Race for the Iron Throne Featured on Vassals of Kingsgrave

The good people over at the Vassals of Kingsgrave podcast have a new episode out covering Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring and analyzing some of the essays within. My own essay, “Machiavellianism for a Purpose” is one of the essays discussed, starting at 4:57.

Have a listen!

RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hey folks! It’s that time of the week again. I’ve got an outline and quotes for Jon II, and work is underway on Politics of the Stormlands as well, but in the meantime, I’ve got some good stuff on the Tumblr to keep your appetite whetted:

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Politics of the Seven Kingdoms: The Reach (Part IV)

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credit to ser-other-in-law

In the previous section, I looked at how House Gardener responded to the Andal Invasion of the Reach through a masterful use of assimilation that resulted in a cultural and political regeneration that made the Reach one of the leading contenders in the Great Game of Westeros…

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Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis: Catelyn II, ASOS

It was the moment she had dreamt of and dreaded. Have I lost two sons, or three?”

Synopsis: “No I would not give no false hope/On this strange and mournful day/But the mother and child reunion/Is only a motion away…”

SPOILER WARNING: This chapter analysis, and all following, will contain spoilers for all Song of Ice and Fire novels and Game of Thrones episodes. Caveat lector.

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RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hey folks! Catelyn II is coming along nicely – up to 3,000 words – and will probably be up sometime this week. After that comes Politics of the Reach Part IV, which is looking like the final part of that particular essay. My hope is that the Stormlands, as a rather short (and dull) chapter in WOIAF, will go more quickly…

In the meantime, what do we have on the Tumblrs?

Non-ASOIAF News: Guest Appearance on Graphic Policy Radio, “The Problem with HydraCap”

As many of you who read my non-ASOIAF content know, I have capital-V views on Captain America. This evening at 10PM, I’ll be discussing those views and the current mess that is Marvel’s handling of Captain America over on Graphic Policy Radio. So those of you who’ve been sending me Tumblr asks about Secret Empire, you might want to tune in…which you can do below the fold.

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RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hey folks, I hate to do a two-in-a-row here, but unfortunately I’ve had a health issue that, while not super serious in itself, has been extremely distracting. Also, I’ve been focused on PHOMU #12 and an upcoming podcast on Monday, so what time I do have hasn’t been going to Catelyn II.

My hope is that if this health issue can clear up, I should have more time and energy to commit to getting Catelyn II underway and then getting to work on Politics of the Reach Part IV.

In the meantime, the Tumblrs:

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Non-ASOIAF:

RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hey folks! Catelyn II is now outlined, although the quotes haven’t been added in yet.

In the meantime, it’s that time of the week again, so let’s see what we have on the Tumblrs:

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Politics of the Seven Kingdoms: the Reach (Part III)

credit to ser-other-in-law

Introduction:

Last time, we saw how a succession of frighteningly single-minded and capable monarchs turned the Kingdom of the Reach from a petty kingdom ruled from a hillfort into a powerful and dynamic state that could reshape the map of southern Westeros and defeat its regional rivals singly and in combination.

In this part, we shall see how this state confronted the threat of the Andal Invasion of Westeros, and how this meeting of two peoples transformed the political culture of the Reach for all time. Indeed, I would argue that the history of the Reach should be divided into pre-and post-Andal as its main periodization.

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