the book Jerusalem: The Biography - Simon Sibag Montefiory (MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS) In this book there's a chapter about Simon Bar Kochb, was the Jewish leader of what is known as the Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire. There are a vew reasons why I think this Jewish leader is an inspiration for Stannis de Mannis. Simon Bar Kochba: Believed that he was the bringer of light. Simon Bar Kochba: His men must sometimes show there loyalty to Simon by cutting of some of there vingers ( Davos Seaworth?) In the book Simon Bar kochba, was hiding in the caves and was surrounded by his enemies. He then dropped on his own sword. Stannis could overcome the same faith. He is now in a place wich could get surrounded by the Boltons. Do you guys have simular events in history that got you thinking about ASoIaF???