Guest Essay on Tower of the Hand – Hands of the King Part IV, Two Honest Men

The fourth part in my series on the Hands of the King is up on Tower of the Hand, looking at the political careers of two men almost universally considered to be some of the worst Hands in the history of Westeros, and asking the question: can an honest man make it in Westerosi politics?

Take a look!


5 thoughts on “Guest Essay on Tower of the Hand – Hands of the King Part IV, Two Honest Men

  1. Abbey Battle says:

    Even more belatedly than usual, I just wanted to submit my congratulations on producing a superior work of political analysis; I’m honestly rather intrigued by the minor parallels between Lord Jon Arryn and Abraham Lincoln of all politicians (emotionally-unstable wife, habit of favouring mercy wherever possible, success in coalition-building and waging civil war, tragic failure with regard to heirs etc).

    I would also like to note that I tend to see Lord Eddard’s failure in Kings Landing as born more from unfamiliarity with the players across the field (with which he was also rather unfamiliar), rather than any lack of understanding when it came to The Game of Thrones. As you’ve noted Ned is less a lamb amongst wolves than a fish out of water, which cost the realm dearly when he choked.

    • stevenattewell says:

      Hadn’t thought of that, interesting.

      Yeah. To make a slightly different parallel, I don’t think Renly or Littlefinger or Varys would do much better in Northern politics than Eddard did in the South.

  2. Abbey Battle says:

    I do admit that the mental image of Varys being obliged to take a trip North, taking one look at the place and deciding that he’s too smart to linger in this freezing place – scheme or no scheme! – is rather amusing.

    • stevenattewell says:

      That’s probably what he’d do. Although, he’s got little birds in Winterfell, so he must have recruited someone from the North

  3. […] comments about his predecessors is a bit harsh; as I’ve stated elsewhere, I don’t think it was honor that ultimately brought down either of them – especially as […]

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