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The Court of Viserys I

Introduction

Hello and welcome once again to The Three Heads of the Dragon: Kings, Pretenders, and the Ladies of Fire”, the first multi-author series for Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire.  This series will explore the Targaryen dynasty from inception to destruction, and my pieces – the “Ladies of Fire” – will focus on the ladies of the dynasty – both those born into the red-and-black and those who had a great influence on the dynasty.

In Parts 1 and 2, we examined the sister-queens of Aegon the Conqueror, Rhaenys and Visenya.  In Part 3, we discussed Rhaenys’ granddaughter, and Jaehaerys the Conciliator’s beloved consort, Alysanne. The good queen predeceased her brother-king, yet she did live long enough to see the birth of her great-granddaughter Rhaenyra.  What she did not see – and could not have imagined – were the internal, backbiting politics of her grandson’s court, and the strong-willed women in it who would drive the peaceful realm of Jaehaerys once again to the brink of destruction.

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Alysanne

Introduction

Hello and welcome once again to “Three Heads of the Dragon: Kings, Pretenders, and the Ladies of Fire”, the first multi-author series for Wars and Politics of Ice and Fire.  This series will explore the Targaryen dynasty from inception to destruction, and my pieces – the “Ladies of Fire” – will focus on the ladies of the dynasty – both those born into the red-and-black and those who had a great influence on the dynasty.

In Parts 1 and 2, we explored the lives and times of Aegon the Conqueror’s two sister-queens, Rhaenys and Visenya.  By the time of Visenya’s death in 44 AC, the Iron Throne had already hosted both of Aegon’s sons, and the dynasty the Dragon had founded threatened to collapse into chaos.  The realm would need a strong, capable leader to reassert the power of House Targaryen, and an equally strong queen by his side – not a warrior-queen like Visenya, or a scandal-haunted one like Rhaenys, but a clever, gracious, and virtuous woman.  As it happened, the perfect pair were about to take the throne.

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The Dragon’s Ladies: The Queens of Rhaegar Targaryen: Part 1: A Bride for a Prince

Introduction

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Rhaegar Targaryen (Image credit to duhi – DeviantArt here)

Rhaegar Targaryen. A name spoken with reverence by some and abhorrence by others, a man without whom much of the action of A Song of Ice and Fire would not exist.  His abduction of Lyanna Stark helped spur a rebellion that toppled a near three-century-strong dynasty.  In the east, both his posthumous sister and a boy claiming to be his supposedly murdered son draw upon his legacy in their bids for the seat that, by birth, should have been his.  At the Wall and beyond, a boy who may very well be his other son unconsciously follows his character and personality as he rises to leadership of the Night’s Watch.

Yet Rhaegar would not have had so great an impact on the political stage of Westeros (and Essos too) without the women of his life: his wife Elia Martell, the Queen Who Never Was; Lyanna Stark, his Queen of Love and Beauty; and Cersei Lannister, the Queen Who Was (and Might Have Been).

This series will examine those ladies, and Rhaegar’s relationships with them, in the context of Westerosi politics.  Why did Rhaegar marry Elia (and not Cersei)? What drew the Prince of Dragonstone to the wild Lady of Winterfell? How did these relationship result in the political reality of the current age in Westeros (and partly Essos)?  These will be the questions I’ll be exploring in this multi-part series that is part character analysis, part exploration of meta-thematic impulses in George R.R. Martin’s writing and part chronicling of the turbulent times of the women whose impact on Westeros was greater than any sword swung or army marched. 

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