The Bard of Banefort Posted January 14, 2022 Share Posted January 14, 2022 24 minutes ago, FictionIsntReal said: We don't get the precise details of what she said or did at that time, but in that account Daemon tells her that Criston still thought of her as a girl rather than a woman. And the moment that Criston actually turns is after Laenor & Rhaenyra have both given their favors to their lovers at their wedding tourney. Criston beat Joffrey even worse than Harwin, and in the Green Council meeting he's the only one to reference Laenor and harp on how his alleged children can't reach the throne. He's certainly a brutally violent man. But he's also said by Jaime to embody both the best & the worst of the KG. "[C]ommitting terrible acts and justifying them with an oath? That’s so Kingsguard." I don't think it's mere "premarital sex" that offends him. Rather, it's that Rhaenyra wanted to use him to get Laenor to reject her, and then when that didn't work she & Laenor embarked on a sham marriage in which each actually was with someone else (someone decidedly against Westerosi norms, in Laenor's case). That's not just a naive young girl with a crush on an older guy who had long supported her, that's some adult cynicism. Criston's vocal revulsion for Laenor's sexuality is consistent with a prudish characterization (in which he might be righteous in his own eyes even while he's not to a modern reader), whereas him having any sexual interest in anybody doesn't match the rest of the text that well. Criston refusing her would only enhance his reliability! We never hear of him speaking to those last two in confidence. He does admittedly refer to Cargyll going to the sept to pray before his mission to Dragonstone. Criston hated Laenor because he was the “sissy” that Rhaenyra married instead of himself, a “real man.” Bear in mind that Criston also immediately allied himself with Alicent, who was rumored to have seduced the married King Viserys when she was no older than Rhaenyra in order to advance her house, which is pretty cynical. But that didn’t seem to bother him. From the perspective of the current Westerosi, Criston Cole supported the rightful king, since Aegon II is remembered as the monarch from this era and Rhaenyra the pretender. That is the good Jaime was speaking of. The bad was him revolting out of disdain for the woman who spurned him. Arys Oakheart said as much a few chapters earlier. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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