Hey folks! So the Patreon is two weeks old, and already it’s almost to the first goal of an extra essay per month! Just as importantly, the show is now done, which means that all of the time and effort that went into watching, taking notes on, and writing up each episode can now go into writing about A Storm of Swords…which I’ll be announcing something exciting about soon.
In the mean-time, we’ve got some good stuff on the Tumblrs.
- Anon asks: “How much do you think Joffrey was inspired by Richard II?”
- Not that much? It’s not that they don’t have some things in common: they both come to the throne rather early, they face a popular uprising, they both rule in a somewhat tyrannical fashion. However, Joffrey isn’t deposed, the Lords Appelant were moved over to the Vale, and Joffrey’s death is more similar to that of Prince Eustace during the Anarchy. Personality-wise and in terms of the rest of his backstory, he’s more akin to Edward of Lancaster.
- Hedrigal asks: “If a medieval or ancient person makes a purchase involving millions of gold coins, how does that actually work? Like if Crassus (chosen as the richest man in Rome) wanted to make a major acquisition worth a million gold, how did the told actually change hands. ”
- This is a great question! In addition to letters of credit and similar financial instruments, one of the ways that ancient and medieval people conducted large-scale transactions was to leave coins behind and just deal with precious metals. For the ancient Mediterranean, you had talents; throughout much of Asia, you had the lakh. These were bars or plaques or discs of (as pure as they could get) precious metals, which would be put into chests and very carefully transported in well-guarded caravans.
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