Shireen Baratheon by Amok©
|Allegiance||House Baratheon of Dragonstone|
|Born||In 289 AC (age 11), at Dragonstone|
|Father||Lord Stannis Baratheon|
|Mother||Lady Selyse Florent|
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)|
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (appears)
|Played by||Kerry Ingram|
|TV series||Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5|
Shireen Baratheon is a noblewoman of House Baratheon of Dragonstone, and is the daughter and only child of Lord Stannis Baratheon and Lady Selyse Florent. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, she is portrayed by Kerry Ingram.
Appearance and Character
Shireen is regarded as a sweet child, but she is not considered pretty. She has blue eyes, but inherited her father's square, jutting jaw, and her mother's large ears. Greyscale has left half of her left cheek and most of her neck covered in cracked and flaking, gray and black skin, which is stony to the touch. When introduced in A Song of Ice and Fire, Shireen is nine years old.
Born at Dragonstone in 289 AC to Lord Stannis Baratheon and Lady Selyse Florent, Shireen contracted greyscale as an infant. The disease almost killed her, and left her disfigured. Cressen, Dragonstone's maester, feels that her sadness is a mark of his failure.
As the daughter and heir of Stannis, Shireen resides in Dragonstone and is educated by Maester Cressen. She is usually seen in the company of Patchface, their mad fool that she calls "Patches", though his ravings sometimes frighten her. Shireen has also suffered from nightmares for years.
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
Shireen is on Dragonstone with her father, Stannis, and mother, Selyse. Maester Cressen pities the sad-looking child, and has his assistant, Maester Pylos, show her the white raven that has arrived from the Citadel to announce the onset of autumn. Shireen tells Cressen about her nightmares that dragons are coming to eat her, and he tries to reassure her, saying that the stone dragons of Dragonstone can never come to life. She is uncertain, as Melisandre has said the red comet is "dragonsbreath", and Cressen reassures her that it is just a comet and will soon be gone.
Cressen suggests to Stannis that Shireen be betrothed to Lord Robert Arryn and sent to the Eyrie to make an alliance with Lady Lysa Arryn, whom he thinks will want vengeance for Lord Jon Arryn's death, but Stannis is unsure of the idea.
Stannis writes a letter to the lords of the Seven Kingdoms, informing them that Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen Baratheon are the offspring of incest between Queen Cersei Lannister and her brother, Ser Jaime Lannister. In retaliation, the small council under Tyrion Lannister discusses schemes to spread rumors that Shireen is not Stannis's child, expecting that this would hurt Stannis's sense of honor. These schemes make use of Shireen's looks: Tyrion proposes that Shireen's great-uncle, Ser Axell Florent, could be the father because she has big Florent ears, but Lord Petyr Baelish prevails with his suggestion that Patchface being the father of Shireen would make for a more juicy tale. He refers to them looking somewhat alike with their speckled, half-frozen faces, and also that the fool is close with the girl. The rumor, strongly supported by Cersei, is meant to be spread via prostitutes in Petyr's brothels, and with the help of Lord Varys through alehouses and pot-shops.
A Storm of Swords
With Stannis having declared himself King of Westeros, Shireen is now referred to as a princess. She often plays with her bastard cousin, Edric Storm, in Aegon's Garden at Dragonstone, and grows very fond of him. Davos Seaworth notes Shireen is much happier around Edric. Shireen, Edric, and Devan Seaworth learn from Maester Pylos.
While attempting to bring peace between Stannis and King Joffrey I, Lord Alester Florent suggests that Shireen be betrothed to Joffrey's younger brother, Prince Tommen. Alester is imprisoned for negotiating with Stannis's enemies without his approval.
Stannis's army and retinue travels from Dragonstone to the Wall to respond to the wildling threat. At the Wall, he leaves Shireen at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea with her mother, while his army marches to Castle Black.
A Dance with Dragons
Val of the free folk is frightened of Shireen due to her greyscale scars, and tells Jon Snow that the child is "not clean" and should be killed or she will put others in danger. Jon is horrified by Val's statement, and is grateful that Selyse and her queen's men did not hear it. Val refuses to let Gilly's baby and his wet nurses stay in the same tower as "the dead girl".
The Winds of Winter
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Stannis orders Ser Justin Massey to travel from the crofters' village to Braavos to recruit sellswords. Stannis instructs Justin to support Shireen's claim to the Iron Throne if the king were to die in battle.
Quotes by Shireen
—Shireen to Cressen
Wun Wun: Kneel queen. Little queen.
Shireen: He's a giant! A real true giant, like from the stories. But why does he talk so funny?Jon: He only knows a few words of the Common Tongue as yet. In their own land, giants speak the Old Tongue.
Quotes about Shireen
—thoughts of Cressen
—Val to Jon Snow
Justin: Your Grace, if you are dead —
Stannis: — you will avenge my death, and seat my daughter on the Iron Throne. Or die in the attempt.Justin: On my honor as a knight, you have my word.
- See the Shireen Baratheon calculation.
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Shireen Baratheon.
- A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
- A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 75, Samwell IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 44, Jon IX.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 49, Jon X.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 53, Jon XI.
- The Winds of Winter, Chapter , Theon I.
- Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen