The Princess and the Queen
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|The Princess and the Queen|
|Author||George R. R. Martin|
|Series||A Song of Ice and Fire|
|Released||December 3, 2013|
|Media Type||novella in Dangerous Women anthology edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-0765332066 (Dangerous Women)|
The Princess and The Queen, or, The Blacks and The Greens is a novella published on December 3, 2013 as part of the Dangerous Women anthology, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. It replaced the fourth in the series of "Dunk and Egg" stories tentatively named The She-Wolves of Winterfell. It is the history of the civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons as written by Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel of Oldtown.
A preview of the novella was released by Tor Books on July 30, 2013.
For a full summary on the war of succession, which this novella partly describes, see the Dance of the Dragons
The story begins on the third day of the third day of 129AC, when King Viserys I Targaryen dies in his sleep. Queen Alicent Hightower and Lord Commander Criston Cole are the first to be notified of the death of the king, but instead of warning the silent sisters and making preparations for Viserys' cremation, they lock the kings' rooms, post guards, arrest everyone who knows about the death of Viserys and assemble the small council. There, instead of preparing to warn Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, Viserys' heir as proclaimed in his will, and the current Princess of Dragonstone, they begin to discuss the coronation of Alicent's eldest son by Viserys, Prince Aegon.
Rhaenyra, confined at Dragonstone due to being pregnant for six months, goes into labour when hearing how her father has died and her half-brother has been crowned King. The child, a girl, is stillborn, leaving Rhaenyra more furious than before.
Both sides try to find allies, and both sides reach out to Lord Borros Baratheon, with the greens sending prince Aemond Targaryen, and with the blacks sending Prince Lucerys Velaryon. Borros refuses Lucerys, and to make matters worse, Aemond chases Lucerys on his dragon, and kills both Luke and Vermax. This leads to Prince Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra's husband, to counter the greens, by arranging the murder on six-year old Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, in front of his mother, his brother, sister and grandmother. These two events mark the end of the possibility that this war of succession will be resolved peacefully. The fighting begins.
The Dance of the Dragons will last for almost two and a half year, of which the Princess and the Queen covers the first two. It is the first civil war during the Targaryen dynasty, and saw the deaths of many Targaryens, and many of their dragons.
The Princess and the Queen is currently only available in the anthology Dangerous Women, released on December 3rd, 2013.