The Twinslayer Posted February 23, 2019 Share Posted February 23, 2019 There is, or at least there was, an old theory that the Kingsguard oath demanded that one Kingsguard must always be with the king. The purpose of this theory was to support the notion that Lyanna's child by Rhaegar Targaryen (presumed to be Jon Snow) must be a legitimate heir to the throne, otherwise the three Kingsguard who were present at the toj when Ned Stark arrived there would have abandoned Lyanna in order to try to protect the true king, Viserys Targaryen, on Dragonstone. This theory has taken a number of hits over the years. When ASOS was published, we saw all of the available KGs assemble in the White Sword Tower leaving Tommen under the protection of non-KG knights. The Princess and the Queen describes a scene where two KG knights are ordered by a member of the Small Council to leave the company of the (crippled) king to go do other things, and they obey the order. Yet the "one KG must always be with the king, so Jon Snow must be legitimate" theory nevertheless has persisted on this forum. Fire & Blood really puts that theory to bed. Here is one quote: "That night, under cover of darkness, King Jaehaerys and Princess Alysanne mounted their dragons, Vermithor and Silverwing, and departed the Red Keep for the the ancient Targaryen citadel below the Dragonmont...The Kingsguard arrived from King's Landing by galley a few days later." Fire & Blood is full of other examples of kings who were not in the presence of their KGs. I'd like to compile them all in one place. If you have other handy examples, please post them in this thread so I can compile them in one place. Thanks, all! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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