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  1. Jaak

    New little legal details

    It does not have to be quite a "bureaucracy" But Frankish kingdom after Clovis survived minorities, the way that IIRC Visigoths and Lombards did not. The key to persistence of a state is the institutions of court. Enough people need to be fighting to control the court, rather than break free from it.
  2. And Sansa´s boredom and Winterfell´s character set being limited to 200 low status, mostly mononymous guards plus likewise low status, mononymous servants points out that Eddard did NOT get to know his people/their upper class by inviting them to join his court at Winterfell.
  3. These two arguments are actually equally applicable to Hoares. And Hoare rule of mainland lasted less than a century, too.
  4. Aegon I used to go on progresses with about 1000 people. Expensive on his hosts (though not as much as an army) and limited him to bigger lords. Jaehaerys I used to go on progresses with just 100 people. Cheaper on hosts, and enabled him to visit places too small for Aegon. How was the prior tradition? How many people did Torrhen Stark, Mern Gardener, Loren Lannister or Argilac Durrandon habitually take to a royal progress? His unpopularity might have prompted Harren to take more men than he otherwise could have, or else not go on progress. And what happened after Conquest? Eddard Stark keeps 200 men standing garrison at Winterfell, and takes 50 men along to Red Keep. Plus unspecified number of servants male and female. Could Eddard Stark also go on royal progresses with 50 guards+some servants? Did he? Did the other paramount lords keep habit of going on royal progresses?
  5. Jaak

    New little legal details

    Aegon had created the position of Hand. We don´t hear of the Kings he conquered having had Hands, and neither did Robb or Balon. B C it was universally accepted that Stark, Hoare, Arryn, Durrandon etc. could judge Lords to death, because they were Kings. Aegon took away their crowns and made them just lords. Who could execute lords now? If Jaehaerys wanted, he could have gone back on Aegon´s laws and explained that Arryn was no longer King and Jaehaerys was not giving back the Falcon Crown, but that Arryn´s new office of Warden of East included the right, like Hand, to judge lords to death. Which Warden has command in Riverlands? It has common borders with all four... Stark Warden of North, Arryn Warden of East, Tyrell Warden of South, Lannister Warden of West, but Tully is not Warden. (Cregan would have had problems trying Lord Larys under his capacity of Warden of North unless his jurisdiction included Riverlands. Warden of West was a Green, and a woman; Warden of South was a baby, and neutral; Warden of East was a loyal Black, but also a woman.)
  6. Jaak

    New little legal details

    On the balance, they might have ended up strengthening it in some ways. Lords Paramount got a recourse against their bannermen´s rebellions that they had lacked as Kings. And Jaehaerys eliminated Faith courts and Faith militant - without creating any replacement, just expanding the powers of lords.
  7. Jaak

    New little legal details

    Possibly Scotland, possibly others. France, neither-Holy-nor-Roman-nor-Empire... England was unusually centralized, and decentralized kingdom with more powerful lords was the more common in medieval Europe.
  8. Jaak

    New little legal details

    Actually, it wasn´t. He WAS Lord of "Sheepshit" after his father.
  9. Jaak

    New little legal details

    A nice systematic contrast with 13th century Scotland: https://frh3.org.uk/redist/pdf/Carpenter_Scottish_Royal_Govt.pdf
  10. Jaak

    New little legal details

    So, the likely error is in Fire and Blood, not the repeated examples of Eddard Stark and Tywin Lannister behaviour. The real problem for Cregan was not that he was a Lord, but that he was out of his turf. Gyldayn should have worded it better.
  11. Jaak

    Bank of Oldtown - implications

    Not needed. Hanseatic League had trade, but not banks. Did Baghdad have banks? Hightowers of Oldtown, unlike almost anyone else in Westeros, have the experience not killing geese that lay golden eggs. Not just bank, and not bank first. Trade city? Oldtown is by far the biggest. There are a few others - Lannisport, Gulltown, White Harbour. All the others are for one, much smaller, for another, held up by a natural monopoly of the kind Oldtown lacks. Chaplain recognized outside the lord whose chaplain he is? NO one else has it. For millennia, Hightowers must have resisted the temptation to ask High Septon to condemn Dornish for besieging Oldtown. Their forbearance has borne fruit - neither Daynes nor Martells have their own High Septon. An university? Again, no one else has it. The Hightowers must have resisted the temptation to abuse Citadel maesters too blatantly, provoking kings to listen to pyromancers or found other schools. Adding a bank fits the pattern.
  12. Jaak

    New little legal details

    That´s actually not clear. Stark may have had the right to try Lord Mormont or a Lord Umber because they were his bannermen - while not having the right to try a Lord Lannister or a Lord Strong (not his bannermen) barring appointment as Hand.
  13. When Aenys is fled to Dragonstone, looks 60 age 35, and suffers frequent stomach upsets, coming of new year 42 is mentioned. Not exact time until he collapses on hearing of news of siege of Crakehall, but leaving impression of a few days, not seven months.
  14. Except that a year and a half after March 48 is September 49 - not September 50!
  15. How does the chronology of Jaehaerys I´s regency work? Precisely how long was it? There was big deal made of Jaehaerys´ birthday in 50... on 20th of September, in Fire and Blood. So in which month of 48 did Jaehaerys´ reign start?