• In Fire and Blood, there's a section about an in-universe book called A Caution for
"We have no way to ascertain the veracity of her story, nor even whether she was in truth the author of this infamous book (some argue plausibly that the text is the product of several hands, for the style of the prose varies greatly from episode to episode)." (Fire and Blood, p.157)
e disputed authorship of Cautior
"Over the years and centuries, as the book A Caution for Young Girls was copied and recopied, many changes and emendations crept into the text. The maesters who labor at the Citadel copying books are rigorously trained to reproduce the original word for word, but few mundane scribes are so disciplined. Such septons, septas, and holy sisters as copy and illuminate books for the Faith oft strike out or alter any passages they believe to be offensive, obscene, or theologically unsound. As virtually the whole of A Caution for Young Girls is obscene, it was not like to have been transcribed by either maesters or septons. Given the number of copies known to exist (hundreds, though as many more were burned by Baelor the Blessed), the scribes responsible were most likely septons expelled from the Faith for drunkenness, theft, or forni- cation, failed students who left the Citadel without a chain, hired quills from the
Free Cities, or mummers (the worst of all). Lacking the rigor of maesters, such scribes oft feel free to "improve" on the texts they are copying. (Mummers in particular are prone to this.)
In the case of A Caution for Young Girls, such "improvements" largely consisted of adding ever more episodes of depravity and changing the existing episodes to make them even more disturbing and lascivious. As alteration followed alteration over the years, it became ever more difficult to ascertain which was the original text, to the extent that even maesters at the Citadel cannot agree as to the title of the
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