Ruins of lightly fortified castle
|Location||Westeros, Dornish Marches|
Summerhall is a ruined castle in the Stormlands. Formerly a lightly fortified castle used by the Targaryens as a summer castle and royal residence, it was destroyed in a great fire in 259 AC. While the heir apparent to the Iron Throne was known as the Prince of Dragonstone, a younger son could be titled the Prince of Summerhall.
Located in or near the foothills of the Red Mountains, the ruins of Summerhall are close to the Stormlands' border with the Reach, east of the Cockleswhent and southeast of the Blueburn. The Boneway runs south from Summerhall through the Dornish Marches to Yronwood in Dorne.
Summerhall was built in the Dornish Marches during the notably pro-Dornish reign of King Daeron II. It 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
- Main article: Tragedy at Summerhall
A great fire broke out in the castle in 259 AC, which was a serious blow to House Targaryen. The fire left the castle ruined and resulted in the deaths 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.
Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was born at Summerhall on the day of the tragedy. The crown prince grew up with a complex fascination for the ruins. 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. Maester Aemon thought Rhaegar's birth was associated with the prince that was promised, but Rhaegar later thought the legend was associated with his own son, Aegon Targaryen.
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 in the Battle of Summerhall before they could coordinate.
A Dance with Dragons
In Meereen Ser Barristan Selmy recalls that all three of the sons of the fifth Aegon had wed for love, in defiance of their father's wishes. And because Aegon had also followed his heart when he chose his queen, he allowed his sons to have their way, making bitter enemies where he might have had fast friends. Treason and turmoil followed, as night follows day, ending at Summerhall in sorcery, fire, and grief.
|“||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...||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ A Song of Ice and Fire Campaign Guide
- ↑ The Lands of Ice and Fire
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Summerhall (June 19, 1999)
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire.
- ↑ The Citadel: FAQ: What happened at Summerhall
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire,"Rhaegar Targaryen" entry.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII, p 492.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
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