George and Alanna settled down at Pirate's Swoop and had three children: Thom and the twins, Alan and Alianne, or Aly. As a result of his wife returning home with a surprise, George Cooper of Pirate’s Swoop clears out the boxes in his old nursery. In the Danish editions George's name has been changed to "Gergi Gatto". The following books were published in 1984, 1986, and 1988, respectively. However, George quickly made clear to him that he didn't have any particular interest in Gary and only acquainted himself with Alanna because his Gift told him so. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service of spies, threat-level profiles on favorite George Cooper is a character invented by Tamora Pierce, from many books set in the fictional realm of Tortall, and the descendant of Beka Cooper, heroine of the Provost's Dog trilogy. After an attempt on his life from a maid sent by a new member of the Rogue called Claw--who was later found out to be really Ralon of Malven--,George felt that he had to return to Corus. As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. George was jealous of Jon, as Alanna and Jon had already begun a sexual relationship. Aly was born in 445 HE as the twin sister of Alan and younger sister of Thom of Pirate's Swoop. After that incident, his mother told him the story of their famous ancestor, Rebakah Cooper. Nonetheless, Eleni doesn't ostracize or ignore him after that, and sees him occasionally. George did not heed her advice, even after reading Beka's story. The nation of Barzun is conquered by Tortall during the reign of King Jasson III. The Tortall universe is a fictional setting shared by five book series: [The] Song of the Lioness; [The] Immortals, or Wild Magic; Protector of the Small; Daughter of the Lioness, or Tricksters; and Beka Cooper (Provost's Dog) as well as multiple short stories.  His patience paid off, as eventually he "finally tamed himself a Lioness", and Alanna accepted his proposal in autumn of 439 HE. According to Alanna's first impression of George he has "something powerful about him, something almost royal.". Roger of Conte is born. The Spy’s Guide is one box of what he finds. George Cooper (249) Raoul of Goldenlake and Malorie's Peak (231) Numair Salmalín (222) Thayet jian Wilima (219) Veralidaine Sarrasri (218) Wyldon of Cavall (169) Include Relationships Alanna of Pirate's Swoop and Olau/George Cooper (169) Numair Salmalín/Veralidaine Sarrasri (142) Jonathan of Conté/Thayet jian Wilima (117) The Song of the Lioness is a young adult series of fantasy novels published in the 1980s by Tamora Pierce.  Because of her double identity as a girl masquerading as a boy, small size, magic, and impatience, Alanna often questions her own character. This causes quite a bit of discourse in Alanna as she struggles to identify herself as a female while living as a boy. George was skilled in hand-to-hand combat, being able to fight with knives and daggers, an ability nearly every member of the Court of the Rogue needed. Alanna finds out that George has been keeping a file on her in his role as Spymaster. As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. I only got a German translation for the word and even that isn't really well known, so I judged the "meaning" from the context given. George's stepfather/father-in-law have a good relationship, even at first. Tortall: A Spy's Guide, published 2017, is a collection of Fictional Documents from the Tortall Universe. I think the term is 'gender-fluid', though there wasn't a word for this (to my knowledge) when I was writing her. This still haunts Beka in the form of nightmares four months later.Between aut… Eventually George even became a Baron himself when Jon gave him the estates around Pirate's Swoop. "; April 20, 2009, Readergirlz; "December: In the shadow of fame"; December 5, 2009, https://tamorapierce.fandom.com/wiki/George_Cooper?oldid=36649. Their marriage included many periods in which they were separated, Alanna having to fight for her king and kingdom and George being off on spy-business or taking care of their home and children. Student of Ostricheswas first published in this anthology. As such, his daughter Aly grew up like him rather than like her mother.  While being part of the Court of the Rogue George didn't really like nobles, but when his friendship with Alanna and Jon became closer he found himself helping them more and more and once even betrayed the Law of the Rogue, giving the Lord Provost word on Claw's plans on regicide to save Jon. George and Aly got along famously, and it is unknown how well he gets on with his sons, but it is assumed they have a good relationship. He subsequently taught her a few tricks in fighting he knew to enable her to defeat Ralon in a fair fight.. George is a tall, lean man with white teeth and tan skin. This causes a lot of gender discussion as in the first book it is easy for her to disguise herself as a boy as she is still prepubescent. He also sold to Alanna her first horse, Moonlight, and Jonathan of Conté his horse Darkness. His Gift told him that he needed to make Alanna's acquaintance and in the following months he "kept a close eye on [her]", until they met on Alanna's first Market Day in the city nearly three months later. Thus we should lead them to be what they want rather than constrain their creativity or put them into stereotypes which has been set by adult society. After his marriage to Alanna, George and Myles work together and build a spy network to rival those of other countries. George Cooper is born (canonical date). 405. He approached her on her first visit to the Corus market and befriended her, still thinking like everyone else that she was the page Alan. She has won Bookworm's Prize by ZDF Schüler-Express.. Greenwood Publishing Group, 01 Jan 2007. It is written from George Cooper's perspective as a guide to his an Alanna' daughter Aly and sons Allen and Thomas . When Aly simply vanished one day George was worried for her but didn't tell his wife because he didn't want to make her anxious too, because she needed to be focused in the Scanran War. It has a humid continental climate, for the most part, and is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. George was one of the first people to discover Alanna's true gender, and he supported her throughout, whether it was finding her fine horses or teaching her to fight dirty. After the second mistake George took an ear for his collection. He learned quite a bit about human nature from George, and owed that to his friend. This theme being played up in the series has been a big part towards the use of these novels in classes as it teaches some of the faults towards bullying and what is wrong with it and why this book is worth teaching. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service […] Okay, mostly fluff. At Tanair he tried to buy Aly, whom he thought to be a household-slave. After Claw breaks the rules of the Rogue and attacks Eleni Cooper, George first thinks of Myles's very protected home as a good refuge for his mother. Young Warriors: Stories of Strength is an anthology of short stories from fifteen different writers, including Tamora Pierce. The Beka Cooper Trilogy introduces an amazing young woman who is the ancestor to one of Tamora Pierce's most popular characters: George Cooper. Before he met Alanna he knew several nobles who had only been his "friends" to have a "kept thief". George Cooper, Baron of Pirate's Swoop, has found himself needing to clean out a room next to his office because Alanna, to her surprise, got pregnant again, despite being in late middle age. George had been in Port Caynn because some local members of the Court of the Rogue there had been misbehaving and proven to need the direct control of their Rogue. Since then, Jon also accompanied Alanna into Corus to the Court of the Rogue, where he learned how to cheat and how to avoid being cheated, among other things. The secrets of Tortall are revealed. Stefan, one of George's followers and also hostler at the palace stables, commented on this practice that "George like[d] things done right.". . In the north, Tortall experiences quite a lot of snow during the winter. He is the son of Eleni Cooper and an unknown man. Like his predecessors since the time of Rosto the Piper two hundred years earlier he held court in the Dancing Dove. Pierce has said that she based the character of Alanna on her sister. She spends the first half of Alanna: The First Adventure being beaten up by a bully and his friends, and eventually fighting back with the support of her friends. Alanna befriends characters of a wide background during the quartet including George, the commoner king of the thieves; the scholar Sir Myles of Olau; senior students Gareth (Gary) of Naxen, Raoul of Goldenlake, and Prince Jonathan of Conté; Princess Thayet of Sarain; Liam Ironarm, a martial-arts champion; and Buriram (Buri) Tourakom, Thayet's bodyguard. In April 247 HE Beka becomes a full-fledged Dog. Eleni Cooper (Tortall) George Cooper (Tortall) Alanna of Pirate's Swoop and Olau; trans headcanons by trans author; Summary. Thus, he essentially plays matchmaker for his mother.  He was first arrested at age six by the Provost's Guard for theft and was taken to the Jane Street kennel, where Eleni had to come get him. In such times George usually missed his wife and was worried for her. • Alanna of Trebond: The protagonist of the series: a noble-born, stubborn tomboy with bright, violet eyes and a wicked temper, but capable of earning loyalty and friendship. He eventually won over Claw by killing him in a fair fight.. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service […] Pierce expresses the concept that boys and girls are alike. ], Pierce's book has been selected Recommended Fantasy List in June 1991, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults in 2003 and Young Adult Library Services Association by YALSA. George was the first of her friends to know that "Alan" was a girl. He taught fighting hand-to-hand and with knives to Alanna and Jon. George was the first of Alanna's associates in Corus she trusted with the truth about her sex and after he learned that she was secretly a girl, he began passing letters between Alanna and her brother Thom. When Aly was asking for a real spy's work at sixteen George wouldn't put her to work.  At that occasion he also met Aly's future husband Nawat Crow. His daughter was the only one of his children showing an interest in his work and George appreciated it, because he needed someone like that at that time. Through his daughter Alianne, he has three grandchildren: Ochobai, Ulasu, and Junim Crow. The must-have guide for any fan of #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy author TAMORA PIERCE! The series consists of four books: Alanna: The First Adventure (1983), In the Hand of the Goddess (1984), The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (1986) and Lioness Rampant (1988). Pierce and Josepha Sherman edited and compiled the anthology. Tortall's spymaster, George Cooper, cleans out his office and finds letters, notes, character profiles, family papers, and more that reveal the secrets of Tortall.  Through Alanna he also got to know her squire, Nealan of Queenscove and he met Keladry of Mindelan on the Royal Progress. She strongly calls for help to build a more fair and balanced society for men and women, boys and girls. He is a member of the Cooper family and a descendant of the famous Guardswoman, Rebakah Cooper. When Jonathan was crowned King, George was given a pardon. Her godsparents are King Jonathan, Queen Thayet, Sir Garet… Includes a timeline. Liam Ironarm is born. The series started out as a 732-page novel titled the Song of the Lioness, but her editor, Jean Karl, thought parts were too inappropriate for children and Tamora Pierce edited it into the present series. When George is caught stealing, his mother, ashamed of George’s actions, decides to tell him about his famous ancestor. He is supposed to be around six feet 4 inches. 1. After Alanna's indignant reaction he realized that she didn't want to use him like other nobles but really respected him as a friend. George was the son of Eleni Cooper, a former priestess in the Temple of the Mother, and an unknown temple worshiper. In the second volume, Alanna also acquires the magical cat 'Faithful', who accompanies her thereafter (Faithful is hinted to be an immortal, but his origins remain unknown. He taught her to fight barehanded or with a dagger, in order to give her the upper hand in her feud with Ralon of Malven. Although Aly handled herself well George wouldn't take her along to meetings afterwards.. 1.1. When Alanna first met him, George Cooper was a thief—but not just any thief, the King of the Rogue. . "Gergi" is probably derived from the Italian "gergo", meaning "jargon" or "slang". Kunzel, Bonnie. [unreliable source? When Alanna returned from the Roof of the World, they buried the hatchet and became friends again. Pierce saw the need for a female protagonist in the significant lacking of such heroes in the fantasy novels she enjoyed as a child, often stating that she wrote what she as a young-adult would have enjoyed. , American author Tamora Pierce published Alanna: The First Adventure, the first book in The Song of the Lioness quartet, in 1983. In the third book, she becomes an honorary member of the 'Bazhir' (a Bedouin-like ethnicity) and gains acceptance as a warrior, mage and a woman. . George gets on very well with his mother, Eleni, who was a temple priestess who then became a healer for women. Alanna refused all his advances at that time, claiming their differences in age and standing made a love relationship impossible between them. When it comes to adult society, Pierce points out that women's competence and contribution should be valued and respected. As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. She is the first female knight in centuries in the land of Tortall, after disguising herself as a boy throughout her training. George Cooper of Pirate's Swoop was born in the early 400s HE in Tortall. When one of his thieves made one mistake, he was warned. Thus he knew that he should make Alanna's acquaintance. When their daughter Aly vanished and George kept the truth from Alanna she was furious with him, but George managed to soothe his wife.. Tortall is a country in the Eastern Lands. As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. In the meantime he put all efforts into finding her again, following Aly's trail to the Copper Isles and the Balitang family. Tortall: A Spy’s Guide. Because of gender inequity, women's contributions are often ignored, which is quite common in our society.  He saw his daughter again the following year when Dovasary Balitang had become Queen of the Copper Isles, when George was part of the Tortallan delegation. . Because Alanna was often called away due to her being the King's Champion, George was the dominating parent in his children's life, especially Aly's. By the time of Alanna's term as a squire George was already in love with her, although this love would remain unrequited for the time being. . Only a few months after the Coronation Day Battle George proposed to Alanna and she accepted. Children and Young Adult Literature portal, "Lessons in Rereading: Tamora Pierce's 'Song of the Lioness, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Song_of_the_Lioness&oldid=992930560, Articles lacking reliable references from June 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 17th Annual New Jersey Writers Conference, Recommended Fantasy List- YA division of the American Library Association, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults- Young Adult Library Services Association, This page was last edited on 7 December 2020, at 21:45. George Cooper note . A third mistake caused the thief in question to lose the second ear along with "all that's attached." His daughter Alianne, the main character of Trickster's Queen, is also always armed, and has George's hazel eyes. By the time he was seventeen, George had become the Rogue, or The King of Thieves, in the capital city of Corus, defeating the former Rogue in a fight. Her principal rivals are classmate Ralon of Malven and Jonathan's kinsman Duke Roger.  While she does come out to a select close few as female sometimes intentionally and other times not, she does still struggle with it, even as they encourage her to explore both sides she has available to her.  Throughout the four novels Alanna struggles with her gender identity, as well as going through puberty and bullying. The following books are mentioned chronologically based on publication date. As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm.  In the summer of 449 HE George helped to defend Pirate's Swoop and Queen Thayet as well as her two oldest children Prince Roald and Princess Kalasin during the siege of his home. From the first time he saw her, George took a liking to Alanna of Trebond. Here, Pierce gives fans exactly what they want—a smart, savvy heroine making a name for herself on the mean streets of Tortall's Lower City—while offering plenty to appeal to new readers as well! It was published in 2005. The secrets of Tortall are revealed.  In the following weeks and months George was busy with keeping his throne and fighting back Claw and the members of the Rogue Claw had won for his cause, because Claw wanted George's position but wasn't willing to fight for it in single combat as was tradition. George always trusted his instincts when making decisions, which he learned quickly through his "line of work". 406. She was the first to realize his feelings for Alanna of Trebond. It wasn't the late in life baby that set me to tears. George Cooper of Pirate's Swoop was born in the early 400s HE in Tortall. As Tortall's spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm.  In the final volume, Alanna becomes King's Champion to Jonathan and Baroness of the coastal estate Pirate's Swoop, following her marriage to George Cooper, newly minted Baron of Pirate's Swoop.. These documents include profiles on important characters like Numair Salmalín, as well as notes on immortals and personal communications. She took the best bits of being a woman and a man, and created her own unique identity. At the end of their first conversation Gary and George had decided that they liked each other and become friends.. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man is a fantasy novel by Tamora Pierce, the third in a series of four books, The Song of the Lioness.It details the knighthood of Alanna of Trebond as she lives in the Bazhir desert after becoming a knight..  On that occassion George invited the boy "Alan" and his friend Gary to a drink in the Dancing Dove. Tortall's spymaster, George Cooper, cleans out his office and finds letters, notes, character profiles, family papers, and more that reveal the secrets of Tortall. That led him to thinking Alanna had similar motives and wanted his thugs to take care of Ralon of Malven, when she came to him one evening. Someone trying to overthrow the old Rogue usually did so by defeating him in a fight. Some time in May she seems to have witnessed a man running into a building in the Cesspool and setting fire to it, resulting to the deaths of several people and her unable to help them. He had the Gift, to be more precise the Sight, which enabled him to see more clearly. Original Atheneum U.S. hardcover of the first book. Tortall: A Spy’s Guide. . He is also described as having a beaky nose, inherited from his father, that is too large for good looks, but he looks handsome when he smiles. George Cooper (Tortall) Skysong (Tortall) Banter; Friends to Lovers; Love Confessions; Alternate Universe; One Shot; Summary. As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. This theme is one of the reasons the series received such a high feminist regard as it was very open and honest towards the female body and its limitations versus being able to push oneself beyond that. He later became a good friend of Alanna, claiming he trusted his intuition in befriending her. He is heavily muscled and has eyes that are full of mischief. He later married Alanna of Trebond and Olau and had three children with her: Thom of Pirate's Swoop and twins Alianne and Alan. Still George kept friends in the lower classes, especially the people living near the swoop and his contacts. He first appears in Alanna: The First Adventure .  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