Battle of the Bells

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Battle of the Bells
Conflict Robert's Rebellion
Date 283 AL
Place Stoney Sept
Result Rebel victory
Combatants
Rebel army of
The North
The Riverlands
The Vale
The Stormlands
Royal army of
Kingslanding
Commanders
Robert Baratheon
Eddard Stark
Hoster Tully
Jon Connington
Strength
unknown unknown
Casualties
unknown,
Denys Arryn
Unknown but larger then the Rebel's

The Battle of the Bells was a battle fought during Robert's Rebellion between royal and rebel forces at Stoney Sept. The battle is called Battle of the Bells because at the beginning of the battle the sept tolled the city 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.

Background


After the start of the rebellion Robert had gone back to the Stormlands to raise an army. He defeated some of his vassals who were trying to remain loyal to Aerys II and then set route to the west. Near the border a battle was fought at Ashford. Robert was defeated and turned north. Most likely, at this time he was trying to link up to his allies, the Starks, Tullys and Arryns.
It is not known what happened between Ashford and Stoney Sept but just before the battle, Robert was wounded and hiding from pursuers in Stoney Sept.

Battle

When Jon Connington occupied the town he ordered his soldiers to began to search the houses looking for Robert Baratheon. They had not found him when the combined Tully-Stark army reached Stoney Sept. The rebels attacked the army of Connington who responded by fighting back fiercely. He wounded Hoster Tully and killed Jon Arryn's cousin and heir, Denys Arryn. At this point Robert came out (probably with his followers and led the counterattack. Althought this seemed to have turned the tide of the battle, Robert himself later maintained that Eddard Stark won it for him.
Jon Connington realised the battle was lost and was able to retreat his army in good order.

Aftermath

The retreat by Jon Connington seems quit a feat because the fighting was very fierce and the location (town, house to house fighting) would make it hard to hold the army together. Nevertheless it did not impress Aerys II who had Connington exiled and seized his lands.
In the mean time Rhaegar had come back to Kinglanding and took command of the remains of the royal army and the contingent send by Dorne under prince Lewyn. The armies would clash again at the Battle of the Trident where the war would be decided.