The huge popularity of fantasy historical series has sparked a renewed interest in historical characters, according to producers

The global success of Game of Thrones, the fantasy historical series, has sparked a renewed interest in history among film-makers, according to the writer behind a new movie based on the life of William the Conqueror.

HBO’s adaptation of author George RR Martin’s epic novels drew millions of viewers for each episode, making Game of Thrones one of the biggest television series of all time. Its plots and characters were rooted in historical characters, with Aegon the Conqueror supposedly based on William the Conqueror.

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