Tower of the Hand

Hollow Crowns and Deadly Thrones Part III

3/6/2013 10:51:00 AM ET
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Race for the Iron Throne's Steven Attewell will be sharing some of his work on Tower of the Hand, offering his historical and political insights on A Song of Ice and Fire. Steve began with a five-piece analysis of the Hands of the King. Now he turns his attention to the Iron Throne. In Part III: Conciliarism and Crisis, Steve discusses the multiple failed attempts to consolidate the monarchy throughout the second and third centuries.

targaryens.jpgThe great Targaryen bastards: Bittersteel, Daemon Blackfyre, Bloodraven. (Artist: Amok)

This post discusses the most recent book of the series, A Dance with Dragons. If you've completed the book, set your scope above to ADWD. Otherwise, we advise you to avoid reading this post as it may contain spoilers.

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  • 1 - Incidentally, in real life messenger pigeons were used widely whereas ravens weren't, as pigeons are significantly faster flyers with quite impressive stamina, capable of flying for 12 hours a day and covering up to 600 miles.
  • 2 - This is a bit unnecessary on Martin's part; the Black Death's mass casualties led to famine without the need for natural disaster, as the loss of farm labor made it incredibly difficult to harvest the crops that were rotting in the fields, which in turn sent grain prices skyrocketing.


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