"When he was a young man in the Year of the False Spring, a great southern lord held the largest tourney Westeros had ever seen in the largest castle Westeros had ever seen. "
Meera Reed[src]
The ​Year of the False Spring was the year, 279 AC, in which the Knight of the Laughing Tree fought at Harrenhal.[1]

In the books

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Rhaegar Targaryen at the Tourney.

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the Year of the False Spring was the name commonly given to the year 281 after Aegon's Landing. It was so-named because an entire spring season occurred during that year, lasting only two months (when seasons in the world of Westeros often last at least one or two years).

It was the year in which Rickard and Brandon Stark were executed by the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen for alleged treason.

Several important characters were also born in this year, including Brienne of Tarth, Loras Tyrell, and Aegon Targaryen.


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