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Coronation of King Robert I Baratheon by Henning Ludvigsen ©

Kingship is the position and power of a king in the known world.


In Westeros, kings traditionally inherit the title through male-preference primogeniture, although the Iron Islands once had the elective kingsmoot.[1] Dorne started using the title "Prince of Dorne" after Lord Mors Martell married Queen Nymeria, and the new rulers chose to abandon the Andal customs in favor of those of the Rhoynar.[2] The Seven Kingdoms are now ruled by the King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men who rules from the Iron Throne.[3]

The city of Meereen on Slaver's Bay once had a king.[4] Instead of kings, the Free Cities have rulers chosen through democratic and oligarchic systems, such as the triarchs of Volantis, the Prince of Pentos, the Archon of Tyrosh, and the Sealord of Braavos.

A high king is a "king of kings," who claims seniority over other kings. Notable kingdoms with such a system include the Iron Islands,[5] Dorne,[6] the Reach,[7] and Sarnor, though the High King of Sarnor was typically more of a figurehead than a true ruler.[8]


Westeros was ruled by a multitude of kings during the Age of the Hundred Kingdoms.[9]

House Targaryen ruled the Seven Kingdoms as Kings of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men after Aegon's Conquest.[9] House Baratheon succeeded the Targaryens through Robert's Rebellion.[10]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Robert I Baratheon by Joshua Cairós © Fantasy Flight Games

Robert I Baratheon, King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men, is mortally wounded by a boar,[11] and he is succeeded by his son, King Joffrey I Baratheon.[12] Renly Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End is crowned king at Highgarden in opposition to his nephew.[13] Following the Battle of the Camps, Robb Stark is declared King in the North at Riverrun.[14]

The exiled Viserys Targaryen dies at Vaes Dothrak,[15] and his younger sister, Daenerys Targaryen, acknowledges herself as queen and the last of House Targaryen.[16]

A Clash of Kings

Rejecting the claims of Joffrey and Renly, Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone, declares himself king.[17] Renly is assassinated near Storm's End.[18] Balon Greyjoy, Lord of the Iron Islands, secedes from the Seven Kingdoms and declares himself King of the Isles and the North.[19]

A Storm of Swords

Amid the War of the Five Kings, Balon falls to his death at Pyke[20] and Robb is killed in the Red Wedding.[21] Joffrey dies at his wedding feast and is succeeded by his younger brother, Tommen I Baratheon.[22]

A Feast for Crows

Since Euron Greyjoy claimed the Seastone Chair after Balon's death, Aeron Greyjoy calls for a kingsmoot on Old Wyk to decide succession in the Iron Islands.[1] Despite the efforts of Aeron, Victarion, and Asha Greyjoy, Euron is chosen king after announcing he intends to conquer all of Westeros.[23]

A new corsair king has risen in the Basilisk Isles.[24]

Princess Arianne Martell fails in an attempt to crown Tommen's older sister, Princess Myrcella Baratheon, according to Dornish customs.[24][25]

The Winds of Winter

This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.

A new pirate king has set up on Torturer's Deep.[26]

Known Titles




Iron Islands

Euron Greyjoy at the kingsmoot on Old Wyk, by zippo514 ©







Wall and Beyond

King-Beyond-the-Wall by by Henning Ludvigsen ©



One king means peace.[27]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 1, The Prophet.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, Dorne: Queer Customs of the South.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 1, Bran I.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 55, The Queensguard.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, Driftwood Crowns.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, Kingdoms of the First Men.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reach: The Gardener Kings.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Grasslands.
  9. 9.0 9.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  10. The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard XIII.
  12. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  13. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 69, Tyrion IX.
  14. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 71, Catelyn XI.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 72, Daenerys X.
  17. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  18. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 33, Catelyn IV.
  19. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 49, Tyrion XI.
  20. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 45, Catelyn V.
  21. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
  22. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 72, Jaime IX.
  23. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 19, The Drowned Man.
  24. 24.0 24.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  25. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 40, Princess In The Tower.
  26. The Winds of Winter, Arianne I
  27. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.

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