The Sack of Kings's Landing (3)

Published: 8.26.2017
Level 6   |   Time: 2:52
Accent: British
Source: Game of Thrones

Tywin Lannister describes the defeat and sack of King's Landing.


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  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
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triangle Vocabulary

  • make for the capital [exp] - go to the capital
  • sack [v] - attack, rob and destroy
  • the crown [n] - the king
  • horrified [adj] - disgusted
  • loot [v] - rob
  • by the hand of [exp] - done by
  • brazenly [adv] - without shame
  • spirit away [phv] - run away
  • butcher [v] - kill violently
  • henious [adj] - terrible
  • stronghold [n] - castle
  • appoint [v] - assign a job
  • broker a truce [exp] - negotiate peace
  • betrothed [n] - a person promised to be married

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [adv] - adverb,  [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.
  • Tywin Lannisters is the Lord of Casterly Rock.
  • Jamie Lannister is Tywin's son and a Kingsguard (Protector of the King).
  • Robert Baratheon started a rebellion to overthrow King Aerys.
  • Lord Eddard (Ned) Stark is Robert Baratheon's good friend and ally.

triangle Questions

  1. Who is telling the story?
    Tywin Lannister
    Robert Baratheon
    Maester Luwin

  2. What was the turning point of the war?
    the capture of King's Landing
    the battle at the Trident River
    the destruction of Winterfell

  3. Why couldn't Robert Baratheon go to King's Landing?
    His army was too tired.
    His army was too small and weak.
    He was wounded.

  4. Who did Robert send to capture King's Landing?
    Rhaegar Targeryen
    Eddard Stark
    John Arryn

  5. Which army had already captured King's Landing before the Stark amry arrived?
    the Tully army
    the Baratheon army
    the Lannister army

  6. Why was Eddard Stark horrified when he entered the city?
    The Lannister army had robbed, raped and murdered the people.
    The Lannister army was still outside the city.
    Tywin Lannister had already entered the city.

  7. What did Eddard Stark see when he entered the Red Keep?
    Jamie Lannister had already killed King Arys.
    King Arys and Tywin Lannister were making an alliance.
    The Lannister army was stealing all the king's gold.

  8. What had happened to the King Arys's wife (Queen Rayla) and son (Vicerys)?
    They had been murdered.
    They had been captured.
    They had escaped.

  9. What had happened to Prince Rhaegar's wife (Elia Martell) and children?
    They had been murdered.
    They had been captured.
    They had escaped.

  10. What did Eddard Stark demand from Robert Baratheon?
    The Lannisters be punished.
    Eddard Stark be made Hand of the King.
    Eddard Stark be allowed to leave and help Storm's End.

  11. How did Robert respond to Eddard's demand?
    He punished the Lannisters.
    He made Eddard Stark the Hand of the King.
    He refused to punish the Lannisters.

  12. Who became the Hand of the King (the King's chief advisor)?
    John Arryn
    Jamie Lannister
    Eddard Stark

  13. What did the new Hand of the King do first?
    make a truce with the Martells of Dorn
    punish the Lannisters
    punish Eddard Stark

  14. Who was Robert Baratheon supposed to marry?
    Cersi Lannister
    Lyanna Stark
    Brienne of Tarth

  15. Why didn't he marry her?
    She was dead.
    She had fallen in love with another man.
    He prefered another woman to be his wife.

  16. Who did he marry?
    Cersi Lannister
    Lyanna Stark
    Brienne of Tarth

  17. What events still angered Eddard Stark when he returned to Winterfell?
    the death of King Aryn
    the methods used to win the Rebellion
    the death of his sister

triangle Script

Robert Baratheon's victory at the Trident was a turning point in the war for the Iron Throne. While it was clear the gods were smiling on the rebel forces, Aerys Targaryen still held the Red Keep at King's Landing. As Robert was wounded and unable to ride, it was up to Eddard Stark to make for the capital and force the Mad King to give up the throne.

Lord Stark reached the city gates to find that Tywin Lannister, Lord of Casterly Rock, had already sacked the city in Robert's name. House Lannister had remained neutral up to this point, ignoring requests for help from both the Crown and the rebels. Now that Robert's eventual victory was assured, it seemed Lord Tywin had finally chosen a side.

Lord Eddard was horrified by what he saw when he entered the city - homes looted and burned, women raped, scores of innocent citizens killed. Disgusted, he led his force up the Sanyas Hill to the Red Keep. Upon entering the throne room, he found King Aerys lying in a pool of blood, dead by the hand of his own sworn Kingsguard Jaime Lannister, who sat brazenly upon the throne. Demanding to know the whereabouts of Queen Rhaella, Lord Eddard was informed the Queen and her son Viserys had been spirited away to Dragonstone before the Lannisters arrived. But other members of the royal family were not as fortunate. Elia Martell of Dorne, who was the wife of Prince Rhaegar, had been raped and murdered by Sir Gregor Clegane on Lord Tywin's orders. Sir Gregor and his men had also butchered Rhaegar's young children.

When Robert was well enough to reach the capital, Lord Eddard demanded the Lannisters answer for their heinous crimes. Robert refused and sent him south to relieve the Baratheon stronghold of Storms End, which was still under siege by forces loyal to the crown. Whatever words passed between the two old friends are know only to them, but Lord Eddard is said to have left King's Landing in anger.

Later, when Robert was crowned, he appointed Jon Arryn as Hand of the King. Lord Arryn's first order of business was to broker a truce with the Martel's of Dorne, who were outraged by the brutal murder of princess Elia and her children. Following the death of Lyanna Stark, who had been betrothed to Robert, houses Baratheon and Lannister were joined in marriage when the new king took Tywin Lannister's oldest daughter Cersei as his queen.
As for Eddard Stark, he returned to his stronghold of Winterfell, forever haunted by his sister's death and the shameful way that Robert had secured his throne.

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