IM SOOOO FUCKIN EXCITED FOR THIS WEEKEND AND IM NOT EVEN GOING TO BE AT SDCC
WE’RE STILL GONNA GET GREAT CONTENT AND ALL THAT FUN SHIT
In other words…unorganised thoughts on the economical advantages of incest in the world of ASoIaF.
Okay so during a gender studies lecture I kind of had an epiphany. I think I get now why the Targaryens wedded brother to sister. I feel so stupid for taking so long to realise this. it’s not about keeping the Blood of the Dragon pure, it’s all about (economic) power.
The Targaryens were the ruling house of Westeros so whenever the king had a daughter, she would have to give up her status and power upon marriage to become part of a lesser house without all the wealth and power. She would give birth to children who had practically no right to the throne as the westerosi culture is patrilineal. And don’t even let me get started on things like dowries and bridewealth.
On the other hand, when a Targaryen king had a son, he would raise the status of a woman of one of the lesser houses, thus giving this house more influence. Their son would be of both houses and could decide to raise his mother’s house even more in power, causing some kind of an imbalance.
Since the Targaryens had dragons, they had little need for alliances with the other houses of Westeros. There was no need to bind another family to them through marriage, and so they thought up a way to produce heirs without having to give up parts of their power and influence or let their daughters marry below their social status….and the answer was incest.
It keeps the bloodline pure, it keeps the power and wealth in the family, it protects the Targaryen daughters from losing their status and it keeps other houses from having even the tiniest bit of a claim to the Iron Throne.
The only reason they stopped is because the dragons died which meant they required other means of maintaining power than fire and blood.
Uh…does this make sense to anyone?
Yep, this is a very good analysis. (Except they didn’t stop when the dragons died.) The only times we know they married out is when they needed an alliance (like finally bringing Dorne under Targaryen rule) or if there weren’t enough Targs to go ‘round. Though I’m not sure why Rhaelle Targaryen married that Baratheon (except maybe because her brother, Duncan the Small, married a commoner for love), but note that the Baratheons were already tied to the Targaryens as descendants of Aegon the Conqueror’s probable half-brother.
The Dornish double marriage — the Targ king marrying a Dornish princess, and his sister marrying the ruling prince of Dorne — was extremely interesting, btw. Not just for the fact that the Targs married out, or that they married into another royal family, but also the extremely divisive reaction this alliance produced in the people of Westeros. A lot of nobles hated the Dornish influence on the Targaryen court, and it was one of the causes of the Blackfyre Rebellion.
Oh, there was also one major exception: Maegor the Cruel, who had multiple wives from multiple houses. But he had no heirs (and executed his wives for not producing any), and his nephew inherited.
AU: Rick wakes up from a coma to find Daryl holding their baby