Arrest of Eddard Stark

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Arrest of Eddard Stark
Conflict War of the Five Kings
Date late 298 AC or early 299 AC[1]
Place Red Keep, King's Landing

House Lannister victory

Coronation of Joffrey Baratheon
House Lannister.svg House Lannister House Baratheon.svg Iron Throne/House Baratheon of King's Landing:
House Lannister.svg Queen Cersei Lannister
House Baratheon of King's Landing.svg Prince Joffrey Baratheon
House Baelish of Harrenhal.svg Lord Petyr Baelish (switched sides)
City Watch of King's Landing.svg Commander Janos Slynt (switched sides)
Kingsguard.svgSer Meryn Trant
House Stark.svg Lord Eddard Stark
20 House Lannister guards
5 Kingsguard
100 Gold cloaks
Sandor Clegane
23 House Stark guards[N 1]
Stableboy† Cayn
Septa Mordane
Syrio Forel
Vayon Poole
Eddard Stark (POW)
Jacks (POW)
Jeyne Poole (POW)
Sansa Stark (POW)

The arrest of Eddard Stark is an event that occured in King's Landing at the start of the War of the Five Kings.


After the mysterious death of the Hand of the King, Lord Jon Arryn, King Robert I Baratheon journeys north to Winterfell with the royal family and half his court, to ask his boyhood friend, Lord Eddard Stark, to be his new Hand. Lord Eddard agrees and journeys south to King's Landing.

Once in the capital, Lord Eddard investigates the death of his predecessor. He finds out that the king's three children, Prince Joffrey, Princess Myrcella and Prince Tommen Baratheon, are in fact products of Queen Cersei Lannister's affair with her twin brother, Ser Jaime Lannister of the Kingsguard.

Lord Eddard decides to tell the truth to his friend, but he is too late as Robert is dying due to an hunting accident with a boar. On his deathbed, Robert names Eddard Protector of the Realm and Lord Regent. Ned alters Robert's will, changing Joffrey's name for "the heir".

While Robert lies dying, Renly Baratheon approaches Eddard and suggests they seize control of the royal children before Queen Cersei can strike.[2] Eddard refuses the offer, however, and Renly flees King's Landing along with Ser Loras Tyrell and fifty retainers.[3]



After the arrest, several appointements are made:

Jeyne Poole is given over to Lord Petyr Baelish.[5]

News of Lord Eddard's arrest spread thoughout Westeros, his son and heir, Robb Stark, calls the banners of the North.


  1. Lord Eddard leaves Winterfell with fifty guards. He sends four home with the corpse of the direwolf, Lady. He gives Lord Beric Dondarrion twenty of his own guards to help him bring Ser Gregor Clegane to justice. Moreover, three of Lord Eddard's guards (Jory Cassel, Heward and Wyl) die when Ser Jaime Lannister confronts him about his brother capture by Eddard's wife, Lady Catelyn Stark. This means Lord Eddard has only twenty-three guards in his household at the time of his arrest.