The Ravenry: Week of 6/22/2015

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As you may or may not know, Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire has its own Tumblr page (as well as its own Twitter and Facebook pages).  Even more excitingly, a little while back we here at the blog partnered with ASOIAF University to answer questions about A Song of Ice and Fire.  We – that is, myself and SomethingLikeaLawyer – take the text-based questions submitted to us, write up thoughtful text-based answers, and publish these answers on the Tumblr.

So every Monday we present to you The Ravenry.  We collect the questions we’ve answered during the previous week over on the Tumblr in post form, with a brief description of each, and publish it here, and link that post on Twitter and Facebook as well. It’s like Best Week Ever, except with fewer bright flashy graphics and probably no Paul F. Tompkins (not that he’s not welcome).

So, without further ado, here’s The Ravenry for the week of 22 June:

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Interviews of Ice and Fire by Thomas Malone – Militant_Penguin

Season five might be over, but I’m excited to keep the Interviews of Ice and Fire going with our next guest. Hamish Duncan, known throughout the ASOIAF community as Militant Penguin is a contributor to Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire. He is also one of the moderators for the ASOIAF subreddit. 

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The Three Heads of the Dragon: Kings, Pretenders, and the Ladies of Fire: Viserys I

Viserys I Targaryen on the Iron Throne, by Karla Ortiz

After the long and bountiful reign of King Jaehaerys the Wise, his grandson would take the throne. Validated by the Great Council of 101 AC, Viserys would continue the peaceful reign of his grandsire. There would be no conflicts with Dorne or the Faith, and aside from an ultimately forgettable war between the Kingdom of the Three Daughters and his sometime-kingly brother Daemon, there was peace and plenty for all. Many credit Viserys as good a ruler as Jaehaerys the Wise, but is that really the case? Did Viserys match up to his grandfather and continue his legacy as the shepherd of a golden age? Or was there no substance underneath the ornamentation? Was Viserys the true steel? Continue reading

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Roundtable: The Final Word on Season Five, Part II

Oh, why, hello, there. My name’s Marc N. Kleinhenz, and I’m something of a Song of Ice and Fire harlot (or is that zealot?): I’ve been published at Westeros.org and WinterIsComing.net, I’m a staff writer at Watchers on the Wall, I’ve been a guest on A Podcast of Ice and Fire, and I’m the features editor at Tower of the Hand (along with the editor and publisher of their anthology ebooks).

And now I have the distinct honor of having hoodwinked Jeff, Jim, Hamish, and Nina into temporarily allowing me to hijack their terrific little site in order to bring you our roundtable-to-end-all-roundtables on the quality (or lack thereof) of Game of Thrones‘s sfifth season.

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We started over at Watchers on the Wall yesterday, but then had to cut things off just as they were starting to heat up and tempers started to fray (hey, this is what happens when you conduct a 17,000-word discussion – you have to slice it up into multiple parts). We continue today right where we left off, discussing the narrative merits and historical accuracy of GOT‘s vilifying of homosexuality before plunging on into Stannis Baratheon’s and Jon Snow’s (apparent) final moments on celluloid.

You can read the first part here, and be sure to catch the final installment over at Tower of the Hand tomorrow.

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The Ravenry: Week of 6/15/2015

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As you may or may not know, Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire has its own Tumblr page (as well as its own Twitter and Facebook pages).  Even more excitingly, a little while back we here at the blog partnered with ASOIAF University to answer questions about A Song of Ice and Fire.  We – that is, myself and SomethingLikeaLawyer – take the text-based questions submitted to us, write up thoughtful text-based answers, and publish these answers on the Tumblr.

So every Monday we present to you The Ravenry.  We collect the questions we’ve answered during the previous week over on the Tumblr in post form, with a brief description of each, and publish it here, and link that post on Twitter and Facebook as well. It’s like Best Week Ever, except with fewer bright flashy graphics and probably no Paul F. Tompkins (not that he’s not welcome).

So, without further ado, here’s The Ravenry for the week of 15 June:

As always, we love to hear your text-based questions, so if you have a burning question about ASOIAF, click this link to send us a raven. The more specific the question, the better text-based answer we can write, although we do our best to answer them all.

Love you lots,

The Queen Regent (NFriel)

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The Three Heads of the Dragon: Kings, Pretenders, and the Ladies of Fire: The Court of Viserys I

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Hello and welcome once again to The Three Heads of the Dragon: Kings, Pretenders, and the Ladies of Fire”, the first multi-author series for Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire.  This series will explore the Targaryen dynasty from inception to destruction, and my pieces – the “Ladies of Fire” – will focus on the ladies of the dynasty – both those born into the red-and-black and those who had a great influence on the dynasty.

In Parts 1 and 2, we examined the sister-queens of Aegon the Conqueror, Rhaenys and Visenya.  In Part 3, we discussed Rhaenys’ granddaughter, and Jaehaerys the Conciliator’s beloved consort, Alysanne. The good queen predeceased her brother-king, yet she did live long enough to see the birth of her great-granddaughter Rhaenyra.  What she did not see – and could not have imagined – were the internal, backbiting politics of her grandson’s court, and the strong-willed women in it who would drive the peaceful realm of Jaehaerys once again to the brink of destruction.

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The Ravenry: Week of 6/8/2015

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As you may or may not know, Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire has its own Tumblr page (as well as its own Twitter and Facebook pages).  Even more excitingly, a little while back we here at the blog partnered with ASOIAF University to answer questions about A Song of Ice and Fire.  We – that is, myself and SomethingLikeaLawyer – take the text-based questions submitted to us, write up thoughtful text-based answers, and publish these answers on the Tumblr.

So every Monday we present to you The Ravenry.  We collect the questions we’ve answered during the previous week over on the Tumblr in post form, with a brief description of each, and publish it here, and link that post on Twitter and Facebook as well. It’s like Best Week Ever, except with fewer bright flashy graphics and probably no Paul F. Tompkins (not that he’s not welcome).

So, without further ado, here’s The Ravenry for the week of 8 June:

As always, we love to hear your text-based questions, so if you have a burning question about ASOIAF, click this link to send us a raven. The more specific the question, the better text-based answer we can write, although we do our best to answer them all.

Love you lots,

The Queen Regent (NFriel)

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