Jeyne Poore

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Jeyne Poore
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Alias Poxy Jeyne Poore
Allegiance Poor Fellows
Died In 45 AC or 46 AC
Book(s) The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

Jeyne Poore, known as Poxy Jeyne Poore, was a leader of the Poor Fellows during the Faith Militant uprising against King Maegor I Targaryen.[1]

Character

Jeyne is said to have been a savage captain of the Poor Fellows.[1]

History

Following the Faith Militant's defeats in 42 AC in the battles at Stonebridge and the Great Fork of the Blackwater, new leaders arose across the Seven Kingdoms in 43 AC. Among these were Ser Joffrey Doggett in the westerlands and Septon Moon in the riverlands. One of the Faith Militant's most savage captains, however, was Poxy Jeyne Poore, who rose to prominence because the lower order of Poor Fellows could contain both male and female members (unlike the Warrior's Sons, who were all knights). Jeyne led the Poor Fellows in the forested lands between King's Landing and Storm's End, making travel impassable. The forested terrain made Jeyne's cell more difficult to fight than others, and the kingswood was in close proximity to King's Landing.

When Maegor launched a new military campaign against the Faith Militant in 45 AC, he targeted Jeyne's Poor Fellows. Scores of them were hunted down, and any taken alive were hanged if they refused to join the Night's Watch. Poxy Jeyne's ferocity and knowledge of the wooded terrain, however, led to a determined resistance against Maegor's army, and she continued to elude them.

Jeyne was eventually betrayed by three followers who received pardons and knighthoods for turning her over to the king. Three septons with Maegor declared Jeyne to be a witch, and the king ordered her to be burned by the Wendwater. On the day of her execution, however, three hundred Poor Fellows and peasants under the leadership of Ser Horys Hill attempted to rescue Jeyne. Her public execution was a trap to lure out her remaining followers, however, with Maegor's forces waiting and ready for them in an ambush at the Wendwater. The rescuers were surrounded and slaughtered, and Jeyne's execution continued.[1]

After a year of campaigning, Maegor and his army returned to King's Landing in 46 AC in triumph, along with two thousand skulls which he claimed to all have been Faith Militant.[1] However, Septon Moon openly preached against him to huge crowds in the riverlands, Joffrey Doggett had become the ruler in all but name of the hill country north of the Golden Tooth in the westerlands, and Dennis the Lame and Ragged Silas continued their efforts as well. Maegor's political standing continued to decline, as more and more of the great lords of Westeros grew wary of his brutal behavior.[1]

Behind the Scenes

Poxy Jeyne Poore might loosely have been inspired by Joan of Arc, a religiously motivated female warrior, who after being betrayed and captured was declared a witch in order to be burned at the stake.

References

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