On Aerys Targaryen and Tywin Lannister, from The World of Ice and Fire

A Compilation of Greatest Hits from The World of Ice and Fire, or, How Boy Bands Come to Die (these are all excerpts/quotes unless stated otherwise, trust)

  • Aerys and Tywin Lannister had known each other since childhood. As a boy, Tywin Lannister had served as a royal page at King’s Landing. He and Prince Aerys, together with a younger page, the prince’s cousin Steffon Baratheon of Storm’s End, had become inseparable. During the War of the Ninepenny Kings, the three friends had fought together, Tywin as a new-made knight. Steffon and Prince Aerys as squires. When Prince Aerys won his spurs at six-and-ten, it was to Ser Tywin he granted the signal honor of dubbing him a knight. (113)
  • Aerys Targaryen and Tywin Lannister made for an unlikely partnership, it must be said. (113)
  • And yet the Seven Kingdoms prospered greatly during the first decade of his reign, for the King’s Hand was all that the king himself was not—diligent, decisive, tireless, fiercely intelligent, just, and stern. “The gods made and shaped this man to rule,” Grand Maester Pycelle wrote of Tywin Lannister… (114)
  • As the king’s own behavior grew increasingly erratic, more and more the day-today running of the realm fell to his Hand. The realm prospered under Tywin Lannister’s stewardship—so much so that King Aerys’s endless caprices did not seem so portentous. … From Oldtown to the Wall, men began to say that Aerys might wear the crown, but it was Tywin Lannister who ruled the realm. (114)
  • (Elaborations on Tywin as an exemplary Hand of the King yet had been little loved by other lords. He had “despised” his father, Tytos Lannister, and his relationship with his siblings were strained. Kevan and Genna had been exceptions but even then he was more “dutiful” than “affectionate”.) (114-115)

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Day 8 of the Cuban Missile Crisis:

Top: JFK signs Proclamation 3504, authorizing the naval quarantine of Cuba; the Organization of American States endorses the quarantine.

Middle: Jacqueline Kennedy cancels a dinner she had planned (Mrs. Kennedy’s “Cancelled – Cuba” guest list.

Bottom: Khrushchev sends JFK a letter stating that there is a “serious threat to the peace and security of nations.”

See more of the collection here: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKPOF-114-030.aspx

Robert Kennedy, rock star/snazzy dresser, appears before an audience of close to 10,000 students at the University of Alabama in March of 1968. This photo (and others) appeared in a photo spread in the University of Alabama’s Southern Courier, March 30-31, 1968 (opens a PDF).

Photo by Jim Pepler, from the Jim Peppler Southern Courier photograph collection, Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, ADAH Digital Colelctions