|The title of this article is conjecture based on information revealed in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels or related material and may be subject to change.
This article is about Maegor Targaryen's wife. You may be looking for Talisa Maegyr, called Jeyne Westerling in the books.
- "But his third wife couldn't give him a child either. Desperate to cement his stolen throne with an heir, Maegor took three wives at once, known as the Black Brides because each were women he'd widowed in his wars. All three women grew full with child in time, but each gave birth to the same twisted monstrosities as his second wife. One need not be a maester, much less a Grand Maester, to deduce the common thread here. "
King Maegor married Jeyne out of desperation for an heir, after failing to produce one with his first three wives, choosing her because she was of proven fertility. Her late husband was at some point killed by Maegor. However, she still miscarried just like the others.
In the books
In The World of Ice and Fire and Fire & Blood, Jeyne's husband Alyn Tarbeck died during the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye in 43 AC. She gave birth to his posthumous son a few months later. In 47 AC, Jeyne was forced to marry Maegor Targaryen along with Elinor Costayne and Rhaena Targaryen. Jeyne's son was present as a hostage for her compliance. He became the Lord of Tarbeck Hall after the wedding, and was sent to Casterly Rock to be raised as a ward of Lord Lyman Lannister.
Both Jeyne and Elinor became pregnant the same year, and Maegor happily showered them with gifts and honors, and granted lands and titles to their families. However, Jeyne gave birth three months early to a stillborn child, lacking arms and legs and possessing both male and female genitalia. Jeyne herself died soon after; she was the third to die of Maegor's six wives. In 48 AC, Tyanna of the Tower confessed to having poisoned Jeyne's child in the womb.
Of the three Black Brides, only Jeyne is mentioned in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels: when Catelyn Stark chides her son for breaching the pact with House Frey by marrying Jeyne Westerling, he says that the Westerlings are better blood than the Freys, and there was another Jeyne Westerling who was queen to King Maegor. Unimpressed, Catelyn sharply points out that will only salt Lord Walder's wounds.