Happy Mother’s Day to two mothers of kings: Catelyn Stark (née Tully) and Cersei Baratheon (née Lannister.)
It would be relatively easy to compare these two powerfully political women by pointing out the similarities in Robb Stark and Joffrey Baratheon (and there are many) but this is a post about mothers, not sons.
The pair do share many similarities separate from whom their royal sons were.
- Both were the eldest in their family, and both suffered the tragedy of their respective mothers dying during childbirth.
- Both were married off as part of political alliances, and neither married the man they originally expected to.
- Both of those marriages were initiated by Robert Baratheon’s rebellion (just one was at the start of the conflict, and one at the end.)
- Both had to suffer the indignity of an acknowledged unfaithful husband. Ned Stark only claimed one illegitimate child, but he kept bastard Jon Snow close at hand, a constant reminder. Robert Baratheon never had any of his bastard children attend court, but he had a lot of them. So it kind of balances out on the humiliation scale.
- Both women were quick to have Tyrion Lannister arrested under the accusation of his causing harm to a beloved son.
- Both saw their royal sons murdered. (I can’t not mention that, even though I was mostly trying to stay away from Robb and Joff.)
- Both (from the show’s perspective) sent Jaime Lannister off to secure the release of daughters. (Okay, daughter, singular, in Cersei’s case.)
It’s fun to make lists, but it doesn’t really illustrate the nature of the women, and since this is a Mother’s Day post, some talk of their mothering nature should be discussed.