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This Live-Tweeted Medieval Irish War Is The Real "Game Of Thrones"

1014 Retold is re-telling an 11th century battle on Twitter, and it feels as though it's taking place in Westeros. And you can join in!

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One thousand years on from the bloody Battle of Clontarf, 1014 Retold is re-telling it on Twitter, from a variety of perspectives, including Kings, Queens and Viking invaders.

And it turns out, medieval Irish history is basically Game of Thrones. Though admittedly, without dragons.

The build-up is tense, to say the least.

#Sitric: I mean to steer some of that #Viking fleet towards Irish shores, to bring our laws and our ways to all Ireland.

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#Sitric: I mean to steer some of that #Viking fleet towards Irish shores, to bring our laws and our ways to all Ireland.

12:45 PM - 10 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Donnchad: We march tomorrow, to the little farms and mills, to take meat and bread, burn houses and break heads.

1014 Retold@1014retold

#Donnchad: We march tomorrow, to the little farms and mills, to take meat and bread, burn houses and break heads.

08:45 AM - 14 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Slaine: All the tribes of the north, the dread #vikings, mercenaries and berserkers, converge on #Dublin to challenge the #DalCais.

1014 Retold@1014retold

#Slaine: All the tribes of the north, the dread #vikings, mercenaries and berserkers, converge on #Dublin to challenge the #DalCais.

01:20 PM - 14 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Gormlaith: So my brother #MaelMorda dreams of an easy win over the #DalCais. Poor fool.

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#Gormlaith: So my brother #MaelMorda dreams of an easy win over the #DalCais. Poor fool.

12:30 PM - 16 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Marriages forge and break alliances.

#BrianBoru: Though #Sitric #Silkbeard took my daughter #Slaine as wife, he does not respect me as his father or his king.

1014 Retold@1014retold

#BrianBoru: Though #Sitric #Silkbeard took my daughter #Slaine as wife, he does not respect me as his father or his king.

02:25 PM - 8 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Family strife turns into war.

#MaelSechnaill: So my pretty young wife #MaelMuire presumes to advise me on matters of kingship and state, politics and warcraft.

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#MaelSechnaill: So my pretty young wife #MaelMuire presumes to advise me on matters of kingship and state, politics and warcraft.

01:01 PM - 12 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Politics gets done over beer and feasting.

#Sigurd: I wager it's not just for my fine brews and sweetmeats he visits. So let’s drink and talk business like men.

1014 Retold@1014retold

#Sigurd: I wager it's not just for my fine brews and sweetmeats he visits. So let’s drink and talk business like men.

12:40 PM - 9 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There's even a coin involved.

#Fishwife: The coin read 'SITI R+ DIFLIMELI' (Sithric King of Dublin) #Sitric

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#Fishwife: The coin read 'SITI R+ DIFLIMELI' (Sithric King of Dublin) #Sitric

06:25 PM - 12 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It also offers useful advice from ancient Ireland.

#IrishWisdom: If the head cannot bear the glory of the crown, better be without it.

1014 Retold@1014retold

#IrishWisdom: If the head cannot bear the glory of the crown, better be without it.

09:00 AM - 12 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The many epic characters involved are all laid out on the website.

Gormlaith - Consort of kings, mother of rulers, the power behind the throne.

Likes - Marrying kingsDislikes - Ex-Husbands
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Likes - Marrying kings

Dislikes - Ex-Husbands

Brian Boru - Emperor of Ireland, leader of the Dal Cais clan, and great warrior.

Likes - RulingDislikes - Losing his head
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Likes - Ruling

Dislikes - Losing his head

Sitric - King of Dublin, Norse nobleman, architect of the rebellion.

Likes - Being in chargeDislikes - Taking orders
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Likes - Being in charge

Dislikes - Taking orders

Brodir - Feared Viking warrior and sorcerer, leader of the Isle of Man fighters.

Likes - SorceryDislikes - Evil omens
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Likes - Sorcery

Dislikes - Evil omens

There's also the 'Game of Retweets,' where everyone can take sides and join the battle.

Each time you retweet one of the tweets from @1014Retold, they’ll add you to a Team List and your retweet is counted towards that person. The leaderboard is continually updating.

Each time you retweet one of the tweets from @1014Retold, they’ll add you to a Team List and your retweet is counted towards that person. The leaderboard is continually updating.

The project is also holding Ireland's first ever live Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.

The goal is to improve coverage of the battle and period, as well re-assessing the role of Gormflaith ingen Murchada in the battle

The goal is to improve coverage of the battle and period, as well re-assessing the role of Gormflaith ingen Murchada in the battle

SPOILER WARNING: Historical details of the battle can be read online in the Annals of Innisfallen and the Annals of Ulster.

Yes, that is a 1000-year old Spoiler Warning, if you'd rather follow along on Twitter instead.