King's men and queen's men

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The king's men and the queen's men are two factions within the court of Stannis Baratheon. The queen's men are those that followed Stannis's wife Selyse Florent in her conversion to the worship of R'hllor, while the king's men are those that kept to the Faith of the Seven.[1]

Queen Selyse Florent was among the first on Dragonstone to convert to the faith of R'hllor, and it was initially at her insistence that Stannis took notice of the red priestess, Melisandre. The "queen's men" take their name from the fact that Selyse is a vocal supporter of Melisandre and of her god, much more fervently than Stannis himself. An alternate interpretation is that the queen they are loyal to is not Selyse but rather Melisandre, who is in many ways closer to Stannis than Selyse.[2] Meanwhile, the "king's men" are also supporters of Stannis's cause, yet have kept the Faith of the Seven and show some mistrust towards Melisandre.[3]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

Melisandre's strange faith, aggressive council, and mysterious powers make her unpopular among some of Stannis Baratheon's men.[1] Therefore, the distinction is usually made between this group and those who converted to the faith of R'hllor and follow Selyse Florent and Melisandre closely.[3]

Davos Seaworth has several of the king's men take Edric Storm from Dragonstone to the Free Cities to protect the youth from Melisandre.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

At the Merman's Court, Davos tells Lord Wyman Manderly that the king's men outnumber the queen's men in Stannis's host.[5]

Known members

Known king's men

Known queen's men

Quotes

King's men in one corner and queen's men in another, but only a few. It’s too cold for most of them.

Jon Snow's thoughts[8]

Lady Melisandre is a priestess of the red god. Queen Selyse has adopted her faith, along with many others, but more of His Grace’s followers still worship the Seven. Myself among them.

One realm, one god, one king! STANNIS! STANNIS! ONE REALM, ONE GOD, ONE KING!

—Queen's men[9]

They would as gladly burn me as those logs and broken branches.

Asha Greyjoy's thoughts about the queen's men.[2]

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