|King's Landing |
Capital City of the Seven Kingdoms
King's Landing by Tomasz Jedruszek. © Fantasy Flight Games
|Government||The King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men , Feudal society.|
|Religion||Faith of the Seven|
|Founded||2 BC - 1 BC|
|Named for||Aegon I Targaryen, its founder.|
|Notable places||Red Keep | Great Sept of Baelor|
|Organizations||Kingsguard | Alchemists' Guild | City Watch|
King's Landing is the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, located in the Crownlands on the east coast of Westeros. It is situated along the kingsroad at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush and overlooks Blackwater Bay. It is the site of the Iron Throne and the Red Keep, which is the seat of the king, Robert Baratheon from House Baratheon of King's Landing.
The main city is surrounded by a wall, manned by the City Watch of King's Landing, also known as the gold cloaks. King's Landing is extremely populous, but rather unsightly and dirty compared to other cities. Poorer smallfolk build shanty settlements outside the city. The stench of the city's waste can be smelled far beyond its walls. It is the principal harbor of the Seven Kingdoms, rivaled only by Oldtown.
- 1 History
- 2 Recent Events
- 3 The City
- 4 Population
- 5 Military
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Chapters that take place at King's Landing
- 8 References and Notes
Prior to the War of Conquest, the area around the future King's Landing was just hills and forests, with only a handful of fisherfolk living north of the Blackwater Rush. Historically, the mouth of the Blackwater had been claimed by a hundred kings from the Reach, the Riverlands, and the Stormlands. Three hundred years ago, Aegon the Conqueror from House Targaryen led his army from Dragonstone and landed at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush, building his first fortress of wood and earth, the Aegonfort, on top of the highest hill.
When Aegon finalized his conquest and was crowned Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, many expected that he would make Dragonstone or Oldtown his capital. He unexpectedly decided to build his capital in the new town growing around the Aegonfort, since it was more centrally located than any other and not part of the former kingdoms, setting the king apart from his new vassals.
Aegon foresaw that King's Landing would surpass Oldtown or Lannisport; by 25 AC it had become the kingdom's third-largest city, ahead of White Harbor and Gulltown. The city was expanded by the Targaryen kings. The Red Keep was completed during the reign of Maegor the Cruel, the Great Sept was built to show the Targaryens' piety and adherence to the Faith of the Seven after giving up the old gods of Valyria, and the Dragonpit was constructed to house the Targaryen dragons.
Dance of the Dragons
In the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons, the city was originally ruled by King Aegon II, but in 130 AC the city fell when it was invaded by Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen and her blacks. Later in 130 AC, riots broke out against the rule of Rhaenyra. These culminated in the mass storming of the Dragonpit and the deaths of five Targaryen dragons, thousands of smallfolk and the ruination of the Dragonpit. Rhaenyra abandoned the city, which was subsequently left without a ruler for a short period of time. In the last month of 130 AC, Aegon II proclaimed his intent to retake the city.
During the Blackfyre Rebellion in 196 AC, the army of Daemon I Blackfyre, the bastard half-brother of King Daeron II Targaryen, threatened King's Landing, but they were stopped at the Battle of the Redgrass Field.
Great Spring Sickness
When the Great Spring Sickness engulfed Westeros in 209 AC, four in ten inhabitants were killed by the outbreak. Funeral pyres which took place in the ruins of the Dragonpit burned nonstop, painting the night sky in the unnatural green of wildfire.
During the civil war known as Robert's Rebellion and the War of the Usurper, King Aerys II Targaryen contemplated burning the city to the ground to "save" it from the rebels, and it was sacked shortly after by a Westerlands host commanded by Aerys's former Hand of the King, Lord Tywin Lannister. Robert Baratheon became the new king on the Iron Throne, forming House Baratheon of King's Landing.
A Game of Thrones
Following the sudden death of Lord Jon Arryn, Lord Eddard Stark travels to King's Landing to become the new Hand of the King to Robert Baratheon. Robert's brother, Stannis Baratheon, leaves the capital to return to his seat of Dragonstone. The Tourney of the Hand is held at the city to honor Ned Stark, who does not approve of the extravagance.
Ned investigates Jon Arryn's death and learns that Queen Cersei Lannister's children were fathered not by Robert, but by her twin brother, Ser Jaime Lannister. Following Robert's death, Cersei has Ned imprisoned for plotting against Prince Joffrey Baratheon, now Robert's successor as king. To the surprise of his small council, Joffrey orders Ned's execution at the Great Sept of Baelor rather than allow him to join the Night's Watch. Sansa Stark is held captive by the Lannisters, but Arya Stark escapes the city. Because Lord Tywin Lannister is campaigning against Robb Stark, he sends Tyrion Lannister to act as Hand to Joffrey.
A Clash of Kings
Another tourney is held in the city, this time to honor King Joffrey's thirteenth name day. During the War of the Five Kings, King's Landing is cut off from trade and food supplies by the blockade of Lord Mace Tyrell. This leads to mass famine and a massive riot in which the High Septon is killed.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Amidst growing unrest after the arrest of Queen Margaery by the Faith, Cersei allows Lord Aurane Waters, the Master of Ships, to launch new dromonds in a show of force. However, Aurane sails from King's Landing when Cersei is herself arrested.
A Dance with Dragons
- See also: Images of King's Landing
The city is roughly square-shaped, sprawling across several miles and defended by tall walls. There are seven gates leading into the city: the Dragon Gate, the Lion Gate, the Mud Gate, the Old Gate, the Gate of the Gods, the King's Gate, and the Iron Gate. Within the walls, the city is dotted with manses, arbors, granaries, brick storehouses, timbered inns, merchant stalls, taverns, graveyards and brothels. There is a fish market. Hundreds of quays can be found in the harbor. Between buildings the roads are broad, lined with trees and branching alleys and streets. Just within the Mud Gate lie the three great trebuchets called the Three Whores, a new addition to the defense of the city.
The city covers the north shore of the Blackwater and covers three tall hills, named after Aegon and his two sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys. Aegon's High Hill, surmounted by the Red Keep, the royal castle located in the south-eastern corner of the city, overlooks the bay directly, whilst Visenya's Hill to the west is crowned by the marble-walled Great Sept of Baelor and its seven crystal towers. Rhaenys's Hill in the north is capped by the collapsed ruins of the Dragonpit dome, its bronze doors shut for a century and a half since the last dragon died.
The poor reside in the slums which are called Flea Bottom, a maze of narrow streets and alleys, where many beggars and the poorest part of the city's population resides; they regularly subsist on "bowls of brown", a mystery stew that can include the meat of rats and murder victims, among other things. The richest residents live on the other side of Rhaenys's Hill from Flea Bottom. According to semi-canon sources the richer areas of King's Landing lie near the Old Gate.
Large tournaments are held outside the city, beside the Blackwater 
Seven is a sacred number for the Faith, thus the reason Aegon the Conquerer had seven huge gates built as the entrances into the capital of King's Landing. Each of these gates is protected by portcullis, heavy doors and armed guard.
- Dragon Gate, leads north to the kingsroad.
- Iron Gate, leads to the Rosby road.
- Old Gate.
- Gate of the Gods.
- River Gate, known as the Mud Gate by the population of the city, leads south to the kingsroad and the roseroad.
- Lion Gate, leads west to the Goldroad.
- King's Gate.
- The Red Keep, the royal castle located on top of Aegon's High Hill.
- The Great Sept of Baelor, where the Most Devout convene with the High Septon. It is the holiest sept of the Seven. It is located on Visenya's Hill.
- The Dragonpit, a huge dome, now collapsed, that used to hold the Targaryen dragons. Its bronze doors have not been opened for more than a century. It is found on Rhaenys's Hill. The Street of Sisters runs between it and the Great Sept of Baelor.
- The Alchemist's Guildhall, beneath Rhaenys's Hill, stretching right to the foot of Visenya's Hill, along the Street of Sisters. Beneath it is where the Alchemists create and store the wildfire.
- Flea Bottom, slum area of King's Landing, a downtrodden area of town. It has pot-shops along the alleys where one can get a 'bowl o' brown.' It has a stench of pigsties and stables, tanner's sheds mixed in the smell of winesinks and whorehouses.
Streets, Squares and other
- The Street of the Sisters, road connecting the Great Sept of Baelor to the Dragonpit. One can find the Guildhall of the Alchemists upon it. It runs straight as an arrow between the hills of Rhaenys and Visenya, from which it gets its name.
- The Street of Steel, where most smiths have their forges. It begins on the west of Fishmonger's Square inside the River Gate and climbs up Visenya's hill. The higher up one goes, the more expensive the shops. At its top is the shop of Tobho Mott.
- The Street of Flour, along which numerous bakeries may be found. Below the street lies a maze of twisting alleys and cross streets.
- The Street of Silk, a street to the northwest of the Dragonpit lined with brothels of varying expense.
- Eel Alley, located on Visenya's Hill. An inn may be found here.
- Pigrun Alley, enclosed by tall timber-and-stone buildings whose upper stories lean out so far over the streets that they nearly touch those of the buildings across from them.
- Shadowblack Lane, a twisty lane that begins at the northern gate of the Red Keep and winds its way down to the foot of Aegon's High Hill.
- Reeking Lane, a street full of apprentices.
- Muddy Way, a street that begins at Fishmonger's Square.
- Sowbelly Row, the street Lollys Stokeworth was found wandering along after she had been raped half a hundred times behind a tanner's shop during the Riot of King's Landing.
- Pisswater Bend, a street which is probably located in the Flea Bottom area. The pisswater prince came from here. The bloody flux was spreading through the stews on this street.
- Street of Seeds - street
- Street of Looms - street
- Coppersmith's Wynd - street
- River Row, a street along the southern wall, east of Fishmonger's Square, home to sea captains, fishmongers and others with interest in harbor.
- The Hook, A long, curved thoroughfare connecting River Gate to Aegon's High Hill.
- Cobbler's Square
- Fishmonger's Square, market square inside the Mud Gate.
King's Landing is extremely populous, but rather unsightly and dirty compared to other cities. Its population is estimated at more than 500,000, although this number varies during winters and in times of war, when people take shelter behind the city walls. George R. R. Martin has stated that the city is larger than Medieval London or Paris but smaller than Medieval Constantinople or Ancient Rome (each had a population of about 1,000,000).
The City Watch of King's Landing, also called the gold cloaks, is King's Landing's main military formation, in charge of guarding and policing the town and its surroundings. Its men are 2,000 strong, the number being increased in times of need or war.
The royal fleet guards the entrance to Blackwater Bay and patrols the bay and the Blackwater Rush.
|“||"Is everyone someone's informer in this cursed city?"||”|
|“||One peddler was hawking rats roasted on a skewer. "Fresh rats," he cried loudly, "fresh rats." Doubtless fresh rats were to be preferred to old stale rotten rats.||”|
|“||Smoke, sweat, and shit. King’s Landing, in short. If you have a good nose you can smell the treachery too.||”|
|“||King's Landing is a pit of snakes. ||”|
|“||The morning air was thick with the old familiar stinks of King’s Landing. She breathed in the scents of sour wine, bread baking, rotting fish and nightsoil, smoke and sweat and horse piss. No flower had ever smelled so sweet.||”|
Chapters that take place at King's Landing
- A Game of Thrones: 18. Catelyn IV
- A Game of Thrones: 20. Eddard IV
- A Game of Thrones: 22. Arya II
- A Game of Thrones: 25. Eddard V
- A Game of Thrones: 27. Eddard VI
- A Game of Thrones: 29. Sansa II
- A Game of Thrones: 30. Eddard VII
- A Game of Thrones: 32. Arya III
- A Game of Thrones: 33. Eddard VIII
- A Game of Thrones: 35. Eddard IX
- A Game of Thrones: 39. Eddard X
- A Game of Thrones: 43. Eddard XI
- A Game of Thrones: 44. Sansa III
- A Game of Thrones: 45. Eddard XII
- A Game of Thrones: 47. Eddard XIII
- A Game of Thrones: 49. Eddard XIV
- A Game of Thrones: 50. Arya IV
- A Game of Thrones: 51. Sansa IV
- A Game of Thrones: 57. Sansa V
- A Game of Thrones: 58. Eddard XV
- A Game of Thrones: 65. Arya V
- A Game of Thrones: 67. Sansa VI
- A Clash of Kings: 1. Arya I
- A Clash of Kings: 2. Sansa I
- A Clash of Kings: 3. Tyrion I
- A Clash of Kings: 8. Tyrion II
- A Clash of Kings: 15. Tyrion III
- A Clash of Kings: 17. Tyrion IV
- A Clash of Kings: 18. Sansa II
- A Clash of Kings: 20. Tyrion V
- A Clash of Kings: 25. Tyrion VI
- A Clash of Kings: 29. Tyrion VII
- A Clash of Kings: 32. Sansa III
- A Clash of Kings: 36. Tyrion VIII
- A Clash of Kings: 41. Tyrion IX
- A Clash of Kings: 44. Tyrion X
- A Clash of Kings: 49. Tyrion XI
- A Clash of Kings: 52. Sansa IV
- A Clash of Kings: 54. Tyrion XII
- A Clash of Kings: 57. Sansa V
- A Clash of Kings: 58. Davos III
- A Clash of Kings: 59. Tyrion XIII
- A Clash of Kings: 60. Sansa VI
- A Clash of Kings: 61. Tyrion XIV
- A Clash of Kings: 62. Sansa VII
- A Clash of Kings: 65. Sansa VIII
- A Clash of Kings: 67. Tyrion XV
- A Storm of Swords: 4. Tyrion I
- A Storm of Swords: 6. Sansa I
- A Storm of Swords: 12. Tyrion II
- A Storm of Swords: 16. Sansa II
- A Storm of Swords: 19. Tyrion III
- A Storm of Swords: 28. Sansa III
- A Storm of Swords: 32. Tyrion IV
- A Storm of Swords: 38. Tyrion V
- A Storm of Swords: 53. Tyrion VI
- A Storm of Swords: 58. Tyrion VII
- A Storm of Swords: 59. Sansa IV
- A Storm of Swords: 60. Tyrion VIII
- A Storm of Swords: 61. Sansa V
- A Storm of Swords: 62. Jaime VII
- A Storm of Swords: 66. Tyrion IX
- A Storm of Swords: 67. Jaime VIII
- A Storm of Swords: 70. Tyrion X
- A Storm of Swords: 72. Jaime IX
- A Storm of Swords: 77. Tyrion XI
- A Feast for Crows: 3. Cersei I
- A Feast for Crows: 7. Cersei II
- A Feast for Crows: 8. Jaime I
- A Feast for Crows: 12. Cersei III
- A Feast for Crows: 16. Jaime II
- A Feast for Crows: 17. Cersei IV
- A Feast for Crows: 24. Cersei V
- A Feast for Crows: 27. Jaime III
- A Feast for Crows: 28. Cersei VI
- A Feast for Crows: 32. Cersei VII
- A Feast for Crows: 36. Cersei VIII
- A Feast for Crows: 39. Cersei IX
- A Feast for Crows: 43. Cersei X
- A Dance with Dragons: 54. Cersei I
- A Dance with Dragons: 65. Cersei II
- A Dance with Dragons: Epilogue
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
- ↑ The Lands of Ice and Fire
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Chicon 7 Reading
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, King's Landing.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, Aegon I.
- ↑ It was not named the Great Sept of Baelor until after Baelor the Blessed's death.
- ↑ The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 4, Brienne I.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 29, Sansa II.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 20, Tyrion V.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 65, Arya V.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 67, Sansa VI.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 28, Bran IV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 29, Tyrion VII.
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Geography
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.