Septon Barth gave the realm forty years of peace and plenty, and wrote "Dragons, Wyrms, and Wyverns: Their Unnatural History", the greatest book about dragons ever written.
The guy obviously had not only great natural intelligence, he was also well educated, which leads me to ask:
Has the Faith the means to give at least a few of its priests an education as good as that of a maester? Do they teach medicine, maths, literature, history?
It seems that the Faith had the monopoly of culture and learning before the maesters came to be (they wrote the first history books of Westeros, for example), and it seems strange to me that they let the Citadel to take it from them without even trying to compete.
Edited by Ser Lepus, 02 December 2012 - 07:38 PM.