Battle at Stonebridge

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Battle at Stonebridge
Marc Simonetti March of nine thousand poor fellows.jpg
The Battle at Stonebridge, as depicted by Marc Simonetti in The World of Ice & Fire
Conflict Faith Militant uprising
Date 42 AC
Place Stonebridge
Result Victory for the royal forces
Capture of Wat the Hewer
House Targaryen.svg Iron Throne/House Targaryen Star of the Faith.svg Faith of the Seven/Faith Militant
House Meadows.svg Lord Meadows of Grassy Vale Poor Fellows.svg Wat the Hewer
Six royalist hosts of unknown strength 9000 Poor Fellows

The battle at Stonebridge was one of the first major battles against the Faith Militant during the Faith Militant uprising.


Led by Wat the Hewer, a force of nine thousand Poor Fellows marched against the forces of King Maegor I Targaryen. As they attempted to cross the Mander, they were caught between six different royalist hosts. The Poor Fellows were untrained and undisciplined, clad in boiled leather, roughspun, and scraps of rusted steel. Armed largely with woodsmen's axes, sharpened sticks, and farm implements, they did not stand a chance against the knights of the royalist armies. With Wat's forces divided by the river, the Poor Fellows were cut to pieces.[1] The sheer brutality of the carnage made the Mander run red with blood for twenty leagues, resulting in the bridge and castle that commanded it forever after being known as Bitterbridge.[2] Wat fought Lord Myles Smallwood in single combat, with both men surviving the fight. [3] Wat later managed to kill half a dozen lords, including Lord Meadows, the commander of the king's army. Wat was eventually taken alive himself and delivered to King's Landing in chains.[1][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Sons of the Dragon.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  3. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death and Betrayal Under Jaehaerys I.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.