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[[File:womens court.png|350px|right|thumb|Queen [[Alysanne Targaryen|Alysanne]] overseeing one of her Women's Courts, as depicted by Douglas Wheatley in ''[[Fire & Blood]]''.]]
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[[File:womens court.png|300px|right|thumb|Queen [[Alysanne Targaryen]] overseeing one of her women's courts, as depicted by Douglas Wheatley in ''[[Fire & Blood]]''.]]
  
The '''Women's courts''' as they became known occurred during the reign of King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]] and were presided over by his sister-wife, Queen [[Alysanne Targaryen]]. The courts started in {{Date|51}} at the town of [[Duskendale]] when the young King Jaehaerys and Queen Alysanne made their first progress throughout the [[Seven Kingdoms|realm]]. While touring the [[Crownlands]], Alysanne whenever arriving at a new town, city, or castle, would oversee her women's courts. Only women and girls, were welcome to these audiences; highborn or low and were encouraged to speak freely and openly to the young queen, sharing their hopes, fears and concerns.{{Ref|FAB|Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I}}
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The '''women's courts''' were held by Queen [[Alysanne Targaryen]] during the reign of King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]].
  
In {{Date|58}} while visiting the [[North]], Alysanne held her courts in [[White Harbour]], [[Winterfell]] and even in a [[Mole's Town brothel|brothel]] in [[Mole's Town]] when visiting the [[Wall]]. Following their return to [[King's Landing]], Alysanne brought to Jaehaerys's attention the stories she had heard in her women's courts during the progress, concerning the right to the [[first night]]. As a result, Jaehaerys abolished the lord's right to the first night.{{Ref|tss}}{{Ref|FAB|Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies}}
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==About==
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Since holding the first of her women's courts during the first [[royal progress]] Alysanne and Jaehaerys made, the women's courts became an important part of every subsequent royal progress. Only women and girls were allowed to join Alysanne during these courts, regardless of their status of birth. Alysanne encouraged them to speak freely and openly about their fears, concerns, and hopes.{{Ref|FAB|Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I}}
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==History==
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The first of Alysanne's women's courts was held in {{Date|51}} at the town of [[Duskendale]], when King [[Jaehaerys I Targaryen]] and Queen Alysanne made their first royal progress. In {{Date|52}}, during Jaehaerys's second royal progress, Alysanne held a women's court at [[Gulltown]], and another at the [[Gates of the Moon]]. The things she heard from the women during these two women's courts resulted in her plea to Jaehaerys to protect the widows of the [[Seven Kingdoms]] from being cast aside by the children of their late husbands from earlier marriages. In response, Jaehaerys promulgated the [[Widow's Law]].{{Ref|fab|Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I}}
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In {{Date|53}}, when Alysanne was unwilling to join Jaehaerys on his royal progress due to her pregnancy, Lady [[Jennis Templeton]] accompanied the king's retinue in order to hold women's courts at [[Riverrun]] and [[Stoney Sept]].{{Ref|fab|Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I}}
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In {{Date|58}} while visiting the [[North]], Alysanne held a women's court at [[White Harbour]], where more than two hundred women and girls came before her. When she eventually arrived at the [[Wall]] to visit the [[Night's Watch]], she held a women's court in a brothel at [[Mole's Town]]. Following their return to [[King's Landing]], Alysanne brought to Jaehaerys's attention the stories she had heard in her women's court at Mole's Town, concerning the right to the [[first night]]. As a result, Jaehaerys abolished the lord's right to the first night. These policies, influenced by Alysanne, came to be called [[Queen Alysanne's laws]] by the smallfolk.{{Ref|tss}}{{Ref|FAB|Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies}}
  
 
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Latest revision as of 16:17, 25 April 2019

Queen Alysanne Targaryen overseeing one of her women's courts, as depicted by Douglas Wheatley in Fire & Blood.

The women's courts were held by Queen Alysanne Targaryen during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.

About

Since holding the first of her women's courts during the first royal progress Alysanne and Jaehaerys made, the women's courts became an important part of every subsequent royal progress. Only women and girls were allowed to join Alysanne during these courts, regardless of their status of birth. Alysanne encouraged them to speak freely and openly about their fears, concerns, and hopes.[1]

History

The first of Alysanne's women's courts was held in 51 AC at the town of Duskendale, when King Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne made their first royal progress. In 52 AC, during Jaehaerys's second royal progress, Alysanne held a women's court at Gulltown, and another at the Gates of the Moon. The things she heard from the women during these two women's courts resulted in her plea to Jaehaerys to protect the widows of the Seven Kingdoms from being cast aside by the children of their late husbands from earlier marriages. In response, Jaehaerys promulgated the Widow's Law.[1]

In 53 AC, when Alysanne was unwilling to join Jaehaerys on his royal progress due to her pregnancy, Lady Jennis Templeton accompanied the king's retinue in order to hold women's courts at Riverrun and Stoney Sept.[1]

In 58 AC while visiting the North, Alysanne held a women's court at White Harbour, where more than two hundred women and girls came before her. When she eventually arrived at the Wall to visit the Night's Watch, she held a women's court in a brothel at Mole's Town. Following their return to King's Landing, Alysanne brought to Jaehaerys's attention the stories she had heard in her women's court at Mole's Town, concerning the right to the first night. As a result, Jaehaerys abolished the lord's right to the first night. These policies, influenced by Alysanne, came to be called Queen Alysanne's laws by the smallfolk.[2][3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  2. The Sworn Sword.
  3. Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.