Shireen Baratheon

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Shireen Baratheon
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Shireen Baratheon by Amok©
Shireen Baratheon by Amok©

Title Princess
Allegiance House Baratheon of Dragonstone
Born In 289 AC[1], at Dragonstone[2]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appendix)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)

Played by Kerry Ingram
TV series Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5

Shireen Baratheon is the daughter and only child of Lord Stannis Baratheon and Lady Selyse Florent.[3]

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Shireen Baratheon

Shireen is regarded as a sweet child, but she is not considered very pretty. She has blue eyes, but inherited both her father's square, jutting jaw and her mother's large ears.[4] Greyscale has left half of her left cheek and most of her neck covered in cracked and flaking, gray and black skin, which is stony to the touch. When introduced to A Song of Ice and Fire she is nine years old.[5]


When Shireen was an infant, she suffered from greyscale. The disease almost killed her, and left her disfigured.[5]

As the daughter and heir of Stannis, Shireen resides in Dragonstone and is educated by Maester Cressen. She is usually seen in the company of Patchface, their mad, broken fool she calls "Patches", though his ravings sometimes frighten her.[5]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Shireen playing with Patches - by M.Luisa Giliberti ©

Shireen is on Dragonstone with her father and mother. Maester Cressen pities the sad looking child.

Princess Shireen - by Sara Biddle ©

In retaliation for Stannis writing a letter to the lords of the Seven Kingdoms informing them that Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen Baratheon are the offspring of incest between Cersei and Jaime Lannister, the small council under Tyrion Lannister discusses schemes to spread rumors that Shireen is not Stannis's child, expecting that this would hurt Stannis's sense of honor. These schemes involve attempts to make use of Shireen's looks. While Tyrion proposes that Axell Florent could be claimed to be the father of his niece Selyse's daughter because she has big Florent ears, Petyr Baelish prevails with his suggestion that Patchface being the father of Shireen would make for a more juicy tale, referring to them looking somewhat alike with their speckled, half-frozen faces and also to the fool being close to the girl. The rumor, strongly supported by Cersei, is meant to be spread via prostitutes in Petyr Baelish's brothels and with the help of Varys through alehouses and pot-shops.[6]

A Storm of Swords

Shireen Baratheon © FFG

Shireen often plays with her cousin, Edric Storm, in Aegon's Garden and grows very fond of him. Davos Seaworth notes Shireen is much happier around Edric.

Stannis's army and retinue leaves for the Wall to respond to the wildling threat. He leaves Shireen at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea with her mother, while his army marches to Castle Black.[7]

A Dance with Dragons

Shireen and her mother, Selyse, are eventually brought to Castle Black. The girl is intrigued by the giant Wun Wun.[8] Val is frightened of Shireen due to her appearance with greyscale and tells Lord Commander Jon Snow the child is not clean and should be killed. Jon is horrified by Val's statement and is grateful that Selyse and her Queen's Men did not hear it.[9]

Quotes about Shireen

The child is not clean.[9]
Val, on Shireen's greyscale


Robert I
Renly I
Stannis I
Joffrey I
Tommen I
9 Others

References and Notes

  1. See the Shireen Baratheon calculation.
  2. A World of Ice and Fire, Shireen Baratheon.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  6. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 75, Samwell IV.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
  9. 9.0 9.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon XI.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen

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