Kingslaying is the act of killing one's own king, breaking their vows of allegiance to him. In Westeros, kingslaying is condemned as an extremely vile act, especially when committed by someone sworn to protect them, as is the case with the Kingsguard.
It should not be confused with killing a king to which one has no allegiance, which is another form of regicide.
People accused, suspected or known to have committed regicide
- Euron Greyjoy is suspected of organizing the death of his brother and king Balon Greyjoy, which would also qualify as kinslaying. If prophecy is to be trusted, then indeed Euron hired a Faceless Man to kill his brother.
- Cersei Lannister is said to have killed her husband King Robert Baratheon; which indeed she did do by proxy, convincing her cousin Lancel Lannister to replace Robert's wine with strongwine, leading him to be fatally gored by a boar. Regicide is one of the crimes she is accused of by the Faith and the High Sparrow.
- Jaime Lannister killed his king, Aerys II, during the Sack of King's Landing, despite being a sworn brother of the Kingsguard at the time. This earns him the name Kingslayer.
- Olenna Redwyne kills her king, Joffrey Baratheon, with the help of Petyr Baelish and some unnamed co-conspirators. Olenna and Petyr both managed to escape suspicion, which instead fell to Tyrion and Sansa. Olenna uses The Strangler poison, which is disguised as amethysts adorning a hairnet worn by the unwitting Sansa.
- Roose Bolton stabs his king, Robb Stark, through the heart during the Red Wedding. He plans the murder with Walder Frey, who violates guest right with the same act; note Tywin Lannister was also involved in the plans.
- Tyrion Lannister and his wife Sansa Stark are both accused of poisoning King Joffrey Baratheon, Tyrion's nephew and Sansa's one-time fiancé. Cersei Lannister says she is certain Sansa helped Tyrion to murder her son. They are both innocent, however.
- Khal Drogo kills Viserys Targaryen by upending a pot of molten gold over his head. The gold is meant to signify the crown Viserys demanded of him.
- King Stannis Baratheon conceives a shadow assassin with Melisandre that goes on to slay his brother King Renly Baratheon. However, Stannis may not be consciously aware of his involvement; furthermore, Renly wasn't his King, and had also intended to kill Stannis in battle.
Historical people suspected of regicide
- Viserys II Targaryen was suspected of poisoning his own nephew King Baelor the Blessed. However, the evidence on this is dubious, and it appears most likely that Viserys was innocent of this charge and Baelor died of excessive fasting.
- Aegon IV Targaryen was suspected of poisoning his father Viserys II Targaryen to gain the throne. None dared to speak their suspicions of this crime for more than a decade.
- Lord Stark (grandson of Brandon the Daughterless) slew Bael the Bard, the King-Beyond-the-Wall, not knowing he was his father.
Known or suspected victims of kingslaying
Quotes about regicide
|“||Eddard: “When King’s Landing fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were.”||”|
|“||“The Kingslayer. The false knight who profaned his blade with the blood of the king he had sworn to defend.”||”|
|“||He thrust his longsword through her son’s heart, and twisted. ... “Jaime Lannister sends his regards.”||”|
|“||“A crown for Cart King!” ||”|
|“||“Joffrey was cruel and stupid, but I did not kill him. Have my head of if you like, I had no hand in my nephew's death.” ||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X, p 425.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V, p 500.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.