashed with blood and iron on the battlefields – but the real wars were complex, personal power struggles played out in private. Behind stony castle walls was a world of strategic alliance, adultery, plot, treason and murder. The ruthless intrigue tore apart many legendary families, and shaped the way they ran their empires. In this game of power and conquest, nothing was out of bounds – because those who were not crowned with glory soon perished in the shadows. These epic struggles have blazed through the ages and would rock Europe for generations to come, and still resonate today in countless hit films and series: “The Accursed Kings”, “The Tudors”, and, of course, the TV sensation “Game of Thrones”. Beyond the stories’ eternal dramatic appeal, their impact on history is undeniable. The real power games played out between these few wealthy families have laid down the political and social foundations of modern Europe and the Western world. The Real War of Thrones tells the epic story of the rival dynasties that wrote the grand history of modern Europe. Through lavishly realised drama reconstruction, the series brings to life the experiences of the characters directly involved; their motivations, their strategy, what they stand to win and what they risk losing. Discover how thirst of power and human passions were the turning cogs in the formation of European nations.