Michael Manwoody

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Michael Manwoody
Title Ser
Allegiance House Manwoody
House Martell
House Targaryen
Culture Dornishmen
Spouse Princess Elaena Targaryen
Book(s) The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)

Ser Michael Manwoody was a knight of House Manwoody during the reign of Daeron II Targaryen. He later married Princess Elaena Targaryen.[1]


In his early years, Michael studied at the Citadel. He was a cultured man of great learning and wit. He had attended Queen Mariah Martell at her court, and served at the court of King Daeron II Targaryen. He became a great confidant of the king. On several occasions, Michael was sent to Braavos, to negotiate on behalf of the Iron Throne to the Iron Bank of Braavos. There are letters recorded, of correspondence between him and the keyholders of the Iron Bank. While it is Michael's name and seal on the letters, the handwriting appears to belong to Princess Elaena Targaryen.[1]

Michael and Elaena were wed with the blessing of King Daeron II, shortly after the death of Elaena's previous husband. Their marriage was a marriage of love. According to Princess Elaena, she had fallen in love with Michael because of his passion for music, not his intelligence. Michael would often play the harp for her. When Michael died, Elaena commanded that his effigy be made carrying a harp, instead of the sword and spurs which is commonly used in a knight's effigy.[1]

Elaena and Michael had no children together.[2]

Behind the Scenes

George R. R. Martin named the knight in honor of a late friend whose given name was Michael and who used the screenname "Manwoody".[3]

References and Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Sisters of Baelor I.
  2. The World of Ice and Fire, Appendix: Targaryen Lineage.
  3. /r/asoiaf: A sad story about a ASOIAF fan, and what a class act GRRM is, 2012

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