Lord Bracken (Hand of the King)
Lord of Stone Hedge|
Hand of the King
|Died||In 178 AC|
|Book(s)||The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
Lord Bracken was Lord of Stone Hedge and head of House Bracken during the reigns of Baelor I Targaryen, Viserys II Targaryen, and Aegon IV Targaryen. His given name is as yet unknown. He had two daughters, Barba and Bethany.
When the Princesses Daena, Rhaena, and Elaena Targaryen were confined to the Maidenvault in the Red Keep, they were accompanied only by maidens who had been sent to court by lords and knights who wanted to gain favor with King Baelor I Targaryen. Near the end of Baelor's reign, one of these maidens was Lord Bracken's daughter Barba. When King Baelor I died in 171 AC, King Viserys II Targaryen released Daena, Rhaena, and Elaena from their confinement, and Barba met Prince Aegon Targaryen, who became entranced with her. On King Aegon IV Targaryen's ascent to the Iron Throne in 172 AC, he named Lord Bracken as Hand of the King and openly took Barba as his fifth mistress.
Later that year, when Queen Naerys Targaryen was lingering near death from a difficult childbirth, Lord Bracken talked openly of wedding Barba to the king. However, these talks became Lord Bracken's undoing, as Naerys's son, Prince Daeron, and her brother, Prince Aemon, forced Aegon to send Barba and the king's newborn bastard son away from court.
After Lord Bracken's daughter was replaced as the king's mistress by Melissa Blackwood, Lord Bracken and Barba started grooming his younger daughter, Bethany, to win the king's favor. In 177 AC, Bethany caught the king's eye, and he took her as his seventh mistress. However, in 178 AC, Bethany was caught in bed with Ser Terrence Toyne, a knight of the Kingsguard. Both Bethany and Lord Bracken were executed.