Kinslaying is a great taboo in Westeros. When a member of family kills a relation he/she is dubbed a kinslayer. Any individual who slays a member of their own family is believed to be cursed forever in the sight of gods and men. Many Lords and smallfolk believe this and thus those who slay their own blood are usually looked down upon or shunned. There is a saying, in the religions of both the old gods or new gods, stating that "no man is so accursed as the kinslayer".
People accused of kinslaying
- Stannis Baratheon – conceived a shadow assassin with Melisandre that went on to slay his brother King Renly Baratheon, though Renly intended to kill Stannis.
- Tyrion Lannister: accused of the murder of his nephew, King Joffrey I, of which he's actually innocent. Also held responsible for the murder of his own father, Tywin Lannister, of which he is actually guilty.
- Ramsay Bolton: his own father, Roose Bolton, suspects he poisoned his half-brother Domeric, Roose's trueborn son.
- Robb Stark: when preparing to execute Rickard Karstark, per Eddard Stark's custom that the man who passes the sentence should also swing the sword, Karstark calls Robb a kinslayer due to the (distant) blood ties between Starks and Karstarks, though Robb's great-great-great grandmother Alys Karstark was a Karstark.
- Theon Greyjoy: named a kinslayer by some for his supposed murder of Bran and Rickon Stark, as he was their father's ward, although they are not his blood kin.
- Gregor Clegane: It is rumored that he murdered his father and his sister.
Historical Kinslayers or suspected of Kinslaying
Jonos Arryn: was called Jonos the Kinslayer when he killed his own brother, Ronnel during the reign of Aenys.
Queen Visenya Targaryen: She was suspected of poisoning her nephew and stepson Aenys so her son Maegor could succeed.
King Maegor I the Cruel: For slaying his nephew Aegon Targaryen and later having another nephew Viserys Targaryen tortured to death.
King Aegon II: For feeding his half-sister Rhaenyra Targaryen to his dragon Sunfyre during the Dance of the Dragons.
Aemond Targaryen: For killing his nephew Lucerys Velaryon during the Dance of the Dragons.
King Viserys II: Was alleged to have poisoned his nephew Baelor the Blessed, though many people think Baelor fasted himself to death.
King Aegon IV the Unworthy: Was alleged to have poisoned his father Viserys II.
King Maekar I: Was called a kinslayer when he slew his own brother Baelor "Breakspear" Targaryen (although it was an accident).
Brynden Rivers: Was called a Kinslayer when he killed his half-brother Daemon Blackfyre and Daemon's sons Aegon Blackfyre and Aemon Blackfyre during the Battle of the Redgrass Field.
Maelys Blackfyre: Was called a kinslayer because he supposedly consumed his own twin in the womb. Later in life he killed his own cousin, Daemon.
Ser Erryk Cargyll: For slaying his twin brother Ser Arryk Cargyll during the Dance of the Dragons; each died by the other's sword.
Ser Arryk Cargyll: For slaying his twin brother Ser Erryk Cargyll during the Dance of the Dragons; each died by the other's sword.
Lord Stark (grandson of Brandon the Daughterless): Slew Bael the Bard, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, ignorant that he was his actual father.
|“||Fratricide ... my lord, this is evil, unthinkable.||”|
|“||Old gods or new, it makes no matter, no man is so accursed as the kinslayer.||”|
|“||Jaime had not wanted to believe it. Kinslaying was worse than kingslaying, in the eyes of gods and men. He knew the boy was mine. I loved Tyrion. I was good to him. Well, but for that one time ... but the imp did not know the truth of that.||”|
|“||The gods hate kinslayers, even when they kill unknowing.||”|
|“||Kinslaying is dry work. It gives a man a thirst.||”|
|“||Kinslayer or no, I am a lion still.||”|
|“||Tell me, my lord ... if the kinslayer is accursed, what is a father to do when one son slays another?||”|
|“||The gods hate kinslayers.||”|
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References and Notes
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 44, Tyrion X.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 29, The Reaver.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 70, Tyrion X.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 27, Tyrion VII.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 32, Reek III.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 20, Catelyn III.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 46, A Ghost in Winterfell.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, Viserys II.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 62, Jaime VII.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI, p 545.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 56, The Iron Suitor.