Ok, huge update dropped today, so here goes. Fair warning, I’m exhausted today so I might miss stuff. Analysis under the cut:
– could have used more on pre-Targaryen Westeros, but might get more in the “Seven Kingdoms” section.
– definitely need more on Essos.
– I liked the crossed-out names on the dedication. Nice touch.
– the Citadel operates a writing service for the poor, take in foundlings.
– Archmaesters are ranked by ring, rod, and mask – perhaps a sign that Arch- outranks Grand-
– first link at 13, 7 years to complete his chain. An early start and a quick learner for our maester.
The Dawn Age:
– I like the debate over the age of the world; very much //ing medieval debates
– I’ve completely lost my Latin; can anyone translate the subtext?
– Cregan Stark’s maester was into archaeology. Interesting…
– I would give many eyeteeth to read Maester Childer’s book on the Starks of Winterfell.
Reign of the Dragons:
– so that’s why the book took so long to finish. Nice…
Fragment on Braavos:
– The Uncloaking of Uthero seems to be the first public appearance of Braavos, founded on a financial deal between the Valyrians and the Braavosi on the basis of limited compensation for slave ships stolen. And the basis for their Carnivale; once again, could the Braavosi be any more Venetian?
– the Arsenal and the wall of ships; echoes of Athens and Venice there. Braavos has naval mass production; imagine what they could do if they applied the same process to commercial goods…
– no one’s dared to attack Braavos since the Century of Blood; I wonder who tried? Probably Volantis.
Fragment on the Wildlings:
– another Latin fragment. Help?
– Hardhome was a port town, once ruled over by a triumvirate of chieftans. Imagine what the wildlings could have accomplished had it stuck around. I wonder what happened to Maester Wyllis? Pulled under by squishers or mermen? Killed by demons? Drowned?
– more on Gendel & Gorn, the Horned Lord (a sorceror!), Bael written out of the Winterfell histories.
– Raymun Redbeard took 12 years to cross the wall – now that’s determined, but it likely gave the North time to mobilize against him. I’d like to know more about the Drunken Giant.
– some errors here in terms of weird mispellings and order of kids. But if this is accurate, some new information definitely.
– The Starks seem to be savvy users of dynastic alliances: they’re married into the Norreys, Flints, Lockes, Karstarks, Ryswells, Cerwyns, Umbers, Glovers, and Manderlys in the North, so definitely spreading it around. Lots of alliances in the Vale with the Royces, Corbrays, and a Blackwood (so Bran and Bloodraven are kin!). No wonder they survived 8,000 years – everyone’s kin to a Stark! No Boltons tho…
– Cregan Stark seems to have married his cousin as well as two other women, as did Edric and Serena, and Eddard’s dad Rickard.
– Brandon Stark seems to have cheated on his Karstark wife; maybe this is Brandon the Bad?
– Barth Blacksword sounds badass.
– Well, you definitely see that the Starks were a large family that got into some serious shit that whittled down their numbers: in the 4th generation down, Jonnel became King in the North despite his older brother having kids; something ended Edric Stark’s line (including Torrhen, the last King in the North before Robb); and Artos’ line and all the middle children of the 6th generation ended then and there.