Tower of the Hand

The Blacks and Reds Part IV

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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 IV: The Golden Company, Then and Now, Steve focuses on how the Golden Company was formed, what makes it special, and how it has structured Essosi politics for almost a hundred years.

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Warning: Footnotes may contain spoilers from later chapters or books.
  • 1 - Hat tip to Jeff Hartline of Wars and Politics of ASOIAF for the second opinion on military history.
  • 2 - "I made it across the water to the Golden Company. I did some smithing for a few years as a 'prentice, then Ser Harry Strickland took me on as squire." (ADWD 9: Tyrion III)
  • 3 - I remain somewhat suspicious of the claim that the male line is, in fact, extinct. Given that we have two of Daemon's sons unaccounted for, it seems a bit hasty to assume that there are no more Blackfyres. Moreover, I would be very interested to know whether the female line extant is a descent from Calla Blackfyre (and thus continues the line of Bittersteel) or from some other daughter or granddaughter of Daemon.


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