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The Ravenry: Week of 3/7/2016

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Hello, everyone!

As you may or may not know, Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire has its own Tumblr page (as well as its own Twitter and Facebook pages).  Even more excitingly,  we here at the blog have partnered with ASOIAF University to answer questions about A Song of Ice and Fire.  We – that is, SomethingLikeaLawyer and I – take the text-based questions submitted to us, write up thoughtful, text-based answers, and publish these answers on the Tumblr.

Another productive week for us in the Tumblr-verse. The Hand always has the best answers to meta questions because he is all kinds of brilliant, and his answer to favorite aspects of ASOIAF warfare is no exception.  Just as well, the Hand tackled the false assertion that the Freys were justified in enacting the Red Wedding, and dreamed up some excellent alternate histories about Aegon IV dying before the follies of his reign and Jaime Lannister protecting Elia Martell. As for me, I wrote another essay – The Windblown Grass, all about terrible strategist Doran Martell – thought up some Blackfyre words, and added a defining character moment for Theon to Tumblr friend Poor Quentyn’s excellent post to the same.

Without further ado, here’s The Ravenry for the week of March 7:
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The Winter Queen: Jeyne Westerling Part 2: The Wolf’s Widow

Introduction

In part 1, we examined the background of Jeyne Westerling and her rise to becoming Queen in the North. While her lineage was unlikely, and her marriage built on scandal and lost honor, young Jeyne had already demonstrated the grace, devotion, and good sense admirable in a queen.  Yet she would not have the chance to grow into her role and mother a line of Kings in the North after Robb; treasons from without and within her own household would destroy her queenship and leave her only as he tragic reminder of a lost kingdom.

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The Winter Queen: Jeyne Westerling Part 1: The King’s Bride

Introduction

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Jeyne Westerling (image credit to Duhi)

Robb Stark’s Kingdom of the North and Trident was but a shadow of the ancient realms which had existed there before the coming of the dragons. The Young Wolf had no Hand or council but his general group of advisors, and no capital other than his base at Riverrun. Yet for all its courtly lack, the kingdom over which Robb ruled so briefly did have one royal requirement: a queen consort.

Jeyne Westerling may not have been the bride Robb was promised (or the bride he politically needed); theirs was instead a match of mixed obligation and passion. As her marriage was built on tragedy, so it would end in tragedy.  Queen Jeyne would not share her husband’s horrific fate at the Twins (however much she might have been intended to), but she would mourn sincerely the heroic young man to whom she had been wed so briefly. Her sweetness and gentility might have made her a worthy queen in another life, but in her own she was simply an ill-fortuned bride, the first (and last) Queen in the North of the new dynasty.

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