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I hardly understand the old english. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About George Manville Fenn. George Manville Fenn. George Manville Fenn January 3, , Pimlico - August 26, , Isleworth was an English novelist, journalist, editor and educationalist. Fenn, the third child and eldest son of a butler, Charles Fenn, was largely self-educated, teaching himself French, German and Italian.

After studying at Battersea Training College for Teachers , he became the master of a national school at Alford, Lin George Manville Fenn January 3, , Pimlico - August 26, , Isleworth was an English novelist, journalist, editor and educationalist. After studying at Battersea Training College for Teachers , he became the master of a national school at Alford, Lincolnshire. He later became a printer, editor and publisher of short-lived periodicals, before attracting the attention of Charles Dickens and others with a sketch for All the Year Round in He contributed to Chambers's Journal and Once a Week.

In , he wrote a series of articles on working-class life for the newspaper The Star. These were collected and republished in four volumes. They were followed by a similar series in the Weekly Times. They had two sons and six daughters. Fenn's first story for boys, Hollowdell Grange, appeared in It was followed by countless other novels for juveniles and adults. Over of them are thought to have been published in book form.

Having become editor of Cassell's Magazine in , he purchased Once a Week and edited it until it closed in He also wrote for the theatre. Fenn and his family lived at Syon Lodge, Isleworth, Middlesex, where he built up a library of 25, volumes and took up telescope making.


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Perkin bestowed knighthood on all who would support Trystane, so many fled to their cause. The next day, some order was restored to parts of King's Landing, but chaos remained in the rest of the city. Having learned about Maidenpool 's betrayal and the escape of Nettles , Rhaenyra sent ravens to Winterfell and the Eyrie , pleading for more aid.

Perkin and Trystane gained strength the next night. The King's Gate and the Lion Gate were opened by rioters, the gold cloaks at the King's Gate having fled, and those guarding the Lion Gate having joined the rioters. With Perkin holding the River Gate , three out of seven gates were now open to enemies. The people of King's Landing no longer believed Rhaenyra could protect them.

A crazed prophet known as the Shepherd led an even larger mob to the Hill of Rhaenys to kill the dragons. Joffrey mounted Syrax to fly to the Dragonpit. Fearing the worst, Rhaenyra ordered her followers to go after him and bring him back. Rhaenyra's she-dragon was unaccustomed to the boy and he died after being thrown from her back. Meanwhile, the rioters attacked the Dragonpit. Tyraxes went into his lair and roasted many before dying.

Dreamfyre slew more than the other three dragons combined, until a crossbow blinded one of her eyes. When Dreamfyre tried to leap free, the weakened dome crashed on both dragon and dragonslayers. Syrax descended on the survivors. Rhaenyra, watching from atop Maegor's Holdfast , held her remaining son, Aegon the Younger , until she saw Syrax fall. Rhaenyra's councilors agreed that the city was lost.

She was persuaded to leave the next day, slipping through the Dragon Gate for Duskendale. News of unrest in King's Landing reached Tumbleton , making the Hightower army believe they should advance upon the city, but Ser Hobert Hightower doubted, and the Two Betrayers refused to join unless their demands were met. With Aemond slain and Aegon II still missing, the greens found themselves without leaders.

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Prince Daeron was next in line for the throne and there were some who wanted to name him Prince of Dragonstone , or even king. Lord Hugh Hammer wanted to be crowned king by right of conquest. He had the oldest and largest dragon alive, Vermithor , thrice as big as Daeron's Tessarion. Ulf the White helped plot Hugh's coronation. Lord Unwin Peake and Hobert summoned eleven other lords and landed knights, who became known as the Caltrops , to plot the deaths of the Two Betrayers with Daeron's consent.

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Before the Caltrops could strike, Tumbleton woke at night to find themselves under attack by Addam Velaryon , his dragon Seasmoke , and an army of four thousand blacks loyal to Rhaenyra. The great green host encamped at Tumbleton outnumbered their attackers, but had grown lax due to their long stay.

Ulf slept through the Second Battle of Tumbleton. Daeron is said to have been killed by Black Trombo or an unknown man-at-arms, or thirdly died from a burning pavilion. Addam and Seasmoke battled the riderless Tessarion and Vermithor, which ended with Vermithor ripping off the head of Seasmoke.

Vermithor, due to his wounds, died next. Tessarion, after trice trying to fly, remained in pain. Lord Benjicot Blackwood had Billy Burley end her suffering. Addam also died during the fighting. Though having won the battle, the rivermen had not been able to take the town. Tumbleton's gates were closed, and without a dragon or equipment, they could not start a siege, so the rivermen took all they found useful and left.

Only one dragon remained at the town, Silverwing. In order to rid the surviving greens of Ulf the White, Hobert drank poisoned Arbor gold with him to their mutual deaths. Without a leader or a rider for Silverwing, Lord Peake led the green army in retreat. King's Landing had been saved. Rhaenyra Targaryen was refused entry at Rosby and was allowed to stay only one night at Stokeworth , half her gold cloaks deserted on the road, and attackers killed several of her knights.

At Duskendale they were admitted, but not allowed to stay long. Refusing to part from her son, Aegon the Younger , and without ships, Rhaenyra sold her crown to buy passage on a Braavosi ship.

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She returned to Dragonstone , hoping to hatch a new dragon from the island's dragon eggs. Ser Alfred Broome and his garrison killed Rhaenyra's remaining men and captured the queen, her ladies, and Aegon the Younger. Aegon the Elder fed Rhaenyra to his dragon while Aegon the Younger looked on. With the chance that Rhaenyra's loyalists would continue the fight in her son's name, Aegon the Younger became a hostage.

On the ninth day of the twelfth month, Sunfyre the Golden died on Dragonstone. After this, Aegon started planning his return to King's Landing. Though Rhaenyra had died, her cause lived on.

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Aegon II would sit the throne again, but it would only last another half of a year. After Rhaenyra's forces abandoned King's Landing, chaos took control of the city for several weeks, a period known as the Moon of the Three Kings. Gaemon was arrested and Trystane was executed after being granted the boon of knighthood. Lord Corlys Velaryon , who had been left in the dungeons when Rhaenyra fled the city, was freed and named to Aegon's small council.

As Aegon II's only remaining heir was his daughter Jaehaera , the widowed king agreed to marry the eldest daughter of Borros. This left King's Landing with only meager defenses, with the Lads only a short distance away. Lord Cregan Stark and his forces marched south to reinforce them.

When the black army of the Lads was a day's march outside of King's Landing , there were no significant green forces to stop them.