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Although it is not common in Westeros for women to receive training to wield a weapon, we have seen exceptions in the cases of Arya Stark, Yara Greyjoy, Brienne of Tarth and Meera Reed.

Having said that, I do not expect women like Cersei, Margaery or Sansa to have this inclination. I can't recall Daenerys Targaryen engaging herself with weapons in any of the 40 episodes of Game of Thrones.

Is there any evidence, direct or suggestive, that Daenerys inclines to learn to wield a weapon in any of the 5 ASOIAF books? Dragon riding and control doesn't count.

Information after ASOS can be put in spoiler tags.

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If you are wondering if she will ever wield Lightbringer, the answer is of course that Lightbringer is not a sword: Dany drew from the fire her dragons, which will be her weapon once she learns to control them. –  TLP Jun 19 at 10:34
    
Oh good, so she doesn't just leave them chained up in the catacombs. –  Mkalafut Jun 19 at 20:18

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I have read all of the books and have not noticed any references to her studying armed combat.

I doubt it is something which she will take up because in order to become good enough to really make a difference one needs to train for years (I teach medieval combat so have a bit of an insight) and she simply does not have the time. The books mention how busy she is pretty much every day with her ruling duties.

Also, there is little need for her to fight. She has guards, an army and dragons and no one expects her to lead from the front as a combatant so they do not lose respect for her when she does not. Contrast this to Robert's leadership where his charisma was mainly based on his prowess as a warrior, if he avoided fighting his soldiers would have lost respect - Daenarys does not have this type of relationship with her followers.

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Yes. Also, Daenerys was brought up in the style of the upper classes of Westeros, where it is not expected for women to fight. It is made clear Arya and Brienne are very unusual exceptions. The examples in the OP include the Iron Islands and marshlanders, which have different customs. An interesting question is whether Dothraki women learn combat. If so, then Daenerys might have learned from them during her marriage to Drogo, but I'm fairly sure this was not discussed in the books. –  Royal Canadian Bandit Jun 19 at 8:50
    
Hmmm ... good point. I do not recall any mention of women fighting in the Dothraki battles but neither do I recall anyone saying they did not. Although I do not think she would have been there long enough to develop the physical attributes or skills to be a serious threat to a life long warrior even if she was receiving training. –  Stefan Jun 19 at 9:03
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The Dothraki treat women lower then horses so I doubt they would expect them to fight they seem more like slaves than anything. –  Dreamwalker Jun 19 at 9:06
    
@RoyalCanadianBandit I think it's a little unclear if Targaryens are brought up in the style of the upper classes of Westeros or of Valyria -- for example, they expect to marry their siblings, which the Westerosi upper classes certainly do not (except perhaps for a couple of Lannisters...). Of course, it's likely that the upper classes of Westeros are heavily influenced by the Valyrians who ruled them for several centuries. –  Mike Scott Jun 19 at 9:13
    
@MikeScott: Yes, incestuous marriage is an exception, but in general it seems the Targaryens lived in a similar fashion to the higher Westerosi nobility. Changes of custom run both ways; the Targaryens would have changed in the centuries after they conquered Westeros. I imagine Aegon the Conqueror's sisters knew how to swing a sword, but somewhere along the line that tradition stopped being passed down. –  Royal Canadian Bandit Jun 19 at 15:22

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