The Conquest of Dorne

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The Conquest of Dorne[1] or Conquest of Dorne[2] is a book written by the Young Dragon, King Daeron I Targaryen, in which he recorded his version of his invasion of Dorne.[2] The book is seen as the best account of the war.[1]


It is a slender book, written with an elegant simplicity, and it is rich with blood, battle and bravery.[2][1]


In his book, Daeron I Targaryen gave the Dornishmen the names by which other Westerosi now know them. He divided them into stony Dornishmen, sandy Dornishmen, and salty Dornishmen.[3] The young king also remarked that the Dornish love their sand steeds equal to their children, and wrote that the Knight of Spottswood had his sand steeds stabled in his own hall.[4] Daeron describes the poleboats used in Dorne as "hovels built on rafts", though Princess Arianne Martell notes that the description is not a fair one, since most boats are wonderfully carved and painted.[5]

King Daeron made the armies of Dorne larger in his book than they were in reality, to make his conquest seem more glorious. Dorne has used Daeron's boast ever since to make the kingdom's enemies believe Dorne is stronger that it truly is.[6]

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A Storm of Swords

Conquest of Dorne is a favorite book of Devan Seaworth.[2]


The arms of House Martell display the sun and spear, the Dornishman's two favorite weapons, but of the two, the sun is the more deadly.[5]


It pleased the Young Dragon to make all our armies larger when he wrote that book of his, so as to make his conquest much more glorious, and it has pleased us to water the seed he planted and let our foes think us more powerful than we are.[6]

Jon: When the Young Dragon conquered Dorne, he used a goat track to bypass the Dornish watchtowers on the Boneway.
Stannis: I know that tale as well, but Daeron made too much of it in that vainglorious book of his.[7]

Behind the Scenes

This book may have been intended as a nod to Julius Caesar's book about his conquest of Gaul, Commentarii de Bello Gallico, in which Caesar divided Gaul into three parts, just like Daeron did for Dorne.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Queer Customs of the South.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.