I want to remind every single person who complains about Robert starting a rebellion over the abduction of Lyanna Stark of this: Robert didn’t start that rebellion all by himself as soon as Lyanna was kidnapped.
No. First, Brandon Stark rode into the Red Keep roaring for Rhaegar to come out and die. And then Aerys had Brandon imprisoned. Then Rickard Stark came down to negotiate with Aerys for his son’s release. And instead Aerys had him burned to death, while Brandon strangled himself trying to save him. At this point, paranoid Aerys called for Jon Arryn to surrender Ned and Robert who were fostered at the Eyrie and holed up there at the moment. Aerys called for Ned and Robert’s heads, and in response Jon Arryn raised his banners in revolt, rather than surrender the lives of his foster sons.
And it was then that Robert’s Rebellion began in earnest, headed by all three Houses of Stark, Baratheon and Arryn. It might have been called Robert’s Rebellion in name, but in truth it was the North’s rebellion, the Eyrie’s rebellion and Storm’s End’s rebellion all rolled into one.
It was not Robert’s Rebellion alone, started in a tantrum over one kidnapped girl.It was the rage of the North, at the loss of two capable leaders at the hands of an insane, incompetent king. It was the defiance of the Eyrie (I can just see Jon Arryn blazing how DARE you demand the heads of my sons, WHO do you think you are?). It was the fury of House Baratheon at the loss of a beloved fiancee, two respected comrades-in-arms, and the general moral righteousness of the rebels over a regime gone cruel and corrupt.
Think about that, the next time you say that Robert started a ‘tantrum’ over a teenage girl being kidnapped.