Study Guide

Princess Irulan in Dune

By Frank Herbert

Princess Irulan

Irulan is the Emperor's eldest daughter and guess what? She's quite the looker. Didn't see that coming now, did you?

Paul marries Irulan to secure his position as ruler of the universe (more or less), though he saves his love for Chani. Irulan will go on to write many history books about the life of Muad'Dib and the people surrounding him. Excerpts from these histories provide the introductions to most of the chapters in Dune.

Irulan returns in the sequels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, playing a far more important role in each and actually becoming a fleshed-out character in the process.