|Alias|| Bonifer the Good|
Castellan of Harrenhal
|Book(s)|| A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Appearance and Character
In his youth, Ser Bonifer was a promising knight in tourneys, 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. He served under Lord Orton Merryweather, a former Hand of the King under King Aerys Targaryen.
Ser Bonifer and Princess Rhaella Targaryen were infatuated with one another prior to the princess's official betrothal to her brother, Prince Aerys. According to Ser Barristan Selmy, Ser 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. 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 royal blood.
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, he joins King Stannis Baratheon. Bonifer takes part in the Battle of the Blackwater where he is taken prisoner with his men; he submits to King Joffrey Baratheon.
A Storm of Swords
Bonifer kneels in front of King Joffrey, who forgives him.
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.
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.
Jaime takes his supper in Harrenhal's Hunter’s Hall with Bonifer. As they discuss affairs Jaime recalls Bonifer had been a promising knight. Something had happened to him, a defeat or a disgrace or a near brush with death, and afterward Bonifer decided that jousting was an empty vanity and put away his lance for good and all.
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.
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 fulfilment. 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.
|“||I anticipate no difficulty. The Crone will light our way, and the Warrior will give strength to our arms.||”|
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.||”|
|“||His passion was impossible of course. A landed knight is no fit consort for a princess of royal blood.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 43, Daenerys.
- ↑ A World of Ice and Fire, "Bonifer Hasty" entry.
- ↑ As suggested in A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa, and confirmed in A Storm of Swords, Appendix