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Ruins of lightly fortified castle
|Location||Westeros, Dornish Marches|
Summerhall was built in the Dornish Marches during the notably pro-Dornish reign of King Daeron II. It sits roughly where Dorne, the Reach, and the Stormlands come together, near the end of the Boneway pass.
Summerhall was a Targaryen summer castle and royal residence used frequently by Daeron in his youth. As he grew older, he left King's Landing less frequently and Summerhall passed to his youngest son, Prince Maekar. The prince maintained a household there after the Blackfyre Rebellion. This was possible since Daeron's heir, Baelor, had Dragonstone, and Aerys and Rhaegel seldom left the court.
Tragedy at Summerhall
A great fire broke out in the castle in 259 AL, which was a serious blow to House Targaryen. The fire left the castle ruined and presumably resulted in the death of King Aegon V Targaryen, his eldest son and heir, Prince Duncan the Small, and the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Duncan the Tall. It is sometimes blamed on one of the many Targaryen attempts to bring dragons back by hatching ancient dragon eggs.
In the eyes of Prince Aerys II and his sister-wife Rhaella, the tragedy at Summerhall either heralded or directly contributed to Rhaegar Targaryen's birth. Prince Rhaegar grew up with a complex fascination for Summerhall. Here he was happiest, yet also saddened by the memory of the tragedy. He liked to visit by himself and sleep in the ruined hall of Summerhall beneath the moon and the stars.
Upon the outbreak of Robert's Rebellion, the lords of the Stormlands varied in their allegiance to their king, Aerys II, and their lord, Robert Baratheon. The loyalist lords of Houses Fell, Cafferen and Grandison planned to join their strength at Summerhall and march on Storm's End. Robert was informed of their march, however, and defeated the three armies in succession before they could coordinate in the Battle of Summerhall.
|“||I gorged on grief at Summerhall, I need none of yours.||”|
|“||Did we learn nothing of Summerhall? No good has ever come of these dreams of dragons...||”|
|“||It was the shadow of Summerhall that haunted him, was it not?||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ A Game of Thrones RPG and Resource Book, Guardians of Order
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Summerhall (June 19, 1999)
- ↑ The Citadel: FAQ: What happened at Summerhall
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya, p 492.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos.
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