feardeathbywater Posted September 2, 2010 Share Posted September 2, 2010 This doesn't quite cut it for me. Robert's revenge on the Targaryens goes far beyond killing Rhaegar on the Trident. Think about it for a second...Robert took EVERYTHING from the Targs. They were the ruling class for how many hundreds of years? Robert raises his rebellion and, when the dust settles, the king is dead, the city sacked, the prince is dead along with his wife and two children and the remaining two Targ kids are fled across the sea, pursued by assassins while Robert sits his Baratheon butt on the Iron Throne. Robert lost a woman. The Targaryens lost the entire seven kingdoms. I would say Robert's revenge for the slights done to him was more than complete. He was way ahead on the ol' scoreboard there. So why did he still hate them so much? Again, he wasn't just a concerned monarch looking to secure his throne...he was in a blind rage any time the subject was even addressed. He hated them like I hate boiled cabbage (shudder)But that's just it: he doesn't want to take the throne from them per se (though that became a secondary goal and the only one he really achieved), but to annihilate them, Rhaegar in particular. They were the top of the ruling class, to which Robert also belonged, for not quite 300 years. Aerys' and (maybe) Rhaegar's behavior to other members of that class is what spread the rebellion. Killing Aerys for trying to have him killed, killing Rhaegar for abducting Lyanna: those were his real goals, to which we might add personal survival and the survival of his friends. Getting rid of the other Targaryens and punishing their supporters (and how in the hell could you support them? Give this to the Jacobites, James II and the pretenders weren't ultra-inbred psychopaths) was bound up with these goals. He was also unsure of his throne, as all usupers must be.It doesn't matter if that cuts it for you or me. It cut it for him, and he met the Realpolitik Standard for having his way (that is, he won.)Try steaming the cabbage, then mixing it in with mashed potatoes and garlic. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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