By George R. R. Martin, Elio M. García Jr., Linda Antonssen

THE NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN historical past OF WESTEROS AND THE LANDS past WITH hundreds and hundreds OF PAGES OF ALL-NEW fabric FROM GEORGE R. R. MARTIN

If the earlier is prologue, then George R. R. Martin's masterwork--the so much creative and unique myth saga of our time--warrants one hell of an creation. in the end, it has arrived with The global of Ice & Fire.

This lavishly illustrated quantity is a complete historical past of the Seven Kingdoms, delivering vividly built debts of the epic battles, sour rivalries, and bold rebellions that bring about the occasions of A music of Ice and hearth and HBO's Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that's been years within the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the popular fan website Westeros.org--perhaps the one those that be aware of this international nearly in addition to its visionary creator.

Collected this is all of the collected wisdom, scholarly hypothesis, and inherited people stories of maesters and septons, maegi and singers, including
• full-color paintings and maps, with greater than a hundred and seventy unique pieces
• complete kinfolk timber for homes Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen
• in-depth explorations of the heritage and tradition of Westeros
• a hundred% all-new fabric, greater than 1/2 which Martin wrote particularly for this book

The definitive better half piece to George R. R. Martin's dazzlingly conceived universe, The international of Ice & Fire is certainly facts that the pen is mightier than a typhoon of swords.

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Many are the maesters who've written on those issues, and the information they've got shaped informs a lot of what's going to stick with. yet in a single factor, i've got taken a liberty: the account of Aegon’s Conquest isn't really my very own paintings yet whatever in recent years chanced on within the documents of the fortress, forgotten because the unhappy finish of Aegon, the 5th of His identify. This fragment—part of a better paintings that appeared meant as a background of the Targaryen kings—was stumbled on collecting dirt between papers belonging to the Archmaester Gerold, the historian whose writings at the heritage of Oldtown have been good seemed in his day. however it was once now not written through him. the fashion by myself provides it away, yet convinced notes discovered with those papers point out they have been written by way of Archmaester Gyldayn, the final maester to serve at Summerhall ahead of its destruction within the reign of Aegon the lucky, the 5th of his identify, who can have despatched them to Gerold for his observation and approval. The historical past of the Conquest is as whole as any, and that's why i've got positioned it the following, so that—at last—more eyes than mine and the past due Archmaester Gerold’s could relish and examine from it. There are different manuscripts by means of this comparable hand that i've got chanced on, yet many pages were lost or destroyed, and nonetheless others were broken via overlook and by means of hearth. it can be that someday, extra should be came upon, and this misplaced masterwork may be healthy to be copied and certain, for what i've got came across has stirred nice pleasure within the fortress. till then, in spite of the fact that, its fragments function one amongst many assets for the reigns of the Targaryen kings, from the Conqueror to the overdue Aerys II—the final Targaryen king to take a seat the Iron Throne. The Conquest The maesters of the fortress who hold the histories of Westeros have used Aegon’s Conquest as their touchstone for the earlier 300 years. Births, deaths, battles, and different occasions are dated both AC (After the Conquest) or BC (Before the Conquest). real students recognize that such relationship is much from particular. Aegon Targaryen’s conquest of the Seven Kingdoms didn't happen overnight. greater than years handed among Aegon’s touchdown and his Oldtown coronation … or even then the Conquest remained incomplete because Dorne remained unsubdued. Sporadic makes an attempt to convey the Dornishmen into the world endured throughout King Aegon’s reign and good into the reigns of his sons, making it most unlikely to mend an actual finish date for the Wars of Conquest. Even the beginning date is an issue of a few false impression. Many think, wrongly, that the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen started at the day he landed on the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, underneath the 3 hills the place town of King’s touchdown finally stood. no longer so. The day of Aegon’s touchdown used to be celebrated by way of the king and his descendants, however the Conqueror truly dated the beginning of his reign from the day he used to be topped and anointed within the Starry Sept of Oldtown by means of the excessive Septon of the religion. This coronation came about years after Aegon’s touchdown, good in the end 3 of the main battles of the Wars of Conquest were fought and gained.

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