Tower of the Hand

The Blacks and Reds Part III

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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 III: The Kings over the Seas, Steve attempts to survey the rest of the conflict, from Daemon II's ill-fated tourney at Whitewalls to Daemon III's death at Wendwater Bridge.

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  • 1 - Although perhaps not, given Valarr (and later Prince Daeron)'s marriage to Kiera of Tyrosh.
  • 2 - The two missing Blackfyre sons and the daughters remain a genealogical mystery. Given such a proliferation of children, it seems unlikely that the Blackfyre male line could have ended. At the same time, where the female line comes from, and whether that line descends from Bittersteel himself through Calla Blackfyre, is yet to be uncovered.
  • 3 - Suzanne Austin Alchon, A Pest in the Land, p. 21
  • 4 - See my essay in the forthcoming Hymn for Spring.
  • 5 - In addition, Westerosi attitudes to homosexuality seem to follow the pre-modern custom that performance of masculinity, rather than sexual orientation, is the key variable. As long as they're credible warriors and minimally discrete, like Renly, Ser Loras, Prince Daeron, and possibly the Blackfish, no one seems to much care what highborn men do. If Daemon II had practiced more with his lance than he did with his fiddle, I don't think it would have mattered.
  • 6 - The suggestion that the Tullys and Leo Longthorn were invited but did not attend is interesting - further proof of the Leo Longthorn Conspiracy Theory, or did Aerys I manage to alienate more former loyalists (as neither the Tullys nor the Tyrells would be happy about inaction vs. ironborn raiding), but not to the point of rebellion?
  • 7 - Aerion Brightflame had died in 232 AC and left behind only an infant son, Daeron the Drunken had died sometime between 221 and 233 AC leaving behind only a daughter, Aemon was a master, and Aegon was seen as unsuitable by many lords. Hence the Great Council.


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