Perkin the Flea

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Perkin
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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]

Character

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

History

During the riots in King's Landing during the Dance of the Dragons, Perkin the Flea crowned his squire, Trystane, 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]

Less than half a day after Rhaenyra Targaryen abandoned King's Landing, Perkin and his gutter knights, which outnumbered the castle garrison, appeared before gates of the Red Keep demanding its surrender. Ser Garth the Harelip opened the gates, trusting to the mercy of the Flea. Ser Perkin, however, executed Ser Garth along with twenty other knights still loyal to Rhaenyra, including Harmon of the Reeds. He also had Lady Mysaria whipped naked through the city, promising that if she made it alive from the Red Keep to the Gate of the Gods she would be spared and allowed to leave, which she failed to accomplish.[4]

Ser Perkin spared Septon Eustace, possilby to avoid provoking the enmity of the Faith of the Seven. He also freed all prisoners from the castle dungeons, including Grand Maester Orwyle, Lord Corlys Velaryon and Queen Alicent Hightower, who bore witness when Trystane mounted the Iron Throne. Ser Perkin's men also found the mutilated former master of coin, Ser Tyland Lannister. The Flea also welcomed Larys Strong, the Clubfoot, greeting him warmly after the master of whisperers emerged from hiding to take a place of honor at the side of the new "king", who styled himself Trystane Truefyre.[4]

While Trystane issued edicts and divided the coin of the royal treasury among his followers, Ser Perkin recruited scores of surviving gold cloaks, taking control of the Dragon Gate, the King's Gate and the Lion Gate. In total he had four of the seven gates of the capital and more than half of the towers along its walls.[4]

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.

References

  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. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.