let me cry

about stannis baratheon and his daughter:

[When Alester Florent planned to give up Shireen to the Lannisters and to surrender to them behind Stannis’ back] : 
Stannis: “He [Alester Florent] would even have given them Shireen. Mine only child, he would have wed to a bastard born of incest.” The king’s voice was thick with anger.

[Shireen’s education - Summarized by Game of Thrones Wiki] :
“Most girls in noble families of the Seven Kingdoms are given an education that primarily focuses on being groomed to be a wife and mother to a major lord, i.e. learning how to sow, sing, pray, and curtsey (they are also taught mathematics, because a lord’s wife is expected to administer his household). Stannis, however, ordered Shireen’s instructors to focus on matters relating to good governance: geography, history, religion, and classical literature have been specifically mentioned as topics she studies, and she is an avid reader. In many ways, Shireen is receiving a more thorough education than Catelyn Tully or Cersei Lannister ever did. After Robert died, this only increased her father’s determination that Shireen should be prepared to be a Ruling Queen. This is in complete contrast with how Cersei indulged Joffrey and ignored his education, resulting in him being a dangerously incompetent ruler.”

[When Mel tries to convince Stannis to burn Edric Storm (Show!Gendry)] :  
Stannis: “The boy [Edric Storm] is innocent.”
Mel: “The boy defiled your marriage bed, else you would surely have sons of your own. He shamed you.”
Stannis: “Robert did that. Not the boy. My daughter has grown fond of him. And he is mine own blood.”
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Davos persisted. “Your daughter takes her lessons with him [Edric Storm] , and plays with him every day in Aegon’s Garden.”
“I know that.”
“Her heart would break if anything ill should -“
I know that as well.

Both Edric Storm and Patchface are walking reminders of some seriously tragic/humiliating moments in Stannis’ life: Robert concieved Edric Storm in Stannis’ marital bed, on Stannis’ wedding night (which is a huge insult in Westeros) and Patchface is a constant reminder of the even which most shaped his childhood aka his parents’ death - but Stannis still allows both of them to stay on Dragonstone, because Shireen is fond of them.

“I am king. Wants do not enter into it. I have a duty to my daughter. To the realm. Even to Robert. He loved me but little, I know, yet he was my brother. (…)”

” — you will avenge my death, and seat my daughter on the Iron Throne. Or die in the attempt.”

EMOTIONALLY RESTRAINED, TEETH GRINDING DAD SANNIS BARATHEON

WHO STILL MANAGES TO BE ABOUT 120% BETTER AT HIS JOB THAN MOST WESTEROSI HIGHBORN FATHERS 

RESPONSIBLY RAISING A CHILD WHO ISN’T MALE, HEALTHY, OR IN ANY WAY ATTRACTIVE BY WESTEROSI STANDARDS

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