Preston Greenfield

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Title Ser
Allegiance House Greenfield
Kingsguard
Died In 299AC, at King's Landing
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (Appears)
A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)

Ser Preston Greenfield is a knight of House Greenfield. He is a member of King Robert's Kingsguard.

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Appearance

See also: Images of Preston Greenfield

Preston is short.[1]

History

Preston broke his vows by meeting a draper's wife in King's Landing while her husband was away.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Preston is one of the Kingsguard who accompanies King Robert Baratheon on his boar-hunting trip, in which Robert is gored.[3] He is later present in the throne room when Ser Barristan Selmy is dismissed, and laughs at his former sworn brother's shame.[4]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Preston beats Sansa Stark when ordered to by King Joffrey Baratheon. According to Sansa, he treats her as a lackwit child during the beatings.[5]

When Joffrey practices shooting at hares at the Red Keep, one of his bolts almost hits Preston in the groin.[6]

Preston guards the Iron Throne when Tyrion Lannister sends Ser Cleos Frey back to Robb Stark with his terms for peace. When Ser Alliser Thorne, angry about how he has been treated by him, tries to grab Tyrion's sleeve after the reception, he is rebuffed by Preston: "No closer, ser." Alliser relents, knowing that it is unwise to challenge a knight of the Kingsguard.[7]

Preston is part of the procession to see Princess Myrcella off to Dorne. When the mob goes mad in the streets of King's Landing, Preston tries to cut his way back to aid the High Septon against the mob and is killed by the maddened people. It takes the gold cloaks a few days to find his body, as they search for a knight in white armour. However, the rioters have so severely stabbed and hacked at Preston's corpse that he is "red-brown from head to heel" and barely identifiable.[8]

A Storm of Swords

Tyrion Lannister receives some hostile reactions among the smallfolk of King's Landing when he is inspecting the devastation left beyond the King's Gate after the Battle of the Blackwater. He assumes that, if he was not protected by Ser Bronn, the people would pull him off his horse and smash his face in with a cobblestone, as they did for Ser Preston.[9]

When Ser Jaime Lannister assumes his duties as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, he notices that in his absence the White Book has not been updated, as that is the Lord Commander's duty, and that the death of Preston has yet to be recorded.[10]

Lord Petyr Baelish tells Sansa Stark that when he was arranging the contract for a marriage between King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell in Highgarden he let his men spread information about the gruesome details of Preston's death. Littlefinger suggests that by doing so, he successfully planted the idea in Mace Tyrell's mind that his son Loras should join the Kingsguard in order to be able to protect his sister.[11]

A Feast for Crows

Princess Arianne Martell asks the guilt-ridden Ser Arys Oakheart during one of their dates whether he believes that he is the only member of the Kingsguard who ever loved a woman. Arys shares that he knew, among other things, that Preston used to visit a draper's wife when the husband was away.[2]

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