Joffrey Doggett

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Joffrey Doggett
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Alias The Red Dog of the Hills
Title Ser
Grand Captain of the Warrior's Sons
Allegiance House Doggett
Faith of the Seven
Warrior's Sons
Kingsguard
Culture Westermen
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

Ser Joffrey Doggett, known as the Red Dog of the Hills, was a knight from House Doggett during the reign of King Maegor I Targaryen, and a member of the Lannisport chapter of the Warrior's Sons.[1][2] He was later named to the Kingsguard by King Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[3]

History

In 43 AC, during the Faith Militant uprising, Ser Joffrey was chosen as the new Grand Captain of the Warrior's Sons to replace the late Ser Damon Morrigen. He was determined to restore the order to its former glory and rode with a hundred men to seek the blessing of the High Septon. By the time he arrived at Oldtown, he had amassed two thousand followers of knights, squires and freeriders.[1]

By 44 AC, the Warrior's Sons were outlawed and no longer had the strength to defy the Iron Throne in open battle, so the Red Dog sent them out disguised as hedge knights to hunt down and kill Targaryen loyalists and "traitors to the Faith". Former Warrior's Son Ser Morgan Hightower, Old Lord Merryweather, Lord Rowan's son and heir, Ser Davos Darklyn's aged father and Blind Jon Hogg were all killed by Doggett's followers.[1]

By late 45 AC, Joffrey ruled the hill country north of the Golden Tooth in all but name.[1]

Septon Moon and Joffrey led the Poor Fellows against the king in 48 AC.[2]

Joffrey survived the war against Maegor the Cruel. Given safe conduct, he journeyed to Oldtown with Lord and Lady Tully to meet the new young king Jaehaerys I Targaryen, who had come to Oldtown to receive the High Septons blessing. The Red Dog was received courteously by the king and he asked that the laws forbidding the Faith Militant be undone. Jaehaerys refused, but asked Doggett instead to serve in his Kingsguard. When Joffrey drew his sword, Grand Maester Benifer, who was present, feared Joffrey might intend to harm Jaehaerys. Instead, he placed the sword at the king's feet and, with tears in his eyes, accepted the offer.[3][4]

Joffrey guarded King Jaehaerys during the Golden Wedding, where it was announced that the remaining five slots of the Kingsguard were to be filled in melees that became known as the War for the White Cloaks. One of the five victors, a young man named Ser Pate the Woodcock, was accused by some of not truly being a knight, but such was the lad's skill that Joffrey personally knighted Pate to end the accusations. Hundreds of onlookers cheered and Pate was given the white cloak of the Kingsguard.[5]

When Princess Alysanne Targaryen discovered her betrothal plans, she informed Jaehaerys, who acted immediately and ordered Ser Gyles Morrigen, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, to discreetly travel to Dragonstone under the cover of darkness with the rest of the white cloaks. Jaehaerys and Alysanne later flew to the island. On Dragonstone, Doggett and the Kingsguard stood witness as Jaehaerys and Alysanne married, with Septon Oswyck performing the ceremony. When Lord Rogar Baratheon and Queen Regent Alyssa Velaryon arrived and tried to take the royal children back, Joffrey and his sworn brothers defied the King's Hand by forming a wall in front of their king and queen, informing Rogar that he would be the first to die if his men attacked.[5]

During Jaehaerys's minority on Dragonstone, Joffrey and his sworn brothers sparred with their young king, who spent every morning until midday in the castle yard training with sword, shield and any other weapon.[6] After reaching his majority, the king went on a royal progress of the crownlands and riverlands with the queen. During their stay in Maidenpool, Joffrey and Ser Gyles Morrigen, guarded the entrance of Jonquil's Pool when Queen Alysanne and her ladies entered to bathe in the sacred waters. Both men rushed in when they heard screams. Three sisters of the order who attended the pools had tried to kill Alysanne, but her ladies shielded her so the queen was unharmed. Joffrey and Gyles slew two of the attackers and spared the third for questioning.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Sons of the Dragon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  6. Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  7. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.