Preston Greenfield

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Preston Greenfield
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Preston by The Mico ©

Title(s) Ser
Allegiance House Greenfield
Kingsguard
Culture(s) Westermen
Died In 299 AC, at King's Landing[1]
Lover(s) Draper's wife[2]
Book(s) A Game of Thrones (appears)
A Clash of Kings (appears)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)

Played by Unidentified
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Ser Preston Greenfield is a knight from House Greenfield. He is a member of King Robert I Baratheon's Kingsguard.[3]

Appearance

See also: Images of Preston Greenfield

Preston is short.[4]

History

Preston breaks his Kingsguard vows by meeting a draper's wife in King's Landing whenever her husband is away.[2]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Ser Preston is one of the Kingsguard who accompanies King Robert I Baratheon on his hunt in the kingswood, during which Robert is gored by a boar.[5]

Preston is present in the throne room when Ser Barristan Selmy is dismissed, and he laughs at his former sworn brother's shame.[6]

A Clash of Kings

Ser Preston beats Sansa Stark when ordered to by King Joffrey I Baratheon. According to Sansa, Preston treats her as a lackwit child during the beatings.[7]

When Joffrey practices shooting at hares in the Red Keep, one of his bolts almost hits Preston in the groin.[8]

Ser Preston guards the Iron Throne when Tyrion Lannister sends Ser Cleos Frey back to Robb Stark, the King in the North, with his terms for peace. When Ser Alliser Thorne, angry about how he has been treated by him, tries to grab Tyrion's sleeve after the reception, he is rebuffed by Preston: "No closer, ser". Alliser relents, knowing that it is unwise to challenge a knight of the Kingsguard.[9]

Ser Preston is part of the procession to see Princess Myrcella Baratheon off to Dorne. When the mob goes mad in the streets of King's Landing, Preston tries to cut his way back to aid the High Septon against the mob and is killed by the maddened people. It takes the gold cloaks a few days to find his body, as they search for a knight in white armor. However, the rioters have so severely stabbed and hacked at Preston's corpse that he is "red-brown from head to heel" and barely identifiable.[1]

Preston is replaced in the Kingsguard by Ser Balon Swann.[10]

A Storm of Swords

Preston by by Alexandre Dainche © Fantasy Flight Games

Tyrion Lannister receives some hostile reactions among the smallfolk of King's Landing when he is inspecting the devastation left beyond the King's Gate after the Battle of the Blackwater. He assumes that, if he was not protected by Ser Bronn of the Blackwater, the people would pull him off his horse and smash his face in with a cobblestone, as they did for Preston.[11]

When Ser Jaime Lannister assumes his duties as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, he notices that in his absence the White Book has not been updated, as that is the Lord Commander's duty, and that the death of Preston has yet to be recorded.[12]

Lord Petyr Baelish tells Sansa Stark that when he was arranging the contract for a marriage between King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell in Highgarden, he let his men spread information about the gruesome details of Preston's death. Littlefinger suggests that by doing so, he successfully planted the idea in Lord Mace Tyrell's mind that his son Ser Loras should join the Kingsguard in order to be able to protect his sister.[13]

A Feast for Crows

Princess Arianne Martell asks the guilt-ridden Ser Arys Oakheart during one of their dates whether he believes that he is the only member of the Kingsguard who ever loved a woman. Arys shares that he knew, among other things, that Preston used to visit a draper's wife when the husband was away.[2]

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