Jeyne Arryn

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Jeyne Arryn
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Alias The Maiden of the Vale
Title Lady of the Eyrie
Defender of the Vale
Warden of the East
Lady Regent
Allegiance House Arryn
Blacks
Culture Valemen
Born In 94 AC[1]
Died In 134 AC, at Gulltown[2]
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)

Jeyne Arryn, also called the Maiden of the Vale, was Lady of the Eyrie and head of House Arryn. She ruled the Vale of Arryn during the Targaryen civil war known as the Dance of the Dragons.[3]

Character

According to The Testimony of Mushroom, Lady Jeyne had a voracious appetite for men. In his The Reign of King Viserys, first of His Name, and the Dance of the Dragons That Came After, however, Septon Eustace repeats the widespread rumor that Jeyne preferred other women, but goes on to say it was not true.[4]

History

Jeyne became Lady of the Eyrie around 97 AC when she was three years old, after her father and brothers were killed at the hands of the Stone Crows.[4]

She did not attend the Great Council of 101 AC. In her stead went Lord Yorbert Royce, who served as Lord Protector during this time.[5]

Jeyne's inheritance was twice contested by her cousin, Ser Arnold Arryn. Consequently, he was imprisoned in one of the sky cells,[4] while he and his descendants were disinherited from the Arryn line of succession by her last testament.[6]

On the death of Lady Rhea Royce in 115 AC, her husband Prince Daemon Targaryen appealed to Lady Jeyne in the hopes of claiming Runestone for himself. Jeyne not only rejected his claim, but also ordered him to leave the Vale.[7]

At the start of the civil war called the Dance of the Dragons, Prince Jacaerys Velaryon flew north on his dragon Vermax, to foster allies for the cause of his mother, Rhaenyra Targaryen, herself the daughter of Aemma Arryn. One of the places he went was the Eyrie. According to Mushroom, Lady Jeyne offered Prince Jacaerys the allegiance of the Vale only if he could bring her to climax using his tongue. Grand Maester Munkun's True Telling makes no such mention. He quotes Jeyne citing that, despite her contempt for Daemon Targaryen, Rhaenyra was an Arryn on her mother's side and women should band together. Her only request was dragonriders to protect the Eyrie from the greens' own dragons. After Jacaerys agreed, Lady Jeyne and her warriors knelt before the prince.[4]

Jeyne brought the Eyrie to the side of the blacks during the civil war. Though snows closed the passes through the Mountains of the Moon, Jeyne sent men by sea by way of Gulltown to join the queen's hosts. When Rhaenyra fled King's Landing following the riot of King's Landing and the storming of the Dragonpit, Ser Harrold Darke of the Queensguard urged her to seek refuge with Lady Jeyne in the Vale. Rhaenyra, however, was determined to return to Dragonstone and refused his council.[3]

Lady Jeyne served as one of the original seven regents to Rhaenyra's eldest surviving son, King Aegon III Targaryen, following the conclusion of the civil war. She died in 134 AC of an illness while at Gulltown[2] in the arms of her "dear companion," Jessamyn Redfort. Due to the widely-spread rumor that Jeyne preferred the companionship of other women, and the fact that Lady Jeyne never married, it is heavily implied that Jeyne had a lesbian relationship with Lady Jessamyn.[6][8]

Lady Jeyne named her distant cousin and the Knight of the Bloody Gate, Ser Joffrey Arryn, as her heir in her last testament. However, a war of succession ensued upon her death, as Arnold Arryn and Isembard Arryn, head of the Gulltown Arryns, tried to contest Lord Joffrey's inheritance.[6]

Quotes

Thrice have mine own kin sough to replace men. My cousin Ser Arnold is wont to say that women are too soft to rule. I have him in one of my sky cells, if you would like to ask him.[4]

- Jeyne Arryn to Jacaerys Velaryon

In this world of men, we women must band together.[4]

- Jeyne Arryn

References

  1. See the Jeyne Arryn calculation.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Princess and the Queen.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale: House Arryn.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of the Regency.
  7. The Rogue Prince.
  8. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Blacks and the Greens.