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Game of Thrones Crossword

Just for fun I created a Game of Thrones crossword. I have no clue (no pun intended) if it is too hard or too easy. There are two ways you can fill in the crossword – either a) by printing out this page or b) by clicking the blue text under the heading “Interactive Version.” I’ll publish the answers for the print version tomorrow. The interactive version has the answers built-in to it. Interactive Version Requires enabling Active X in some…

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“Burn them! Burn them all!”

Before Game of Thrones begins, Robert’s Rebellion sends King’s Landing into chaos. While Lannister soldiers sack King’s Landing, the Mad King (Aerys Targaryen) sits on the Iron Throne ordering “Burn them! Burn them all!” over and over again. Finally, Jaime stops the cruelty by slaughtering the king he swore to protect – and permanently earning himself the epithet “the Kingslayer.”  (Somehow I picture the Mad King burning men in the throne room, but I could be wrong about this.) Given…

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Does Sansa Suck?

Recently, some of you put some great comments on the first post about Sansa Stark . One person wrote that it’s unfair to put Sansa down for not being assertive — after all she is a prisoner.  The comment writer also scolded me a bit for being sexist by equating femininity with passivity and denigrating them both. These are actually fair points. Some of you have argued that finding Sansa annoying is subjective. Sure, it’s subjective. You can’t measure “annoyingness” and not everyone…

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The Origin of Sansa May Lie in Elizabeth of York

Sansa Stark is lovely: everything you’d imagine a medieval princess to be. Beautiful, poised, graceful, soft-spoken, and mannerly, Sansa studies the feminine arts and tries to stay composed. She isn’t the sort of girl who would upstage her prince. Instead, she would remain quietly waiting in the background, smiling sweetly, as she ties a favor to his lance or kisses his sword before battle. Yet, Sansa is quite possibly the most annoying character on Game of Thrones. Why is that? Through our twenty-first century eyes, the…

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End of Season 3

This was a fantastic season on Game of Thrones. I really enjoyed it–for better or for worse, it certainly had some of TVs most memorable moments. I’m sad the season is over so quickly. I wasn’t sure what to do or if people will keep reading this blog now that the season is over, but I really enjoy writing the posts so I’m going to keep blogging. To prevent spoilers, my blog posts will continue focusing on events depicted in…

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The Late Lord Walder Frey and Thomas Stanley (Part 2)

House Tully called Lord Frey the “Late Lord Frey” because, during Robert’s Rebellion, he delayed arriving with troops until the outcome was clear. As far as I know, however, Ralph Neville was not known for failing to provide military support. For that aspect of Lord Frey’s reputation, George RR Martin may have taken a cue from the fence-sitting Thomas Stanley. This post is continued from Historical Basis of Lord Frey. The fourth husband of Margaret Beaufort (Henry VIII’s grandmother), Stanley was…

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Historical Basis of Lord Frey

In yesterday’s season finale of Game of Thrones, we found Lord Walder Frey sitting in his great hall matter-of-factly eating and talking to Lord Bolton while old women scrubbed the Stark’s blood off the wood floors. Lord Frey is beginning to rival Joffrey as the most reviled character in the show. He’s abrasive, hostile, lecherous, egotistical, and completely indifferent to anyone’s needs but his own. During the Red Wedding, Lord Frey coolly tells Catelyn Stark to go ahead and kill his wife….

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Red Weddings and Black Dinners

Dark portents aligned to make Catelyn, Robb, and Edmure’s trip to the Frey’s castle ominous, including the endless rain and Robb’s direwolf’s jumping in his cage. Catelyn Stark mistrusts Lord Frey and frets he is leading them to a trap. But, did historical events inspire George RR Martin when he envisioned the Red Wedding? To pen the Red Wedding Martin takes a page from a real-life event in medieval Scottish history known as the Black Dinner and may also have…

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Robb Stark as a Young Edward IV

In Game of  Thrones, George RR Martin may base two characters on Edward IV: Robb Stark may be an incarnation of a young Edward IV whereas the older Edward IV may have inspired his Robert Baratheon. Here’s my take on Robb Stark as the young Edward IV. Robb Stark’s torment after learning of his father’s death (In Season 1, Episode 9 “Baelor” At roughly 49:00). Courtesy of Wikia. Robb Stark’s journey involves his coming of age as both a man…

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An Easy Intro to the Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses (~1455-~1485+) was a thirty-year period of civil wars filled with bloodshed and betrayal; it marked some of the most violent and dramatic events in English history. There were four different kings on the throne – all except one of whom had overthrown another king in violent battle or subterfuge. However, even if you don’t like war or military history – I didn’t before – the period captures the imagination. Plus the period is a kissing cousin…

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