Light of the North
|Allegiance|| House Florent|
House Baratheon of Dragonstone
|Book(s)|| A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
|Played by|| Sarah MacKeever ~ Season 2|
Tara Fitzgerald ~ Season 3 | Season 4
|TV series||Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4|
Appearance and Character
- See also: Images of Selyse Florent
Selyse is not a particularly attractive woman. She is as tall as her husband, thin, and has the Florent trait of too-large ears. Selyse has pale eyes, a sharp nose, and suffers from hair growth on her upper lip. Her mouth is stern and her voice a whip.
Selyse is married to Lord Stannis of House Baratheon. It is a loveless marriage, and the two have little patience for each other. They have one daughter, Shireen, a sad little girl bearing a disfigurement from greyscale.
Selyse married Stannis in either 286 AC or 287 AC. During their wedding Stannis's elder brother, King Robert I Baratheon, deflowered Delena Florent, a cousin of Selyse, in the bed made for the newlyweds. Delena became pregnant and gave birth to a boy, Edric Storm. Selyse later said to her husband that because of this they were cursed and they had no sons.
A Clash of Kings
When Melisandre attached herself to Stannis, Selyse became her most fervent supporter and immediately took to worshiping R'hllor, the Lord of Light. She becomes Stannis's queen after he claims the Iron Throne. Within the ranks of those who follow Stannis, those who believe in R'hllor are named queen's men after Selyse.
When Stannis sails for Storm's End, he leaves Selyse and her uncle, Ser Axell Florent, on Dragonstone. Selyse's influence on her husband becomes greater after Renly Baratheon is killed at Storm's End and Selyse's family from House Florent go over to Stannis. Selyse's brother, Ser Imry Florent, leads his fleet. Their hopes are shattered when the fleet is destroyed during the Battle of the Blackwater.
A Storm of Swords
After the Battle of the Blackwater and the subsequent flight by Stannis's forces to Dragonstone, Stannis remains enclosed in the Stone Drum, unwilling to speak with anyone. Selyse, with the help of her uncle, Lord Alester Florent, now the Hand of the King, holds court during Stannis's self-imposed silence. Alester is later imprisoned for treason, however.
Selyse tries to help Melisandre persuade Stannis to sacrifice Robert I Baratheon's bastard, Edric Storm. The sacrifice of Edric would supposedly wake the stone dragon statue on Dragonstone. Davos Seaworth, Stannis's new Hand, prevents this and has the boy shipped off to the Free Cities. Davos instead advises that the real enemy is in the North, based on a letter from Maester Aemon of the Night's Watch. Stannis agrees and travels with Selyse and most of his remaining army to the Wall. Selyse and Shireen remain at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea while Stannis travels west to save Castle Black from the invading wildlings.
A Feast for Crows
Selyse remains at Eastwatch while Stannis is at Castle Black.
A Dance with Dragons
Selyse is unhappy with her accommodations at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea and her treatment by its commander, Cotter Pyke. She demands that she be allowed to move into the Nightfort that was to be given to Stannis when repaired. When it is found that the Nightfort is habitable she leaves Eastwatch for Castle Black with her daughter, Shireen; the fool, Patchface; her serving girls and lady companions; and a retinue of knights, sworn swords, and men-at-arms fifty strong. She is given the royal chamber in the King's Tower of Castle Black. Lord Commander Jon Snow thinks the flame-like crown she wears is the only warmth Selyse has.
Selyse arranges the wedding of Gerrick Kingsblood's three daughters to her Hand of the Queen, Ser Axell Florent, and her knights, Ser Brus Buckler and Ser Malegorn of Redpool. She claims that Gerrick is the true King of the Wildlings, descended in an unbroken male line from their great king Raymun Redbeard. However, Gerrick is descended from Raymun Redbeard's younger brother, not the king, and the kingship among the free folk is not hereditary. She also wants Val to marry Ser Patrek of King's Mountain, but is rebuffed.
Quotes by Selyse
|“||Selyse: No man may withstand him!
Stannis: Be quiet, woman. You are not at a nightfire now.
|“||Selyse: Robert and Delena defiled our bed and laid a curse upon our union. This boy is the foul fruit of their fornications. Lift his shadow from my womb and I will bear you many trueborn sons, I know it. He is only one boy, born of your brother's lust and my cousin's shame.
Stannis: He is mine own blood. Stop clutching me, woman.
|“||Let them die.||”|
Quotes about Selyse
|“||You'd have to be a fool to want to bed Selyse Florent.||”|
|“||You lied about her beard. That one has more hair on her chin than I have between my legs.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon XI.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- ↑ See the calculation for Stannis Baratheon's wedding to Selyse Florent
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 42, Davos II.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 26, Arya VI.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 63, Davos VI.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V, p 597.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V, p 599.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III, p 231.