Hand of the King|
Lord of Brightwater Keep
|Born||At Brightwater Keep|
|Died||In 300 AC, at Dragonstone|
A Clash of Kings (appears)|
A Storm of Swords (appears)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
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, and 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
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. He is the first of the new lords to discard the Faith of the Seven and take up the worship of R'hllor. After joining with Stannis, he briefly becomes Stannis's Hand of the King.
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. For their support of Stannis, the Florents are stripped of Brightwater Keep by the Iron Throne.
Alester is imprisoned in Dragonstone after he attempts to make peace with House Lannister in hopes of having Brightwater returned to him. His brother, Axell Florent, denounces Alester as having betrayed Stannis.
A Feast for Crows
Whilst not mentioned in the story, the appendix states that Alester was burned as a traitor.
A Dance with Dragons
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.
– 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.
Quotes about Alester
This man is defeated.
– Davos Seaworth's thoughts
References and Notes
- George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Alester Florent.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 25, Davos III.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 42, Davos II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 36, Tyrion VIII.
- A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 10, Davos II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 78, Samwell V.
- A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.