Bonifer Hasty

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Bonifer Hasty
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Alias Bonifer the Good
Baelor Butthole
Title Ser
Castellan of Harrenhal
Allegiance House Hasty
The Holy Hundred
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)

Ser Bonifer Hasty, also known as Bonifer the Good,[1][2][3] is an old knight from House Hasty and is the commander of the Holy Hundred.

Appearance and Character

Bonifer is tall, thin and known for his piety. Ser Jaime Lannister thinks Bonifer is a withered, solemn stork of a man, with a stern, sad face, prone to salting his speech with appeals to the Seven.[4]

History

Ser Bonifer was a promising tourney knight in his youth, but when the love of his life married someone else, he turned away from seeking glory to devote himself to the Faith of the Seven.[4][5] He served under Lord Orton Merryweather, a former Hand of the King under King Aerys II Targaryen.[4]

Bonifer and Princess Rhaella Targaryen were infatuated with one another prior to the princess's official betrothal to her brother, Aerys, who was then prince.[6] According to Ser Barristan Selmy, Bonifer once wore the princess's favor in a tourney in which he defeated all challengers to name Rhaella his queen of love and beauty.[5] Their love was ultimately a brief thing and could never have been otherwise, as Bonifer was of far too low birth to be considered as a suitor for a princess of the royal line, House Targaryen.

When Rhaella married Aerys, the knight found solace in religion, finding only the Maiden could replace Rhaella in his heart.[5]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Bonifer and the Holy Hundred join King Renly Baratheon at the beginning of the War of the Five Kings. Upon Renly's death at Storm's End, he joins King Stannis Baratheon. Bonifer takes part in the Battle of the Blackwater where he is taken prisoner with his men; he then submits to King Joffrey I Baratheon.[1]

A Storm of Swords

Bonifer kneels in front of King Joffrey, who forgives him.[7]

A Feast for Crows

Bonifer and the Holy Hundred accompany Ser Jaime Lannister to take Riverrun. On the way, they stop at Harrenhal, where Jaime announces that Bonifer will hold Harrenhal in the crown's name during the absence of Petyr Baelish, Lord of Harrenhal.[4]

Jaime considers it probable that Orton Merryweather had convinced Queen Cersei to choose Bonifer as castellan of Harrenhal, as Bonifer had once served Orton's grandsire, though Jaime also notes Bonifer hails from the stormlands and has neither any enemies to feud with nor any allies to reward along the Trident, and he and his Holy Hundred have an excellent reputation for justice, sobriety and discipline.[4]

Jaime takes his supper in Harrenhal's Hunter's Hall with Bonifer. Jaime thinks of Bonifer in jest as "Baelor Butthole" in a mocking reference to Baelor the Blessed. Bonifer tells Jaime he will not suffer Pia or Gregor Clegane's men remaining at Harrenhal. Jaime obliges and takes Pia and the mountain's men with him.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

During her wedding procession in Meereen, on her way to marry Hizdahr, Ser Barristan Selmy takes Daenerys Targaryen's mind off things by telling her a bit about her mother, Rhaella. Barristan says Rhaella was once briefly smitten with a young landed knight from the stormlands. He tells her the knight put away his lance the day her mother wed her father, Aerys II Targaryen, and become very pious. The knight's passion for Rhaella had no hope of fulfillment. Barristan chooses his words carefully and does not mention the name of the knight to Daenerys, but she does not ask for the identity of the knight who had fallen so deeply in love with her mother.[5]

Quotes by Bonifer

Jaime: Can you hold Harrenhal with just your Holy Hundred?

Bonifer: I anticipate no difficulty. The Crone will light our way, and the Warrior will give strength to our arms.[4]

- Jaime Lannister and Bonifer

Quotes about Bonifer

Ser Bonifer himself had been a promising knight in his youth, but something had happened to him, a defeat or a disgrace or a near brush with death, and afterward he had decided that jousting was an empty vanity and put away his lance for good and all.
- Jaime Lannister's thoughts


His passion was impossible of course. A landed knight is no fit consort for a princess of royal blood.
- Barristan Selmy to Daenerys Targaryen

References and Notes

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