RFTIT Weekly(ish) Tumblr Roundup!


So…my previous plan kind of got sidetracked when my iPad decided to brick itself for 24 hours, which meant that I didn’t have access to my highlighted copy of A Storm of Swords in order to add the quotes into my outlines. So instead I went to work on my essay series on the Great Councils because I had it partially written already. Thus, the new plan is Sam I, then finish Great Councils Part II (which should finish off the series), then Tyrion III, then Politics of Dorne I, then Catelyn III, then Politics of Dorne II, then Jaime III, then finish off Politics of Dorne.

In the mean time, what do we have on the Tumblrs?



4 thoughts on “RFTIT Weekly(ish) Tumblr Roundup!

  1. ajay says:

    On your point about warships and ranged weapons: yes, scorpions and so on were man-killers rather than ship-killers, but you say “introduction of cannons en masse allowed for the sinking of ships with repeated broadsides” – which isn’t quite true. Cannon were also man-killers rather than ship-killers (see Keegan, “The Price of Admiralty”).

    It was actually very rare for warships in the age of sail to be sunk by cannon fire in battle; no ships were sunk at Trafalgar or the Nile, and very few at Navarino. Plenty were sunk at Lepanto, but generally by ramming.

    First, cannon balls could only punch holes where they hit; they weren’t explosive, so they couldn’t cause catastrophic damage in the way that shellfire can.
    And it was rare for cannon balls to hit below the waterline, for obvious reasons (though this could happen, if you had a ship heeling and receiving fire from the windward side).
    It was also more difficult to flood a sailing ship to sink it; they didn’t have as many voids below the waterline (not to mention that they’re made of wood) and the water rushing in through a lucky cannonball hole or two could be pumped out again.
    And, knowing all of this, gunners didn’t try to aim to sink; they aimed to disable, at the masts and rigging, or to kill the crew, at the hull and the gun deck.

    So ships in the age of sail weren’t defeated by being sunk by cannon fire. Most likely, they would be battered until enough of their crew had been killed or wounded, and then boarded; this is what happened to most of the Combined Fleet at Trafalgar. Sometimes they would burn and/or explode, either by accident or deliberately. And sometimes (again, as happened at Trafalgar) they would be sunk deliberately, to stop them falling into enemy hands, or because they had been captured but were too badly damaged to sail – or they would sink after the battle if there was a storm.

  2. thatrabidpotato says:

    I remember reading a theory on westeros.org a couple years back that Rhae or Daella ended up marrying Dunk, having one daughter and dying in childbed. That daughter then married into House Tarth, which is how we get Brienne being descended from him. There wasn’t much in the way of evidence for or against that, but I think it’s got some potential.

    Ajay has it right on the subject of warships in the age of sail- it’s not until very modern times that the point of naval combat becomes sinking rather than capturing the other guy.

  3. KrimzonStriker says:

    I thought it was safe to assume most/if any remaining relatives of Aegon like his sisters or their descendants ended up burnt toast after the Tragedy of Summerhall since Aegon called in as many of his relatives as he could for that event?

  4. fjallstrom says:

    When it comes to disinheriting, Tywin could had disinherited Tyrion for marriage below his station when he married Tysha. He didn’t though.

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