When considering his mother Joanna Lannister, Tyrion thinks: “It all goes back and back, Tyrion thought, to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us”
That’s true, Tyrion! Which is a big part of why we made an episode on your mother. Our latest contains a long look at the political setting during her life, which included Tywin’s rise as Hand, Aerys’ crowning, Summerhall, the Rains of Castamere, the War of Ninepenny Kings (her father led the Westerlands army) and more. Of course we also take a look at her personality and relationships with other powerful people, and of course consider “interactions” with the Mad King, and certain parentage theories.
Our introduction and the Westeros and Essos maps were created by Michael Klarfeld (Klaradox), with the cyvasse pieces created by dutchmogul. Check out the episode on YouTube or the Acast player below to see those images, as well as the newest art of Mazzalicartho, by Azany.
The primary topics in this episode:
Part 1 – The Joannameta
Part 2 – Early Years
Part 3 – From the Rock to the Red Keep
Part 4 – The Princess and the Queen… and the King
Part 5 – The Lioness In Her Den
Part 6 – A Coat of Gold, a Bed of Blood
In 263 AC, after a year as the King’s Hand, Ser Tywin married his beautiful young cousin Joanna Lannister, who had come to King’s Landing in 259 AC for the coronation of King Jaehaerys II and remained thereafter as a lady in-waiting to Princess (later Queen) Rhaella. The bride and groom had known each other since they were children together at Casterly Rock.” – TWOIAF
“In those days, his father had been Aerys’s Hand, and many people said that Lord Tywin Lannister ruled the Seven Kingdoms, but Lady Joanna ruled Lord Tywin.” – ASOS, Tyrion V
“…though she turned a blind eye to most of the king’s infidelities, the queen did not approve of his “turning my ladies into his whores.” (Joanna Lannister was not the first lady to be dismissed abruptly from Her Grace’s service, nor was she the last).” – TWOIAF
“Though Tywin Lannister was not a man given to public display, it is said that his love for his lady wife was deep and long-abiding. “Only Lady Joanna truly knows the man beneath the armor,” Grand Maester Pycelle wrote the Citadel, “and all his smiles belong to her and her alone. I do avow that I have even observed her make him laugh, not once, but upon three separate occasions!”” – TWOIAF