Can’t get enough of the fantastic action scenes and court intrigues of one of the most successful high fantasy series of the last two decades? Here are some shows that can help fill the void of Game of Thrones.
This historical drama recreates the events during Rome’s transition from a republic to an empire. Told from the point of view of two soldiers, Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus, the series details the civil war, the rise to power of Julius Caesar, and the Ides of March. It also shows glimpses of the future emperor, Augustus.
As the title implies, most of the events shown in the series took place in 16th century England, but it focuses on the life of King Henry VII. It begins with the ongoing negotiation for a pact of friendship with the French and his troubled relationship with Katherine of Aragon.
The story opens with a spectacular recreation of the Battle of Acre in 1291 between the Crusader and the Saracens. More than the Holy Land itself, the conflict also threatened the Holy Grail. The series then shows the events 15 years later by following the story of Landry du Lauzon.
The series loosely follows various tales of the Norse sagas, although there is a lot of focus on Ragnar Lothbrok and his family. Ragnar is known for his conquests of France and Anglo-Saxon England.
There have been several adaptations of the exploits of the historical Spartacus, a gladiator who led a successful but short uprising against a dying Roman Republic. The series opens with the Getae campaign, in which the proconsul of Macedonia marched against Mithridates VI of Pontus. When one of the Thracians mutinied against the legate Claudius Glaber, his village was destroyed, and the man captured and sold into slavery.
The intrigues that surrounded the Borgia family have been a subject of various adaptations, including this show which focused on the height of the Borgias’ power over the Roman Catholic Church. This is the third known television series that depicted the lives of the Borgias.
If you loved Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, then this prequel series is for you. Set 20 years before the events of the book, it highlights the Golden Age of Piracy in the West Indies. It focuses primarily on New Providence Island and the life of Captain Flint. The series also features familiar names such as Charles Vane, Anne Bonny, Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, Jack Rackhan, William Manderley, and more.
The Last Kingdom
The series is based on the book series The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. It begins with the attack of the Danes in the 9th century at the time when England had seven kingdoms. The Danes were about to defeat the last of these, the Kingdom of Wessex.