Ceryse Hightower

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Ceryse Hightower
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Ceryse Hightower, by Magali Villeneuve, as depicted in The World of Ice and Fire

Title Lady
Allegiance House Hightower
House Targaryen
Born In 2 AC
Died In 45 AC, at King's Landing
Spouse King Maegor I Targaryen
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)

Lady Ceryse Hightower was a member of House Hightower and was the daughter of Lord Martyn Hightower of Oldtown. Her uncle was one of the High Septons during the reign of King Aegon I Targaryen. She eventually married Prince Maegor Targaryen, becoming his first (of many) wives.


Ceryse's uncle, the High Septon, protested strongly when Queen Visenya Targaryen suggested that her son Maegor should be wed to Princess Rhaena Targaryen, and suggested his own niece, Ceryse Hightower. As such, Maegor was wed to Lady Ceryse, who was ten years his elder, in 25 AC.[1][2][3] Maegor boasted to having consumated the marriage several times the next day.[2] However, their marriage remained childless, while Maegor's half-brother Aenys had five healthy children. After the birth of Aenys's sixth child, Vaella, in 39 AC, Maegor decided that Ceryse was barren,[3] and took Alys Harroway to wife, entering a polygamous marriage.[1][2] The High Septon demanded that Maegor should leave the "whore of Harroway" and return to Ceryse.[3] When Maegor was presented with chosing between setting Alys aside, of being exiled for five years, he chose exile and left for Pentos, leaving Ceryse behind in Westeros.[1] Septon Murmison was tasked with making Ceryse fertile, but failed. Ceryse eventually returned to her father in Oldtown.[3]

Ceryse died in 45 AC of a sudden illness, though it was rumored she was killed at King Maegor I Targaryen's command.[2]

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Sons of the Dragon reading at LonCon 2014

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