Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)
Elia Targaryen holds a young Rhaenys
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|Died||In 283 AC, at King's Landing|
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During the Sack of King's Landing, Rhaenys hid under her father's bed dressed in a nightshirt, a floor above where her younger brother and mother were hiding. She was discovered and dragged out by Ser Amory Lorch, who proceeded to stab her with "half a hundred thrusts." Tyrion Lannister recalls hearing of other men-at-arms present during the murder, but he did not know their names.
Tywin Lannister commanded the deaths of Rhaenys and her brother Aegon to prove his loyalty to Robert Baratheon, although he himself was shocked at the brutality of their deaths. In Rhaenys's case, he believed Lorch, who tried to justify his savagery by claiming the girl kicked him and wouldn't stop screaming, could simply have offered a few sweet words to calm her, and a pillow to suffocate her. After Rhaenys and Aegon's deaths, Tywin Lannister presented their bodies to Robert clothed in red Lannister cloaks (to better conceal the blood).
References and Notes
- A Number of Questions. August 26, 2000. So Spake Martin
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard, page 557
- The Winds of Winter, Arianne sample chapter
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard, page 425