When Women Ruled: Ladies of the Aftermath

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When Women Ruled: Ladies of the Aftermath is a work written by Archmaester Abelon, concerned with the women who ruled in the aftermath of the Dance of the Dragons. Archmaester Gyldayn describes the work as a "mammoth."[1]


Abelon concerns himself with hundreds of widows who ruled after the Dance of the Dragons, in a period named the Winter of the Widows by the Citadel, a time where women ruled in the place of slain husbands, brothers, and fathers, or for infant sons. Abelon writes about hundreds of women (especially widows), including Lady Johanna Lannister, Lady Samantha Tarly, Lady Sharis Footly, and Alys Rivers.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.