Young people (age group 24-35) in the United Kingdom know more about the characters in Game of Thrones than those who fought for England’s crown in 1066, a new survey has found.
In an English Heritage poll, 34% picked Battle of Hastings (1066) as the country’s most famous date. 8% chose 1945 (end of second World War).
Only 15 and 17 percent knew Harold Godwinson- the last Anglo-Saxon king of England and Edward the Confessor- whose death promoted the Battle of Hastings, respectively. However, the survey group did better in identifying characters from Game of Thrones, as 23% could identify Joffrey Baratheon and his uncle Stannis while 22% knew about Daenerys Targaryen.
According to Jeremy Ashbee from English Heritage:
“1066 saw four claimants for one throne and three battles, including a decisive one outside Hastings. For drama, it equals anything in Game of Thrones.”