I was watching a discussion between Elio and Linda, co-authors of The World of Ice and Fire and founders of Westeros.org, on Annullments in Westeros, in light of recent developments in the show.

Linda says in that video:

We do have an example of course from The World of Ice and Fire where children who were produced prior to marriage were rendered legitimate by the marriage.

I realized that I didn't know which example is she talking about?

Which bastards were rendered legitimate upon their parents marriage in Westerosi History?

  • 10
    If even Aegon can't answer, who will ?
    – Kepotx
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 9:43
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    It's based on a lie /s
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 10:10
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    @Möoz Sandsnakes are bastards aren't they? Oberyn never married any of their mothers. And why aren't you on Twitter? >D
    – Aegon
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 10:42
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    @Kepotx Apparently the man in the video and co-author of TWOIAF ;)
    – Aegon
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 12:11
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    @Aegon for the next question we will try to summon G.R.R. Martin
    – Kepotx
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 15:09

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Linda's referring to a detail from George's material that was cut from The World of Ice and Fire, but will be appearing in Fire and Blood, relating to a situation where Lord Hightower took up with his step-mother following his father's death.

The High Septon refused to countenance the relationship and would not allow them to marry, but they continued it and had a number of children. Eventually a new High Septon allowed the marriage and the children were rendered legitimate.

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    Thanks a lot Elio! I really appreciate you taking the time to answer it yourself. Looking forward to Fire and Blood!
    – Aegon
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 12:05
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    Is this what one would call a leak?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 12:07
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    And if anyone's wondering, this is in fact the real Elio
    – Möoz
    Commented Sep 14, 2017 at 4:07

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