A 15th Century Royal Mistress’s “Walk of Shame”

The Story of Edward IV’s Lover Jane Shore Inspired George R.R. Martin

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In Season Five of Game of Thrones, Queen Cersei, imprisoned by a violent sect of the group Faith of the Seven, was forced to perform a Walk of Atonement, in which a “sinner” made her way a certain distance through a city stripped of all clothing, exposed to the eyes and jeers of the population.

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Nancy Bilyeau

Passionate about history, pop culture, the perfect bagel. Author of 5 historical novels. Latest book: ‘Dreamland’ www.nancybilyeau.com