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Polygamy can be defined as a marriage which includes more than two partners. In Westeros for the highborn and the lowborn marriage is chiefly between two people, a man and a woman. The Faith of the Seven does not permit polygamy.[citation needed]

Polygamy in Westeros

House Targaryen was known to flout convention and openly practice polygamous marriages. Aenar Targaryen took multiple wives with him when he left Valyria for Dragonstone.[1] Aegon the Conqueror was married to two women who were also his full sisters, Visenya and Rhaenys. When Aegon married his sisters, this was considered unusual although there was precedent for it.[2] He remained married to both of sisters even after converting to the Faith of the Seven.

Aegon's son Maegor is the last Targaryen known to have had multiple wives. His second marriage to Alys Harroway upset the Faith and led king [Aenys] to exile him to Pentos for a time.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag}}

There has been no mention of a Targaryen woman having more than one husband.

In the Iron Islands a man can still have several "salt wives" but only one true ironborn wife, his "rock wife". Salt wives are considered more than mere concubines. Children born of such unions are not considered bastards and can inherit if their father has no surviving sons by his rock wife.

Historical Polygamy in Westeros

King Garland II "The Bridegroom" Greenhand had multiple wives until he put them aside to marry the daughter of Lymond Hightower. [3]

King Ronard "the Bastard" of Storm's End was said to have twenty three wives.[4]

Polygamy Beyond the Wall

Polygamy in Essos

  • In Lengii, the first god-empress of the current dynasty, Khiara the Great, took two husbands, one Lengii and one YiTish - a customary pattern followed by her daughters and their daughters in turn.[7]

References and Notes

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  2. Chicon 7 Reading (September 02, 2012) So Spake Martin
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  5. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 69, Jon XIII.
  6. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 46, Daenerys V.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, Leng.