After a salutary break from what had been a bit of Fire & Blood-related burnout, I’m back to tackle the last and biggest Jaehaerys chapter.
So join me, as like sands through an hourglass, these are the days of House Targaryen’s lives…
Hey folks! In lieu of another Fire & Blood essay – I start teaching on Monday and finishing my syllabi and readings and lectures comes first – here’s a podcast I recorded with Stefan Sasse over at Boiled Leather Audio Hour:
Check it out!
We’re starting to head into the long, long chapters. *Gulp.* Here we go!
You know things are about to slow down and get a good deal more complex when you have an entire chapter devoted to one out of the three hundred years of the Targaryen dynasty…
Fire & Blood Vol. I does not stint for material on Jaehaerys I – no less than eight chapters, almost three hundred pages, focus on his reign – which means that it is not going to be possible to cover this monarch in one chapter. And since almost all of this is new material, I’m going to go chapter-by-chapter.
Which is not much of a sacrifice, because this is the strongest material in the book, and absolutely the best in-universe historical writing that GRRM has ever done.
Ok, here we go. A mix of extended and word-for-word today.
Here’s my plan with Fire and Blood, Volume I. This book is a bit of a tricky combination of stuff that’s taken word-for-word from previous texts (WOIAF, Sons of the Dragon, etc.), completely new stuff, and stuff that was in previous texts but has since been expanded.
In each post then, I will just link to where I wrote about the word-for-word stuff when the previous book came out, then continue on to the next new/expanded section, rather than have each post be discrete chapter-by-chapters. And where there is expanded stuff, I’ll link to where I’ve discussed stuff so far.