The Princess and the Queen, or, the Blacks and the Greens

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The Princess and the Queen, or, the Blacks and the Greens - Being A History of the Causes, Origins, Battles, and Betrayals of that Most Tragic Bloodletting Known as the Dance of the Dragons[1] is a history of the Dance of the Dragons. This civil war between blacks and greens took place in Westeros after the death of King Viserys I Targaryen. The text was written by Archmaester Gyldayn of the Citadel of Oldtown. It uses Munkun's The Dance of the Dragons, A True Telling as a basis, and also includes Septon Eustace as a source. Gyldayn's later history of the Targaryens, Fire & Blood included a revised version of this text, dividing it into five chapters.[2]


The Dance was a war unlike any other ever fought in the long history of the Seven Kingdoms. Though armies marched and met in savage battle, much of the slaughter took place on water, and ... especially ... in the air, as dragon fought dragon with tooth and claw and flame. It was a war marked by stealth, murder, and betrayal as well, a war fought in shadows and stairwells, council chambers and castle yards, with knives and lies and poison.[3]

Behind the Scenes

Gyldayn's text is published by George R. R. Martin in the novella The Princess and the Queen, part of the Dangerous Women anthology.