anonymous asked:

Do you think that Aegon the unlikely, after Duncan married Jenny, intended to give the prince of Dragonflies Summerhall as his seat since Duncan had forgone his claim to the iron throne?

Thanks for the question, Anon.

I very much doubt it. To be sure, courtesy titles for the participants in and products of morganatic unions were not unknown in our world. For example, Duke Alexander of Wurttemberg, of the junior branch of the Wurttemberg royal line, morganatically married a Hungarian countess; their son, Francis, was made a Prince of Teck and later Duke of Teck by his cousin, King William I of Wurttemberg (hence why his daughter was known as Princess Mary of Teck; she married the future King George V of Great Britain and was the grandmother of the current Queen). Likewise, I’ve talked about the Battenbergs before; the matriarch of that line, Julia von Hauke, was made Countess and later Princess of Battenberg (a small town in Hesse) by her brother-in-law, the Grand Duke of Hesse und bei Rhine.

That being said, I don’t think Prince Duncan would have gotten Summerhall. For one, King Aegon V had good reason to be wroth with his eldest son: not only had Aegon “demanded” that his heir put aside his commoner bride (to no avail), but the king had also faced a short rebellion from his longtime supporter Lyonel Baratheon over Duncan’s broken betrothal with his daughter. While Duncan and Jenny were apparently eventually welcomed back to court (since Barristan Selmy remembers “Lady Jenny”, and it was from Jenny’s woods witch friend that then-Prince Jaehaerys heard that prince that was promised was to be born of his line), I could see where this reconciliation might have been slow and never fully complete. King Aegon V might have felt that he did not want to reward the son who had so dramatically defied him with one of the two Targaryen princely seats.

Moreover, it would have been bad symbol politics to given Duncan Summerhall. After all, the last known Prince of Summerhall was Prince Daeron “the Drunken”, then heir to his father King Maekar, who had preferred the palatial seat to gloomy and grim Dragonstone. If King Aegon V gave Duncan Summerhall, it might seem to some as though Aegon was still considering Duncan his heir - naming him Prince of a seat that had last belonged to an heir apparent. If Daemon Blackfyre could use his being given the sword of the Targaryen kings as support for his claim to the throne (and cause decades of grief for the monarchy), it stood to reason that the legitimately and royally born Duncan (or those who wanted Duncan on the throne) could use his being given Summerhall as proof that Aegon was keeping him in the succession. Naturally, the king might have had no desire to send such a message when he so vehemently disapproved of Duncan’s nuptial choices.

The Queen Regent (NFriel)


Stuttgart, Germany (by DelightTurkish)

“Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna” (1777) (detail) by Alexander Roslin (1718-1793).