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| date = {{Date|283}}
 
| date = {{Date|283}}
 
| place = [[Stoney Sept]]
 
| place = [[Stoney Sept]]
| result = Rebel victory
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| result = rebel victory
| combatant1 = Rebel army of <br> [[North]] <br> [[Riverlands]] <br> [[Vale]] <br> [[Stormlands]]
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| combatant1 = rebels
| combatant2 = Royal army of [[King's Landing]]
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*[[north]]men
| commander1 = Lord [[Eddard Stark]]<br> Lord [[Hoster Tully]]<br>Lord [[Robert Baratheon]]
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*[[riverlands|rivermen]]
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*[[Vale of Arryn|Valemen]]
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| combatant2 = royalist army
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| commander1 = Lord [[Eddard Stark]]<br> Lord [[Hoster Tully]]<br>Lord [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert Baratheon]]
 
| commander2 = Lord [[Jon Connington]]
 
| commander2 = Lord [[Jon Connington]]
 
| strength1 = unknown
 
| strength1 = unknown
 
| strength2 = unknown
 
| strength2 = unknown
| casualties1 = unknown,<br> Ser [[Denys Arryn]]+
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| casualties1 = unknown<br> Ser [[Denys Arryn]]
| casualties2 = Unknown but larger than the Rebel's<br>Ser [[Myles Mooton]]+
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| casualties2 = unknown<br>Ser [[Myles Mooton]]
 
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The '''Battle of the Bells''' was a battle fought during [[Robert's Rebellion]] between royal and rebel forces at [[Stoney Sept]] in the southern [[Riverlands]]. It is so-named because at the beginning of the battle the town's sept tolled its bells to warn the citizens of the battle and to persuade them to stay inside their houses. The battle was won by the rebel army, although the royals were able to retreat in good order.  
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The '''Battle of the Bells''' was a battle fought during [[Robert's Rebellion]] between royalist and rebel forces at [[Stoney Sept]] in the southwestern [[riverlands]]. It is so-named because at the beginning of the battle the town's sept tolled its bells to warn the citizens of the battle and to persuade them to stay inside their houses. The battle was won by the rebel army, although the royalists were able to retreat in good order.  
  
 
==Prelude==
 
==Prelude==
After the defeat in the [[Battle of Ashford]], on the border between the [[Stormlands]] and [[the Reach]], [[Robert Baratheon]] turned north. Most likely, he was trying to link up to his allies, the [[House Stark|Starks]], [[House Tully|Tullys]] and [[House Arryn|Arryns]]. It is unknown what happened between Ashford and [[Stoney Sept]] but during the journey Robert was wounded and he hid in the sept from pursuers just before the battle began.
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After being defeated by Lord [[Randyll Tarly]] in the [[Battle of Ashford]],{{ref|ASOS|78}} near the border between the [[stormlands]] and the [[Reach]], Lord [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert Baratheon]] turned north to rejoin his friend, Lord [[Eddard Stark]]. Robert's wounds were tended to by friends in [[Stoney Sept]].{{ref|ASOS|29}}
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When the glory-seeking [[Hand of the King]],{{ref|ADWD|61}} Lord [[Jon Connington]], occupied Stoney Sept with a mighty force,{{ref|ASOS|29}} he ordered his soldiers to begin searching the town, even its sewers,{{ref|ADWD|61}} for Robert. Jon offered pardons and rewards and kept hostages in crow cages, but Robert remained hidden in various places by townspeople.{{ref|ADWD|61}} His last hiding place was the [[Peach]],{{ref|ADWD|24}} where Robert is said to have fathered [[Bella]].{{ref|ASOS|29}}
  
 
==Battle==
 
==Battle==
When the [[Hand of the King]], Lord [[Jon Connington]], occupied the town he ordered his soldiers to begin searching the houses looking for Robert Baratheon. They had not found him when the combined Tully and Stark army reached Stoney Sept. The rebels stormed the city's walls and attacked the army of Connington who responded by fighting back fiercely. He wounded Lord [[Hoster Tully]] and killed Lord [[Jon Arryn]]'s cousin and heir, [[Denys Arryn]]. At the same time the two armies were battling all around them in the streets and in the alleys, even on some of the rooftops.
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The royalists had not found Robert when the forces of Lords [[Eddard Stark]] and [[Hoster Tully]] reached Stoney Sept.{{ref|ASOS|29}} The town's septons rang bronze and silver bells to warn the [[smallfolk]] to remain indoors.{{ref|ADWD|24}} The rebels stormed Stoney Sept's walls and attacked [[Jon Connington]]'s army, who responded by fighting back fiercely in streets, in alleys, and on rooftops. Jon wounded Hoster{{ref|ASOS|29}} and killed Lord [[Jon Arryn]]'s gallant cousin and heir,{{ref|ASOS|2}} Ser [[Denys Arryn]], with an axe.{{ref|AFFC|41}}
  
At this point Robert came out, probably with his followers, and led the counterattack. Robert slew Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]'s friend and former squire, Ser [[Myles Mooton]]. Although this seemed to have turned the tide of the battle, Robert himself later maintained that Lord [[Eddard Stark]] won it for him. Jon Connington realized the battle was lost and was able to retreat in good order.{{Ref|aSoS|29}}
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Emerging from the [[Peach]] when the bells began ringing, Robert slew six men, including Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]]'s friend and former squire, Ser [[Myles Mooton]].{{ref|ASOS|29}} Robert and Jon did not meet on the battlefield according to [[Harwin]],{{ref|ASOS|29}} while Jon recalled that he was nearly slain by Robert on the steps of the town's sept.{{ref|ADWD|61}} Jon realized the battle was lost and retreated.{{Ref|aSoS|29}} Robert later maintained that Eddard won the battle for him.{{ref|ASOS|29}}
  
 
==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
The retreat by Jon Connington seems quite a feat due to the fierce fighting and the urban location would make it hard to hold the army together. Nevertheless, it did not impress King [[Aerys II Targaryen]] who had Connington exiled and seized his lands for his failure to deal with rebels. However, this defeat forced Aerys to realize that Robert was no mere outlaw lord to be crushed at whim, but the greatest threat [[House Targaryen]] had faced since [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Blackfyre]].{{Ref|aSoS|37}}
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The Battle of the Bells forced King [[Aerys II Targaryen]] to take [[Robert's Rebellion]] seriously.{{ref|aSoS|37}} He seized the lands of Lord [[Jon Connington]] for his failure to deal with rebels, and Jon, who for years insisted he was not responsible for the defeat,{{ref|ADWD|61}} is said to have drank himself to death in exile.{{ref|AFFC|27}} The king sent Ser [[Jonothor Darry]] and Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] to [[Stoney Sept]] to rally what they could of the loyalist forces.{{ref|aSoS|37}} Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen]] returned from the [[tower of joy]] and advised his father to seek assistance from Lord [[Tywin Lannister]].{{ref|ASOS|37}} Aerys instead trusted in Lords [[Qarlton Chelsted]] and [[Rossart]].{{ref|ADWD|Epilogue}} Having survived Stoney Sept, [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert Baratheon]] eventually slew Rhaegar in the [[Battle of the Trident]] and was crowned after Aerys's death in the [[Sack of King's Landing]].{{ref|ADWD|61}}
 
 
After the battle Aerys sent [[Jonothor Darry]] and [[Barristan Selmy]] to Stoney Sept to rally what they could of the loyalist forces.
 
 
 
At the later [[Battle of the Trident]] the rebels were on the northern bank of the [[Trident]]; Robert was fleeing north when trapped in Stoney Sept.
 
  
 
==Recent Events==
 
==Recent Events==
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
 
===''A Storm of Swords''===
When they arrive at the [[Stoney Sept]], [[Harwin]] tells [[Arya Stark]] about the Battle of the Bells, and how according to the late King [[Robert I Baratheon]] the victory had belonged to Arya's father, Lord [[Eddard Stark]].{{Ref|ASOS|29}}
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When they arrive at [[Stoney Sept]], [[Harwin]] tells [[Arya Stark]] about the victory of her father, Lord [[Eddard Stark]], in the Battle of the Bells.{{Ref|ASOS|29}}
  
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
 
===''A Dance with Dragons''===
In exile, Lord [[Jon Connington]] is still being haunted by the battle and its outcome. He regrets he did not burn the town, as Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] surely would have done in his stead, instead of ordering the search for Robert Baratheon. Jon recognizes that burning down the town would have brought an immediate end to the rebellion, as it would have meant Robert Baratheon's death before Lords [[Eddard Stark|Stark]], [[Jon Arryn|Arryn]] and [[Hoster Tully|Tully]] could have arrived, and that offering these three lords pardons would have ended their resistance as well. Jon also recalls the reason as to why he chose to search the town instead of burn it down: burning down the town would have meant killing every last inhabitant of the town. Jon had not wanted to be branded a murderer, but instead had wanted the glory of slaying Robert for himself.{{ref|aDwD|61}}
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Lord [[Jon Connington]], who actually became a [[sellsword]] instead of dying of drink, is still haunted by the Battle of the Bells and its outcome.{{ref|ADWD|24}} Following the [[taking of Griffin's Roost]], he recalls a conversation with the late Ser [[Myles Toyne]] from his first year of exile, in which Jon explained he could not have done more at Stoney Sept. Myles responded that Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] would have burned down the town and brought an immediate end to [[Robert's Rebellion]], as Robert's death would have led to Eddard and Lord [[Hoster Tully]] accepting pardons. With his failure at Stoney Sept in mind, Jon intends to assure the victory of Prince [[Aegon Targaryen (son of Rhaegar)|Aegon Targaryen]], the son of Jon's late friend [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]].{{ref|aDwD|61}}
  
 
==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
{{Quote|[[Robert Baratheon|Robert]] always said [[Eddard Stark|your father]] won it, not him.{{ref|asos|29}}}}
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{{Quote|[[Jon Connington|Connington]] wounded [[Hoster Tully|your grandfather Tully]] sore, though, and killed Ser [[Denys Arryn]], the darling of the [[Vale of Arryn|Vale]]. But when he saw the day was lost, he flew off as fast as the [[griffin]]s on his shield. The Battle of the Bells, they called it after. [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]] always said [[Eddard Stark|your father]] won it, not him.{{ref|asos|29}}}} - [[Harwin]] to [[Arya Stark]]
- [[Harwin]] to [[Arya Stark]]
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{{quote|I'm named Bella. For the battle. I bet I could ring your bell, too.{{ref|ASOS|29}}}} - [[Bella]] to [[Gendry]]
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{{quote|After [[Jon Connington|dancing griffins]] lost the Battle of the Bells, [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] exiled him. He had finally realized that [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]] was no mere outlaw lord to be crushed at whim, but the greatest threat [[House Targaryen]] had faced since [[Daemon I Blackfyre|Daemon Blackfyre]].{{ref|ASOS|37}}}} - [[Jaime Lannister]] to [[Brienne Tarth]]
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{{quote|Seventeen years had come and gone since the Battle of the Bells, yet the sound of bells ringing still tied a knot in his guts. Others might claim that the realm was lost when Prince [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]] fell to [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert's]] warhammer on the [[Trident]], but the [[Battle of the Trident]] would never have been fought if [[House Connington|the griffin]] had only slain [[House Baratheon|the stag]] there in [[Stoney Sept]]. The bells tolled for all of us that day. For [[Aerys II Targaryen|Aerys]] and [[Rhaella Targaryen|his queen]], for [[Elia Martell|Elia of Dorne]] and [[Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar)|her little daughter]], for every true man and honest woman in the [[Seven Kingdoms]]. And for [[Rhaegar Targaryen|my silver prince]].{{ref|ADWD|24}}}} - thoughts of [[Jon Connington]]
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{{quote|I wanted the glory of slaying [[Robert I Baratheon|Robert]] in single combat, and I did not want the name of butcher. So Robert escaped me and cut down [[Rhaegar Targaryen|Rhaegar]] on the [[Battle of the Trident|Trident]].{{ref|ADWD|61}}}} - thoughts of [[Jon Connington]]
  
 
==References and Notes==
 
==References and Notes==
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Revision as of 17:26, 23 December 2016

Battle of the Bells
Battle of the Bells2.jpg
The sept tolled the city bells to warn the citizens
Conflict Robert's Rebellion
Date 283 AC
Place Stoney Sept
Result rebel victory
Combatants
rebels royalist army
Commanders
Lord Eddard Stark
Lord Hoster Tully
Lord Robert Baratheon
Lord Jon Connington
Strength
unknown unknown
Casualties
unknown
Ser Denys Arryn
unknown
Ser Myles Mooton

The Battle of the Bells was a battle fought during Robert's Rebellion between royalist and rebel forces at Stoney Sept in the southwestern riverlands. It is so-named because at the beginning of the battle the town's sept tolled its bells to warn the citizens of the battle and to persuade them to stay inside their houses. The battle was won by the rebel army, although the royalists were able to retreat in good order.

Prelude

After being defeated by Lord Randyll Tarly in the Battle of Ashford,[1] near the border between the stormlands and the Reach, Lord Robert Baratheon turned north to rejoin his friend, Lord Eddard Stark. Robert's wounds were tended to by friends in Stoney Sept.[2]

When the glory-seeking Hand of the King,[3] Lord Jon Connington, occupied Stoney Sept with a mighty force,[2] he ordered his soldiers to begin searching the town, even its sewers,[3] for Robert. Jon offered pardons and rewards and kept hostages in crow cages, but Robert remained hidden in various places by townspeople.[3] His last hiding place was the Peach,[4] where Robert is said to have fathered Bella.[2]

Battle

The royalists had not found Robert when the forces of Lords Eddard Stark and Hoster Tully reached Stoney Sept.[2] The town's septons rang bronze and silver bells to warn the smallfolk to remain indoors.[4] The rebels stormed Stoney Sept's walls and attacked Jon Connington's army, who responded by fighting back fiercely in streets, in alleys, and on rooftops. Jon wounded Hoster[2] and killed Lord Jon Arryn's gallant cousin and heir,[5] Ser Denys Arryn, with an axe.[6]

Emerging from the Peach when the bells began ringing, Robert slew six men, including Prince Rhaegar Targaryen's friend and former squire, Ser Myles Mooton.[2] Robert and Jon did not meet on the battlefield according to Harwin,[2] while Jon recalled that he was nearly slain by Robert on the steps of the town's sept.[3] Jon realized the battle was lost and retreated.[2] Robert later maintained that Eddard won the battle for him.[2]

Aftermath

The Battle of the Bells forced King Aerys II Targaryen to take Robert's Rebellion seriously.[7] He seized the lands of Lord Jon Connington for his failure to deal with rebels, and Jon, who for years insisted he was not responsible for the defeat,[3] is said to have drank himself to death in exile.[8] The king sent Ser Jonothor Darry and Ser Barristan Selmy to Stoney Sept to rally what they could of the loyalist forces.[7] Prince Rhaegar Targaryen returned from the tower of joy and advised his father to seek assistance from Lord Tywin Lannister.[7] Aerys instead trusted in Lords Qarlton Chelsted and Rossart.[9] Having survived Stoney Sept, Robert Baratheon eventually slew Rhaegar in the Battle of the Trident and was crowned after Aerys's death in the Sack of King's Landing.[3]

Recent Events

A Storm of Swords

When they arrive at Stoney Sept, Harwin tells Arya Stark about the victory of her father, Lord Eddard Stark, in the Battle of the Bells.[2]

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Jon Connington, who actually became a sellsword instead of dying of drink, is still haunted by the Battle of the Bells and its outcome.[4] Following the taking of Griffin's Roost, he recalls a conversation with the late Ser Myles Toyne from his first year of exile, in which Jon explained he could not have done more at Stoney Sept. Myles responded that Lord Tywin Lannister would have burned down the town and brought an immediate end to Robert's Rebellion, as Robert's death would have led to Eddard and Lord Hoster Tully accepting pardons. With his failure at Stoney Sept in mind, Jon intends to assure the victory of Prince Aegon Targaryen, the son of Jon's late friend Rhaegar.[3]

Quotes

Connington wounded your grandfather Tully sore, though, and killed Ser Denys Arryn, the darling of the Vale. But when he saw the day was lost, he flew off as fast as the griffins on his shield. The Battle of the Bells, they called it after. Robert always said your father won it, not him.[2]

- Harwin to Arya Stark


I'm named Bella. For the battle. I bet I could ring your bell, too.[2]

- Bella to Gendry


After dancing griffins lost the Battle of the Bells, Aerys exiled him. He had finally realized that Robert was no mere outlaw lord to be crushed at whim, but the greatest threat House Targaryen had faced since Daemon Blackfyre.[7]

- Jaime Lannister to Brienne Tarth


Seventeen years had come and gone since the Battle of the Bells, yet the sound of bells ringing still tied a knot in his guts. Others might claim that the realm was lost when Prince Rhaegar fell to Robert's warhammer on the Trident, but the Battle of the Trident would never have been fought if the griffin had only slain the stag there in Stoney Sept. The bells tolled for all of us that day. For Aerys and his queen, for Elia of Dorne and her little daughter, for every true man and honest woman in the Seven Kingdoms. And for my silver prince.[4]

- thoughts of Jon Connington


I wanted the glory of slaying Robert in single combat, and I did not want the name of butcher. So Robert escaped me and cut down Rhaegar on the Trident.[3]

- thoughts of Jon Connington

References and Notes