Tower of the Hand

The Blacks and Reds Part II

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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. His previous series include Hands of the King, Hollow Crowns and Deadly Thrones, and A Laboratory of Politics. Now Steve turns his attention toward the Blackfyre Rebellions. In Part II: The First Rebellion and the Reign of King Daemon I, Steve examines the course of the First Rebellion, his theory about the military strategy behind the battles, and how much we can learn from a single coin.

This post discusses The World of Ice & Fire, a massive concordance that promises to tell the untold history of Westeros and the game of thrones. If you've completed the book, set your scope above to The World of Ice & Fire. Otherwise, we advise you to avoid reading this post as it may contain spoilers. This post may also discuss events from all books published prior to The World of Ice & Fire, including A Dance with Dragons and The Mystery Knight.

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Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.
  • 1 - A couple Houses escaped my survey last time. Looking at the ranks of the Golden Company in ADWD, we see Dick and Will Cole of House Cole (the House of Ser Criston Cole the Kingmaker), and one Lymond Pease, which is probably short for Peasebury given his rank in the Company.
  • 2 - Again in that search, we see Denys and Duncan Strong, possibly the descendants of Ser Simon Strong, who survived his family's downfall and the Dance of the Dragons, and Lorimas and John Mudd, who at least claim to be members of the extinct House Mudd of Oldstones.
  • 3 - "If storms had not delayed Lord Bracken's sailing with the Myrish crossbowmen." (TSS)
  • 4 - See Part I.


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