The bold women of 'Game of Thrones' have origins in Scottish history

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, one of the show's many strong women.

(CNN)Beginning April 14, the world will tune in to watch the Starks, Daenerys Targaryen's armies and some wayward Lannisters do battle with an undead army and a zombie dragon.

For most of the past decade "Game of Thrones" has awed viewers with its bold plotlines and political intrigue. But its fantasy world is not as mythical as it seems, and some of its most pivotal moments are rooted in history.
Author George R.R. Martin often draws from the historical record, and there are a plethora of historical parallels in his "Song of Ice and Fire" series upon