House Stokeworth

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House Stokeworth of Stokeworth
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Coat of arms Vert, a lamb couchant argent holding a goblet or[1]
Words Proud to be Faithful[1]
Seat Stokeworth[2]
Lord Lady Lollys Stokeworth[3]
Region The crownlands[2]
Title Lord of Stokeworth[3]
Heir Tyrion Tanner[3]
Overlord House Baratheon of King's Landing

House Stokeworth of Stokeworth is a noble house from the crownlands. Sworn directly to King's Landing, they live at nearby Castle Stokeworth north of the capital.[2]

They blazon their arms with a white lamb holding a golden goblet on a green field.[1][4] Their motto is "Proud to be Faithful".[1][5]


House Stokeworth ruled over Castle Stokeworth since at least the time of Aegon's Conquest. Stokeworth and Rosby were the first castles that Aegon I Targaryen's army encountered as it marched north, after landing at the mouth of the Blackwater Rush. At Stokeworth a few crossbowmen loosed some arrows at Vhagar, but after the dragon set the roofs of the castle ablaze, the Stokeworths surrendered.[6]

Lord Alyn Stokeworth was named Hand of the King in 34 AC, his daughter Samantha becoming a companion of Princess Rhaena.[7] When Aegon ordered the Aegonfort torn down and a stone castle to be built in its place in 35 AC, he assigned the task to Lord Alyn and Queen Visenya Targaryen.[8] Alyn continued to serve as Hand for King Aenys I Targaryen, and led a force into the riverlands to hunt down the rebel Harren the Red. He was slain by Harren.[8][9] When the realm began to turn against King Maegor I Targaryen for Prince Jaehaerys, Lord Stokeworth was one of the few lords who gathered at his command.[7] However, when Maegor mysteriously died upon the Iron Throne, Stokeworth fled to his seat.[10] Meanwhile, Samantha remained a constant companion of Rhaena, following her to Fair Isle.[11] When the young King Jaehaerys I resided at Dragonstone, Lord Stokeworth was one of the several lords who traveled to the island to speak with the king.[11] In 51 AC, Jaehaerys began his first progress with a visit to Castle Stokeworth. In 54 AC, Samantha Stokeworth was poisoned by Androw Farman, the jealous husband of Princess Rhaena.[12]

When the Dance of the Dragons begun, Lord Stokeworth was among the black lords at court loyal to Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and imprisoned for his loyalties. When brought before the King's Justice, Stokeworth was one of the few lords to swear fealty to Aegon II Targaryen. Ser Criston Cole later marched on Castle Stokeworth demanding the Stokeworths to add their strength to his own as a proof of loyalty.[13] When Princess Rhaenyra took King's Landing, Lord Stokeworth attempted to swear her fealty again, but Rhaenyra had him beheaded for his disloyalty. Prince Daemon Targaryen suggested having Stokeworth's young daughter inherit over his younger sons, even proposing to marry her to Ulf the White to award his loyalty. However, taking Lord Corlys Velaryon's counsel, Rhaenyra allowed Stokeworth's eldest son to inherit.[14] After Rhaenyra fled the capital, young Lord Stokeworth's castellan granted her hospitality for the night.[15] When Aegon II retook the throne, he had young Stokeworth brought to him in chains and demanded obeisance, only freeing him after taking hostages and a ransom. During the Battle of the Kingsroad, Lord Borros Baratheon gathered Stokeworth levies, though they quickly abandoned him when the blacks gained the upperhand in battle.[16] The Stokeworths declared for Aegon III Targaryen soon after.[17]

Lady Falena Stokeworth was a companion of Queen Jaehaera Targaryen. At the age of eight, she fell down stairs and broke her leg.[18] After the death of Baelor I Targaryen, Lady Maia Stokeworth suggested that his uncle Viserys had poisoned the king to gain the throne.[19] Lady Falena later became the first of Prince Aegon Targaryen's mistresses. She was wed to Lucas Lothston, the new Lord of Harrenhal, after the Kingsguard found them abed together, though Prince Aegon paid frequent visits to Harrenhal for the next two years.[20]

In 193 AC, Lord Stokeworth was overthrown in a melee at King's Landing by Ser Arlan of Pennytree.[21] In 209 AC, Ser Samwell Stokeworth participated in the tourney at Ashford Meadow,[22] his arms spotted by Ser Duncan the Tall.[21] When Lord Brynden Rivers marched on Whitewalls to quash the Second Blackfyre Rebellion, House Stokeworth marched with him in support.[23]

Manly Stokeworth was a Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing. Upon his death Janos Slynt was made the new commander.[24]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Lord Petyr Baelish, known as Littlefinger, is often invited to dine with Lady Tanda Stokeworth and her daughters. Littlefinger thinks she hopes to marry him to Lollys Stokeworth.[25] Tanda is considered by Littlefinger as a possible ally for him and Lord Eddard Stark to depose the Lannisters from power, just after King Robert Baratheon's death.[26]

A Clash of Kings

From the time Tyrion Lannister arrives at King's Landing, Lady Tanda invites him to several banquets, hoping to arrange a marriage with Lollys.[27][2] During the riot of King's Landing the day Myrcella Baratheon departs to Dorne, Lollys is knocked from her saddle and left behind. She is found walking naked after being raped by half a hundred men, who have left her pregnant.[28]

Falyse Stokeworth arrives the day before the Battle of the Blackwater with a small troop of men from Castle Stokeworth. The Stokeworths spend the battle holed up in Maegor's Holdfast.[29]

A Storm of Swords

Lady Tanda offers Lollys to Lord Tywin Lannister as a possible wife for Tyrion.[30] Tanda gave a pair of leather boots to King Joffrey I Baratheon as a wedding present. Tanda flees from the Red Keep when Joffrey chokes to death at his wedding feast.[31][32]

After being knighted, Ser Bronn of the Blackwater accepts to wed Lollys.[33]

A Feast for Crows

After Falyse is denied by Cersei Lannister to name Lollys' son Tywin,[34] Bronn decided to name him Tyrion in a move that is considered by many a defiance of the Lannisters. Should Lord Gyles Rosby die, according to Falyse, Rosby would come to Stokeworth, since Lady Tanda was an aunt to Lord Gyles's second wife and is a third cousin herself.[1]

Lady Tanda's hip is shattered from a fall off her horse. Fearing Bronn to be secretly supporting her brother Tyrion, Cersei enlists the help of Falyse and her husband Ser Balman Byrch in eliminating Bronn.[1] However, the plan goes awry; Bronn unchivalrously kills Ser Balman and orders Falyse to leave the castle. She flees back to Cersei begging for men to retake Stokeworth from Bronn, who styles himself as "Lord Stokeworth". Cersei refuses Falyse and instead gives her to Qyburn for use in his experiments, fearing that the failure of the plot would undermine her position.[35] When Lady Tanda dies of a chill, Lollys succeeds Tanda and Falyse as Lady of Stokeworth, with Bronn as her lord.[36]

A Dance with Dragons

Lady Falyse has died screaming in the black cells, a victim of Qyburn's experiments.[3]

House Stokeworth at the end of the third century

The known Stokeworths during the timespan of the events described in A Song of Ice and Fire are:

Balman Byrch
Bronn of the Blackwater


Historical Members


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 24, Cersei V.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 A Dance with Dragons, Appendix.
  4. The Citadel. Heraldry: the area of King's Landing
  5. The Citadel. House Mottoes
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Sons of the Dragon.
  9. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  10. Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  12. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  13. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Red Dragon and the Gold.
  14. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  15. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  16. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  17. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  18. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  19. 19.0 19.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  20. 20.0 20.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  21. 21.0 21.1 The Hedge Knight.
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Hedge Knight, Graphic Novel.
  23. The Mystery Knight.
  24. 24.0 24.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 7, Jon II.
  25. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 45, Eddard XII.
  26. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 47, Eddard XIII.
  27. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 15, Tyrion III.
  28. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
  29. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 60, Sansa VI.
  30. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
  31. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  32. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 61, Sansa V.
  33. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 66, Tyrion IX.
  34. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  35. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 32, Cersei VII.
  36. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 A Storm of Swords, Appendix.
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  40. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.