Fighting at Bitterbridge

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Fighting at Bitterbridge
Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date 299 AC
Place Bitterbridge, the Reach
Result House Tyrell victory
Combatants
House Baratheon of Dragonstone:

Stormlands

Reach

House Tyrell:

Reach, led by House Tyrell

Commanders
Ser Parmen Crane
Ser Errol Florent
Ser Loras Tyrell
Lord Randyll Tarly
Casualties
Heavy

Fighting at Bitterbridge occurs during the War of the Five Kings in the aftermath of the death of King Renly Baratheon and the fall of Storm's End to King Stannis Baratheon.

Prelude

Renly Baratheon holds a great melee at Bitterbridge during his march toward King's Landing.[1] After hearing that his older brother Stannis has besieged Storm's End, Renly leaves his foot at Bitterbridge and rides with his horse to confront Stannis.[2] Melisandre assassinates Renly with a shadow,[3][4] however, and Ser Loras Tyrell, kills two of his fellow Rainbow Guard, Robar Royce and Emmon Cuy, in his rage.[5]

Lord Alester Florent bends the knee to Stannis, the first of several of Renly's followers to join their late king's brother.[5] Loras, however, returns to Bitterbridge from Storm's End with a fifth of Renly's knights.[5] Lords Randyll Tarly and Mathis Rowan, who had also accompanied Renly,[2] leave the camp as well.[4]

Fighting

After the news of Renly's death reaches Bitterbridge, where sixty thousand men are encamped,[4] a fight breaks out between those who wish to declare for Stannis and those who follow House Tyrell's decision not to. Lord Tarly seizes the stores and puts many men—mainly Florents—to the death. Lord Lorent Caswell locks himself inside his castle to avoid the hostilities.[6] Ser Parmen Crane and Ser Erren Florent, two knights sent by Stannis to retrieve the army,[4] are taken prisoner.[7]

Aftermath

Parmen and Erren are taken to Highgarden as hostages.[7] The Rowans and Oakhearts are spotted north of the Mander.[6] Lord Petyr Baelish travels to Bitterbridge and negotiates an alliance between the Tyrells, Lord Tywin Lannister, and King Joffrey I Baratheon, leading to the defeat of Stannis in the Battle of the Blackwater.[8][9]

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