House Staunton

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House Staunton of Rook's Rest
House Staunton.svg
Coat of arms Two black wings upon a white fess on checkered black and grey
(Chequy sable and cendrée, on a fess argent two wings of the first)
Seat Rook's Rest
Region crownlands
Overlord House Baratheon of Dragonstone

House Staunton of Rook's Rest is a noble house from Rook's Rest in the crownlands. Neither their arms nor their motto have appeared in the books, but according to semi-canon sources they blazon their arms with two black wings upon a white fess on checkered black and grey.[1]

History

When the realm began to turn against King Maegor I Targaryen for Prince Jaehaerys Targaryen, Lord Darklyn was among the score of lesser lords who gathered at his command.[2] Along with Lords Towers and Darklyn, Lord Staunton yielded the Red Keep to Jaehaerys, Princess Rhaena, and Princess Alysanne Targaryen. The three lords were sent to the black cells, but were eventually pardoned by King Jaehaerys I after surrendering some of their land.[3] When the young Jaehaerys resided at Dragonstone, Lord Staunton was one of the several lords who traveled to the island to speak with the king.[4]

The pretty Cassella Staunton, a companion to Queen Rhaena Targaryen, was murdered by Androw Farman.[5] Lord Staunton and his wife and children died of the Shivers in 59 AC.[6] Simon Staunton was one of the squires who kept company with Princess Daella Targaryen.[6]

The Stauntons supported the blacks and Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen's claim to the Iron Throne during the Dance of the Dragons. Lord Staunton was killed by the greens during the battle at Rook's Rest, and his head was taken to King's Landing. Lord Walys Mooton led the retaking of Rook's Rest.[7] Lady Staunton joined the host of Ser Corwyn Corbray and Clement Celtigar during the Hour of the Wolf.[8] When a bride was sought for the widowed King Aegon III Targaryen, Lord Unwin Peake spread gossip that Ysabel Staunton was too fond of wine.[9]

Ser Joffrey Staunton served in the Kingsguard during the reign of Aegon III Targaryen.[10]

Septon Sefton was the brother of Ser Simon Staunton, the third husband of Lady Rohanne Webber. Sefton served at the Great Sept of Baelor and at Coldmoat.[11]

Lord Symond Staunton served as master of laws for King Aerys II Targaryen. He unsuccessfully tried to persuade the king to prohibit tourneys and inflamed the king's suspicions against his son, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen.[12]

Recent Events

A Feast for Crows

The maester of the Dun Fort tells Brienne of Tarth that smallfolk believe the Defiance of Duskendale could have been avoided if Lord Denys Darklyn had married a Staunton or a Stokeworth instead of Serala of Myr.[13]

House Staunton at the end of the third century

The known Stauntons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

  • no member has appeared yet.

Historical Members

Behind the Scenes

House Staunton of Rook's Rest may be a reference to the game of chess by George R. R. Martin, a proficient chess player.[18] The House's arms are checkered like a chessboard, the rook is a piece in the game, and Howard Staunton was a chess master.

References

  1. The Citadel. Heraldry: the area of King's Landing
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  3. Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  4. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  7. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Sworn Sword.
  12. 12.0 12.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
  13. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny and Pain.
  15. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  16. The Princess and the Queen.
  17. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  18. The Independent, Song of Ice and Fire author George RR Martin on success, chess and the wrath of superfans, August 9, 2014