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  1. Braavos survives without slavery. Pentos expressly has slavery forbidden, but evades it. We do not hear details about Lorath. England saw abolition of slavery in a 40 year period around 1100. In 1086, there were something like 30 000 slaves for 270 000 non-slave households in Domesday Book. 40 years later, slavery was written of as a thing of past. Not that the slaves became free. Certainly some did; most were not free before. After abolition of slavery, just about one third of Englishmen were free. The rest were villeins. And yet the difference between a villein and a slave was big. A lord was free to sell his slave, separate the slave from slave´s home and family. Not so with a villein. The villein was not allowed to leave of his own will, but neither was the lord allowed to make him leave.
  2. Yes, but Rhaenys and Aegon/Elia dying in different places simultaneously is still suspicious. Suppose that Aegon and Elia fall out of a window and both die. Two alternative explanations: Elia took Aegon and committed suicide to avoid capture... like Helaena and Jaehaera Elia attempted to avoid capture by climbing out of the window... but could not. Elia could easily have taken Aegon and fallen to their death. So both dead is not suspicious, and leaves no living witnesses as to whether it was murder, suicide or accident. Robert is conveniently rid of the male heir of Rhaegaer, and also clear of blame. Since the blame for Aegon´s death is conveniently diffused - Gregor can and will blame Elia for active suicide or being so stupid as to try to climb out, Elia cannot speak to confirm suspicions of Gregor - it´s hard to blame Robert (or Tywin) even for unwillingness to punish Gregor.
  3. What would have happened if Tywin had ordered just Aegon (and Elia) killed, but Rhaenys spared? Also, would it have been beneficial for Tywin to have Aegon and Elia killed in a deniable manner? Like defenestration?
  4. She did get critizised for impatience... and not getting Viserys´ permission.
  5. ...with assistance of Jaime.
  6. Yes, but with Jaime away at Casterly Rock, would she have done anything but sulk and bear Robert´s children? No Jaime to spy on Robert on Greenstone and confirm that he was cheating on her...
  7. Inspired by a comment in an aside in another thread, since closed: It does make some sense. Look at the foundation dates of the permanent professional law courts of various European kingdoms: England - 1178 France, Parlement of Paris - 1250s Portugal - 14th century Castile - 1370s Germany - Reichskammergericht, 1490s Scotland - Court of Session, 1532 Sweden - Svea hovrätt, 1614. In, say, late 15th century an Englishman could look back to 3 centuries of common law. A Scot could not. How plausible is Westeros´ absence of fixed laws and professional institutions compared to the diversity of High Middle Ages Europe, especially the example of countries that did not develop powerful courts of law early on?
  8. It doesn´t even have to be random. Ser Alliser Thorne is well-born and a legitimate knight pre-Watch. Jon Snow was noble born and had extensive military training. Duly beating recruits older and bigger than him. As witnessed by ser Alliser. If ser Alliser Thorne proposed to knight Jon Snow in public recognition that Jon Snow was a fully trained military professional in contrast to the partly trained common soldiers making up the rest of the recruits, and this fact should be acknowledged in making good use of Snow, how would that have been received? Ser Alliser ended up not proposing this.
  9. Not when he was refusing Eddard´s advice to send Jaime to Wall! Eddard left in a huff to save Lyanna... Robert had no plan whatsoever to marry Cersei because he was of course going to get Lyanna back. So Robert did then need Jaime for a hostage. And wound up stuck with unnecessary and shameful hostage. Also: if Jaime did not get a choice to stay as Kingsguard or go home (because Robert claimed Kingsguard still existed and the vows bound for life), then Robert also could not release Barristan. Nor Gerold, Arthur or Oswell.
  10. Bad PR, yes. And a liability. Robert had no other good excuse to keep hold of his hostage. Sending Jaime to Wall would have meant offending Tywin and losing a hostage. Returning Jaime to Casterly Rock would have pleased Tywin but also meant losing the hostage.
  11. My understanding is that it was a part of the collapse of Maegor with Teats rule. The order to arrest Daemon and Nettles came after (because because of) the treachery of Two Betrayers, which also set in motion other problems at Tumbleton and at King´s Landing.
  12. Given how devastating Battle of Gullet was, it could make sense if the attack was postponed a bit more. Counting back from Rhaenyra´s fall in mid-October, April would make perfect sense for her accession. And then placing the deaths of Daemon and Aemond in late September, perhaps early October.
  13. Borros had Queen Jaehaera. Did or did not Borros go on to crown her before getting news that her father lived? Errors and inconsistencies depend on whether there are scenarios we missed on first glance. About that dating: the 5 months depends on single date, that of battle of God´s Eye. Whereas the duration from Rhaenyra´s escape to end of Trystane´s rule is given expressly as 2 weeks and separately implicitly as within Moon of Three Kings. Which means the 5 month problem might most parsimoniously be fixed by correcting the date for the battle of God´s Eye. Any alternatives?
  14. There were two clearly attested armies a week´s march from King´s Landing. The Riverlands army that had won Second Battle of Tumbleton and ruled the field for a day, and then retreated not daring to confront the defeated Green army recovering in their fortress, and the Green army that was left in the field but retreated finding the army melting away. And then the implicit one. We are expressly told that immediately after Rhaenyra´s death, the day of her arrival, Aegon II declared end to hiding and ordered letters sent around the kingdom. If so, then 2 weeks reign of Trystane might marginally fit. Borros mobilizing his army and marching to near King´s Landing, like Kingswood, and leaving his options open which side to join (like Late Walder Frey at Trident, or Tywin whose plans were unknown before Sack). Then the description of Rhaenyra´s escape overland to Duskendale requires several days, but might be only a few. Thus a week from Rhaenyra´s escape to her arrival and death on Dragonstone, then the raven trip from Dragonstone to Borros´ camp in Kingswood, and a few days´ hurried march to seize the city. A total of 2 weeks, all in October, might marginally fit that timeline. Leaving the traitors alive would then fit continuation of Borros´ fence-sitting policy - as long as they were alive, he could deliver them to Aegon II for judgment, or if Aegon II turned too problematic, might let the prisoners escape or indeed turn coat again.
  15. Dorne was created by Nymeria. Would there even be Dorne after Martells? Nymeria sent 6 Kings to Wall. All of them Dornish. Yorick Yronwood, Vorian Dayne, Garrison Fowler, Lucifer Dryland, Benedict Blackmont and Albin Manwoody. Lucifer Dryland was the Last of his Ilk. The other five Houses are very much present. Martells of Sandship were never Kings. Allyrion is attested as having been Kings sometime. Jordayne also have been Kings, but definitely were not at Nymeria´s conquest. Were there any Kings in Dorne who bent knee to Nymeria and got to stay home with their wives?