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