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"I fear it would be of little interest to you, my lord, a ponderous tome..."
―Grand Maester Pycelle to Eddard Stark[src]

The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms is a book detailing the history of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, including the lineage and appearance of all heirs, with illustrations of each house's individual sigil. It was written by Grand Maester Malleon.

The book not only lists the lineages of the "Great Houses" which rule each of the Seven Kingdoms (such as House Baratheon), but also other major noble Houses such as House Umber and House Blackfyre.

It is quite a ponderous tome. Arranged as a chronicle instead of a narrative, it is primarily concerned with dates, marriages, and lines of descent. Persons mentioned in the book are also given brief physical descriptions (from surviving sources), along with important general facts about their lives and the manner of their deaths.[1]

HistoryEdit

Season 1Edit

Lord Jon Arryn asked Grand Maester Pycelle for the book shortly before his death. When hearing of his old mentor's interest in the tome, Eddard Stark borrows it from Pycelle as well.[2]

After his daughters note that Joffrey Baratheon has blonde hair, Lord Stark checks the Lineage and Histories, and discovers that all members of House Baratheon are described as "black of hair", except for the "golden headed" Joffrey, leading Ned to realize that Joffrey is not Robert's child, and thus not the real heir.[3]

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, The Lineages and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, With Descriptions of Many High Lords and Noble Ladies and Their Children is an old book written by Grand Maester Malleon. It doesn't mention the current Baratheons or Lannisters, but it mentions that throughout written history all Baratheons have been black-haired and that, likewise, every recorded union between Baratheon and Lannister has produced black-haired children.

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