Jonquil

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Jonquil
Culture Rivermen
Book(s) Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
Dornish puppeteers perform the tale of Florian and Jonquil at the Ashford tourney. Art by Mike S. Miller.

Jonquil is a legendary character from the Age of Heroes.[1] Associated with Jonquil's Pool at Maidenpool in the riverlands,[2] she is known known for falling in love with a knight named Florian the Fool.[3]

Legend

According to legend, Florian first spied the fair[4] Jonquil bathing with her sisters in a sweetwater pool.[2] Jonquil fell in love with Florian. Jonquil's Pool is now a bathhouse said to have healing properties in the town of Maidenpool,[1][5] and the town's castle contains Jonquil's Tower.[6]

There are songs about Florian and Jonquil; "Six Maids in a Pool" may be one of them.[2]

History

Singers compared the sudden marriage of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne Targaryen to the great romance of Jonquil and Florian the Fool.[3]

During the tourney at Ashford Meadow, Ser Duncan the Tall observed Tanselle performing a puppet show of Florian and Jonquil.[7]

Songs about Florian and Jonquil are favorites of Sansa Stark.[8]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Imprisoned in Maegor's Holdfast, Sansa Stark reads a favorite book of legends, including Jonquil and Florian the Fool.[9]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Dontos Hollard claims to be Florian in his promise to get Sansa out of King's Landing,[8] and he calls the girl his Jonquil.[10]

There is a famous song about Florian and Jonquil which Sansa knows. She offers to sing it to Sandor Clegane but he declines.[8]

During the Battle of the Blackwater, a harper sings beautiful, sad songs, including one about Jonquil, in the Queen's Ballroom at the Red Keep.[11] Sandor demands the unnamed song about Florian and Jonquil when he visits Sansa's chamber, but Sansa sings him the Mother's hymn instead.[12]

A Feast for Crows

Imprisoned in the sky cells of the Eyrie, Marillion sings of Jonquil and other sad songs.[4]

Quotes

Jonquil: You are no knight, I know you. You are Florian the Fool.

Florian: I am, my lady, As great a fool as ever lived, and as great a knight as well.
Jonquil: A fool and a knight? I have never heard of such a thing.

Florian: Sweet lady, all men are fools, and all men are knights, where women are concerned.[7]

—puppeteers playing Jonquil and Florian, at the Ashford tourney

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
  5. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 44, Sansa III.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Hedge Knight.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 18, Sansa II.
  9. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 51, Sansa IV.
  10. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
  11. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 60, Sansa VI.
  12. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 62, Sansa VII.