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  1. Alexander Leonard

    Girlfriend, mistress, paramour and concubine

    I think he had absolutely no reason to execute Bethany Bracken. I wonder what crime he accused her of. When the Mad King burnt Brandon Stark, he accused him of treason. But what crime could Bethany have committed by sleeping with another man?
  2. Alexander Leonard

    Girlfriend, mistress, paramour and concubine

    I guess concubine is different from mistress and paramour in that a concubine is normally not married to other man and is expected to be faithful to her lover.
  3. Alexander Leonard

    Girlfriend, mistress, paramour and concubine

    It seems that a concubine is normally not married to any other man and is expected to be faithful to the man, as in the case of Shae. Tyrion was furious when he found she slept with Tywin. If memory serves, in real history, the concubines of Ottoman Sultan, Emperor of India and Emperor of China have an obligation to be faithful to their man. In contrast, a mistress or a paramour could be married to another man and they seem to have no obligation to be faithful to their lover.
  4. I noticed that the term "girlfriend" is never used in Westeros or Essos when describing the unmarried lover of a man. Most of the time they are called mistresses. Ellaria Sand (Oberyn Martell's girlfriend) is said to be a paramour and Lynesse Hightower (Jorah Mormont's ex-wife, girlfriend of Tregar Ormollen in Lys) a concubine. So what's the difference between all these terms? Aren't they all girlfriends? My guess is that mistress indicates that the woman is subservient to the man in a relationship, while paramour indicates they are largely equal in social status? For example, Shiera Seastar was said to be Bloodraven's paramour and they were completely equal in social status (both Aegon IV's illigitimate children). What are their male equivalents called? Melissa Blackwood was Aegon IV's mistress, so what is Aegon IV to her? Ellaria is Oberyn's paramour, so what is Oberyn to Ellaria? Since English is not my first language, I cannot grasp the subtle difference in the meanings of these words. Why don't people just call these unmarried couples boyfriend and girlfriend?
  5. Alexander Leonard

    Why did Aegon IV Targaryen have so many girlfriends?

    Argon IV’s girlfriends were all from wealthy noble family. It’s not like they were poor women in need of a man to provide for them.
  6. Alexander Leonard

    Why did Aegon IV Targaryen have so many girlfriends?

    Who did he kill?
  7. He was the least attractive among all Targaryen kings. However, he had so many highborn girlfriends, more than any other Targaryen kings, and these girlfriends seemed to be loyal to him. His love stories seem to be unbelievable.
  8. Alexander Leonard

    Is there romantic love between Ned and Catelyn?

    It is unhealthy relationship when a wife or husband pays more attention to children than their spouse.
  9. A lot of people believe that romantic love grows out of Ned and Catelyn's political marriage. I beg to disagree. In the book Ned always starts their conversation by asking "Where are the children?" This indicates they have trouble finding something else to talk about, and they don't have shared interests. I think it is honor, responsibility and children that bind them together, not romantic love. Oberyn Martell and Ellaria Sand have four daughters, but they seldom talk about their children while they are together. They kiss and tease and find ease in each other's company. Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark had a lot of shared interests such as riding, jousting and singing. I could imagine that they would talk more about these things than their child. That is what romantic relationship looks like. Children are just by-products of a marriage and they should never take center stage in a couple's life.
  10. Alexander Leonard

    Minimum marriage age and age of consent in Westeros

    Rhaegar might feel his mother was like an elder sister.
  11. Alexander Leonard

    Minimum marriage age and age of consent in Westeros

    She might not be legally married, but Rhaegar already impregnated her, which raises the question of whether she had passed the age of consent. If not, his behavior would be illegal and similar to rape, regardless of whether she consented or not.
  12. Child marriage seems to be pretty common in Westeros. For example, Sansa was betrothed to Jefferey at the age of 13. Lyanna was already married to a man much older than her at the age of 14 and became a mother a year later. Is there a legal minimum marriage age and age of consent in Westeros?
  13. I feel sorry for Lyanna if he wanted her primarily for breeding.
  14. Their relationship unleashed such chaos in the Seven Kingdoms, destroyed her own family as well as his.
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