The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms
The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, With Descriptions of Many High Lords and Noble Ladies and Their Children is a book written by Grand Maester Malleon. It is a massive and old book[N 1] which describes the lineages of the great houses in the Seven Kingdoms.
Lord Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, borrowed the book from Grand Maester Pycelle, but he fell ill the following day and quickly died.
A Game of Thrones
Lord Eddard Stark uses the book while looking into the death of his predecessor as Hand of the King, Lord Jon Arryn.
After reading that historical marriages listed in the book between Baratheons and Lannisters all resulted in black-haired children, Eddard concludes that the children of Queen Cersei Lannister—Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen Baratheon—were not actually fathered by King Robert I Baratheon.
Eddard: I should be curious to examine the book that you lent Jon the day before he fell ill.
Pycelle: I fear you would find it of little interest. It was a ponderous tome by Grand Maester Malleon on the lineages of the great houses.—Eddard Stark and Pycelle
Petyr: Now there is tedious reading if ever I saw it. A sleeping potion, my lord?
Eddard: Jon Arryn was studying this volume when he was taken sick.Petyr: In that case, death must have come as a blessed relief.
Game of Thrones
The version of the book used in the television series Game of Thrones includes non-canon members of House Baratheon, House Hunter, House Karstark, House Royce, and House Umber, as well as the non-canon Houses Blackbrow and Greenleaf.
- ↑ Although Eddard Stark describes the book as being "over a century old" and that "scarcely a man now alive had yet been born when Malleon had compiled his dusty lists of weddings, births, and deaths", the book states the marriage between Gowen Baratheon and Tya Lannister occurred "some ninety years ago". Therefore Eddard's comments should not be taken literally.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.