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[[File:Kingslayer.png|thumb|right|250px|Jaime Lannister murdered Aerys II Targaryen during the [[Sack of King's Landing]], earning the derogatory nickname of "Kingslayer".]]
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[[File:Kingslayer.png|thumb|right|300px|[[Jaime Lannister]] murdered Aerys II Targaryen during the [[Sack of King's Landing]], earning the derogatory nickname of "Kingslayer".]]
 
{{Quote|Is that what you tell yourself at night? That you're a servant of justice? That you were avenging my father when you shoved your sword in Aerys Targaryen's back?|Eddard Stark to Jaime Lannister|Lord Snow}}
 
{{Quote|Is that what you tell yourself at night? That you're a servant of justice? That you were avenging my father when you shoved your sword in Aerys Targaryen's back?|Eddard Stark to Jaime Lannister|Lord Snow}}
   
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== Known and alleged kingslayers ==
 
== Known and alleged kingslayers ==
 
{{Quote|Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous - and just now, kings are dying like flies.|[[Tyrion Lannister]] to King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] after the Red Wedding|Mhysa}}
 
{{Quote|Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous - and just now, kings are dying like flies.|[[Tyrion Lannister]] to King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] after the Red Wedding|Mhysa}}
[[File:Roose kills Robb S3 Ep9.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Roose Bolton murders Robb Stark during the [[Red Wedding]].]]
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[[File:Roose kills Robb S3 Ep9.jpg|thumb|right|200px|[[Roose Bolton]] murders Robb Stark during the [[Red Wedding]].]]
   
* Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], perhaps the most notable example of a kingslayer, who killed [[Aerys II Targaryen]] during the [[Sack of King's Landing]]. Jaime's actions were considered especially heinous, as he was in fact a member of Aerys' own Kingsguard, and took a holy vow to lay down his life in defence of his king<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref> Jaime killed Aerys in order to foil his scheme to destroy [[King's Landing]], but since he never revealed it to anyone (except recently to [[Brienne of Tarth|Brienne]]) - everyone assumed he killed Aerys so the Lannisters would seize the throne. It is unknown whether Jaime would still bear the stigma of kingslayer if he revealed his real motive.
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*[[Aegon I Targaryen|Aegon the Conqueror]], who killed Kings [[Harren Hoare|Harren the Black]] and [[Mern IX Gardener|Mern IX]] durign the [[War of Conquest]]. Nevertheless, Aegon had never swore fealty to anyone of them.
* Khal [[Drogo]] murdered [[Viserys Targaryen]] by pouring molten gold onto his head. Despite technically being the rightful king of Westeros, Viserys himself was an exile at the time, and never actually sat upon the [[Iron Throne]].<ref>"[[A Golden Crown]]"</ref>
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**Likewise, [[Orys Baratheon]] killed King [[Argilac|Argilac the Arrogant]] during the [[Last Storm]].
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* Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], perhaps the most notable example of a kingslayer, who killed [[Aerys II Targaryen]] during the [[Sack of King's Landing]]. Jaime's actions were considered especially heinous, as he was in fact a member of Aerys' own Kingsguard, and took a holy vow to lay down his life in defense of his king<ref>"[[Lord Snow]]"</ref> Jaime killed Aerys in order to foil his scheme to destroy [[King's Landing]], but since he never revealed it to anyone (except recently to [[Brienne of Tarth|Brienne]]) - everyone assumed he killed Aerys so the Lannisters would seize the throne. It is unknown whether Jaime would still bear the stigma of kingslayer if he revealed his real motive.
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* ''Khal'' [[Drogo]] murdered [[Viserys Targaryen]] by pouring molten gold onto his head. Despite technically being the rightful king of Westeros, Viserys himself was an exile at the time, and never actually sat upon the [[Iron Throne]]. Moreover, Drogo never swore fealty to Viserys.<ref>"[[A Golden Crown]]"</ref>
 
* Queen [[Cersei Lannister]], along with her cousin [[Lancel Lannister|Lancel]], conspired to bring about the death of her husband King [[Robert Baratheon]]. On Cersei's instruction Lancel replaced the wine in the king's flask with a stronger, fortified vintage, causing Robert to quickly descend into an intoxicated state, dulling his reflexes, and ultimately leading him to suffer a fatal wound upon a boar's tusk.<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref>
 
* Queen [[Cersei Lannister]], along with her cousin [[Lancel Lannister|Lancel]], conspired to bring about the death of her husband King [[Robert Baratheon]]. On Cersei's instruction Lancel replaced the wine in the king's flask with a stronger, fortified vintage, causing Robert to quickly descend into an intoxicated state, dulling his reflexes, and ultimately leading him to suffer a fatal wound upon a boar's tusk.<ref>"[[You Win or You Die]]"</ref>
 
* King [[Stannis Baratheon]], who conceives a [[Shadow|shadow assassin]] with [[Melisandre]] to kill his brother [[Renly]]. This may not be considered a true example of kingslaying, as Renly himself was a usurper, and was in open rebellion against his elder brother, the ''rightful'' king. Moreover, Renly never officially sat upon the Iron Throne.<ref>"[[The Ghost of Harrenhal]]"</ref>
 
* King [[Stannis Baratheon]], who conceives a [[Shadow|shadow assassin]] with [[Melisandre]] to kill his brother [[Renly]]. This may not be considered a true example of kingslaying, as Renly himself was a usurper, and was in open rebellion against his elder brother, the ''rightful'' king. Moreover, Renly never officially sat upon the Iron Throne.<ref>"[[The Ghost of Harrenhal]]"</ref>
*Lord [[Roose Bolton]] betrayed and personally murdered his own King, [[Robb Stark]], during the massacre known as the "[[Red Wedding]]".<ref>"[[The Rains of Castamere (episode)]]</ref>
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*Lord [[Roose Bolton]] betrayed and personally murdered his own King, [[Robb Stark]], during the massacre known as the "[[Red Wedding]]". The massacre occurred at [[the Twins]] under the roof of Lord [[Walder Frey]], who joined Roose in organizing the betrayal, and whose crossbowmen wounded Robb at the beginning of the attack. Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] also helped plan the betrayal from a distance, as he guaranteed the Freys and Boltons that they would not be punished for breaking [[guest right]]. Still, while others such as Walder or Tywin share in the guilt, it was Roose himself who struck the deathblow.<ref>"[[The Rains of Castamere (episode)]]"</ref>
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*[[Tyrion Lannister]] accused of assassinating his own nephew, King [[Joffrey Baratheon]], with poisoned wine at [[Purple Wedding|his own wedding]].<ref>"[[The Laws of Gods and Men]]"</ref>
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**The actual kingslayer, however, is Lady [[Olenna Tyrell]] who carried out the actual poisoning, and plotted it with Lord [[Petyr Baelish]].<ref>"[[Oathkeeper]]"</ref>
   
 
==In the books==
 
==In the books==
 
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, the taboo against kingslaying is much the same.
 
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, the taboo against kingslaying is much the same.
   
== See also ==
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[[Jaime Lannister]] directly states that in the eyes of gods and men, [[kinslaying]] is considered to be even worse than regicide - thus while men often think of him as honorless and call him "the Kingslayer", Jaime still has major personal reservations against kinslaying, which would make him sink even lower on the moral scale. Unlike Cersei, Jaime actually never liked Joffrey and recognized him for the sociopathic monster that he is. Having already killed one king, and been made a social pariah for it, Jaime no longer had any personal restrictions on simply killing another king. Even so, Jaime never considered killing Joffrey to remove him from the line of succession, not because he was a king, but because if nothing else, Jaime would not kill his own son.
* [http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Regicide Regicide at A Wiki of Ice and Fire] (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
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==See also==
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* {{AWOIAF}} (MAJOR spoilers from the books)
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Kingslayer

Jaime Lannister murdered Aerys II Targaryen during the Sack of King's Landing, earning the derogatory nickname of "Kingslayer".

"Is that what you tell yourself at night? That you're a servant of justice? That you were avenging my father when you shoved your sword in Aerys Targaryen's back?"
―Eddard Stark to Jaime Lannister[src]

Regicide, also known as kingslaying, is the deliberate act of murdering a monarch and is considered the most severe crime in the Seven Kingdoms. Whoever commits it is dubbed a kingslayer.

Somewhat like kinslaying, incest, or violating guest right, anyone who kills a king is believed to be cursed. Because the King of the Andals and the First Men is blessed by the High Septon of the Faith of the Seven at his coronation, it is considered a heinous crime in that religion to kill the king who sits the Iron Throne.

Known and alleged kingslayers Edit

"Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous - and just now, kings are dying like flies."
Tyrion Lannister to King Joffrey Baratheon after the Red Wedding[src]
Roose kills Robb S3 Ep9

Roose Bolton murders Robb Stark during the Red Wedding.

  • Aegon the Conqueror, who killed Kings Harren the Black and Mern IX durign the War of Conquest. Nevertheless, Aegon had never swore fealty to anyone of them.
  • Ser Jaime Lannister, perhaps the most notable example of a kingslayer, who killed Aerys II Targaryen during the Sack of King's Landing. Jaime's actions were considered especially heinous, as he was in fact a member of Aerys' own Kingsguard, and took a holy vow to lay down his life in defense of his king[1] Jaime killed Aerys in order to foil his scheme to destroy King's Landing, but since he never revealed it to anyone (except recently to Brienne) - everyone assumed he killed Aerys so the Lannisters would seize the throne. It is unknown whether Jaime would still bear the stigma of kingslayer if he revealed his real motive.
  • Khal Drogo murdered Viserys Targaryen by pouring molten gold onto his head. Despite technically being the rightful king of Westeros, Viserys himself was an exile at the time, and never actually sat upon the Iron Throne. Moreover, Drogo never swore fealty to Viserys.[2]
  • Queen Cersei Lannister, along with her cousin Lancel, conspired to bring about the death of her husband King Robert Baratheon. On Cersei's instruction Lancel replaced the wine in the king's flask with a stronger, fortified vintage, causing Robert to quickly descend into an intoxicated state, dulling his reflexes, and ultimately leading him to suffer a fatal wound upon a boar's tusk.[3]
  • King Stannis Baratheon, who conceives a shadow assassin with Melisandre to kill his brother Renly. This may not be considered a true example of kingslaying, as Renly himself was a usurper, and was in open rebellion against his elder brother, the rightful king. Moreover, Renly never officially sat upon the Iron Throne.[4]
  • Lord Roose Bolton betrayed and personally murdered his own King, Robb Stark, during the massacre known as the "Red Wedding". The massacre occurred at the Twins under the roof of Lord Walder Frey, who joined Roose in organizing the betrayal, and whose crossbowmen wounded Robb at the beginning of the attack. Lord Tywin Lannister also helped plan the betrayal from a distance, as he guaranteed the Freys and Boltons that they would not be punished for breaking guest right. Still, while others such as Walder or Tywin share in the guilt, it was Roose himself who struck the deathblow.[5]
  • Tyrion Lannister accused of assassinating his own nephew, King Joffrey Baratheon, with poisoned wine at his own wedding.[6]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the taboo against kingslaying is much the same.

Jaime Lannister directly states that in the eyes of gods and men, kinslaying is considered to be even worse than regicide - thus while men often think of him as honorless and call him "the Kingslayer", Jaime still has major personal reservations against kinslaying, which would make him sink even lower on the moral scale. Unlike Cersei, Jaime actually never liked Joffrey and recognized him for the sociopathic monster that he is. Having already killed one king, and been made a social pariah for it, Jaime no longer had any personal restrictions on simply killing another king. Even so, Jaime never considered killing Joffrey to remove him from the line of succession, not because he was a king, but because if nothing else, Jaime would not kill his own son.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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