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  1. My point is, Varys or Pycelle may or may not have had a stake at exposing Petyr, but Stannis did have it. If Stannis could point out to Jon and Robert that Petyr was cheating, or merely exaggerating and not really an improvement over his embattled predecessor, he would have done so.
  2. Agreed. It could not be a house of cards. My point is that beating Aerys II-s net revenue 10-fold is a tall order. Exceeding it, sure. But not 10-fold. What could give Tywin the mistakes impression of 10-fold increase is if Tywin looked at Petyr´s gross business turnover.
  3. There had not been a confessor in dungeons since Baelor the Blest. No one had cleant that up. Not Baelor Breakspear, nor Bloodraven, nor Egg, nor Tywin. Hard to do that much. In England, the government revenue did rise, from £ 450 000 per year in time of James I to over £ 2 000 000 in Commonwealth. About 5-fold increase, not 10-fold. But we see dramatic change coming home to Englishmen in time of Great Rebellion, in form of Assessment Committees and Excise Agents. Nothing such has been seen in Westeros yet.
  4. The numbers about debt have to be. Major creditors, like Tywin, Mace, Faith and Iron Bank, want King´s signature for debts, not just Petyr´s word. Sure Petyr is keeping double books. With tedious details of his investments, like precisely who the money is invested with and what he is skimming off. But the net proceeds, like the money given for Robert to waste and the money borrowed in Robert´s name, should check out.
  5. Robert does not like to count coppers. But that does not apply to the rest of Small Council. Even Renly is more dutiful. Stannis is smart, and hates Petyr. Pycelle has been Grand Maester through the rule of Aerys. Jon Arryn was dutiful and worried about the kingdom. Tywin Lannister saw Petyr´s ledgers, and made a brief summary that Crown revenue was 10 times what it had been under Aerys. Well, he had been Aerys´ hand. He had good understanding of Aerys´ finances. Does not mean that he quickly got understanding of Petyr´s finances. For Aerys had had revenues - Petyr had business turnover. The actual net revenues, after the costs of business, were nowhere near ten times Aerys´ revenues. Now, Jon Arryn, Pycelle and Stannis would have understood that much. Not that it was easy to catch Petyr at theft. He covered his tracks well. But Stannis successfully exposed Janos Slynt at corruption. Actually persuaded Jon Arryn to fire Janos - but Petyr persuaded Robert not to. Had Stannis had adequate evidence to catch Petyr, not at corruption (too well disguised) but at incompetence (such as corruption disguised as incompetence), he would have presented the evidence to Jon and Pycelle. That it did not happen shows that there was not such evidence. Yes - Robert went through the treasures accumulated by Aerys out of one tenth the revenue, and racked up 6 million dragons of debt. But Petyr´s predecessor was already "beleaguered". How much of Robert´s debt dated from Petyr´s beleaguered predecessor, rather than Petyr? If Robert racked up, say, 4 million dragon debts in 5 years before Petyr (deficit 800 000 dragons per year) and added just 2 million dragons in 5 years of Petyr (deficit down to 400 000 dragons per year) then Stannis could not deny that Petyr was an improvement, and firing Petyr and trying someone else would be a bad idea. Does not mean Petyr did not steal. He might have earned an actual surplus of 800 000 dragons per year, and stolen 1 200 000 dragons yearly, so the debt would have been paid off, had Petyr chosen to. This Stannis would not have known. But Stannis could not have denied that Petyr´s predecessor had been beleaguered, and Petyr less so...
  6. So three men for whose weight we have numbers: Samwell Tarly - 20 stone, i. e. 127 kg. Fat and not physically fit. Robert. 198 cm tall. As a young man, fit but muscular. Meaning he may have been as heavy as 120...130 kg without being fat. Which is as heavy as young Samwell... but Samwell is shorter, and not physically trained. Then, in 9 years after age 27, he added "at least" 8 stone - 50 kg If he was 120...130 kg before, that got him to 170...180 kg. And finally Mountain that Rapes. Height "Closer to 8 feet than 7". Meaning above 228 cm, but under 244. Probably in the range of 230...235 cm. Weight specified as 30 stone - 190 kg. Mostly muscle. Meaning that Gregor outweighed Robert - unless Robert was 140 kg as a fit young man, or added more than 50 kg. How do the proportions compare then? Samwell vs. young Robert, and old Robert vs. Gregor?
  7. Depends. Medieval Paris did have Provost of Merchants... who was rather less influential than Lord Mayor of London. The French monarchy promoted the growth of Paris, but not autonomy, not even as much as London. Look around Europe, and non-autonomous big capital cities were common. To repeat, Cordoba, Cairo, Baghdad, Constantinople, Moscow... you do not see rich commoner institutions. What is a problem, though, is that in King´s Landing, we do not see all that much trace of resident nobles either. Rome was the only city of 10th century Western Europe with over 10 000 people... and it was not merchants and traders bringing wealth to city either. It was landholders - landholders who held land outside the city and resided and spent the proceeds as absentee landholders inside the city. But we do not see much of these in Westeros.
  8. Eddard Stark specifies Robert´s height. 198 cm. As a young man, Robert had been fit and muscular. Not tall and lanky. What was Robert´s weight as a fit 25 year old? Since Greyjoy Rebellion, Robert added "at least 8 stone", i. e. about 50 kg (112 pounds). What was the total mass of Robert as of Game of Thrones - the original muscular 198 cm tall man plus the added 50 kg of fat?
  9. Only since Richard I. Stephen gave London a charter... which Henry II took care to revoke.
  10. The easy, safe, honourable and cowardly course of action for Jaime might have been to heroically defend the walls of Red Keep somewhere, while letting Crakehall and his bunch do the dirty work of slaughtering Aerys. And then yield honourably after having defended the Red Keep a bit. Jaime chose not to do this, and actively killed Aerys.
  11. Would petty household nobles, like Pooles, Cassels et cetera look up on Jon (as a Stark), look down on him (as a bastard while Pooles and Cassels were at least trueborn) or accept him for equal and be willing to mix on equal terms?
  12. Yes - and it seemed necessary. His first impulse was save and question Bran. And he did it with the words "The things I do for love". He could quite easily have refused Joffrey. A pity we never see Jaime interacting with Joffrey at length.
  13. What Joffrey was doing to Sansa was not worse than what Aerys had done to Rhaella. And Robert had raped and sometimes beaten Cersei, too. But with Joffrey, unlike Aerys and Robert, ser Barristan had the legal option to complain to Cersei.
  14. Joffrey was King... and a minor. With Regent. In the event, there wasn´t any of the Kingsguard telling Joffrey "Your Grace - THIS order I need to confirm with your Regent.". Could Barristan have done that?
  15. Dragons commonly kill people and, having an oppportunity, eat dead people. Dragons can be killed - often by other dragons, sometimes by people. Has there been any recorded occasion where any man or woman ate any part of a dead dragon?