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Kingslaying is the act of killing one's own king, breaking their vows of allegiance to him. In Westeros, kingslaying is regarded as a exxtremely vile act, especially when commited by someone sworn to protect them, as is the case with the [[Kingsguard]]. It should not be confused with killing a king to which one has no affiliation.  
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[[File:RobotDelEspacio Joff death.jpg|400px|thumb|King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] dies of poison. © Josu Hernaiz]]
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'''Kingslaying''' is the act of killing one's own [[king]], breaking their vows of allegiance to him. In [[Westeros]], kingslaying is condemned as an extremely vile act, especially when committed by someone sworn to protect them, as is the case with the [[Kingsguard]].
  
==People accused of, or suspected of, having committed kingslaying==
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It should not be confused with killing a king to which one has no allegiance, which is another form of '''regicide'''.
  
*'''[[Euron Greyjoy]]''' is suspected of being involved in the death of his brother and king [[Balon Greyjoy]], which would also qualify as [[kinslaying]]. {{ref|aFfC|18}}
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==People accused, suspected or known to have committed regicide==
  
*'''[[Jaime Lannister]]''' killed his king [[Mad King|Aerys II]], despite being a sworn brother of the [[Kingsguard]] at the time. {{Ref|asos|11}}
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===Kingslaying===
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*'''[[Euron Greyjoy]]''' is suspected of organizing the death of his brother and king [[Balon Greyjoy]], which would also qualify as [[kinslaying]].{{ref|aFfC|18}} If [[Ghost of High Heart|prophecy]] is to be trusted, then indeed Euron hired a [[Faceless Man]] to kill his brother.{{ref|asos|22}}
  
*'''[[Olenna Redwyne]]''' killed her king [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]] with the help of [[Petyr Baelish]] and managed not to be part of the suspects, while the blame fell to [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] and [[Sansa Stark|Sansa]]. {{Ref|asos|68}}
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*'''[[Brienne of Tarth]]''' is suspected by some of King [[Renly Baratheon]]'s murder. She is innocent, however.
  
*'''[[Roose Bolton]]''' stabbed [[Robb Stark|his king]] through the heart at the [[Red Wedding]], which he planned alongisde [[Walder Frey]], who violated [[guest right]] with the same act. {{Ref|asos|51}}
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*'''[[Cersei Lannister]]''' is said to have killed her husband King [[Robert Baratheon]]; which indeed she did do by proxy, convincing her cousin [[Lancel Lannister]] to replace Robert's wine with [[strongwine]], leading him to be fatally gored by a boar.{{ref|acok|3}} Regicide is one of the crimes she is accused of by the [[Faith]] and the [[High Sparrow]].{{ref|adwd|54}}
  
*'''[[Viserys II]]''' is suspected of having killed his nephew [[Baelor I|Baelor]].
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*'''[[Jaime Lannister]]''' killed his king, [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys II]], during the [[Sack of King's Landing]], despite being a sworn brother of the [[Kingsguard]] at the time.{{Ref|asos|11}} This earns him the name ''[[Kingslayer]]''.
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*'''[[Olenna Redwyne]]''' kills her king, [[Joffrey Baratheon]], with the help of [[Petyr Baelish]] and some unnamed co-conspirators. Olenna and Petyr both managed to escape suspicion, which instead fell to [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] and [[Sansa Stark]].{{Ref|asos|68}} Olenna uses [[The Strangler]] poison, which is disguised as amethysts adorning a hairnet worn by the unwitting Sansa.
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*'''[[Roose Bolton]]''' stabs his king, [[Robb Stark]], through the heart during the [[Red Wedding]]. He plans the murder with [[Walder Frey]], who violates [[guest right]] with the same act.{{Ref|asos|51}} [[Tywin Lannister]] was also involved in the planning of the massacre.{{ref|asos|53}}
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*'''[[Tyrion Lannister]]''' and his wife '''[[Sansa Stark]]''' are both accused of poisoning King [[Joffrey Baratheon]], Tyrion's nephew and Sansa's one-time fiancé. [[Cersei Lannister]] says she is certain Sansa helped Tyrion to murder her son. They are both innocent, however.
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===Others===
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*'''Khal [[Drogo]]''' kills [[Viserys Targaryen]] by upending a pot of molten gold over his head. The gold is meant to signify the crown Viserys demanded of him.
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*'''King [[Stannis Baratheon]]''' conceives a [[shadow assassin]] with [[Melisandre]] that goes on to slay his brother King [[Renly Baratheon]]. However, Stannis may not be consciously aware of his involvement; furthermore, Renly wasn't his King, and had also intended to kill Stannis in battle.
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==Historical people suspected of regicide==
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* '''[[Visenya Targaryen]]''' is suspected of poisoning her nephew, King [[Aenys I Targaryen]], to ensure her son Maegor would ascend to the Iron Throne.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I}}
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* '''[[Elinor Costayne]]''' is suspected of murdering her husband, King [[Maegor I Targaryen]], by slashing his wrists on the barbs of the Iron Throne. However, there are other suspects, such as a knight of his Kingsguard or a builder who escaped the slaughter after the completion of the [[Red Keep]], with others believing Maegor committed suicide or was killed by the throne itself due to being such an unfit king.{{ref|fab|The Sons of the Dragon}}
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*'''[[Viserys II Targaryen]]''' is suspected of poisoning his own nephew King [[Baelor I Targaryen]]. However, the evidence on this is dubious, and it appears most likely that Viserys was innocent of this charge and Baelor died of excessive fasting.{{Ref|asos|59}}{{ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I}}
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*'''[[Aegon IV Targaryen]]''' is suspected of poisoning his father [[Viserys II Targaryen]] to gain the throne. None dared to speak their suspicions of this crime for more than a decade.{{ref|twoiaf| The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II}}
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*'''Lord Stark''' (grandson of [[Brandon Stark (the daughterless)|Brandon the Daughterless]]) slew [[Bael]] the Bard, the [[King-Beyond-the-Wall]], not knowing he was his father.{{ref|aCoK|51}}
  
 
==Known or suspected victims of kingslaying==
 
==Known or suspected victims of kingslaying==
  
 
'''Known'''
 
'''Known'''
* '''[[Aerys II]]'''
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*'''[[Aegon II Targaryen]]'''
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* '''[[Aerys II Targaryen]]'''
 
* '''[[Joffrey Baratheon]]'''
 
* '''[[Joffrey Baratheon]]'''
 
* '''[[Robb Stark]]'''
 
* '''[[Robb Stark]]'''
  
 
'''Suspected'''
 
'''Suspected'''
* '''[[Baelor I]]'''
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* '''[[Aenys I Targaryen]]'''
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* '''[[Baelor I Targaryen]]'''
 
* '''[[Balon Greyjoy]]'''
 
* '''[[Balon Greyjoy]]'''
* '''[[Maegor I]]'''
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* '''[[Maegor I Targaryen]]'''
* '''[[Maekar I]]'''
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* '''[[Viserys II Targaryen]]'''
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==Quotes about regicide==
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{{Quote|'''Eddard:''' When [[King’s Landing]] fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were.
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'''Gerold:''' Far away, or [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] would yet sit the [[Iron Throne]], and [[Jaime Lannister|our false brother]] would burn in seven hells.{{Ref|agot|39}}|[[Eddard Stark]] and Ser [[Gerold Hightower]] right before fighting to the death.}}
  
==Quotes about kingslaying==
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{{Quote|[[Jaime Lannister|The Kingslayer]]. The false knight who profaned his blade with the blood of the king he had sworn to defend.{{Ref|aGoT|57}}|[[Barristan Selmy]]}}
{{Quote|“When [[King’s Landing]] fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were.”
 
“Far away,” Ser Gerold said, “or Aerys would yet sit the Iron Throne, and our false brother would burn in seven hells.{{Ref|agot|39|p 425}}}}
 
- [[Eddard Stark]] and Ser [[Oswell Whent]], right before fighting to the death.
 
  
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{{Quote|[[Roose Bolton|He]] thrust his longsword through [[Robb Stark|her son's heart]], and twisted.{{Ref|asos|51}}|[[Roose Bolton]] killing his king, [[Robb Stark]]}}
  
{{Quote|“The Kingslayer,” Ser Barristan said, his voice hard with contempt. “The false knight who profaned his blade with the blood of the king he had sworn to defend.”{{Ref|aGoT|57}}}}
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{{Quote|A crown for [[The Beggar King|Cart King]]!{{Ref|agot|46}}|Khal [[Drogo]]}}
- [[Barristan Selmy]]
 
  
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{{Quote|Joffrey was cruel and stupid, but I did not kill him. Have my head of if you like, I had no hand in my nephew's death.{{Ref|aSoS|66}}|[[Tyrion Lannister]], during his trial}}
  
{{Quote|“Jaime Lannister sends his regards.”{{Ref|asos|51}}}}
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==References==
- [[Roose Bolton]] when killing his king.
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{{references}}
  
==References and Notes==
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[[Category:Terms]]
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Latest revision as of 13:57, 7 July 2019

King Joffrey Baratheon dies of poison. © Josu Hernaiz

Kingslaying is the act of killing one's own king, breaking their vows of allegiance to him. In Westeros, kingslaying is condemned as an extremely vile act, especially when committed by someone sworn to protect them, as is the case with the Kingsguard.

It should not be confused with killing a king to which one has no allegiance, which is another form of regicide.

People accused, suspected or known to have committed regicide

Kingslaying

Others

  • Khal Drogo kills Viserys Targaryen by upending a pot of molten gold over his head. The gold is meant to signify the crown Viserys demanded of him.

Historical people suspected of regicide

  • Elinor Costayne is suspected of murdering her husband, King Maegor I Targaryen, by slashing his wrists on the barbs of the Iron Throne. However, there are other suspects, such as a knight of his Kingsguard or a builder who escaped the slaughter after the completion of the Red Keep, with others believing Maegor committed suicide or was killed by the throne itself due to being such an unfit king.[10]
  • Viserys II Targaryen is suspected of poisoning his own nephew King Baelor I Targaryen. However, the evidence on this is dubious, and it appears most likely that Viserys was innocent of this charge and Baelor died of excessive fasting.[11][12]

Known or suspected victims of kingslaying

Known

Suspected

Quotes about regicide

Eddard: When King’s Landing fell, Ser Jaime slew your king with a golden sword, and I wondered where you were. Gerold: Far away, or Aerys would yet sit the Iron Throne, and our false brother would burn in seven hells.[15]

Eddard Stark and Ser Gerold Hightower right before fighting to the death.

The Kingslayer. The false knight who profaned his blade with the blood of the king he had sworn to defend.[16]

He thrust his longsword through her son's heart, and twisted.[7]

Roose Bolton killing his king, Robb Stark

A crown for Cart King![17]

—Khal Drogo

Joffrey was cruel and stupid, but I did not kill him. Have my head of if you like, I had no hand in my nephew's death.[18]

Tyrion Lannister, during his trial

References

  1. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 18, The Iron Captain.
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 22, Arya IV.
  3. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 3, Tyrion I.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
  5. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 51, Catelyn VII.
  8. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  10. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
  14. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 51, Jon VI.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  18. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.