Perkin the Flea

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Alias Perkin the Flea
Title Ser
Allegiance King Trystane Truefyre
Night's Watch
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)

Ser Perkin the Flea was a hedge knight who lived during the Dance of the Dragons.[1]


Perkin was cunning[2] but disreputable.[3]


During the riots in King's Landing during the Dance of the Dragons, Perkin the Flea crowned his squire, Trystane Truefyre, declaring him a natural son of the late King Viserys I Targaryen. Perkin knighted anyone who pledged to his cause, and thereby gathered hundreds under his command.[1]

When Ser Torrhen Manderly led one hundred White Harbor men down the Hook, they found Fishmonger's Square and River Row filled with Perkin's gutter knights.[4]

The so-called "Mudfoot" garrison joined Perkin, and Trystane's banner flew above the River Gate.[1] Perkin's men overwhelmed the garrison of gold cloaks at the Gate of the Gods.[1]

After Rhaenyra Targaryen abandoned King's Landing, Perkin installed Trystane in the Red Keep and began to issue edicts. When Aegon II Targaryen retook the capital Perkin was imprisoned, whereas Trystane was knighted before being executed, as he had requested.[3]

After Lord Cregan Stark arrested the conspirators in the murder of Aegon II, many of the accused chose to take the black and join the Night's Watch, led by Perkin.[2]

Behind the Scenes

Perkin and his squire, Trystane Truefyre, may be homages by George R. R. Martin to Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be Richard of Shrewsbury, son of King Edward IV of England.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Princess and the Queen.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.