Mad King Aerys (2)

Published: 8.13.2017
Level 6   |   Time: 2:41
Accent: British
Source: Game of Thrones

Maester Luwin describes the evil deeds of King Aerys Targaryen. (Part 2 of 3)


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  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • as word spread [exp] - as news spead
  • Warden of the North [n] - Protector of the North
  • abduct [v] - kidnap / steal
  • enraged [adj] - very angry
  • treason [n] - a crime of betraying one's country
  • ransom [v] - pay money for someone's release
  • utterly mad [adj] - 100% crazy
  • comply [v] - follow orders
  • trial by combat [exp] - prove one's innocence by winning a fight
  • suspended [v] - hang
  • pyromancers [n] - experts in fire
  • strangulation [n] - death from using a rope around one's neck
  • strangle [v] - kill with rope around one's neck
  • lit a blaze [exp] - started a fire
  • just out of reach [exp] - just a little bit too far away to touch something
  • the court [n] - all the important people in a kingdom
  • atrocity [n] - a terrible act
  • call for the head [exp] - demand someone be killed
  • betrothed [n] - a person promised to be married
  • apprehend [v] - capture
  • vow [v] - promise

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

  • This story is being told by Maester Luwin.
  • King Aerys Targaryen (the Mad King) is the king of the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Prince Rhaegar is King Aerys' son.
  • The Starks are a family that rule "the North" for King Aerys.
  • Maester Luwin is an adviser to the Stark family.
  • The Kingsguard are the soldiers who protect the king.
  • Robert Baratheon is a friend of the Starks.

triangle Questions

  1. This story is being told by ____.
    Maester Luwin
    Robert Baratheon
    Eddard Stark

  2. Lord Rickard Stark was ____.
    the Warden of the North
    King of the Seven Kingdoms
    the Lord of Storm's End

  3. Lord Rickard Stark had ____ children.

  4. His daughter Lyanna Stark was promised (betrothed) to be married to ____.
    Rhaegar Targaryen
    Eddard Stark
    Robert Baratheon

  5. Rhaegar Targaryen ended the peace by ____.
    attacking Rickard Stark
    abducting Lyanna Stark
    killing Brandon Stark

  6. Brandon Stark, the brother of Lyanna, went to ____ to get his sister back.
    Storm's End
    King's Landing

  7. King Aerys ____ Brandon Stark.

  8. King Aerys also called ____ to the capital.
    Eddard Stark
    Lyanna Stark
    Lord Rickard Stark

  9. Lord Rickard was killed by ____.
    the sword

  10. Brandon died by ____ while trying to save his father.
    strangling himself
    burning himself
    drowning himself

  11. ____ watched Aerys murder Rickard and Brandon Stark.
    Eddard Stark
    The court
    No one else

  12. Kings Aerys demanded that ____ and ____ be killed.
    Eddard Stark
    John Arryn
    Robert Baratheon

  13. King Aerys wanted John Arryn ____ the Starks and Baratheons.
    to kill
    to capture
    to join

  14. Instead, John Arryn ____ the Starks and Baratheons.

triangle Script

As word of King Aerys' erratic and troubling behavior spread throughout the Seven Kingdoms, Lord Rickard Stark continued to serve his king faithfully as Warden of the North. The proud father of four children, his daughter Lyanna was engaged to Robert Baratheon, the young lord of Storm's End.

Centuries of peace between the North and the Iron Throne ended the day Rhaegar Targaryen, Prince of Dragonstone, abducted Lyanna.

Enraged, Brandon Stark rode to King's Landing demanding the release of his sister and the death of Rhaegar. Aerys arrested him for treason and called his father to come to the capital to ransom him.

When Lord Rickard complied, Aerys, now utterly mad, arrested him for treason as well. Lord Rickard demanded a trial by combat. Aerys declared fire the champion of House Targaryen and had Lord Rickard suspended from the rafters of the throne room while pyromancers lit a blaze beneath him. As he burned, Brandon was brought into the throne room, a leather cord attached to a strangulation device was wrapped around his neck. Aerys told Brandon his father was a dead man... but there was a chance to save him. A longsword was placed on the floor just out of Brandon's reach. And the more he struggled to reach it, the more the cord tightened around his throat. Brandon Stark strangled himself, trying to free his father... who was roasted alive in his own armor.

The entire court stood and watched this atrocity take place... Ser Jaime Lannister and the Kingsguard among them. The Mad King was reported to have laughed hysterically as these two noble men were tortured and brutally killed before him.

Seeking to rid the world of all his supposed enemies, Aerys called for the head of Rickard's youngest son, Eddard Stark, and Lyanna's betrothed - Robert Baratheon. He sent word to Lord Jon Arryn - who had fostered both young men at the Eyrie - to apprehend them. Instead, Lord Arryn joined Houses Stark and Baratheon in rebellion. Robert vowed to kill Rhaegar Targaryen and get his beloved Lyanna back.

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