Mithras Posted July 21, 2015 Share Posted July 21, 2015 Unbidden, a memory came to her, of the feast King Aerys had thrown when Cersei first came to court, a girl as green as summer grass. Old Merryweather had been nattering about raising the duty on wine when Lord Rykker said, “If we need gold, His Grace should sit Lord Tywin on his chamber pot.” Aerys and his lickspittles laughed loudly, whilst Father stared at Rykker over his wine cup. Long after the merriment had died that gaze had lingered. Rykker turned away, turned back, met Father’s eyes, then ignored them, drank a tankard of ale, and stalked off red-faced, defeated by a pair of unflinching eyes. This can only be the anniversary tourney in 272 where Aerys commented on Joanna’s breasts and Tywin tried to resign. And this was before the birth of Tyrion. The memory of the rejection still rankled, even after all these years. Many a night she had watched Prince Rhaegar in the hall, playing his silver-stringed harp with those long, elegant fingers of his. Had any man ever been so beautiful? He was more than a man, though. His blood was the blood of old Valyria, the blood of dragons and gods. When she was just a little girl, her father had promised her that she would marry Rhaegar. She could not have been more than six or seven. “Never speak of it, child,” he had told her, smiling his secret smile that only Cersei ever saw. “Not until His Grace agrees to the betrothal. It must remain our secret for now.” The rejection happened in the Tourney in honor of Viserys's birth at Lannisport in 276. Cersei’s memory of being 5 or 6 at the time when Tywin told her that she would marry Rhaegar can be fuzzy. Or not. My guess is that Tywin was already thinking of a proper time to introduce her twins to Aerys and bring Joanna to the court as Aerys ordered him and he chose this to happen for the anniversary tourney where Tywin expected Aerys to be merry enough for a betrothal of Rhaegar and Cersei. The breast comment ruined it all. But Tywin was not going to give up as he was indebted to Cersei now. He tried again in the tourney at Lannisport where he again expected Aerys to be merry enough to agree to the idea. After all, Aerys finally had a healthy son since Rhaegar. She was ten when she finally saw her prince in the flesh, at the tourney her lord father had thrown to welcome King Aerys to the west. Viewing stands had been raised beneath the walls of Lannisport, and the cheers of the smallfolk had echoed off Casterly Rock like rolling thunder. They cheered Father twice as loudly as they cheered the king, the queen recalled, but only half as loudly as they cheered Prince Rhaegar. This brings an interesting problem for George because Cersei first saw Rhaegar in the anniversary tourney in 276. However, Cersei definitely came to the court in the anniversary tourney in 272. So, by then 13-14 years old Rhaegar must be missing from the court. Else, Cersei as one of the guests of honor would be definitely introduced to him. Was Rhaegar squiring to someone and why did that person not come to court for the anniversary? Cersei had been so happy that day. Elsewise she would never have dared visit the tent of Maggy the Frog. She had only done it to show Jeyne and Melara that the lioness fears nothing. “That day” refers to a day during the tourney at Lannisport in 276. The rejection was announced at the end of that tourney. In conclusion, Tywin planned the Rhaegar-Cersei match as early as 271-272. He could not succeed to bring up the subject in the Anniversary Tourney in 272. Cersei twisted baby Tyrion’s prick around 273-274. Cersei saw Rhaegar for the first time in 276. Cersei visited Maggy’s tent during the tourney. Rejection. As a final question; do you think Tywin really stopped trying to wed Cersei to Rhaegar even after 276? A Lannister always pays his debts and Tywin was indebted to Cersei. Note that the Defiance of Duskendale happened the next year and Tywin would gladly have Aerys killed by the Darklyns if not for Barristan. Do you think the Lord Darklyn could have dared to take the king captive if someone of power (like Tywin) encouraged him and gave him assurances previously? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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