Before Starks were fighting Lannisters, the civil wars between the Yorks and the Lancasters were ripping England apart in the 15th century. It does not take a scholar to see the similarities between something as small as their names. It is not exactly a well kept secret that Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin drew many of his characters and events as inspiration from this tumultuous event in history. Of course, there were no dragons or ice wraiths present in 15th century England, but the books and television series share many other events and people from this period. In studying this event in history, you may even be able to deduce the winner of the War of the Five Kings.