|House Grafton of Gulltown
|Coat of arms
A burning tower in yellow, within a black pile, upon flaming red
(Gules, on a pile sable a tower or with flames issuant from the battlements)
|Lord Gerold Grafton
|Vale of Arryn
|Lord of Gulltown
|Ser Gerold Grafton
|Coming of the Andals
House Grafton of Gulltown is a noble house from the Vale of Arryn, one of the main families sworn to House Arryn of the Eyrie. They rule over Gulltown, a main port and populated city, as well as the only city in the Vale.
The Graftons were founded during the coming of the Andals to the Vale. Ser Gerold Grafton was an Andal knight from Andalos who supported King Osgood III Shett of Gulltown in battle against House Royce, marrying his daughters to Shett and his heir, while taking King Osgood's daughter to wife. While the Shetts defeated the Royces, Osgood III did not survive the battle, with some claiming that it was Ser Gerold who struck him down.
When Ser Gerold returned to Gulltown, he took King Osgood's crown and disposed of his son, establishing the rule of House Grafton over Gulltown. When the town rose against Gerold, he brutally quelled the protests and the rule of House Grafton remained uncontested. Gerold proved to be a sage and clever ruler and Gulltown prospered under him and his successors, growing into the first and only city in the Vale.
When King Robar II Royce united the First Men against the Andals, Royce sent his sister instead Gulltown to persuade the Shetts to rise against the Graftons and open the city gate, allowing Royce to take the city by storm. However, Royce was eventually defeated and rule of the Vale fell to House Arryn.
During Aegon's Conquest, the fleets of House Arryn and House Targaryen met in the battle in the waters off Gulltown, resulting in the destruction of both fleets. Queen Regent Sharra Arryn later strengthened the defenses of Gulltown, though the Arryns and Graftons soon bent the knee to Aegon I Targaryen.
In 52 AC, Jaehaerys I Targaryen and Queen Alysanne made a progress through the Vale, visiting the Graftons at Gulltown. While at the city, Queen Alysanne saw Lady Prudence Celtigar wed to Lord Grafton and held a women's court, where she was inspired to have Jaehaerys formalize the Widow's Law.
In 134 AC, a war of succession ensued in the Vale upon the death of Lady Jeyne Arryn, as her first cousin Arnold Arryn and Isembard Arryn, head of the Gulltown Arryns, tried to contest Jeyne's chosen heir, Ser Joffrey Arryn, a fourth cousin. The Vale houses split into three factions, with Gulltown and House Grafton remaining staunch in its support of Isembard, the Gilded Falcon.
At the start of Robert's Rebellion, when Lord Jon Arryn called his banners and rebelled against King Aerys II Targaryen, Lord Grafton remained loyal to the crown and opposed his liege lord. Marq Grafton was slain by Lord Robert Baratheon during the taking of Gulltown.
A Game of Thrones
A Feast for Crows
Petyr Baelish tells Sansa Stark that he is well loved in Gulltown, and counts Lord Gerold Grafton as one of his lordly friends. Petyr asks Lords Grafton and Lynderly to send each a son to ward, to become Lord Robert Arryn's squires.
The Winds of Winter
This information has thus far been released in a sample chapter for The Winds of Winter, and might therefore not be in finalized form. Keep in mind that the content as described below is still subject to change.
House Grafton at the end of the third century
The known Graftons during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- King Gerold Grafton, an Andal knight from Andalos.
- Lord Grafton, head of the house during the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, who married Prudence Celtigar.
- Lord Grafton, who stayed loyal to King Aerys II Targaryen during Robert's Rebellion.
- Marq Grafton, killed during Robert's Rebellion.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
- The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Vale
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: Aegon's Conquest.
- Fire & Blood, Death, Birth, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
- Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
- The Winds of Winter, Alayne I
- Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
- The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert’s Rebellion.