Dresden Files
Summer Court

The Summer Queens by Nana Leonti

The Summer Court is one of the Faerie Courts, ruling over part of Faerie in the Nevernever.


Summer is most often associated with growth and heat which is directly opposed to the Winter Court. The Summer Court is ruled by three Queens, collectively known as the Summer Queens. In addition, Summer counts many Sidhe and lesser faeries as members of the greater Summer Court. Finally, as with the Winter Court, a single mortal champion is appointed by the Summer Queens; the Summer Knight.[1]

The function of the Summer Court is to counterbalance the Winter Court, preventing Winter from overreaching in the mortal world.

The power of the Summer Court and its rulers is tied closely to the seasons in the mortal world. Summer gains power from Midwinter to Midsummer and loses power from Midsummer to Midwinter. During the time Summer is in ascendance, the Stone Table resides in the realm of Summer.


Summer Queens

The Summer Queens by Erin Rosenzweig. Website

The Summer Court is ruled by the three Summer Queens: Mother Summer, Summer Queen, and Summer Lady.[2] It also keeps a mortal champion, the Summer Knight.[1]

Mother Summer[]

Mother Summer is the oldest of the Summer Queens. She was the previous Summer Queen, and is the mother of the current one. She is not referred to by name but by her position.[1]

Sometime in recorded history, Titania's mother became the current holder of the title.[3]

Summer Queen[]

The Summer Queen is the ruler of the Summer Court. She was the Summer Lady, and will be the future Mother Summer. The current Summer Queen is Titania.[2]

Summer Lady[]

The Summer Lady is the youngest of the three Summer Queens. She is the future Summer Queen, sometimes the daughter of the current one.

Aurora was the Summer Lady up to Summer Knight,[4] when she was replaced by Lily,[5] in turn replaced by Sarissa.[6]

Summer King[]

You have the Queens, the Ladies, and the Knights. Where are the Kings? Do the Kings exist?
Jim Butcher
Yes they do. And actually there's been one on stage and one mentioned. One on stage would be the Erlking, kind of the image of the Hunter King, and the other one is Santa Claus.
— Dragon-Con, 2010[7]
There is no such thing as a Summer King in the Dresden Files faerie cosmology. Mab and Titania need a King like a fish needs a bicycle. There are a ton of independent rulers of the Wyld, though, much like the Erlking, who is a member of the Winter Court more or less as a sign of courtesy and respect. They will occasionally make alliances (and dalliances) with the great rulers of the Sidhe.— Jim Butcher, 2014 AMA[8]

While Jim Butcher has stated that faerie kings do exist, he later clarified in subsequent AMAs that these are not absolutely attached to either court, and are not needed for the functioning of either Court. The "Summer King" as such is not an actual title.

Summer Knight[]

The Summer Knight is a mortal chosen as the champion of the Summer Court.[2] Ronald Reuel wore the Mantle up to Summer Knight,[9] when he was replaced by Fix.[5]


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