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"You may burn us, my lady, but you will not bend us, break us or make us bow. This is Dorne, you are not wanted here. Return at your peril!"
―Meria Martell to Rhaenys Targaryen[src]


Rhaenys and Meria

Princess Meria defies Queen Rhaenys

Meria Martell was the Princess of the Principality of Dorne before and during Aegon's War of Conquest. When Rhaenys Targaryen went to Sunspear to demand Dorne's surrender to Targaryen rule, Meria turned her away with a warning not to return. This sparked the First Dornish War, in which the Targaryens attempted to subdue Dorne the same way they had defeated the armies of House Lannister and House Gardener in the Field of Fire. Unlike any other Westerosi leader at the time, she led her people through a successful defensive war. She died of natural causes after 9 years of war, and her son immediately secured a peace with the Targaryens. True to its words, House Martell remained unbroken through her rule.

In the books

The War of Conquest

When King Aegon I Targaryen sent ravens to all the rulers of Westeros, demanding that they yield to him as sole king in Westeros and be rewarded or be destroyed, Meria replied she would be his ally against the Storm King - but would not yield.

When Queen Rhaenys Targaryen led the invasion to Dorne during the War of Conquest, the Dornish refused to give battle. Instead, they launched guerilla raids on Rhaenys's forces, then melted away into the mountains and deserts, and returned only to launch guerilla raids on the army anew. After taking the Dornish keeps, Rhaenys would find them empty, except for women and children. When she would ask where the men had gone to, the Dornish would just reply "away". Rhaenys thereupon flew on her dragon, Meraxes, to Sunspear and met Princess Meria alone there. Rhaenys demanded the surrender of Dorne, but Meria instead replied that Dorne would never surrender. The Targaryen army then withdrew from Dorne, leaving the country untaken.

The First Dornish War

While Dorne had remained unconquered during the Conquest, King Aegon I did not forget. In 4 AC, he launched a new campaign against Dorne, one that would last for many years. During this First Dornish War, instead of remaining at Sunspear, Meria, along with all the other Dornish lords, fled their castles, simply yielding them up. It did not take long for the Targaryen forces to reach Sunspear, find it empty, and declare themselves the victors. Lord Rosby was installed as the castellan and Warden of the Sands, Lord Harlan Tyrell was put in charge of putting down any revolts, and so the Targaryens left Dorne and returned to King's Landing.

The Dornishmen had not surrendered, however. They swarmed from the shadow city and retook the castle, and once Lord Rosby was bound hand and foot, he was dragged to the top of the Spear Tower. Princess Meria herself threw him from the window in the Defenestration of Sunspear.[2] In an attempt to retake Sunspear from Meria and her forces, Lord Harlan Tyrell set out from Hellholt to take the Vaith and then Sunspear, but he vanished in the Dornish deserts, never to be found again, in 5 AC.

The war in Dorne continued, and Meria eventually passed away, in 13 AC, upon which her son, Prince Nymor, took over, and immediately started negotiating peace.

See also


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Lord: Heir:
Seat: Sunspear Lands: Dorne
Title(s): Prince of Dorne · Lord of Sunspear
Ancestors:Princess Nymeria · Prince Mors Martell · Daughter of Mors · Meria Martell · Prince Maron Martell · Princess Daenerys Martell · Queen Myriah Martell
Current members:Ellaria Sand · Obara Sand · Nymeria Sand · Tyene Sand · Sarella Sand · Elia Sand · Obella Sand · Dorea Sand · Loreza Sand
Deceased members:Prince Lewyn Martell · Princess Elia Martell · Prince Oberyn Martell · Prince Doran Martell · Prince Trystane Martell
Household:{Areo Hotah} · {Caleotte}
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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