Selyse Florent

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Selyse Florent
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Alias Light of the North
Title Lady
Allegiance House Florent
House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Spouse Stannis Baratheon
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
Selyse Florent Baratheon by Paul Phillips©

Selyse Florent, also known as Selyse Baratheon,[1] is the wife of Lord Stannis Baratheon and is the Lady of Dragonstone.[2][3] Selyse is a fervent worshiper of R'hllor and a supporter of Melisandre.

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.[4]

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 around 287 AC.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Stannis is not very fond of his wife.[8] They seldom sleep together and despite their hopes they have no sons, only a daughter, Shireen.

Some years before the War of the Five Kings, Varys informed the small council that Selyse had taken up with a red priest.[8]

Recent Events

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.[6]

In order to discredit Stannis, the small council of King Joffrey I Baratheon spreads rumors that the father of Selyse's daughter Shireen is not Stannis, but instead the fool Patchface.[8]

When Stannis sails for Storm's End, he leaves Selyse and her uncle, Ser Axell Florent, on Dragonstone.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] Alester is later imprisoned for treason, however.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

Quotes by Selyse

Selyse: No man may withstand him!

Stannis: Be quiet, woman. You are not at a nightfire now.[16]

– Selyse and Stannis Baratheon, regarding R'hllor

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.[17]

– Selyse and Stannis Baratheon, regarding Edric Storm

Let them die.[15]
– Selyse, to Jon Snow, on the wildlings stuck at Hardhome

Quotes about Selyse

You'd have to be a fool to want to bed Selyse Florent.[18]
Petyr Baelish to Pycelle

You lied about her beard. That one has more hair on her chin than I have between my legs.[1]
Val to Jon Snow


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Rycherd Crane
Randyll Tarly
Leyton Hightower
Stannis Baratheon
Hosman Norcross
Samwell Tarly
Talla Tarly
Two Daughters
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Shireen Baratheon
Alester Norcross
Renly Norcross
Edric Storm

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