The wars that inspired Game of Thrones

Beginning around 1377, medieval England was shaken by a power struggle between two noble families, which spanned generations and involved a massive cast of characters, complex motives and shifting loyalties. Sound familiar? Alex Gendler illustrates how the historical conflict known as the Wars of the Roses served as the basis for much of the drama in Game of Thrones.

Amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses in China

The world-famous Terra cotta Warriors and Horses Museum is located about 1.5 k.m. east of Emperor Qinshi Huang’s Mausoleum, Lintong County, Shaanxi province, which covers a total area of 20 hectares. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China, Rarely is an archeological find actually a “discovery,” as often labeled. Triumphs, when they come at all, follow years of careful research, exploration, and just plain dirty, dusty digging. But what happened in 1974, a few miles outside of Xian, China, was very different. While digging a well, three brothers accidentally came upon one of the 20th century’s greatest archeological treasures. There, buried just a few feet below the surface, were found the first of over 8,000 life-size terracotta figures of armed warriors, horses and chariots. After archaeological excavation and careful research, it turned out to be a pit in which were buried terra-cotta warriors and horses from the Qin Dynasty.