Shaking sickness

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The shaking sickness[1] is a condition similar to epilepsy.


The shaking sickness causes its sufferers to twitch,[2] tremble,[1] and have violent seizures.[3] Such seizures are often treated with dreamwine and leeching, with the belief that they are caused by bad blood resulting in rage.[3][4]


Member of House Targaryen have historically not been afflicted by diseases such as the shaking sickness.[5]

When people started to die of a mysterious sickness at Dragonstone, Maester Culiper determined it was not the shaking sickness. It turned out to be poisonings by Androw Farman.[6]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Robert Arryn, the young Lord of the Eyrie, suffers from the shaking sickness.[1]

A Storm of Swords

When Edmure Tully, Lord of Riverrun, meets a Frey girl with a twitch, he wonders if she has the shaking sickness.[7]

A Feast for Crows

During a shaking fit, Robert kicks Ser Lothor Brune and wets himself.[4]

Sansa Stark comforts Robert when the boy's hand starts shaking while descending the Giant's Lance.[8]


Robert Arryn, Lord of the Eyrie, stood in the doorway, clutching a ragged cloth doll and looking at them with large eyes. He was a painfully thin child, small for his age and sickly all his days, and from time to time he trembled. The shaking sickness, the maesters called it.[1]

—thoughts of Catelyn Stark

Perhaps a pinch of sweetsleep in his milk, have you tried that? Just a pinch, to calm him and stop his wretched shaking.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 34, Catelyn VI.
  2. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 35, Catelyn IV.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 80, Sansa VII.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 10, Sansa I.
  5. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  6. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  7. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 49, Catelyn VI.
  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 41, Alayne II.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.