|House Caswell of Bitterbridge|
|Coat of arms||
A yellow centaur with bow on white|
(Argent, a centaur with bow or)
Lord of Bitterbridge|
Defender of the Fords
House Caswell of Bitterbridge is a noble house from the Reach. Their seat is Bitterbridge, where the Roseroad meets the river Mander. Their blazon is a yellow centaur with bow on white. The Caswells carry the title Defender of the Fords.
During the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye in 43 AC, Lord Caswell joined Lords Merryweather and Peake in marching from the Reach to add their levies to King Maegor I Targaryen's host against Prince Aegon the Uncrowned. While Lords Merryweather and Caswell advanced against Aegon's host from the south, Maegor quickly killed his young nephew and the battle turned into a rout.
At the beginning of the Dance of the Dragons, Lord Caswell was among the nobles at court loyal to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and imprisoned for his loyalties. Lord Caswell was brought before the King's Justice and beheaded for refusing to bend the knee to King Aegon II Targaryen. Tom Flowers, the Bastard of Bitterbridge, was one of the commanders of the blacks during the Battle on the Honeywine. He was burned alive by the dragon Tessarion when Prince Daeron the Daring joined the battle. Daeron began the sack of Bitterbridge after the death of Prince Maelor Targaryen. Lady Caswell, Lord Caswell's widow, hanged herself from her castle's gatehouse.
House Caswell fought for the Targaryens during the First Blackfyre Rebellion. Ser Kyle claimed to have saved the life of Lord Armond Caswell, Lord of Bitterbridge, during the rebellion. Armond's son, Lord Joffrey Caswell, faced Kyle in the Whitewalls tourney, unhorsing the knight in the first tilt.
Old Lord Caswell's son, Ser Lorent, took a gift longsword made by Bitterbridge's armorer for his own son, Rolly. Lorent was wounded by Rolly in anger, after which Rolly fled in exile for the Golden Company.
A Clash of Kings
Lord Lorent Caswell is a wispy, young man. He follows his liege, Lord Mace Tyrell, in declaring for King Renly Baratheon on the outset of the War of the Five Kings. Renly's host encamps beneath the walls of Bitterbridge, which is where Lady Catelyn Tully meets him, finding his army engaging in tourney and feast. After Renly's death at Storm's End and the fall of the castle to Stannis, Lord Caswell shuts himself up within Bitterbridge.
A Feast for Crows
While searching for Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth encounters two guards at the gates of Maidenpool wearing the livery of House Caswell. This indicates House Caswell followed their liegelords of House Tyrell in declaring for King Joffrey.
House Caswell at the end of the third century
The known Caswells during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:
- Lord Lorent Caswell, Lord of Bitterbridge and Defender of the Fords.
- Two unnamed daughters.
- Four unnamed sisters.
- Lord Commander Orbert Caswell, known as the Black Centaur, who led the Night's Watch for nine years.
- Lord Caswell, fought for King Maegor I Targaryen in the Battle Beneath the Gods Eye in 43 AC.
- Lord Caswell, beheaded by King Aegon II Targaryen for staying loyal to his half-sister, Rhaenyra Targaryen.
- Tom Flowers, bastard of Bitterbridge, who fought in the Dance of the Dragons.
- Lord Armond Caswell, Lord of Bitterbridge during the Blackfyre Rebellion.
- Ser Cleyton Caswell, a knight.
- Lord Caswell, the father of Lord Lorent Caswell.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- The Sworn Sword.
- The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses in the Reach
- The Mystery Knight.
- Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
- Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 8, Tyrion III.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne III.
- A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
- A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell I.
- The Princess and the Queen.