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{{Hatnote|"Robert" redirects here. For other characters named "Robert", see [[Robert (disambiguation)]]}}
 
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{{Infobox monarch
| name         = [[file:House_Baratheon.PNG|50px|left]] '''Robert I Baratheon''' [[file:House_Baratheon.PNG|50px|right]]
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| name = [[File:House Baratheon.svg|50px|left]] '''Robert I Baratheon''' [[File:House Baratheon.svg|50px|right]]
| image         = [[File:RobertBKingMagali Villeneuve.jpg|350px]]
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| image = [[File:RobertBKingMagali Villeneuve.jpg|350px]]
| image_caption = Robert Baratheon by Magali Villeneuve
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| image_caption = Robert Baratheon, as depicted by Magali Villeneuve in [[The World of Ice & Fire]].
| reign = {{Date|283}} - {{Date|298}}
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| reign = {{Date|283}} - {{Date|298}}
| coronation =
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| coronation =
| othertitles = King of the [[Andals]], the [[Rhoynar]] and the [[First Men]]<br>[[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]]<br>[[Protector of the Realm]]<br>[[Lord Paramount of the Stormlands]] (granted to [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]])<br>Lord of [[Storm's End]] (granted to [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]])<br>[[Knight|Ser]]{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}}
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| othertitles = [[King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men]]<br>[[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]]<br>[[Protector of the Realm]]<br>[[Lord Paramount of the Stormlands]] (granted to [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]])<br>[[Lord of Storm's End]] (granted to [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]])<br>[[Knight|Ser]]{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}}
| fullname = Robert Baratheon the First of His Name
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| fullname = Robert Baratheon the First of His Name
| alias = The Usurper<br>Demon of the Trident<br>The Whoremonger King
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| alias = The [[Usurper]]<br>Demon of the [[Battle of the Trident|Trident]]<br>The Whoremonger King
| predecessor = [[Aerys II Targaryen]]
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| predecessor = [[Aerys II Targaryen]]
| successor = [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]]
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| successor = [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey I Baratheon]]
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| heir = [[Joffrey Baratheon]]
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| heir = [[Joffrey Baratheon]]
| queen = [[Cersei Lannister]]
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| queen = [[Cersei Lannister]]
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| spouse1 =
| issue = [[Joffrey Baratheon]] (legally only)<br>[[Myrcella Baratheon]] (legally only)<br>[[Tommen Baratheon]] (legally only)<br>'''Bastards:'''<br>[[Mya Stone]]<br>[[Bella]]<br>[[Gendry]]<br>[[Edric Storm]]<br>Unknown twins<br>[[Barra]]<br>9 others
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| issue = [[Joffrey Baratheon]] (legally)<br>[[Myrcella Baratheon]] (legally)<br>[[Tommen Baratheon]] (legally)<br>'''Bastards:'''<br>[[Mya Stone]]<br>[[Bella]]<br>[[Gendry]]<br>[[Edric Storm]]<br>Unknown twins<br>[[Barra]]<br>9 others
| royalhouse = [[House Baratheon of King's Landing]]
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| royalhouse = [[House Baratheon of King's Landing]]
| dynasty =
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| dynasty =
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| royalanthem =
| father = [[Steffon Baratheon]]
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| father = [[Steffon Baratheon]]
| mother = [[Cassana Estermont]]
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| mother = [[Cassana Estermont]]
| dateofbirth = {{Date|262}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
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| dateofbirth = {{Date|262}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}}
| placeofbirth = [[Storm's End]]{{Ref|AWOIAF| Robert Baratheon}}
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| placeofbirth = [[Storm's End]]{{ref|AWOIAF| Robert Baratheon}}
| dateofdeath = {{Date|298}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| Appendix: Reign of the Kings}}
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| dateofdeath = {{Date|298}}{{ref|TWOIAF| Appendix: Reign of the Kings}}
| placeofdeath = [[King's Landing]]
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| placeofdeath = [[King's Landing]]
| dateofburial =  
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| dateofburial =
| placeofburial = [[Storm's End]]
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| placeofburial =
| Books         = ''[[The World of Ice and Fire]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (mentioned)
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| Books = ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Game of Thrones]]'' (appears)<br>''[[A Clash of Kings]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Storm of Swords]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Feast for Crows]]'' (mentioned)<br>''[[A Dance with Dragons]]'' (mentioned)
| Played_by = [[w:Mark Addy|Mark Addy]]
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| Played_by = [[w:Mark Addy|Mark Addy]]
| TV_series = [[Game of Thrones - Season 1|Season 1]]
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| TV_series = [[Game of Thrones - Season 1|Season 1]]
 
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:''"Robert" redirects here. For other characters named "Robert", see [[Robert (disambiguation)]].''
 
King '''Robert I Baratheon''' is the [[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]] of [[Westeros]] and the head of [[House Baratheon of King's Landing]]. Robert was crowned king after winning [[Robert's Rebellion|the rebellion]] which was named after him and taking the [[Iron Throne]] from [[Aerys II Targaryen]], his first cousin once removed. Robert fought the war to win back his betrothed, [[Lyanna Stark]], with the aid of her brother, his close friend, [[Eddard Stark]]. Due to Lyanna's death, however, Robert married [[Cersei Lannister]] after war's end to ensure political stability. Robert has three children with Cersei: [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], [[Myrcella Baratheon|Myrcella]], and [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]]. In the television adaptation ''[[Game of Thrones]]'' he is played by [[w:Mark Addy|Mark Addy]].
 
  
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'''Robert I Baratheon''' is the [[Lord of the Seven Kingdoms]] of [[Westeros]] and the head of [[House Baratheon of King's Landing]]. Robert was crowned king after King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], his first cousin once removed, was killed during [[Robert's Rebellion]]. Following the war, Robert married [[Cersei Lannister]] to ensure political stability. With her, Robert has three children: [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], [[Myrcella Baratheon|Myrcella]], and [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]]. In the television adaptation ''[[Game of Thrones]]'' he is played by [[w:Mark Addy|Mark Addy]].
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==Appearance and Character==
 
==Appearance and Character==
:''See also: [[:Category:Images of Robert Baratheon|Images of Robert Baratheon]]''
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{{See also|:Category:Images of Robert Baratheon|l1=Images of Robert Baratheon}}
Robert was once a renowned warrior with a good battlefield voice.{{ref|AGOT|30}} In his youth he was described as very tall (Ned Stark estimates his height at six feet and six inches, with his brothers slightly shorter), broad shouldered and muscled like a maiden's fantasy. He kept himself clean shaven. This started to change after winning the crown. Robert became overweight from excessive feasting and drinking. In the nine years since [[Greyjoy's Rebellion]], he gained at least eight stone in weight.{{Ref|aGoT|4}} Robert grew a beard to hide his multiple chins.{{Ref|aGoT|4}}  
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Robert has the classical [[House Baratheon|Baratheon]] look: black hair and bright blue eyes.{{ref|AGOT|58}} His heavy black hair is thick on his chest, and coarse around his sex.{{ref|AFFC|32}} He is a very tall man;{{ref|AGOT|58}} [[Eddard Stark]] estimates his height to be six and a half feet.{{ref|AGOT|4}} As a young adult, Robert was a handsome,{{ref|AGOT|58}} clean-shaven man,{{ref|agot|4}} with rough and hard hands.{{ref|AFFC|9}} He was strong and powerful, and muscled "like a maiden's fantasy". However, after he won the [[Iron Throne]], Robert's appearance changed. Due to excessive feasting and drinking, Robert gained a significant amount of weight. In the nine years since [[Greyjoy's Rebellion]], he gained at least eight stone in weight.{{ref|aGoT|4}} Now, he is often red-faced from drink,{{ref|AGOT|5}} with dark circles underneath his eyes,{{ref|AGOT|4}} and walks as if he is half in his cups, while sweating through his silks.{{ref|AGOT|5}} Robert's beard, a wild, thick and fierce thing,{{ref|ACOK|Prologue}} hides his double chin.{{ref|AGOT|4}}
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Well loved by soldiers,{{ref|ACOK|Prologue}}{{ref|ADWD|10}} Robert is brave, but headstrong, rash, and impatient.{{ref|AGOT|36}}{{ref|AGOT|39}}{{ref|AGOT|4}}{{ref|AGOT|12}}{{ref|AGOT|47}} He is proud,{{ref|AGOT|30}} and will not likely back down on words spoken in a drunken bravado.{{ref|AGOT|30}} As king, Robert is no longer used to someone disagreeing with him,{{ref|AGOT|33}} and he can be manipulated by others if advised not to do something.{{ref|AGOT|30}} [[Tyrion Lannister]] considers Robert to be a great blustering oaf,{{ref|ACOK|3}} while [[Varys]] describes him as a fool.{{ref|agot|30}} [[Cersei Lannister]] considers her husband to be an ignorant,{{ref|AFFC|7}} dumb,{{ref|AFFC|8}}{{ref|AFFC|32}} slow-witted,{{ref|AFFC|24}} drunken brute of a man,{{ref|AFFC|32}} who does not have the ruthless streak she believes a king requires.{{ref|AFFC|32}} Although several people consider Robert to be brave,{{ref|agot|36}}{{ref|ASOS|71}} Cersei believes him to be a coward.{{ref|AFFC|7}} According to [[Petyr Baelish]], Robert is practiced at closing his eyes to things he would rather not see.{{ref|AGOT|20}}
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Robert is as strong as a bull and fearless in battle.{{ref|ACOK|27}} He loves the song of swords{{ref|ASOS|42}} and considers [[poison]] to be a coward's weapon.{{ref|AGOT|33}} As long they are honest and brave, Robert can be merciful towards his enemies,{{ref|AGOT|33}}{{ref|AGOT|45}} and he can inspire loyalty and friendship in those he spares.{{ref|ASOS|36}} The only exception are the [[House Targaryen|Targaryens]];{{ref|AGOT|33}} his hatred for them is a madness within him.{{ref|AGOT|12}} A peerless warrior in his youth,{{ref|AGOT|5}} Robert fought with a spiked iron warhammer, crafted at [[Storm's End]] by [[Donal Noye]],{{ref|agot|19}} although he also carried a blade.{{ref|ADWD|61}} In battle, he wore a great antlered helmet, which made him look like a horned god.{{ref|AGOT|58}} He prefers melees, in which he can hit people with his hammer, over jousts.{{ref|affc|24}} Despite the numerous weapons in the royal armory, the only blade Robert uses is a hunting knife he received as a boy from [[Jon Arryn]], his foster father.{{ref|ASOS|32}} Although his condition has deteriorated due to his weight gain and frequent drinking,{{ref|AGOT|4}} Robert remains a strong man; [[Jaime Lannister]] believes that Robert is stronger than him.{{ref|ASOS|21}} Robert possesses a powerful battlefield voice.{{ref|AGOT|30}}
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Robert is a man of huge appetites, who knows how to take his pleasures.{{ref|AGOT|4}} He is quite promiscuous,{{ref|AGOT|35}} and has fathered multiple bastard children. His lusts are the subject of ribald drinking songs throughout the realms,{{ref|AGOT|27}} As king, Robert is not loath to impose upon the hospitality of his subjects, no matter whether it is voluntarily or forced.{{ref|affc|30}} At the same time, however, Robert possesses a great, but rather careless, generosity.<ref name=Baratheonbrothers/> He is an avid hunter.{{ref|agot|2}}{{ref|affc|28}} Some of Robert's favorite songs are "[[A Cask of Ale]]", "[[Fifty-Four Tuns]]", and "[[The Bear and the Maiden Fair]]".{{ref|aSoS|42}}
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Robert owns a black velvet doublet decorated with a crowned golden stag,{{ref|AGOT|39}} a green doublet,{{ref|AGOT|47}} and a golden mantle with a cloak of black and gold squares.{{ref|AGOT|39}} When riding his horse, Robert wears thick brown gloves and a hooded heavy fur cloak.{{ref|AGOT|12}}
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==History==
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===Early life===
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Born in {{Date|262}},{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} Robert was the first born child of [[Cassana Estermont]] and [[Steffon Baratheon]], Lord of [[Storm's End]], [[Lord Paramount of the Stormlands]], and head of [[House Baratheon]]. He was a scant year older than his brother, [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]], who was born in {{Date|264}}.<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Stannis Baratheon|Stannis Baratheon]] calculation.''</ref> When Robert was already in his teens, his youngest brother, [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]], was born.<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Renly Baratheon|Renly Baratheon]] calculation.''</ref>
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According to Stannis, when Robert was five or six years old, the two brothers were brought to court by their father, Steffon, where they witnessed the [[Hand of the King]], Lord [[Tywin Lannister]], sitting on the [[Iron Throne]] and holding court.{{ref|ASOS|54}}
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From an early age onwards, Robert had been fostered by Lord [[Jon Arryn]] in the [[Eyrie]], together with [[Eddard Stark]] of [[Winterfell]]. The two boys became fast friends, and Jon Arryn, who had no children of his own, became like a second father to them.{{ref|AGOT|2}}{{ref|AWOIAF| Robert Baratheon}} During the period in which he was fostered, Robert visited Storm's End on multiple occasions.{{ref|AWOIAF| Robert Baratheon}} At some point, Robert was [[knight]]ed.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}} During a [[tourney at Storm's End]], Robert was defeated by Ser [[Barristan Selmy]].{{ref|ASOS|67}}
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After reaching manhood, Robert divided his time between Storm's End and the Eyrie.<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1077 Some Questions], March 16, 2000</ref> In {{Date|278}}, Robert's father was sent on a mission by King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], to travel to [[Volantis]] to find a bride for Robert's cousin, Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]. The mission failed, and Steffon, accompanied by his wife, returned home.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} Robert and Stannis watched their parents' ship, ''[[Windproud]]'', sink in a storm in [[Shipbreaker Bay]] while nearing Storm's End.{{ref|ACOK|Prologue}} With his father's death, Robert became the Lord of Storm's End.
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===Lyanna Stark===
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Robert fell in love with [[Lyanna Stark]], [[Eddard Stark|Eddard's]] younger sister.{{ref|AGOT|4}} In time, Lyanna's father, Lord [[Rickard Stark]] of [[Winterfell]], agreed to betroth her to Robert.{{ref|AGOT|35}} At the time of their betrothal, Robert already had a [[bastard]] daughter, [[Mya Stone]], in the [[Vale of Arryn]], which led to Lyanna commenting that Robert would never keep to one bed, despite his love for her.{{ref|AGOT|35}} Eddard would later state that Robert saw only Lyanna's beauty, and never recognized her boldness and strength of will.{{ref|aGoT|30}}
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In {{Date|281}}, Robert was present at the [[tourney at Harrenhal]], where he took part in the melee.{{ref|AGOT|58}} He held a drinking contest with Ser [[Richard Lonmouth]], and swore to unmask the [[mystery knight]] known as the [[Knight of the Laughing Tree]], although he failed to do so.{{ref|ASOS|24}} It was Robert's cousin, Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], who won the final joust of the tourney. The prince crowned Lyanna—by then long betrothed to Robert—the [[queen of love and beauty]], instead of his wife, Princess [[Elia Martell]]. There are some who say that Robert had laughed, stating that Rhaegar had only paid Lyanna her due, though according to men who knew Robert better, he felt it had been an insult, on which he brooded long, causing him to harden against Rhaegar.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring}}
 
   
 
   
Robert is an avid hunter{{ref|AGOT|2}} who replaced the [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] [[Dragon skulls (Targaryen)|dragon skulls]] in the [[Iron Throne|throne room]] with hunting tapestries.{{ref|AGOT|43}}  Although the royal armory has numerous weapons, [[Tywin Lannister]] states the only blade used by Robert is a hunting knife he received from Lord [[Jon Arryn]] as a boy.{{ref|ASOS|32}} In his younger days Robert wielded a spiked iron warhammer crafted by [[Donal Noye]] and a great antlered helmet with his armor.{{ref|AGOT|4}}{{ref|ASOS|76}}
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The next year, Prince Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna,{{ref|AGOT|4}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring}} which set in motion a chain of events leading to [[Robert's Rebellion]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}}
  
Some of Robert's favorite songs are "[[A Cask of Ale]]" and "[[Fifty-Four Tuns]]".{{Ref|aSoS|42}} He is known for his charm, outgoing and gregarious personality and remarkable ability to turn enemies into friends. Robert's lusts became the subject of ribald drinking songs throughout the realm. According to Ned, Robert would promise a woman the world in the night and forget everything, including her, in the morning.{{ref|aGoT|35}}
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===Robert's Rebellion===
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News of [[Lyanna Stark]]'s kidnapping led her eldest brother, [[Brandon Stark|Brandon]], and later her father, Lord [[Rickard Stark|Rickard]], to [[King's Landing]] demanding justice. Both were executed by order of King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], who then demanded that the heads of Robert and [[Eddard Stark]], wards of Lord [[Jon Arryn]] at the [[Eyrie]]. Jon refused, however, and rose up in rebellion instead, with Eddard (now [[Lord of Winterfell]] following the deaths of his father and older brother) and Robert rallying the [[north]] and the [[stormlands]] respectively.{{ref|aGoT|2}} Not all of Arryn's bannermen supported the rebellion, however. Robert [[taking of Gulltown|fought at Gulltown]], where [[Marq Grafton]] and other loyalists from the Vale blocked the port. Robert slew Marq{{ref|ADWD|9}} and sailed back home to [[Storm's End]] to call his banners.{{ref|aGoT|12}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}}
  
== History ==
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[[File:Battle of Summerhall Robert Baratheon.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Young Robert at the [[battles at Summerhall]] (''[[Game of Thrones]]'' History and Lore).]]
===Early Life===
 
Born in {{Date|262}},{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} Robert was the first born child of [[Cassana Estermont]] and [[Steffon Baratheon]], Lord of [[Storm's End]], [[Lord Paramount of the Stormlands]] and head of [[House Baratheon]]. He was a scant year older than his brother, [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]], who was born in {{Date|264}}.<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Stannis Baratheon|Stannis Baratheon]] calculation.''</ref> When Robert was already in his teens, his youngest brother, [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]], was born.<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Renly Baratheon|Renly Baratheon]] calculation.''</ref>
 
  
According to Stannis, when Robert was five or six years old, the two brother were brought to court by their father, Steffon, where they witnessed [[Hand of the King]] [[Tywin Lannister]] sitting on the [[Iron Throne]], holding court.{{Ref|ASOS|54}}
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However, some of his own remained loyal to the throne. When Robert learned that Lords [[Lord Grandison|Grandison]], [[Lord Cafferen|Cafferen]], and [[Lord Fell|Fell]] had gathered their hosts and planned to join forces at [[Summerhall]] in order to march on Storm's End, he rode ahead with his knights. He [[battles at Summerhall|fought each of the lords]] in turn, defeating them all.{{ref|asos|54}} Robert returned to Storm's End with his captives, and there won the loyalty of Lords Cafferen and Grandison, as well as, [[Silveraxe Fell]], the son of Lord Fell whom Robert had slain.{{ref|ASOS|54}}{{ref|ASOS|36}}
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Free to march north so he could join forces with Jon Arryn and the northmen,{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}} Robert marched out again, leaving his younger brother [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] in charge of Storm's End. Stannis was torn between loyalty to his brother or to the king, ultimately siding with his family.{{ref|ASOS|36}} Lord [[Randyll Tarly]] fell upon Robert with his van and defeated Robert's forces at the [[battle of Ashford]], before Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] could arrive with the main force from the [[Reach]].{{ref|ASOS|19}} Robert escaped capture with the bulk of his forces,{{ref|awoiaf| Robert Baratheon}} however, and continued his journey north. Aerys wanted someone young and vigorous to match Robert, and so replaced Lod [[Owen Merryweather]] with Lord [[Jon Connington]] as his [[Hand of the King]].{{ref|ADWD|Epilogue}}{{ref|affc|14}} Connington personally led a mighty army into the field, giving chase to Robert, whose march became grueling.{{ref|awoiaf| Robert Baratheon}} Wounded and separated from his men,{{ref|ASOS|29}}{{ref|ADWD|61}} Robert took refuge at [[Stoney Sept]].{{ref|ASOS|29}} When Connington and his army arrived at the town and began searching the houses, the residents actively aided Robert, keeping him hidden from the king's men. In the end, they hid him in a brothel.{{ref|ADWD|61}} When Lords [[Eddard Stark]] and [[Hoster Tully]] arrived with a rebel army, Robert came out of hiding and fought with Connington, almost killing him.{{ref|ADWD|61}} One of Robert's [[bastard]] children, [[Bella]], fathered upon a whore in the whorehouse, was named after the [[Battle of the Bells]].{{ref|ASOS|29}}
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King Aerys began to realize that Robert was the greatest threat to the Targaryen dynasty since [[Daemon I Blackfyre]], and exiled Connington, naming Lord [[Qarlton Chelsted]] as his Hand in Connington's stead.{{ref|asos|37}} To secure the aid of [[House Tully]], Jon Arryn and Eddard Stark married Lord Hoster's daughters, [[Lysa Arryn|Lysa]] and [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]].{{ref|aGoT|4}} Robert attended the wedding at [[Riverrun]].{{ref|awoiaf| Robert Baratheon}}
  
From an early age onwards, Robert has been fostered by Lord [[Jon Arryn]] in the [[Eyrie]], together with [[Eddard Stark]] of [[Winterfell]]. The two boys became fast friends, and Jon Arryn, who had no children of his own, became like a second father to them.{{Ref|AGOT|2}}{{Ref|AWOIAF| Robert Baratheon}} During the period in which he was fostered, Robert visited [[Storm's End]] on multiple occasions.{{Ref|AWOIAF| Robert Baratheon}} At some point, Robert was [[knight]]ed.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}} During a [[tourney at Storm's End]], Robert was defeated by [[Barristan Selmy]].{{Ref|ASOS|67}}
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[[File:twoiaf battle of the trident.jpg|thumb|350px|Robert fighting Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]], as depicted by Justin Sweet in ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'']]
  
In {{Date|278}}, Robert's father was sent on a mission by King [[Aerys II Targaryen]], to travel to [[Volantis]] to find a bride for Robert's cousin, Crown Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]. The mission failed, and Steffon, accompanied by his wife, returned home.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II}} Robert and Stannis were present at Storm's End when their parents were expected to arrive, and when the ship came into sight of [[Storm's End]], the boys witnessed how a storm in [[Shipbreaker Bay]] sank the ship their parents were on.{{Ref|ACOK|Prologue}} With his father's death, Robert became the Lord of Storm's End.
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Robert led the rebel forces during the [[Battle of the Trident]], the decisive battle near war's end. Around this time, Robert proclaimed his intention to claim the [[Iron Throne]].<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/US_Signing_Tour_Huntington_Beach_CA US Signing Tour (Huntington Beach, CA)], November 19, 2005</ref> Out of all three leaders of the rebellion, Robert had the better claim,{{ref|agot|30}} due to the fact that his grandmother had been Princess [[Rhaelle Targaryen]], the youngest daughter of King [[Aegon V Targaryen]].{{ref|affc|35}} To justify Robert's claim, the [[maester]]s would later use his bloodties to [[House Targaryen]],{{ref|aCoK|22}} though it was conquest which won him the throne.
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In {{Date|283}}<ref group="N">[http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php?/topic/119534-twoiaf-spoilers-inconsistency-or-intentional/#comment-6391443 Erronously listed] as {{Date|282}} in early prints of ''[[The World of Ice & Fire]]'', which has subsequently been corrected into {{Date|283}} in later prints.</ref> the rebel and loyalist forces fought at a place that became known as the [[ruby ford]], located on the northern bank of the [[Trident]].{{ref|agot|15}} Robert and Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] met on horseback in single combat, with the battle raging on all around them.{{ref|aGoT|4}} Rhaegar wounded Robert{{ref|agot|12}} before Robert killed Rhaegar with a blow to the chest from his warhammer.{{ref|AGOT|4}} Eventually, the Targaryen host broke and ran.{{ref|agot|12}} When Lord [[Roose Bolton]] advised Robert to execute Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], a captured knight of Aerys's [[Kingsguard]], Robert refused, and instead had his own maester treat the wounds of Barristan the Bold.{{ref|AGOT|33}}
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Himself wounded and unable to chase the loyalists,{{ref|AGOT|12}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion}} Robert gave the pursuit of the remnants of the Targaryen army to Lord Stark. Leading the van, Eddard followed the loyalists back to King's Landing.{{ref|aGoT|12}}{{ref|ASOS|37}} However, Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] had arrived earlier with an army, which began attacking the city after Grand Maester [[Pycelle]] convinced Aerys to admit them within the gates.{{ref|ASOS|37}} Aerys was slain in the [[Sack of King's Landing]] by Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], Tywin's son and a member of the Kingsguard.{{ref|AGOT|12}} After Robert arrived in King's Landing, Tywin presented him with the mutilated bodies of Princess [[Elia Martell]], Rhaegar's wife, and their two young children, Princess [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|Rhaenys]] and Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]]. While Robert was pleased they were dead, Eddard was outraged and disgusted by the act, calling it murder, and saying the young prince and princess were no more than babes. Robert's response was, "I see no babes, only [[dragon]]spawn."{{ref|aGoT|12}} The argument led to Eddard leaving King's Landing the next day, to fight the final battles alone. It took the death of Lyanna and their shared grief to reunite the pair in friendship.{{ref|aGoT|12}} Robert was thereafter haunted by Lyanna's memory and the desire for further vengeance against the slain Rhaegar.{{ref|aGoT|4}}
  
Robert fell in love with [[Lyanna Stark]], Eddard Stark's younger sister.{{Ref|AGOT|4}} In time, Lyanna's father, Lord [[Rickard Stark]], agreed to betroth her to Robert.{{Ref|AGOT|35}} At the time of their betrothal, Robert already had a [[bastard]] daughter, [[Mya Stone]], in the [[Vale]], which led to Lyanna commenting that Robert would never keep to one bed, despite his love for her.{{Ref|AGOT|35}} Eddard Stark would later state that Robert saw only Lyanna's beauty, and never recognized her boldness and strength of will.{{Ref|aGoT|30}}
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===Rebellion's Aftermath===
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[[File:Henning Ludvigsen kingshonorguard.jpg|350px|right|thumb|Coronation of King Robert Baratheon by Henning Ludvigsen © Fantasy Flight Games]]
  
In {{Date|281}}, Robert was present at the [[tourney at Harrenhal]], where he took part in the melee.{{Ref|AGOT|58}} He held a drinking contest with [[Richard Lonmouth]], and swore to unmask the mystery knight known as the [[Knight of the Laughing Tree]], although he failed to do so.{{Ref|ASOS|24}} It was Robert's cousin, Crown Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]], who won the final joust of the tourney. The prince crowned Lyanna Stark—by then long betrothed to Robert—the [[queen of love and beauty]], instead of his wife, [[Elia Martell]]. There are some who say that Robert had laughed, stating that Rhaegar had only paid Lyanna her due, though according to men who knew Robert better, he felt it had been an insult, on which he brooded long, causing him to harden against Prince Rhaegar.{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring}}
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In late {{Date|283}}, Robert was crowned king. He chose his second father,{{ref|AGOT|2}} Lord [[Jon Arryn]], as his [[Hand of the King]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Glorious Reign}} Pardoning many of his former enemies, Robert appointed Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] as the [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard|Lord Commander]] of his [[Kingsguard]]. Despite [[Eddard Stark]] urging Robert to strip Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] of his white cloak, Robert listened to Jon's advice, and pardoned Jaime together with the [[master of whisperers]], Lord [[Varys]], and the [[Grand Maester]], [[Pycelle]],{{ref|ACOK|55}} and Jaime continued to serve in the Kingsguard along with Barristan.{{ref|ACOK|3}} At his coronation feast, Robert joked to Jaime about the fact that Jaime was already being called "kingslayer".{{ref|ASOS|37}} Robert allowed Ser [[Ronald Connington]] to keep [[Griffin's Roost]], although Robert kept the gold{{ref|AFFC|27}} and most of [[House Connington]]'s lands were granted to neighbors.{{ref|ADWD|61}} Robert replaced the [[skulls of the Targaryen dragons]] in the [[Red Keep]]'s throne room with banners and tapestries depicting hunting and battle.{{ref|AGOT|13}}{{ref|AGOT|43}}{{ref|AGOT|49}}
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Robert tasked his brother [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] with building a new [[royal fleet]] and capturing [[Dragonstone]], the last Targaryen-loyalist stronghold, where the pregnant Dowager Queen [[Rhaella Targaryen]] and her son [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] remained. Stannis led the [[assault on Dragonstone]] some nine months<ref group="N">[[Daenerys Targaryen|Daenerys]] was conceived prior to [[Rhaella Targaryen|Rhaella]] leaving [[King’s Landing]], and she was born nine months after Rhaella left the city. Rhaella left the capital in-between the [[Battle of the Trident]] and the [[Sack of King’s Landing]], which occurred a fortnight apart.</ref> after the Trident, but Viserys and the newly-born [[Daenerys Targaryen]] had been smuggled from the island shortly before by Ser [[Willem Darry]]. Robert blamed Stannis for letting the Targaryen children escape, even though the two children had been spirited to safety by Targaryen loyalists shortly before Stannis had set sail.{{ref|ACOK|Prologue}}{{ref|AGOT|3}}{{ref|ACOK|25}}
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As he now resided in [[King's Landing]], Robert granted the ancestral Baratheon seat of [[Storm's End]] to his youngest brother, [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]], while naming Stannis as [[Lord of Dragonstone]]. Both Stannis and Queen [[Cersei Lannister]] believe that Robert intended this as a slight against Stannis,{{ref|acok|prologue}}{{ref|acok|25}} but according to [[George R. R. Martin]] Robert had not necessarily meant it as such.<ref name=Baratheonbrothers>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/The_Baratheon_Brothers/ The Baratheon Brothers], September 11, 1999</ref> Dragonstone had traditionally been the seat of the heir to the Iron Throne, the [[Prince of Dragonstone]], during most of the Targaryen dynasty, so the then-childless Robert was granting it to his heir at that time, Stannis.<ref name=Baratheonbrothers></ref> Stannis became the head of [[House Baratheon of Dragonstone]], with Robert heading [[House Baratheon of King's Landing]]
  
The next year, Prince Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna,{{Ref|AGOT|4}}{{Ref|TWOIAF| The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring}} which set in motion a chain of events that led to the war known as [[Robert's Rebellion]].
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Although peace returned to the [[Seven Kingdoms]], many of those who did not support Robert referred to him as the [[Usurper]]. [[Dorne]] never forgot or forgave that Robert condoned the murders of Princess [[Elia Martell]] and her two young children, Princess [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|Rhaenys]] and Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]]. The year after Robert took the throne, Elia's younger brother, Prince [[Oberyn Martell|Oberyn]], began plotting a rebellion in the name of the exiled Viserys. Lord [[Jon Arryn]], Robert's new [[Hand of the King]], travelled to Dorne, sat down with [[Doran Martell]], the [[Prince of Dorne]], and ended all talk of rebellion. Regardless, Robert never visited Dorne.{{ref|ASOS|53}}
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===Marriage===
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Though Robert had no wish to marry after [[Lyanna Stark]]'s death, the realm needed an heir, and Lord [[Jon Arryn]] suggested that Robert marry Lady [[Cersei Lannister]], the only daughter of Lord [[Tywin Lannister]], to ensure political stability and Tywin's support should [[Viserys Targaryen]] ever attempt to win back his throne.{{ref|agot|30}} Robert and Cersei were married in {{Date|284}}<ref>''See the [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Events#Weddings|calculation for Cersei Lannister's wedding to Robert I Baratheon]]''</ref> in the [[Great Sept of Baelor]],{{ref|AFFC|28}} with Robert draping her with a heavy golden cloak decorated with an onyx stag.{{ref|AFFC|12}} A tourney was held to celebrate the [[Marriage|wedding]].{{ref|ASOS|67}} However, during their wedding night, a drunken Robert accidentally whispered, "Lyanna" into Cersei's ear while [[Bedding|consummating the marriage]], an act that would set the tone for their marriage.{{ref|AGOT|45}} That was the only night when sex between Robert and Cersei was consensual.{{ref|AFFC|32}}
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While Robert "claimed his rights" frequently during the early years of their marriage, his drinking led to him hurting Cersei during those encounters. When she confronted him once during their first year of marriage, Robert claimed it was because of the drink, and he was not to blame. According to Robert, he did not remember anything of those nights, but according to Cersei, Robert did recall what he did to her, but felt that pretending to have forgotten was easier than facing the truth. Over time, Robert came to Cersei's bed less frequently, not even once a year.{{ref|AFFC|32}} Cersei began to loathe her husband,{{ref|ACOK|3}} and her cold attitude towards him created a distance between them.{{ref|AGOT|30}} Robert remained in love with Lyanna for years after her death,{{ref|agot|8}} placing further strain upon the marriage.
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Cersei has had an incestuous relationship with her twin brother, [[Jaime Lannister]], for years, and they continued their illicit relationship after Cersei's marriage to Robert. Although Robert often urged Cersei to join his hunts in the early years of their marriage, Cersei refused so she could discretely be with her brother.{{ref|AFFC|26}} Two of Robert's [[House Estermont|Estermont]] uncles had spent half a year at court following his wedding, and Robert insisted on repaying the visit. They remained on [[Greenstone]] for a fortnight. There, Robert slept with his cousin, and upon learning this, Cersei had sex with Jaime whilst in the castle.{{ref|AFFC|24}}
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Cersei gave birth to three children: Prince [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], born in {{Date|286}}, Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon|Myrcella]], born in {{Date|289}}, and Prince [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]], born in {{Date|290}}.<ref>''See the calculations for [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued)#Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey Baratheon]], [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued2)#Myrcella Baratheon|Myrcella Baratheon]], and [[Years after Aegon's Conquest/Calculations Ages (Continued3)#Tommen Baratheon|Tommen Baratheon]]''</ref> Though everyone, including Robert, believed them to be Robert's children, Jaime is the biological father of all three.{{ref|agot|45}} Robert did not attend any of the births; whenever Cersei's time was due, he left for a hunt, returning only after the birth.{{ref|acok|52}} Cersei became pregnant by Robert only once. Refusing to give birth to Robert's child, she had Jaime find a woman to cleanse her.{{ref|AGOT|45}}
  
===Robert's Rebellion===
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===Reign===
[[File:Battle of Summerhall Robert Baratheon.jpg|thumb|left|350px|Young Robert at the [[Battle of Summerhall]] (''[[Game of Thrones]]'' History and Lore)]]
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[[File:Balon kneels.png|thumb|300px|[[Balon Greyjoy]] kneels before King Robert Baratheon (''[[Game of Thrones]]'' History and Lore)]]
News of the kidnapping led [[Lyanna Stark]]'s eldest brother, [[Brandon Stark|Brandon]], and later her father, Lord [[Rickard Stark|Rickard]], to [[King's Landing]] demanding justice. Both were executed by the Mad King, [[Aerys II Targaryen]], who demanded that Lord [[Jon Arryn]] turn over Robert and Eddard as well. Jon rose up in rebellion instead, with Eddard (now Lord of Winterfell) and Robert rallying the [[North]] and the [[stormlands]] respectively.{{Ref|aGoT|2}} Robert, whose descent gave him the best claim to the throne of the three lords, became the head of the revolt, known as [[Robert's Rebellion]] and as the War of the Usurper. During the [[taking of Gulltown]], Robert slew [[Marq Grafton]].
 
  
Robert began gathering his banners at [[Storm's End]], but he was separated from his allies in the North. Moreover, some of his bannermen decided to remain loyal to [[Iron Throne]] and began gathering their strength at [[Summerhall]].{{Ref|aSoS|55}} Robert learned of this plan and [[battles at Summerhall|defeated them all]], winning three battles in a single day. While attempting to link up with the forces from the North, Robert suffered a defeat at the [[Battle of Ashford]] and was later trapped in the town of [[Stoney Sept]] where he hid in a brothel and bedded nearly every whore while hiding there. {{Ref|aSoS|29}}  
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Six years after taking the crown, Robert joined forces with his [[Warden of the North]], Lord [[Eddard Stark]], and his [[Warden of the West]], Lord [[Tywin Lannister]], to crush [[Greyjoy's Rebellion]], which lasted less than a year. Robert and Ned fought side by side during the [[siege of Pyke]],{{ref|ACOK|11}} after which the king knighted [[Jacelyn Bywater]]{{ref|ACOK|8}} and Lord [[Jorah Mormont]].{{ref|ACOK|12}} [[Balon Greyjoy]], self-proclaimed [[King of the Iron Islands]], submitted to Robert, who allowed the [[ironborn|ironman]] to remain [[Lord of the Iron Islands]], although Eddard took Balon's heir, [[Theon Greyjoy|Theon]], as hostage.{{ref|AGOT|4}}{{ref|TWOIAF| The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New}} To celebrate his victory, Robert ordained that [[Tourney at Lannisport|a tourney]] should be held outside [[Lannisport]].{{ref|ACOK|12}}
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Robert does not like his kingship;{{ref|agot|33}} according to [[Donal Noye]], Robert changed by becoming king, and not for the better.{{ref|aCoK|6}} He finds business concerning coin, crop, or [[Law and justice|justice]] tedious.{{ref|AGOT|20}} Robert barely attends [[small council]] sessions,{{ref|AGOT|20}}{{ref|AGOT|27}}{{ref|ACOK|3}} preferring to hunt and hawk instead,{{ref|affc|24}}{{ref|acok|3}} and when he does attend, he usually dozes through them.{{ref|AFFC|24}} He leaves the task of ruling to his small council,{{ref|AGOT|20}} mostly to Lord [[Jon Arryn]], his [[Hand of the King]], and to Lord [[Stannis Baratheon]], his younger brother and the [[master of ships]].{{ref|AFFC|24}}{{ref|ACOK|Prologue}} Robert loathes "counting coppers",{{ref|agot|20}}{{ref|agot|12}} but loves to organize tournaments and feasts, and so has beggared the realm.{{ref|AGOT|20}} Despite the fact that King [[Aerys II Targaryen]] had left treasure vaults overflowing with gold, Robert's spending has left the crown in debt of over six million [[Currency|golden dragons]] (borrowing heavily from the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]], the [[House Tyrell|Tyrells]], the [[Faith of the Seven|Faith]], and the [[Iron Bank of Braavos]]).{{ref|AGOT|20}} Silver stags have been minted with Robert's face on one side and the stag on the reverse.{{ref|AFFC|14}}
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Though Robert loves him,{{ref|AGOT|30}} he does not have a close bond with his heir, Prince [[Joffrey Baratheon]].{{ref|AFFC|28}} Robert disliked that Joffrey always cried when he picked him up as a babe, as his [[bastard]] children gurgled at him happily.{{ref|ACOK|52}} Nor was he fond of Joffrey's nature.{{ref|AGOT|30}} For instance, when Joffrey cut open a pregnant cat to see if there were kittens inside its belly and then shown his father what he'd done, Robert hit the boy, knocking out two of his teeth.{{ref|ASOS|52}}{{ref|ASOS|63}} Robert claims he has dreamed of giving up his crown, but that the thought of Joffrey on the throne with Cersei whispering in his ear has stopped him.{{ref|AGOT|30}}
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Due to his frequent whoring, Robert has sired several [[bastards]] during his marriage to Cersei, though he has kept them out of sight. According to a prophecy by [[Maggy the Frog]], Robert has fathered sixteen children.{{ref|AFFC|36}} However, Robert has acknowledged only one bastard,{{ref|AGOT|30}} and Lord [[Varys]], the [[master of whisperers]], knows of the existence of eight.{{ref|ACOK|15}} The eldest, [[Mya Stone]], was born to Robert while he was still in the [[Vale of Arryn]].{{ref|AGOT|30}} Robert once suggested bringing Mya to court after Prince Joffrey assaulted the cat. When Cersei threatened the girl's life, Robert hit his wife, but he refrained from for bringing Mya to court.{{ref|AFFC|17}} [[Bella]] was conceived during [[Robert's Rebellion]],{{ref|ASOS|29}} and [[Gendry]] shortly after the rebellion had ended, to a worker in an alehouse in [[King’s Landing]]. According to Lord [[Petyr Baelish]], Robert also fathered twins on a serving woman at [[Casterly Rock]], but the two were killed on the orders of Queen Cersei.{{ref|aGoT|35}} During the wedding of his younger brother Stannis to Lady [[Selyse Florent|Selyse]] of [[House Florent]], Robert deflowered [[Delena Florent|Delena]], a cousin of Selyse, on the wedding bed. According to Robert, he was too drunk to know which bed it was. This coupling led to the birth of [[Edric Storm]], the only acknowledged bastard of the king.{{ref|aGoT|35}} Robert enjoys visiting Edric at Storm's End, although gifts for the boy are chosen by Varys.{{ref|ASOS|36}} The youngest of Robert's baseborn children is [[Barra]], a babe born to [[Mhaegen|a prostitute]] in King's Landing.{{ref|AGOT|35}}
  
[[File:twoiaf battle of the trident.jpg|thumb|350px|Robert fighting Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]] as depicted by Justin Sweet in ''[[The World of Ice and Fire]]''.]]
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Ser [[Justin Massey]] developed his lustiness while squiring for Robert.{{ref|ADWD|17}} [[Richard Horpe]] hoped to join Robert's [[Kingsguard]], but Cersei convinced her husband to refuse Richard.{{ref|ADWD|17}} The king's current squires are [[Lancel Lannister|Lancel]] and [[Tyrek Lannister]], cousins of Queen Cersei.{{ref|AGOT|30}} Lord Stark names his firstborn son [[Robb Stark|Robb]] and Lord Arryn names his sole surviving child [[Robert Arryn|Robert]].{{ref|AGOT|4}} Jon Arryn's favorite falcon is a gift from the king.{{ref|AFFC|10}} Robert became goods friends with [[Thoros of Myr]],{{ref|ASOS|22}} laughing at the [[red priest]]'s flaming sword,{{ref|ASOS|43}} and he keeps [[Jalabhar Xho]] at court as a curiosity.{{ref|ADWD|60}} During the [[tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day]], Robert won a [[Valyrian steel dagger]] from Lord [[Petyr Baelish]] by betting against Jaime, who was defeated by Ser [[Loras Tyrell]] in the lists.{{ref|ACOK|55}}{{ref|AWOIAF| Petyr Baelish}} The largest warship in the [[royal fleet]] is ''[[King Robert's Hammer]]'', and Robert named ''[[Lady Lyanna]]'' after his [[Lyanna Stark|lost love]].{{ref|ACOK|58}}
  
A [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]] army eventually led by Lord [[Jon Connington]] arrived and began to search the town for Robert, who was saved when a rebel force from the North joined him and the [[Battle of the Bells]] began. {{Ref|aSoS|29}} He led the combined forces of Baratheon, Stark, Arryn, and [[House Tully|Tully]] to victory over the royal forces led by Rhaegar at the [[Battle of the Trident]] and personally killed the crown prince, securing victory.{{Ref|aGoT|4}} Before Robert's allies could reach King's Landing, Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] had forces from the [[westerlands]] [[Sack of King's Landing|sack the capital]], during which the Mad King was killed.
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[[File:Jedruszek leaving Winterfell.jpg|500px|right|thumb|Robert and [[Eddard Stark]] leaving [[Winterfell]] by Tomasz Jedruszek © Fantasy Flight Games]]
  
Although he won the rebellion and killed Rhaegar, Robert's hatred of his slain foe had not diminished. When Tywin presented Robert with the mutilated bodies of [[Elia Martell]], Rhaegar's wife, and their two young children, Robert was pleased they were dead. Eddard Stark, on the other hand, was outraged and disgusted by the act, calling it murder, and saying the young [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|prince]] and [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|princess]] were no more than babes. Robert's response was:
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When his [[Hand of the King]], Lord [[Jon Arryn]], dies suddenly, Robert decides to offer the position to his old childhood friend, [[Eddard Stark]], [[Lord of Winterfell]].{{ref|AGOT|2}} Displeased that he was not chosen,{{ref|ACOK|33}} [[Stannis Baratheon]], Robert's younger brother, sails from [[King's Landing]] to his own seat of [[Dragonstone]].{{ref|AGOT|20}}
  
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Traveling with a large retinue to the [[north]], Robert insists upon paying his respects at the tomb of [[Lyanna Stark]] within the [[crypt of Winterfell]].{{ref|AGOT|4}} The king offers a betrothal between his own son, Prince [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], and Eddard's eldest daughter, [[Sansa Stark|Sansa]]. Eddard is shocked how much Robert has changed since he last saw him, at the end of [[Greyjoy's Rebellion]].{{ref|aGoT|4}} Eddard reluctantly accepts the position of Hand.{{ref|AGOT|6}}  While Robert and Eddard are away hunting, [[Bran Stark]] discovers Queen [[Cersei Lannister]] and her twin, Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] of Robert's [[Kingsguard]], in the [[First Keep]]. Jaime throws Bran from the tower,{{ref|AGOT|8}} leaving the boy crippled and comatose.{{ref|AGOT|9}} A [[catspaw]] later attempts to assassinate Bran with a [[Valyrian steel dagger]].{{ref|AGOT|14}}
  
Even Jon Arryn could not cool the rage and argument that followed between Robert and Eddard. Eddard left the [[Red Keep]] in a black rage to relieve Storm's End, where [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] languished [[Siege of Storm's End|under siege]]. It took the death of Lyanna and their shared grief to reunite the pair in friendship.{{ref|aGoT|12}} Robert was thereafter haunted by her memory and the desire for further vengeance against the slain Rhaegar.{{Ref|aGoT|4}}
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While riding through the [[barrowlands]], Robert discusses the marriage of the exiled Princess [[Daenerys Targaryen]] to [[Drogo]], a ''[[khal]]'' of the [[Dothraki]], and the king is uncertain about Ned's opinion that the marriage does not represent a danger.{{ref|AGOT|12}} At [[Castle Darry]], after Joffrey has been attacked by [[Arya Stark]]'s direwolf, [[Nymeria (direwolf)|Nymeria]], Robert is willing to call the incident simply an argument between two children. As the direwolf has disappeared, the beast cannot be executed. When Cersei suggests Sansa's direwolf, [[Lady]], be executed instead, Robert does nothing to stop it, despite loathing the suggestion.{{ref|AGOT|16}} Robert does not wish to face Eddard and spends the remaining fortnight of the journey drunk in Cersei's wheelhouse.{{ref|AGOT|20}}
  
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[[Renly Baratheon]], [[Lord of Storm's End]] and Robert's youngest brother, plots with [[House Tyrell]] to have Robert replace Cersei as queen with [[Margaery Tyrell]], daughter of [[Mace Tyrell]], [[Lord of Highgarden]].{{ref|AGOT|32}} Ser [[Loras Tyrell]] hopes his sister would remind Robert of the love of his youth, Lyanna.{{ref|AGOT|27}}
[[File:Henning Ludvigsen kingshonorguard.jpg|350px|left|thumb|Coronation of King Robert Baratheon - by Henning Ludvigsen ©]]
 
Robert's claim to the [[Iron Throne]] of the [[Seven Kingdoms]] was based on his grandmother being [[Rhaelle Targaryen]], daughter of King [[Aegon V Targaryen|Aegon V]], thus giving him a much stronger claim to the throne than the [[House Arryn|Arryns]], [[House Tully|Tullys]] or [[House Stark|Starks]].  
 
  
With Aerys and Rhaegar dead and King's Landing fallen, the lords of the Seven Kingdoms swore fealty to Robert and accepted him as king. He pardoned many of his former enemies and won some over as allies. Those opposed to his reign, however, refer to Robert as the Usurper. Robert tasked [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] with building a new fleet and capturing [[Dragonstone]], the last Targaryen-loyalist stronghold. Although Stannis commanded the [[assault on Dragonstone]], [[Viserys Targaryen|Viserys]] and [[Daenerys Targaryen]] were smuggled from the island beforehand, which angered the new king. Robert named Stannis Lord of Dragonstone and granted the Baratheons' ancestral seat of Storm's End to their young brother, [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]], which Stannis took as a slight.{{ref|ACOK|25}}  
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Against Ned's wishes, Robert decides to host a tourney for his friend's appointment as Hand of the King.{{ref|AGOT|20}} The king plans to fight in the melee portion of the [[Hand's tourney]], loudly shouting at Cersei when she openly attempts to forbid him.{{ref|AGOT|29}} Eddard and Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] convince him that the fight would be unfair, as every contestant would let their king win, which angers Robert, as it touches on his pride. He eventually does not participate in the melee.{{ref|AGOT|30}} Lord [[Varys]] later tells Eddard that Cersei had planned to have Robert killed during the melee.{{ref|AGOT|30}} Robert confesses to Eddard that he dreams about giving up his crown and journeying to the [[Free Cities]] as a [[sellsword]] to spend his life warring and whoring, but he worries about Cersei's influence on Joffrey.{{ref|aGoT|30}}
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When Robert calls a meeting to demand the assassination of Daenerys, who is now pregnant with Drogo's child, Eddard resigns in protest.{{ref|aGoT|33}} After Eddard is injured in an ambush led by Jaime,{{ref|AGOT|35}} Robert visits his friend and gives him back his badge of office, stating that if Eddard refuses to take it, Robert will pin it on Jaime.{{ref|AGOT|39}}
  
[[Dorne]] never forgot or forgave the fact that Robert condoned the cold-blooded murders of [[Elia Martell]] and her children, [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|Rhaenys]] and [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon]]. Lord [[Jon Arryn]] managed to negotiate a truce with Dorne and a grudging acceptance of Robert's reign. Robert appointed Jon Arryn as his [[Hand of the King]]. Jon Arryn, along with Stannis, held the Seven Kingdoms together while Robert ate, drank, hunted, and whored.  
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Accompanied by Renly, Barristan, Joffrey, [[Sandor Clegane]], Ser [[Balon Swann]], Lord [[Yohn Royce]], and other nobles, Robert goes hunting in the [[kingswood]] for a white hart.{{ref|AGOT|43}}{{ref|AGOT|45}} Eddard holds court and meets with [[Raymun Darry]], [[Marq Piper]], and [[Karyl Vance]], knights from the [[riverlands]]. In Robert's name, Ned sends Lord [[Beric Dondarrion]] to apprehend Ser [[Gregor Clegane]], who is accused of brigandry.{{ref|AGOT|43}} Having investigated Robert's bastards and discovered [[Gendry]]{{ref|AGOT|27}} and [[Barra]],{{ref|AGOT|35}} Eddard comes to the realization that Robert's royal children are actually Cersei's [[bastard]]s born of incest with her brother, Jaime.{{ref|aGoT|45}} Knowing that Robert will kill Cersei and the children in his wroth, Eddard advises her to flee, but she refuses.{{ref|AGOT|45}}
  
[[File:Robert Baratheon Cersei Lannister Wedding.jpg|thumb|left|375px|Union of King Robert and his wife [[Cersei Lannister]] (''[[Game of Thrones]]'' History and Lore)]]
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[[File:Chris Dien Robert deathbead.jpg|400px|thumb|King Robert on his deathbed by Chris Dien © Fantasy Flight Games]]
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Cersei had given Robert's squire, [[Lancel Lannister]], a fortified strongwine, three times as potent as normal, to give to Robert during his hunt.{{ref|ACOK|3}} Robert drunkenly insists on facing a monstrous boar alone, but the king is mortally gored in the process.{{ref|AGOT|47}} Robert is brought back to King's Landing, where he has Eddard write him his will. Robert names him [[Regent|Lord Regent]] and [[Protector of the Realm]], to serve until Joffrey comes of age. Eddard, unable to tell Robert about Cersei's infidelity, changes the wording in Robert's will, replacing "my son Joffrey" with "my heir".{{ref|AGOT|47}} Robert dies the next day.{{ref|AGOT|49}} According to Varys, if it had not been the boar which killed Robert, it would have been a fall from a horse or an arrow gone astray, as Cersei needed Robert to die during the hunt.{{ref|AGOT|58}} The bells of the [[Great Sept of Baelor]] toll in the city to announce his death.{{ref|AGOT|51}} After Cersei tears up Robert's will in the throne room, Eddard announces that Joffrey has no claim to the throne and that Stannis is the true heir as Robert's younger brother. Lord Stark is betrayed by Lord [[Petyr Baelish]] and the [[gold cloaks]] of [[Janos Slynt]], however.{{ref|AGOT|49}}
  
Robert began his reign by marrying [[Cersei Lannister]], [[Tywin Lannister|Tywin's]] daughter, in {{Date|284}}. It was a political match intended to bring stability to the kingdom. The marriage was not a happy one. During their wedding night Robert, while drunk, accidentally whispered, "Lyanna", an act that earned him his new wife's hatred. Cersei bore three children: [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], [[Myrcella Baratheon|Myrcella]] and [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen]]. In his unhappiness Robert took to drink, feasting and sleeping with other women.
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When King Joffrey wishes to punish someone for his father's death, Varys suggests that Barristan, the [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]], be blamed.{{ref|ACOK|3}} Joffrey forces Barristan into retirement, replacing him with Jaime as Lord Commander and allowing Sandor to be added to the [[Kingsguard]].{{ref|AGOT|57}}
[[File:Balon_kneels.png|thumb|[[Balon Greyjoy]] kneels before King Robert Baratheon|300px]]
 
  
Six years after taking the crown, Robert and Eddard joined forces again to crush [[Greyjoy's Rebellion]], which cemented Robert's position on the Iron Throne. Robert commanded during the [[siege of Pyke]].{{ref|TWOIAF| The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New}}
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Renly and Loras flee the capital for [[Highgarden]], where Renly is crowned king with the support of House Tyrell.{{ref|AGOT|69}} After the unexpected execution of Eddard by order of Joffrey,{{ref|AGOT|65}} [[Robb Stark]] is proclaimed [[King in the North]] at [[Riverrun]] by [[northmen]] and [[rivermen]].{{ref|AGOT|71}}
  
During his brother, Stannis's, wedding to Lady [[Selyse Florent]], Robert deflowered Selyse's cousin [[Delena Florent]] on Stannis's wedding bed, though he claimed he was too drunk to know whose bed it was. This coupling led to the birth of [[Edric Storm]], the only acknowledged [[bastard]] by Robert.
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[[Stannis Baratheon]] claims the [[Iron Throne]] as Robert's heir and sends words throughout the [[Seven Kingdoms]] that Cersei's children were not fathered by Robert.{{ref|ACOK|Prologue}}{{ref|ACOK|10}}
  
Robert beggared the realm with the expense of his tournaments and feasts, despite the fact Aerys II had left treasure vaults overflowing with gold. Robert's spending eventually left the crown in debt of over six million [[currency|golden dragons]] (borrowing heavily from the [[House Lannister|Lannisters]], the [[House Tyrell|Tyrells]], the [[Faith of the Seven|Faith]] and the [[Iron Bank of Braavos]]).  
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With Robert dead, [[Balon Greyjoy]] declares independence for the [[Iron Islands]] during the [[War of the Five Kings]], proclaiming himself [[King of the Isles and the North]].{{ref|ACOK|49}}
  
Due to his frequent whoring, Robert also sired [[#Known bastards|many bastards]]. According to [[Donal Noye]], he changed by becoming king, and not for the better.{{Ref|aCoK|6}} Robert Baratheon also learned to close his eyes to anything he did not wish to see, a fact best proven when he was presented with the bodies of [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar's]] children.
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[[Yoren]] helps Gendry flee the capital.{{ref|ACOK|5}}
  
==Recent Events==
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[[Lancel Lannister]], who has received [[knight]]hood at the insistence of his secret lover and cousin, Queen Cersei, admits his role in Robert's death to her brother, [[Tyrion Lannister]].{{ref|ACOK|27}}
===''A Game of Thrones''===
 
[[File:Jedruszek leaving Winterfell.jpg|500px|left|thumb|Robert and [[Eddard Stark|Eddard]] leaving [[Winterfell]] - Tomasz Jedruszek ©]]
 
When the [[Hand of the King]], Lord [[Jon Arryn]], dies suddenly, Robert journeys to [[Winterfell]] to meet the last person he truly trusts, Lord [[Eddard Stark]], after a long separation. Robert appears to Eddard a broken man, unhealthy and unhappy.{{Ref|aGoT|4}} Eddard reluctantly takes the position of Hand and comes to King's Landing. He, like Jon, does much of the work as Robert seldom bothers to attend [[small council]] meetings. Robert confesses to Ned that he dreams about giving up his crown and journeying to the [[Free Cities]] as a [[sellsword]] to spend his life warring and whoring, believing that is what he was made for; only the thought of his heir, [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]], on the [[Iron Throne]] with his mother, [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]], whispering in his ear keeps Robert from indulging his fantasy.{{Ref|aGoT|12}}
 
  
When Robert calls a meeting to demand the death of the pregnant [[Daenerys Targaryen]], who is in exile, Eddard refuses to be a part of it and resigns his position in protest.{{Ref|aGoT|33}} After Eddard is injured in an ambush led by Ser [[Jaime Lannister]], Cersei's twin brother, Robert visits his friend and gives him back his badge of office, stating that if Ned refuses to take it, Robert will pin it on Jaime. While Robert is off on one of his hunts, Eddard discovers that Robert's children are Cersei's bastards born of incest with her brother, Jaime.{{Ref|aGoT|39}}
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At [[Qarth]], [[Daenerys Targaryen]] learns from [[Quhuru Mo]] about Robert's death and the subsequent chaos.{{ref|ACOK|23}}
[[File:Chris Dien Robert deathbead.jpg|400px|thumb|King Robert on his deathbed - Chris Dien ©]]
 
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Eddard, remembering the dead bodies of [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar's]] children, mercifully gave Cersei and her children a chance to flee, threatening to reveal her secret to Robert when he returned from his hunt.
 
  
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Acting first, Cersei has Robert's squire, her cousin [[Lancel Lannister]], give Robert a very strong wine, three times as potent as normal, which causes him to become very drunk. When the hunting party finally tracks down a large boar in the [[kingswood]], Robert is so inebriated that he misses his mark and is charged down and mortally gored. According to [[Varys]], if it had not been the boar, it would have been a fall from a horse or an arrow gone astray, as Cersei needed Robert dead before he returned from his hunt.  
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King Joffrey dies at his [[Purple Wedding|wedding feast]]{{ref|ASOS|60}} and is succeeded by his younger brother, King [[Tommen Baratheon|Tommen I Baratheon]].{{ref|ASOS|72}} Tyrion deduces that Joffrey had stolen the Valyrian dagger from Robert's armory,{{ref|ASOS|60}} and Jaime concludes that Joffrey tried to kill Bran Stark in a misguided attempt to impress Robert.{{ref|ASOS|72}}
  
When Robert returns badly wounded and near death, he has Eddard visit him and make a will, naming him [[Regent|Lord Regent]] and [[Protector of the Realm]] until Joffrey comes of age. Eddard, seeing how much pain Robert is in, does not reveal the secret of Joffrey's parentage, not wanting to add further pain to his dying friend. Instead, when writing the will, Eddard replaces "My son Joffrey" with "my heir";{{ref|AGOT|47}} because the king's children are actually Jaime's bastards, Eddard believes Robert's heir should be his middle brother, [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]]. Robert dies a day later. His death tips off a struggle for power that leads to the [[War of the Five Kings]].
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Lord [[Davos Seaworth]] helps [[Edric Storm]] flee [[Dragonstone]].{{ref|ASOS|63}}
  
Varys suggests that Ser [[Barristan Selmy]], the [[Lord Commander of the Kingsguard]], be blamed for Robert's death. King Joffrey I forces Barristan into retirement, replacing him with Jaime as Lord Commander and allowing [[Sandor Clegane]] to be added to the [[Kingsguard]].{{ref|AGOT|57}}{{ref|ACOK|3}}
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Cersei, the Queen Regent for Tommen, thinks she makes a better king than Robert.{{ref|AFFC|32}} Cersei informs [[Noho Dimittis]] she will delay repayment of Robert's debts to the [[Iron Bank of Braavos]] until fighting has ended.{{ref|AFFC|25}} Petyr Baelish, now [[Lord Protector of the Vale]], asks for Cersei to send Robert's tapestries to the [[Vale of Arryn]].{{ref|AFFC|17}}{{ref|AFFC|23}}
  
==Known bastards==
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Princess [[Arianne Martell]] fails in an attempt to crown Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon]].{{ref|AFFC|21}}
Although Robert Baratheon is known to have fathered - according to [[Maggy|Maggy the Frog's]] prophecy - a total of sixteen [[bastard]]s, only one has been acknowledged. [[Varys]] admits to knowing of eight. Five have been seen by point of view characters, while two others have been mentioned only in passing. Because of how [[Eddard Stark|Eddard]] words Robert's will, [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] begins a campaign to kill all of Robert's bastards, but [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] stops it after an ugly scene with [[Barra]]'s mother fighting to protect the baby. They are listed in approximate age order.
 
  
* '''[[Mya Stone]]'''. A bastard daughter born to Robert in the [[Vale]] whilst he was [[Jon Arryn]]'s ward. She serves as a guide to and from the [[Eyrie]], and becomes a favorite companion to [[Sansa Stark]]. Eddard Stark remembers that Robert was very fond of her, although like all his bastard children he later abandoned her.
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Lancel, now Lord of [[Darry]], admits to his cousin, Jaime, that they have both killed kings.{{ref|AFFC|27}}
  
* '''[[Bella]]'''. An unacknowledged bastard daughter who lived at the brothel called the [[Peach]] in [[Stoney Sept]]. Her mother told her that she was conceived during the [[battle of the Bells]] when a wounded Robert hid there.
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Barristan, now serving Daenerys in [[Meereen]], regrets having accepted Robert's pardon after [[Robert's Rebellion]] instead of seeking her brother, [[Viserys Targaryen]].{{ref|ADWD|11}}
  
* '''[[Gendry]]'''. An unacknowledged bastard who was born to a worker in an alehouse. When he was old enough, [[Varys|an unknown lord]] paid Gendry's apprentice fee so he could learn to be a blacksmith. Gendry developed a reputation for stubbornness and fashioned a bull's head helmet, causing him to be named "the Bull". Following the death of Robert, Varys arranges for the boy to flee [[King's Landing]] with [[Yoren]] of the [[Night's Watch]]. Gendry knows that Queen Cersei wants him dead, although he does not know why. He travels with [[Arya Stark]] until the [[brotherhood without banners]] captures them and he joins the organization. The brotherhood later places him at the [[crossroads inn]] to smith and look after a group of orphans there. When [[Brienne of Tarth]] meets him, she is astonished by how much he looks like [[Renly Baratheon|Renly]], actually addressing him as "Renly" and "my lord".               
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[[Jon Connington]] regrets not having slain Robert in the [[Battle of the Bells]].{{ref|ADWD|61}}
  
* '''[[Edric Storm]]'''. Robert's only acknowledged bastard son, born to [[Delena Florent]].{{Ref|aGoT|35}} He lives at [[Storm's End]] under the protection of [[Cortnay Penrose]], the [[castellan]]. Robert visited Edric almost every year, taught him how to fight, and gave him a warhammer.{{ref|ASOS|10}} [[Stannis Baratheon|Stannis]] lays siege to the castle with the goal of capturing Edric Storm and using him to prove his claims of Cersei's incestuous affair with her brother [[Jaime Lannister|Jaime]]. The red witch [[Melisandre]] also aims to use Edric's blood to raise the [[dragon]]s of [[Dragonstone]]. [[Davos Seaworth]] smuggles Edric away from Dragonstone before he can be sacrificed.           
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Having been arrested by the [[High Sparrow]], Cersei insists she is innocent of causing Robert's death.{{ref|ADWD|54}} [[Qyburn]] champions her with Ser [[Robert Strong]], a new member of the Kingsguard.{{ref|ADWD|65}}
  
* '''Two unnamed twins'''. [[Petyr Baelish]] hints that Robert fathered twins to a serving woman at [[Casterly Rock]] who were killed by Queen Cersei's agents.{{Ref|aGoT|35}}
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Petyr gifts Robert's tapestries to [[Nestor Royce]], Lord of the [[Gates of the Moon]].<ref>''[[The Winds of Winter]]'', [[Alayne I (The Winds of Winter)|Alayne I]]</ref>
  
* '''[[Barra]]'''. The youngest of Robert's known bastard children, born to the King's Landing prostitute [[Mhaegen]]. A baby, Barra is killed by [[Allar Deem]] under Cersei's orders following the death of Robert.
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==Family Tree==
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==Quotes by Robert==
 
==Quotes by Robert==
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{{quote|'''Balon''': You may take my head, but you cannot name me traitor. No [[House Greyjoy|Greyjoy]] ever swore an oath to a [[House Baratheon|Baratheon]].<br>'''Robert''': Swear one now, or lose that stubborn head of yours.{{ref|TWOIAF| The Iron Islands: The Old Way and the New}}|[[Balon Greyjoy]] and Robert}}
  
{{Quote|That damnable wheelhouse, the way it creaks and groans, climbing every bump in the road as if it were a mountain ... I promise you, if that wretched thing breaks another axle, I’m going to burn it, and [[Cersei Lannister|Cersei]] can walk! {{Ref|aGoT|12}}}}
 
– Robert to [[Eddard Stark]]
 
  
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{{Quote|The gods be damned. It was a hollow victory they gave me. [[Iron Throne|A crown]] ... it was [[Lyanna Stark|the girl]] I prayed them for. Your sister, safe ... and mine again, as she was meant to be. I ask you, Ned, what good is it to wear a crown? The gods mock the prayers of kings and cowherds alike.{{ref|aGoT|12}}|Robert to [[Eddard Stark]]}}
  
{{Quote|The gods be damned. It was a hollow victory they gave me. A crown ... it was [[Lyanna Stark|the girl]] I prayed them for. Your sister, safe ... and mine again, as she was meant to be. I ask you, Ned, what good is it to wear a crown? The gods mock the prayers of kings and cowherds alike.{{Ref|aGoT|12}}}}
 
– Robert to [[Eddard Stark]]
 
  
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{{Quote|'''Eddard:''' You're too fat for your armor, Robert.<br>
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'''Robert:''' Fat? Fat, is it? Is that how you speak to your king? Ah, damn you, Ned, why are you always right?{{ref|aGoT|30}}|Robert to [[Eddard Stark]]}}
  
{{Quote|'''Eddard:''' You’re too fat for your armor, Robert.
 
'''Robert:''' Fat? Fat, is it? Is that how you speak to your king? Ah, damn you, Ned, why are you always right?{{Ref|aGoT|30}}}}
 
– Robert to [[Eddard Stark]]
 
  
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{{Quote|I swear to you, I was never so alive as when I was winning [[Iron Throne|this throne]], or so dead as now that I've won it.{{ref|aGoT|30}}|Robert to [[Eddard Stark]]}}
  
{{Quote|I swear to you, I was never so alive as when I was winning [[Iron Throne|this throne]], or so dead as now that I've won it.{{Ref|aGoT|30}}}}
 
– Robert to [[Eddard Stark]]
 
  
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{{Quote|STOP THIS MADNESS, IN THE NAME OF YOUR KING!{{ref|aGoT|30}}|Robert to [[Gregor Clegane|Gregor]] and [[Sandor Clegane]]}}
  
{{Quote|STOP THIS MADNESS, IN THE NAME OF YOUR KING!{{Ref|aGoT|30}}}} – Robert to [[Gregor Clegane]] and [[Sandor Clegane]]
 
  
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{{Quote|I will not kill [[Barristan Selmy|a man]] for loyalty, nor for fighting well.{{ref|AGOT|33}}|Robert to [[Roose Bolton]]}}
  
{{Quote|'''Cersei:''' I shall wear this as a badge of honor.
 
'''Robert:''' Wear it in silence, or I’ll honor you again. {{Ref|aGoT|39}}}}
 
– when Robert slaps [[Cersei Lannister]]
 
  
 
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{{Quote|'''Robert:''' [[Seven Kingdoms|The realm]] ... the realm knows ... what a wretched king I've been. Bad as [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]], [[Faith of the Seven|the gods]] spare me.<br>
{{quote|'''Robert''': [[Seven Kingdoms|The realm]] ... the realm knows ... what a wretched king I've been. Bad as [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]], [[Faith of the Seven|the gods]] spare me.<br>
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'''Eddard:''' No, not as bad as Aerys, Your Grace. Not near so bad as Aerys.{{ref|AGOT|47}}|Robert and [[Eddard Stark]]}}
'''Eddard''': No, not as bad as Aerys, Your Grace. Not near so bad as Aerys.{{ref|AGOT|47}}}}
 
- Robert and [[Eddard Stark]]
 
  
 
==Quotes about Robert==
 
==Quotes about Robert==
{{Quote|The king was a great disappointment to Jon. [[Eddard Stark|His father]] had talked of him often: the peerless Robert Baratheon, [[Battle of the Trident|demon of the Trident]], the fiercest warrior of the realm, a giant among princes. Jon saw only a fat man, red-faced under his beard, sweating through his silks. He walked like a man half in his cups.{{Ref|agot|5}}}}
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{{Quote|The king was a great disappointment to Jon. [[Eddard Stark|His father]] had talked of him often: the peerless Robert Baratheon, [[Battle of the Trident|demon of the Trident]], the fiercest warrior of the realm, a giant among princes. Jon saw only a fat man, red-faced under his beard, sweating through his silks. He walked like a man half in his cups.{{ref|agot|5}}|thoughts of [[Jon Snow]]}}
thoughts of [[Jon Snow]]
 
  
  
{{Quote|There's not a man in the [[Seven Kingdoms]] who would dare risk your displeasure by hurting you.{{Ref|agot|30}}}}
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{{quote|[[Varys|The eunuch]] had hit upon a truth; tell Robert Baratheon he could not, should not, or must not do a thing, and it was as good as done.{{ref|AGOT|30}}|thoughts of [[Eddard Stark]]}}
[[Eddard Stark]] to Robert
 
  
  
{{quote|Robert was never the same after he put on that crown. Some men are like swords, made for fighting. Hang them up and they go to rust.{{ref|ACOK|6}}}}
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{{Quote|Robert was never the same after he put on that crown. Some men are like swords, made for fighting. Hang them up and they go to rust.{{ref|ACOK|6}}|[[Donal Noye]] to [[Jon Snow]]}}
- [[Donal Noye]] to [[Jon Snow]]
 
  
  
{{Quote|Tell me, what right did my brother Robert ever have to the [[Iron Throne]]? Oh, there was talk of the blood ties between [[House Baratheon|Baratheon]] and [[House Targaryen|Targaryen]], of weddings a hundred years past, of second sons and elder daughters. No one but the [[maesters]] care about any of it. Robert won the throne with his warhammer.{{Ref|aCoK|22}}}}
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{{Quote|They said Robert Baratheon was strong as a bull and fearless in battle, a man who loved nothing better than war.{{ref|aCoK|27}}|thoughts of [[Daenerys Targaryen]]}}
[[Renly Baratheon]] to [[Catelyn Tully]]
 
  
  
{{Quote|They said Robert Baratheon was strong as a bull and fearless in battle, a man who loved nothing better than war. {{Ref|aCoK|27}}}}
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{{Quote|Robert wanted smiles and cheers, always, so he went where he found them, to his friends and his [[whore]]s. Robert wanted to be loved. My brother [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] has the same disease.{{ref|aCoK|52}}|[[Cersei Lannister]] to [[Sansa Stark]]}}
– thoughts of [[Daenerys Targaryen]]
 
  
  
{{Quote|Robert wanted smiles and cheers, always, so he went where he found them, to his friends and his [[whore]]s. Robert wanted to be loved. My brother [[Tyrion Lannister|Tyrion]] has the same disease.{{Ref|aCoK|52}}}}
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{{quote|'''Sandor''': Robert is the king of the worms now. Is that why you're [[hollow hill|down in the earth]], to keep his court for him?<br>'''Beric''': The king is dead, but we are still king's men, though the royal banner we bore was lost at the [[battle at the Mummer's Ford|Mummer's Ford]] when [[Mountain's men|your brother's butchers]] fell upon us. Robert is slain, but [[Seven Kingdoms|his realm remains]]. And [[brotherhood without banners|we]] defend her.{{ref|ASOS|34}}|[[Sandor Clegane]] and [[Beric Dondarrion]]}}
[[Cersei Lannister]] to [[Sansa Stark]]
 
  
  
{{Quote|If he couldn't fuck it, fight it or drink it, it bored him.{{Ref|aSoS|34}}}}
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{{Quote|Robert ... He is in my dreams as well. Laughing. Drinking. Boasting. Those were the things he was best at. Those, and fighting. I never bested him at anything.{{ref|aSoS|36}}|[[Stannis Baratheon]] to [[Melisandre]]}}
[[Sandor Clegane]] to [[Beric Dondarrion]]
 
  
  
{{Quote|Robert ... He is in my dreams as well. Laughing. Drinking. Boasting. Those were the things he was best at. Those, and fighting. I never bested him at anything.{{Ref|aSoS|36}}}}
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{{Quote|It's not [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] I rue, it's Robert ... Why is it no one names Robert oathbreaker? He [[Robert's Rebellion|tore the realm apart]], yet I am the one with shit for honor.{{ref|aSoS|37}}|[[Jaime Lannister]] to [[Brienne of Tarth]]}}
[[Stannis Baratheon]] suggesting to [[Melisandre]] that Robert should have been the champion of [[R'hllor]]
 
  
  
{{Quote|It's not [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] I rue, it's Robert ... Why is it no one names Robert oathbreaker? He [[Robert's Rebellion|tore the realm apart]], yet I am the one with shit for honor.{{Ref|aSoS|37}}}}
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{{Quote|'''Arys:''' Robert was no monster.<br>'''Arianne:''' He climbed onto his throne [[Sack of King's Landing|over the corpses of children]], though I will grant you he was no [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]].{{ref|aFfC|13}}|[[Arys Oakheart]] and [[Arianne Martell]]}}
[[Jaime Lannister]] to [[Brienne of Tarth]]
 
  
  
{{quote|'''Arys''': Robert was no monster.<br>
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{{quote|'''Jaime''': What do you know of sin, coz? I killed [[Aerys II Targaryen|my king]].<br>'''Lancel''' The brave man slays with a sword, the craven with a wineskin. We are both kingslayers, ser.<br>'''Jaime''': Robert was no true king. Some might even say that a stag is a lion's natural prey.{{ref|AFFC|30}}|[[Jaime Lannister]] and [[Lancel Lannister]]}}
'''Arianne''': He climbed onto his throne [[Sack of King's Landing|over the corpses of children]], though I will grant you he was no [[Joffrey Baratheon|Joffrey]].{{ref|aFfC|13}}}}
 
- [[Arys Oakheart]] and [[Arianne Martell]]
 
  
  
{{quote| If I had seen him smile over the red ruins of [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar's]] children, no army on this earth could have stopped me from killing him.{{Ref|aDwD|67}}}}
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{{quote|He was a good [[knight]] but a bad king, for he had no right to [[Iron Throne|the throne]] he sat.{{ref|ADWD|11}}|[[Barristan Selmy]] to [[Daenerys Targaryen]]}}
- thoughts of [[Barristan Selmy]]
 
  
  
{{quote|This Baratheon is fearless. He fights the way a king should fight.{{ref|ADWD|9}}}}
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{{Quote|We all know what my brother would do. Robert would gallop up to the gates of [[Winterfell]] alone, break them with his warhammer, and ride through the rubble to slay [[Roose Bolton]] with his left hand and [[Ramsay Snow|the Bastard]] with his right. I am not Robert. But [[March on Winterfell|we will march]], and we will free Winterfell ... or die in the attempt.{{ref|aDwD|42}}|[[Stannis Baratheon]] to [[Richard Horpe]]}}
[[Godric Borrell]] to [[Breakwater]]'s maester
 
  
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==Behind the Scenes==
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According to [[George R. R. Martin]], Robert is partially inspired by [[w:Edward IV of England|Edward IV of England]],<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1170 Historical Influences], June 20, 2001</ref> and he also has similarities with [[w:Henry VIII of England|Henry VIII of England]].<ref>[[So Spake Martin]]: [http://www.westeros.org/Citadel/SSM/Entry/1436 Boskone (Boston, MA; February 17-19)], February 17, 2006</ref>
  
{{Quote|We all know what my brother would do. Robert would gallop up to the gates of [[Winterfell]] alone, break them with his warhammer, and ride through the rubble to slay [[Roose Bolton]] with his left hand and [[Ramsay Snow|the Bastard]] with his right. I am not Robert. But [[march on Winterfell|we will march]], and we will free Winterfell … or die in the attempt.{{Ref|aDwD|42}}}}
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==Notes==
– [[Stannis Baratheon]] to [[Richard Horpe]]
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==Family Tree==
 
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Robert I Baratheon
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Robert Baratheon, as depicted by Magali Villeneuve in The World of Ice & Fire.
Biographical Information
Reign 283 ᴀᴄ - 298 ᴀᴄ
Full Name Robert Baratheon the First of His Name
Alias The Usurper
Demon of the Trident
The Whoremonger King
Other Titles King of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Lord Paramount of the Stormlands (granted to Renly)
Lord of Storm's End (granted to Renly)
Ser[1]
Born in 262 ᴀᴄ[2], at Storm's End[3]
Died in 298 ᴀᴄ[4], at King's Landing
Family
Royal House House Baratheon of King's Landing
Predecessor Aerys II Targaryen
Heir Joffrey Baratheon
Successor Joffrey I Baratheon
Queen Cersei Lannister
Issue Joffrey Baratheon (legally)
Myrcella Baratheon (legally)
Tommen Baratheon (legally)
Bastards:
Mya Stone
Bella
Gendry
Edric Storm
Unknown twins
Barra
9 others
Father Steffon Baratheon
Mother Cassana Estermont
References
Books The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
Played by Mark Addy
TV series Season 1

Robert I Baratheon is the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and the head of House Baratheon of King's Landing. Robert was crowned king after King Aerys II Targaryen, his first cousin once removed, was killed during Robert's Rebellion. Following the war, Robert married Cersei Lannister to ensure political stability. With her, Robert has three children: Joffrey, Myrcella, and Tommen. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is played by Mark Addy.

Appearance and Character

Robert has the classical Baratheon look: black hair and bright blue eyes.[5] His heavy black hair is thick on his chest, and coarse around his sex.[6] He is a very tall man;[5] Eddard Stark estimates his height to be six and a half feet.[7] As a young adult, Robert was a handsome,[5] clean-shaven man,[7] with rough and hard hands.[8] He was strong and powerful, and muscled "like a maiden's fantasy". However, after he won the Iron Throne, Robert's appearance changed. Due to excessive feasting and drinking, Robert gained a significant amount of weight. In the nine years since Greyjoy's Rebellion, he gained at least eight stone in weight.[7] Now, he is often red-faced from drink,[9] with dark circles underneath his eyes,[7] and walks as if he is half in his cups, while sweating through his silks.[9] Robert's beard, a wild, thick and fierce thing,[10] hides his double chin.[7]

Well loved by soldiers,[10][11] Robert is brave, but headstrong, rash, and impatient.[12][13][7][14][15] He is proud,[16] and will not likely back down on words spoken in a drunken bravado.[16] As king, Robert is no longer used to someone disagreeing with him,[17] and he can be manipulated by others if advised not to do something.[16] Tyrion Lannister considers Robert to be a great blustering oaf,[18] while Varys describes him as a fool.[16] Cersei Lannister considers her husband to be an ignorant,[19] dumb,[20][6] slow-witted,[21] drunken brute of a man,[6] who does not have the ruthless streak she believes a king requires.[6] Although several people consider Robert to be brave,[12][22] Cersei believes him to be a coward.[19] According to Petyr Baelish, Robert is practiced at closing his eyes to things he would rather not see.[23]

Robert is as strong as a bull and fearless in battle.[24] He loves the song of swords[25] and considers poison to be a coward's weapon.[17] As long they are honest and brave, Robert can be merciful towards his enemies,[17][26] and he can inspire loyalty and friendship in those he spares.[27] The only exception are the Targaryens;[17] his hatred for them is a madness within him.[14] A peerless warrior in his youth,[9] Robert fought with a spiked iron warhammer, crafted at Storm's End by Donal Noye,[28] although he also carried a blade.[29] In battle, he wore a great antlered helmet, which made him look like a horned god.[5] He prefers melees, in which he can hit people with his hammer, over jousts.[21] Despite the numerous weapons in the royal armory, the only blade Robert uses is a hunting knife he received as a boy from Jon Arryn, his foster father.[30] Although his condition has deteriorated due to his weight gain and frequent drinking,[7] Robert remains a strong man; Jaime Lannister believes that Robert is stronger than him.[31] Robert possesses a powerful battlefield voice.[16]

Robert is a man of huge appetites, who knows how to take his pleasures.[7] He is quite promiscuous,[32] and has fathered multiple bastard children. His lusts are the subject of ribald drinking songs throughout the realms,[33] As king, Robert is not loath to impose upon the hospitality of his subjects, no matter whether it is voluntarily or forced.[34] At the same time, however, Robert possesses a great, but rather careless, generosity.[35] He is an avid hunter.[36][37] Some of Robert's favorite songs are "A Cask of Ale", "Fifty-Four Tuns", and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair".[25]

Robert owns a black velvet doublet decorated with a crowned golden stag,[13] a green doublet,[15] and a golden mantle with a cloak of black and gold squares.[13] When riding his horse, Robert wears thick brown gloves and a hooded heavy fur cloak.[14]

History

Early life

Born in 262 ᴀᴄ,[2] Robert was the first born child of Cassana Estermont and Steffon Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End, Lord Paramount of the Stormlands, and head of House Baratheon. He was a scant year older than his brother, Stannis, who was born in 264 ᴀᴄ.[38] When Robert was already in his teens, his youngest brother, Renly, was born.[39]

According to Stannis, when Robert was five or six years old, the two brothers were brought to court by their father, Steffon, where they witnessed the Hand of the King, Lord Tywin Lannister, sitting on the Iron Throne and holding court.[40]

From an early age onwards, Robert had been fostered by Lord Jon Arryn in the Eyrie, together with Eddard Stark of Winterfell. The two boys became fast friends, and Jon Arryn, who had no children of his own, became like a second father to them.[36][3] During the period in which he was fostered, Robert visited Storm's End on multiple occasions.[3] At some point, Robert was knighted.[1] During a tourney at Storm's End, Robert was defeated by Ser Barristan Selmy.[41]

After reaching manhood, Robert divided his time between Storm's End and the Eyrie.[42] In 278 ᴀᴄ, Robert's father was sent on a mission by King Aerys II Targaryen, to travel to Volantis to find a bride for Robert's cousin, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. The mission failed, and Steffon, accompanied by his wife, returned home.[2] Robert and Stannis watched their parents' ship, Windproud, sink in a storm in Shipbreaker Bay while nearing Storm's End.[10] With his father's death, Robert became the Lord of Storm's End.

Lyanna Stark

Robert fell in love with Lyanna Stark, Eddard's younger sister.[7] In time, Lyanna's father, Lord Rickard Stark of Winterfell, agreed to betroth her to Robert.[32] At the time of their betrothal, Robert already had a bastard daughter, Mya Stone, in the Vale of Arryn, which led to Lyanna commenting that Robert would never keep to one bed, despite his love for her.[32] Eddard would later state that Robert saw only Lyanna's beauty, and never recognized her boldness and strength of will.[16]

In 281 ᴀᴄ, Robert was present at the tourney at Harrenhal, where he took part in the melee.[5] He held a drinking contest with Ser Richard Lonmouth, and swore to unmask the mystery knight known as the Knight of the Laughing Tree, although he failed to do so.[43] It was Robert's cousin, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, who won the final joust of the tourney. The prince crowned Lyanna—by then long betrothed to Robert—the queen of love and beauty, instead of his wife, Princess Elia Martell. There are some who say that Robert had laughed, stating that Rhaegar had only paid Lyanna her due, though according to men who knew Robert better, he felt it had been an insult, on which he brooded long, causing him to harden against Rhaegar.[44]

The next year, Prince Rhaegar kidnapped Lyanna,[7][44] which set in motion a chain of events leading to Robert's Rebellion.[1]

Robert's Rebellion

News of Lyanna Stark's kidnapping led her eldest brother, Brandon, and later her father, Lord Rickard, to King's Landing demanding justice. Both were executed by order of King Aerys II Targaryen, who then demanded that the heads of Robert and Eddard Stark, wards of Lord Jon Arryn at the Eyrie. Jon refused, however, and rose up in rebellion instead, with Eddard (now Lord of Winterfell following the deaths of his father and older brother) and Robert rallying the north and the stormlands respectively.[36] Not all of Arryn's bannermen supported the rebellion, however. Robert fought at Gulltown, where Marq Grafton and other loyalists from the Vale blocked the port. Robert slew Marq[45] and sailed back home to Storm's End to call his banners.[14][1]

Young Robert at the battles at Summerhall (Game of Thrones History and Lore).

However, some of his own remained loyal to the throne. When Robert learned that Lords Grandison, Cafferen, and Fell had gathered their hosts and planned to join forces at Summerhall in order to march on Storm's End, he rode ahead with his knights. He fought each of the lords in turn, defeating them all.[40] Robert returned to Storm's End with his captives, and there won the loyalty of Lords Cafferen and Grandison, as well as, Silveraxe Fell, the son of Lord Fell whom Robert had slain.[40][27]

Free to march north so he could join forces with Jon Arryn and the northmen,[1] Robert marched out again, leaving his younger brother Stannis in charge of Storm's End. Stannis was torn between loyalty to his brother or to the king, ultimately siding with his family.[27] Lord Randyll Tarly fell upon Robert with his van and defeated Robert's forces at the battle of Ashford, before Lord Mace Tyrell could arrive with the main force from the Reach.[46] Robert escaped capture with the bulk of his forces,[3] however, and continued his journey north. Aerys wanted someone young and vigorous to match Robert, and so replaced Lod Owen Merryweather with Lord Jon Connington as his Hand of the King.[47][48] Connington personally led a mighty army into the field, giving chase to Robert, whose march became grueling.[3] Wounded and separated from his men,[49][29] Robert took refuge at Stoney Sept.[49] When Connington and his army arrived at the town and began searching the houses, the residents actively aided Robert, keeping him hidden from the king's men. In the end, they hid him in a brothel.[29] When Lords Eddard Stark and Hoster Tully arrived with a rebel army, Robert came out of hiding and fought with Connington, almost killing him.[29] One of Robert's bastard children, Bella, fathered upon a whore in the whorehouse, was named after the Battle of the Bells.[49]

King Aerys began to realize that Robert was the greatest threat to the Targaryen dynasty since Daemon I Blackfyre, and exiled Connington, naming Lord Qarlton Chelsted as his Hand in Connington's stead.[50] To secure the aid of House Tully, Jon Arryn and Eddard Stark married Lord Hoster's daughters, Lysa and Catelyn.[7] Robert attended the wedding at Riverrun.[3]

Robert fighting Prince Rhaegar, as depicted by Justin Sweet in The World of Ice & Fire

Robert led the rebel forces during the Battle of the Trident, the decisive battle near war's end. Around this time, Robert proclaimed his intention to claim the Iron Throne.[51] Out of all three leaders of the rebellion, Robert had the better claim,[16] due to the fact that his grandmother had been Princess Rhaelle Targaryen, the youngest daughter of King Aegon V Targaryen.[52] To justify Robert's claim, the maesters would later use his bloodties to House Targaryen,[53] though it was conquest which won him the throne.

In 283 ᴀᴄ[N 1] the rebel and loyalist forces fought at a place that became known as the ruby ford, located on the northern bank of the Trident.[54] Robert and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen met on horseback in single combat, with the battle raging on all around them.[7] Rhaegar wounded Robert[14] before Robert killed Rhaegar with a blow to the chest from his warhammer.[7] Eventually, the Targaryen host broke and ran.[14] When Lord Roose Bolton advised Robert to execute Ser Barristan Selmy, a captured knight of Aerys's Kingsguard, Robert refused, and instead had his own maester treat the wounds of Barristan the Bold.[17]

Himself wounded and unable to chase the loyalists,[14][1] Robert gave the pursuit of the remnants of the Targaryen army to Lord Stark. Leading the van, Eddard followed the loyalists back to King's Landing.[14][50] However, Lord Tywin Lannister had arrived earlier with an army, which began attacking the city after Grand Maester Pycelle convinced Aerys to admit them within the gates.[50] Aerys was slain in the Sack of King's Landing by Ser Jaime Lannister, Tywin's son and a member of the Kingsguard.[14] After Robert arrived in King's Landing, Tywin presented him with the mutilated bodies of Princess Elia Martell, Rhaegar's wife, and their two young children, Princess Rhaenys and Prince Aegon. While Robert was pleased they were dead, Eddard was outraged and disgusted by the act, calling it murder, and saying the young prince and princess were no more than babes. Robert's response was, "I see no babes, only dragonspawn."[14] The argument led to Eddard leaving King's Landing the next day, to fight the final battles alone. It took the death of Lyanna and their shared grief to reunite the pair in friendship.[14] Robert was thereafter haunted by Lyanna's memory and the desire for further vengeance against the slain Rhaegar.[7]

Rebellion's Aftermath

Coronation of King Robert Baratheon by Henning Ludvigsen © Fantasy Flight Games

In late 283 ᴀᴄ, Robert was crowned king. He chose his second father,[36] Lord Jon Arryn, as his Hand of the King.[55] Pardoning many of his former enemies, Robert appointed Ser Barristan Selmy as the Lord Commander of his Kingsguard. Despite Eddard Stark urging Robert to strip Ser Jaime Lannister of his white cloak, Robert listened to Jon's advice, and pardoned Jaime together with the master of whisperers, Lord Varys, and the Grand Maester, Pycelle,[56] and Jaime continued to serve in the Kingsguard along with Barristan.[18] At his coronation feast, Robert joked to Jaime about the fact that Jaime was already being called "kingslayer".[50] Robert allowed Ser Ronald Connington to keep Griffin's Roost, although Robert kept the gold[57] and most of House Connington's lands were granted to neighbors.[29] Robert replaced the skulls of the Targaryen dragons in the Red Keep's throne room with banners and tapestries depicting hunting and battle.[58][59][60]

Robert tasked his brother Stannis with building a new royal fleet and capturing Dragonstone, the last Targaryen-loyalist stronghold, where the pregnant Dowager Queen Rhaella Targaryen and her son Viserys remained. Stannis led the assault on Dragonstone some nine months[N 2] after the Trident, but Viserys and the newly-born Daenerys Targaryen had been smuggled from the island shortly before by Ser Willem Darry. Robert blamed Stannis for letting the Targaryen children escape, even though the two children had been spirited to safety by Targaryen loyalists shortly before Stannis had set sail.[10][61][62]

As he now resided in King's Landing, Robert granted the ancestral Baratheon seat of Storm's End to his youngest brother, Renly, while naming Stannis as Lord of Dragonstone. Both Stannis and Queen Cersei Lannister believe that Robert intended this as a slight against Stannis,[10][62] but according to George R. R. Martin Robert had not necessarily meant it as such.[35] Dragonstone had traditionally been the seat of the heir to the Iron Throne, the Prince of Dragonstone, during most of the Targaryen dynasty, so the then-childless Robert was granting it to his heir at that time, Stannis.[35] Stannis became the head of House Baratheon of Dragonstone, with Robert heading House Baratheon of King's Landing

Although peace returned to the Seven Kingdoms, many of those who did not support Robert referred to him as the Usurper. Dorne never forgot or forgave that Robert condoned the murders of Princess Elia Martell and her two young children, Princess Rhaenys and Prince Aegon. The year after Robert took the throne, Elia's younger brother, Prince Oberyn, began plotting a rebellion in the name of the exiled Viserys. Lord Jon Arryn, Robert's new Hand of the King, travelled to Dorne, sat down with Doran Martell, the Prince of Dorne, and ended all talk of rebellion. Regardless, Robert never visited Dorne.[63]

Marriage

Though Robert had no wish to marry after Lyanna Stark's death, the realm needed an heir, and Lord Jon Arryn suggested that Robert marry Lady Cersei Lannister, the only daughter of Lord Tywin Lannister, to ensure political stability and Tywin's support should Viserys Targaryen ever attempt to win back his throne.[16] Robert and Cersei were married in 284 ᴀᴄ[64] in the Great Sept of Baelor,[37] with Robert draping her with a heavy golden cloak decorated with an onyx stag.[65] A tourney was held to celebrate the wedding.[41] However, during their wedding night, a drunken Robert accidentally whispered, "Lyanna" into Cersei's ear while consummating the marriage, an act that would set the tone for their marriage.[26] That was the only night when sex between Robert and Cersei was consensual.[6]

While Robert "claimed his rights" frequently during the early years of their marriage, his drinking led to him hurting Cersei during those encounters. When she confronted him once during their first year of marriage, Robert claimed it was because of the drink, and he was not to blame. According to Robert, he did not remember anything of those nights, but according to Cersei, Robert did recall what he did to her, but felt that pretending to have forgotten was easier than facing the truth. Over time, Robert came to Cersei's bed less frequently, not even once a year.[6] Cersei began to loathe her husband,[18] and her cold attitude towards him created a distance between them.[16] Robert remained in love with Lyanna for years after her death,[66] placing further strain upon the marriage.

Cersei has had an incestuous relationship with her twin brother, Jaime Lannister, for years, and they continued their illicit relationship after Cersei's marriage to Robert. Although Robert often urged Cersei to join his hunts in the early years of their marriage, Cersei refused so she could discretely be with her brother.[67] Two of Robert's Estermont uncles had spent half a year at court following his wedding, and Robert insisted on repaying the visit. They remained on Greenstone for a fortnight. There, Robert slept with his cousin, and upon learning this, Cersei had sex with Jaime whilst in the castle.[21]

Cersei gave birth to three children: Prince Joffrey, born in 286 ᴀᴄ, Princess Myrcella, born in 289 ᴀᴄ, and Prince Tommen, born in 290 ᴀᴄ.[68] Though everyone, including Robert, believed them to be Robert's children, Jaime is the biological father of all three.[26] Robert did not attend any of the births; whenever Cersei's time was due, he left for a hunt, returning only after the birth.[69] Cersei became pregnant by Robert only once. Refusing to give birth to Robert's child, she had Jaime find a woman to cleanse her.[26]

Reign

Balon Greyjoy kneels before King Robert Baratheon (Game of Thrones History and Lore)

Six years after taking the crown, Robert joined forces with his Warden of the North, Lord Eddard Stark, and his Warden of the West, Lord Tywin Lannister, to crush Greyjoy's Rebellion, which lasted less than a year. Robert and Ned fought side by side during the siege of Pyke,[70] after which the king knighted Jacelyn Bywater[71] and Lord Jorah Mormont.[72] Balon Greyjoy, self-proclaimed King of the Iron Islands, submitted to Robert, who allowed the ironman to remain Lord of the Iron Islands, although Eddard took Balon's heir, Theon, as hostage.[7][73] To celebrate his victory, Robert ordained that a tourney should be held outside Lannisport.[72]

Robert does not like his kingship;[17] according to Donal Noye, Robert changed by becoming king, and not for the better.[74] He finds business concerning coin, crop, or justice tedious.[23] Robert barely attends small council sessions,[23][33][18] preferring to hunt and hawk instead,[21][18] and when he does attend, he usually dozes through them.[21] He leaves the task of ruling to his small council,[23] mostly to Lord Jon Arryn, his Hand of the King, and to Lord Stannis Baratheon, his younger brother and the master of ships.[21][10] Robert loathes "counting coppers",[23][14] but loves to organize tournaments and feasts, and so has beggared the realm.[23] Despite the fact that King Aerys II Targaryen had left treasure vaults overflowing with gold, Robert's spending has left the crown in debt of over six million golden dragons (borrowing heavily from the Lannisters, the Tyrells, the Faith, and the Iron Bank of Braavos).[23] Silver stags have been minted with Robert's face on one side and the stag on the reverse.[48]

Though Robert loves him,[16] he does not have a close bond with his heir, Prince Joffrey Baratheon.[37] Robert disliked that Joffrey always cried when he picked him up as a babe, as his bastard children gurgled at him happily.[69] Nor was he fond of Joffrey's nature.[16] For instance, when Joffrey cut open a pregnant cat to see if there were kittens inside its belly and then shown his father what he'd done, Robert hit the boy, knocking out two of his teeth.[75][76] Robert claims he has dreamed of giving up his crown, but that the thought of Joffrey on the throne with Cersei whispering in his ear has stopped him.[16]

Due to his frequent whoring, Robert has sired several bastards during his marriage to Cersei, though he has kept them out of sight. According to a prophecy by Maggy the Frog, Robert has fathered sixteen children.[77] However, Robert has acknowledged only one bastard,[16] and Lord Varys, the master of whisperers, knows of the existence of eight.[78] The eldest, Mya Stone, was born to Robert while he was still in the Vale of Arryn.[16] Robert once suggested bringing Mya to court after Prince Joffrey assaulted the cat. When Cersei threatened the girl's life, Robert hit his wife, but he refrained from for bringing Mya to court.[79] Bella was conceived during Robert's Rebellion,[49] and Gendry shortly after the rebellion had ended, to a worker in an alehouse in King’s Landing. According to Lord Petyr Baelish, Robert also fathered twins on a serving woman at Casterly Rock, but the two were killed on the orders of Queen Cersei.[32] During the wedding of his younger brother Stannis to Lady Selyse of House Florent, Robert deflowered Delena, a cousin of Selyse, on the wedding bed. According to Robert, he was too drunk to know which bed it was. This coupling led to the birth of Edric Storm, the only acknowledged bastard of the king.[32] Robert enjoys visiting Edric at Storm's End, although gifts for the boy are chosen by Varys.[27] The youngest of Robert's baseborn children is Barra, a babe born to a prostitute in King's Landing.[32]

Ser Justin Massey developed his lustiness while squiring for Robert.[80] Richard Horpe hoped to join Robert's Kingsguard, but Cersei convinced her husband to refuse Richard.[80] The king's current squires are Lancel and Tyrek Lannister, cousins of Queen Cersei.[16] Lord Stark names his firstborn son Robb and Lord Arryn names his sole surviving child Robert.[7] Jon Arryn's favorite falcon is a gift from the king.[81] Robert became goods friends with Thoros of Myr,[82] laughing at the red priest's flaming sword,[83] and he keeps Jalabhar Xho at court as a curiosity.[84] During the tourney on Prince Joffrey's name day, Robert won a Valyrian steel dagger from Lord Petyr Baelish by betting against Jaime, who was defeated by Ser Loras Tyrell in the lists.[56][85] The largest warship in the royal fleet is King Robert's Hammer, and Robert named Lady Lyanna after his lost love.[86]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Robert and Eddard Stark leaving Winterfell by Tomasz Jedruszek © Fantasy Flight Games

When his Hand of the King, Lord Jon Arryn, dies suddenly, Robert decides to offer the position to his old childhood friend, Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell.[36] Displeased that he was not chosen,[87] Stannis Baratheon, Robert's younger brother, sails from King's Landing to his own seat of Dragonstone.[23]

Traveling with a large retinue to the north, Robert insists upon paying his respects at the tomb of Lyanna Stark within the crypt of Winterfell.[7] The king offers a betrothal between his own son, Prince Joffrey, and Eddard's eldest daughter, Sansa. Eddard is shocked how much Robert has changed since he last saw him, at the end of Greyjoy's Rebellion.[7] Eddard reluctantly accepts the position of Hand.[88] While Robert and Eddard are away hunting, Bran Stark discovers Queen Cersei Lannister and her twin, Ser Jaime Lannister of Robert's Kingsguard, in the First Keep. Jaime throws Bran from the tower,[66] leaving the boy crippled and comatose.[89] A catspaw later attempts to assassinate Bran with a Valyrian steel dagger.[90]

While riding through the barrowlands, Robert discusses the marriage of the exiled Princess Daenerys Targaryen to Drogo, a khal of the Dothraki, and the king is uncertain about Ned's opinion that the marriage does not represent a danger.[14] At Castle Darry, after Joffrey has been attacked by Arya Stark's direwolf, Nymeria, Robert is willing to call the incident simply an argument between two children. As the direwolf has disappeared, the beast cannot be executed. When Cersei suggests Sansa's direwolf, Lady, be executed instead, Robert does nothing to stop it, despite loathing the suggestion.[91] Robert does not wish to face Eddard and spends the remaining fortnight of the journey drunk in Cersei's wheelhouse.[23]

Renly Baratheon, Lord of Storm's End and Robert's youngest brother, plots with House Tyrell to have Robert replace Cersei as queen with Margaery Tyrell, daughter of Mace Tyrell, Lord of Highgarden.[92] Ser Loras Tyrell hopes his sister would remind Robert of the love of his youth, Lyanna.[33]

Against Ned's wishes, Robert decides to host a tourney for his friend's appointment as Hand of the King.[23] The king plans to fight in the melee portion of the Hand's tourney, loudly shouting at Cersei when she openly attempts to forbid him.[93] Eddard and Ser Barristan Selmy convince him that the fight would be unfair, as every contestant would let their king win, which angers Robert, as it touches on his pride. He eventually does not participate in the melee.[16] Lord Varys later tells Eddard that Cersei had planned to have Robert killed during the melee.[16] Robert confesses to Eddard that he dreams about giving up his crown and journeying to the Free Cities as a sellsword to spend his life warring and whoring, but he worries about Cersei's influence on Joffrey.[16]

When Robert calls a meeting to demand the assassination of Daenerys, who is now pregnant with Drogo's child, Eddard resigns in protest.[17] After Eddard is injured in an ambush led by Jaime,[32] Robert visits his friend and gives him back his badge of office, stating that if Eddard refuses to take it, Robert will pin it on Jaime.[13]

Accompanied by Renly, Barristan, Joffrey, Sandor Clegane, Ser Balon Swann, Lord Yohn Royce, and other nobles, Robert goes hunting in the kingswood for a white hart.[59][26] Eddard holds court and meets with Raymun Darry, Marq Piper, and Karyl Vance, knights from the riverlands. In Robert's name, Ned sends Lord Beric Dondarrion to apprehend Ser Gregor Clegane, who is accused of brigandry.[59] Having investigated Robert's bastards and discovered Gendry[33] and Barra,[32] Eddard comes to the realization that Robert's royal children are actually Cersei's bastards born of incest with her brother, Jaime.[26] Knowing that Robert will kill Cersei and the children in his wroth, Eddard advises her to flee, but she refuses.[26]

King Robert on his deathbed by Chris Dien © Fantasy Flight Games

Cersei had given Robert's squire, Lancel Lannister, a fortified strongwine, three times as potent as normal, to give to Robert during his hunt.[18] Robert drunkenly insists on facing a monstrous boar alone, but the king is mortally gored in the process.[15] Robert is brought back to King's Landing, where he has Eddard write him his will. Robert names him Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm, to serve until Joffrey comes of age. Eddard, unable to tell Robert about Cersei's infidelity, changes the wording in Robert's will, replacing "my son Joffrey" with "my heir".[15] Robert dies the next day.[60] According to Varys, if it had not been the boar which killed Robert, it would have been a fall from a horse or an arrow gone astray, as Cersei needed Robert to die during the hunt.[5] The bells of the Great Sept of Baelor toll in the city to announce his death.[94] After Cersei tears up Robert's will in the throne room, Eddard announces that Joffrey has no claim to the throne and that Stannis is the true heir as Robert's younger brother. Lord Stark is betrayed by Lord Petyr Baelish and the gold cloaks of Janos Slynt, however.[60]

When King Joffrey wishes to punish someone for his father's death, Varys suggests that Barristan, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, be blamed.[18] Joffrey forces Barristan into retirement, replacing him with Jaime as Lord Commander and allowing Sandor to be added to the Kingsguard.[95]

Renly and Loras flee the capital for Highgarden, where Renly is crowned king with the support of House Tyrell.[96] After the unexpected execution of Eddard by order of Joffrey,[97] Robb Stark is proclaimed King in the North at Riverrun by northmen and rivermen.[98]

A Clash of Kings

Stannis Baratheon claims the Iron Throne as Robert's heir and sends words throughout the Seven Kingdoms that Cersei's children were not fathered by Robert.[10][99]

With Robert dead, Balon Greyjoy declares independence for the Iron Islands during the War of the Five Kings, proclaiming himself King of the Isles and the North.[100]

Yoren helps Gendry flee the capital.[101]

Lancel Lannister, who has received knighthood at the insistence of his secret lover and cousin, Queen Cersei, admits his role in Robert's death to her brother, Tyrion Lannister.[24]

At Qarth, Daenerys Targaryen learns from Quhuru Mo about Robert's death and the subsequent chaos.[102]

A Storm of Swords

Lord Beric Dondarrion and Thoros of Myr lead the brotherhood without banners in fighting for smallfolk in Robert's name.[103][104]

King Joffrey dies at his wedding feast[105] and is succeeded by his younger brother, King Tommen I Baratheon.[106] Tyrion deduces that Joffrey had stolen the Valyrian dagger from Robert's armory,[105] and Jaime concludes that Joffrey tried to kill Bran Stark in a misguided attempt to impress Robert.[106]

Lord Davos Seaworth helps Edric Storm flee Dragonstone.[76]

A Feast for Crows

Cersei, the Queen Regent for Tommen, thinks she makes a better king than Robert.[6] Cersei informs Noho Dimittis she will delay repayment of Robert's debts to the Iron Bank of Braavos until fighting has ended.[107] Petyr Baelish, now Lord Protector of the Vale, asks for Cersei to send Robert's tapestries to the Vale of Arryn.[79][108]

Princess Arianne Martell fails in an attempt to crown Princess Myrcella Baratheon.[109]

Lancel, now Lord of Darry, admits to his cousin, Jaime, that they have both killed kings.[57]

A Dance with Dragons

Barristan, now serving Daenerys in Meereen, regrets having accepted Robert's pardon after Robert's Rebellion instead of seeking her brother, Viserys Targaryen.[110]

Jon Connington regrets not having slain Robert in the Battle of the Bells.[29]

Having been arrested by the High Sparrow, Cersei insists she is innocent of causing Robert's death.[111] Qyburn champions her with Ser Robert Strong, a new member of the Kingsguard.[112]

The Winds of Winter

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Petyr gifts Robert's tapestries to Nestor Royce, Lord of the Gates of the Moon.[113]

Family Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ormund
 
Rhaelle
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steffon
 
Cassana
Estermont
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Various
women
 
Robert I
 
Cersei
Lannister
 
Renly I
 
Margaery
Tyrell
[114]
 
Stannis I
 
Selyse
Florent
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joffrey I
 
Margaery
Tyrell
[114]
 
Tommen I
 
Myrcella
 
 
 
Shireen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mya
Stone
 
Bella
 
Gendry
 
Edric
Storm
 
Barra
 
Unknown
twins
 
9 Others

Quotes by Robert

Balon: You may take my head, but you cannot name me traitor. No Greyjoy ever swore an oath to a Baratheon.
Robert: Swear one now, or lose that stubborn head of yours.[73]

Balon Greyjoy and Robert


The gods be damned. It was a hollow victory they gave me. A crown ... it was the girl I prayed them for. Your sister, safe ... and mine again, as she was meant to be. I ask you, Ned, what good is it to wear a crown? The gods mock the prayers of kings and cowherds alike.[14]

—Robert to Eddard Stark


Eddard: You're too fat for your armor, Robert.
Robert: Fat? Fat, is it? Is that how you speak to your king? Ah, damn you, Ned, why are you always right?[16]

—Robert to Eddard Stark


I swear to you, I was never so alive as when I was winning this throne, or so dead as now that I've won it.[16]

—Robert to Eddard Stark


STOP THIS MADNESS, IN THE NAME OF YOUR KING![16]

—Robert to Gregor and Sandor Clegane


I will not kill a man for loyalty, nor for fighting well.[17]

—Robert to Roose Bolton


Robert: The realm ... the realm knows ... what a wretched king I've been. Bad as Aerys, the gods spare me.
Eddard: No, not as bad as Aerys, Your Grace. Not near so bad as Aerys.[15]

—Robert and Eddard Stark

Quotes about Robert

The king was a great disappointment to Jon. His father had talked of him often: the peerless Robert Baratheon, demon of the Trident, the fiercest warrior of the realm, a giant among princes. Jon saw only a fat man, red-faced under his beard, sweating through his silks. He walked like a man half in his cups.[9]

—thoughts of Jon Snow


The eunuch had hit upon a truth; tell Robert Baratheon he could not, should not, or must not do a thing, and it was as good as done.[16]

—thoughts of Eddard Stark


Robert was never the same after he put on that crown. Some men are like swords, made for fighting. Hang them up and they go to rust.[74]


They said Robert Baratheon was strong as a bull and fearless in battle, a man who loved nothing better than war.[24]

—thoughts of Daenerys Targaryen


Robert wanted smiles and cheers, always, so he went where he found them, to his friends and his whores. Robert wanted to be loved. My brother Tyrion has the same disease.[69]


Sandor: Robert is the king of the worms now. Is that why you're down in the earth, to keep his court for him?
Beric: The king is dead, but we are still king's men, though the royal banner we bore was lost at the Mummer's Ford when your brother's butchers fell upon us. Robert is slain, but his realm remains. And we defend her.[115]


Robert ... He is in my dreams as well. Laughing. Drinking. Boasting. Those were the things he was best at. Those, and fighting. I never bested him at anything.[27]


It's not Aerys I rue, it's Robert ... Why is it no one names Robert oathbreaker? He tore the realm apart, yet I am the one with shit for honor.[50]


Arys: Robert was no monster.
Arianne: He climbed onto his throne over the corpses of children, though I will grant you he was no Joffrey.[116]


Jaime: What do you know of sin, coz? I killed my king.
Lancel The brave man slays with a sword, the craven with a wineskin. We are both kingslayers, ser.
Jaime: Robert was no true king. Some might even say that a stag is a lion's natural prey.[34]


He was a good knight but a bad king, for he had no right to the throne he sat.[110]


We all know what my brother would do. Robert would gallop up to the gates of Winterfell alone, break them with his warhammer, and ride through the rubble to slay Roose Bolton with his left hand and the Bastard with his right. I am not Robert. But we will march, and we will free Winterfell ... or die in the attempt.[117]

Behind the Scenes

According to George R. R. Martin, Robert is partially inspired by Edward IV of England,[118] and he also has similarities with Henry VIII of England.[119]

Notes

  1. Erronously listed as 282 ᴀᴄ in early prints of The World of Ice & Fire, which has subsequently been corrected into 283 ᴀᴄ in later prints.
  2. Daenerys was conceived prior to Rhaella leaving King’s Landing, and she was born nine months after Rhaella left the city. Rhaella left the capital in-between the Battle of the Trident and the Sack of King’s Landing, which occurred a fortnight apart.

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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Robert Baratheon.
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  8. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
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  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
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  20. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 8, Jaime I.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  22. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 71, Daenerys VI.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 23.5 23.6 23.7 23.8 23.9 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  25. 25.0 25.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  28. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 19, Jon III.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 61, The Griffin Reborn.
  30. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
  31. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 21, Jaime III.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 32.7 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard IX.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 27, Eddard VI.
  34. 34.0 34.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 30, Jaime IV.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 So Spake Martin: The Baratheon Brothers, September 11, 1999
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  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
  38. See the Stannis Baratheon calculation.
  39. See the Renly Baratheon calculation.
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  41. 41.0 41.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  42. So Spake Martin: Some Questions, March 16, 2000
  43. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 24, Bran II.
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  45. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos I.
  46. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
  47. A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
  48. 48.0 48.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
  51. So Spake Martin: US Signing Tour (Huntington Beach, CA), November 19, 2005
  52. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35, Samwell IV.
  53. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
  54. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
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  56. 56.0 56.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 55, Catelyn VII.
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  58. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 13, Tyrion II.
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  67. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 26, Samwell III.
  68. See the calculations for Joffrey Baratheon, Myrcella Baratheon, and Tommen Baratheon
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  113. The Winds of Winter, Alayne I
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  116. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  117. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize.
  118. So Spake Martin: Historical Influences, June 20, 2001
  119. So Spake Martin: Boskone (Boston, MA; February 17-19), February 17, 2006