Alester Florent

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Alester Florent
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Title Hand of the King
Lord of Brightwater Keep
Allegiance House Florent
Born At Brightwater Keep[1]
Died In 300 AC, at Dragonstone
Spouse Melara Crane
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
Melisandre burns Alester Florent alive in order to obtain favorable winds for the expedition to the North - by Dejan Delic ©

Lord Alester Florent is Lord of Brightwater Keep and head of House Florent. He is married to Melara Crane and they have three children Melessa, Alekyne and Rhea Florent. Alester had three brothers; Ser Axel, Ser Ryam and Ser Colin Florent, also has one sister Rylene Florent. His niece, Selyse is married to Stannis Baratheon. He is also Samwell Tarly's maternal grandfather.

Appearance and Character

See also: Images of Alester Florent

Alester is old, thin and tall, with silver hair and a beard shaped in a spike surrounding a long and distinguished face.[2] He is rich, courtly and ambitious.[3]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

After following House Tyrell in supporting Renly Baratheon, Alester rallies his banners and is the first of those who swore to Renly to go over to Stannis Baratheon's cause.[4] He is the first of the new lords to discard the Faith of the Seven and take up the worship of R'hllor.[3] After joining with Stannis, he briefly becomes Stannis's Hand of the King.[5]

A Storm of Swords

After Stannis's defeat at the Battle of the Blackwater, it is left to Selyse Florent and Alester to rule in Stannis's name while the king broods. Alester is given the king's seal by Selyse, to speak in Stannis's name.[6] For their support of Stannis, the Florents are stripped of Brightwater Keep by the Iron Throne.[7]

Alester is imprisoned in Dragonstone after he attempts to make peace with House Lannister in hopes of having Brightwater returned to him.[2] His brother, Axell Florent, denounces Alester as having betrayed Stannis.[8]

Denys Mallister recalls that he once unhorsed both of Samwell Tarly's grandfathers in the same tourney.[9]

A Feast for Crows

Whilst not mentioned in the story, the appendix states that Alester was burned as a traitor.[10]

A Dance with Dragons

Davos Seaworth recalls that when Stannis decided to aid the Night's Watch at the Wall, Melisandre burned Alester alive in order to obtain favorable winds for their expedition to Eastwatch.[11]

Quotes by Alester

Alester: You know me for a man of honor—
Cortnay: I know you for a man of ambition, a man who changes kings and gods the way I change my boots.[3]

– Alester and Cortnay Penrose

My chests were lost when the Lannisters overran our camp. I escaped with no more than the mail on my back and the rings on my fingers. No doubt some cook’s boy or groom is prancing around King’s Landing just now in my slashed velvet doublet and jeweled cloak. But war has its horrors, as all men know.[2]

Stannis Baratheon will never sit the Iron Throne. Is it treason to say the truth? A bitter truth, but no less true for that.[2]

Not treason. Never treason. I love His Grace as much as any man. My own niece is his queen, and I remained loyal to him when wiser men fled. I am his Hand, the Hand of the King, how can I be a traitor?[2]

Quotes about Alester

This man is defeated.[2]

Davos Seaworth's thoughts


Melara Crane
Randyll Tarly
Leyton Hightower
Stannis Baratheon
Samwell Tarly
Talla Tarly
2 daughters
Dickon Tarly
Shireen Baratheon
Rycherd Crane
Hosman Norcross
Robert I
Alester Norcross
Renly Norcross

References and Notes