Lady Caswell

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Lady Caswell
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Title Lady of Bitterbridge[1]
Dowager Lady of Bitterbridge[1]
Allegiance House Caswell
Blacks
Culture Reach
Died In 130 AC, at Bitterbridge[1]
Spouse Lord Caswell[1]
Issue Sons[1]
Daughter[1]
Book(s) Fire and Blood (mentioned)

Lady Caswell was the wife Lord Caswell the ruling Lord of Bitterbridge and the head of House Caswell during the reigns of kings Viserys I and Aegon II Targaryen.[1] Her given name and birth house are unknown.

History

After the execution of her husband,[2] Lady Caswell ruled Bitterbridge in the name of her young son.[1]

Lady Caswell had the gates of her castle barred and refused hospitality to anyone, knight or lord, who was not from her own house. One evening, a riot broke out on the stone bridge of the city. Lady Caswell sent her knights to disperse the mob, who discovered that the origin of the troubles was none other than the presence of Prince Maelor Targaryen, son of King Aegon II Targaryen, and his sworn shield, Ser Rickard Thorne of the Kingsguard, at an inn named the Hogs Head. Both having been massacred by the mob, she would have exclaimed, according to Mushroom's Testimony, that the curse of the Seven was going to pursue them all because of this crime. She therefore ordered the hangings of three of people implicated in the death of the prince: the stable boy Sly, the washerwoman Willow Pound-Stone and the owner of the horse on which Ser Rickard Thorne had tried to flee. Lady Caswell sent Maelor's head and Rickard's body to Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen at King's Landing. Maelor's dragon egg was sent to Lord Ormund Hightower, a supporter of Aegon II, who at that time was besieging Lady Merryweather at Longtable thirty leagues away. Lady Caswell hoped that this diplomatic gesture would appease the fury of Lord Ormund.[1]

Lord Ormund and his army soon arrived at Bitterbridge. Lady Caswell offered to capitulate in exchange for a safe conduct for her and her family, but Prince Daeron the Daring, still furious after the death of his nephew, did not intend to grant any mercy to the murderers. Bitterbridge was sacked and burned, while the population is executed or pushed into the Mander to drown. After observing the spectacle from the ramparts of her castle, Lady Caswell ordered to open the gates of the castle, knowing that no wall will protect her family from the dragonfire of Daeron's she-dragon, Tessarion. When Lord Ormund shows up at the door, Lady Caswell stood at the top of the gatehouse, begged one last time to spare her children and threw herself from the ramparts to hang herself.[1]

Lord Ormund captured Lady Caswell's sons and daughter. He obliged to her last wish and sent them to Oldtown as hostages. The garrison of Bitterbridge was not so fortunate, however. They were all put to the sword.[1]

Quotes

You shall receive the same terms you gave my nephew Maelor.[1]

—Prince Daeron Targaryen to Lady Caswell

No castle can be held against a dragon.[1]

—Lady Caswell to her garrison

Have mercy on my children, lord.[1]

—Lady Caswell to Lord Ormund Hightower

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References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  2. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.