House Baratheon of King's Landing

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House Baratheon of King's Landing
Coat of arms crowned stag of House Baratheon, black on gold, and the lion of Lannister, gold on crimson, combatant
Seat King's Landing
Lord Tommen I
Region the Crownlands
Title King of Westeros
Heir Myrcella Baratheon
Overlord none, sovereign (disputed by House Baratheon of Dragonstone)
Founder Robert I
Founded 283 AL

House Baratheon of King's Landing is the royal line of House Baratheon of Storm's End, from which it comes. It was founded by Robert Baratheon after his successful rebellion against Aerys II Targaryen.

Recent Events

King Robert, when he appoints Eddard Stark as Hand of the King, also offers Prince Joffrey's hand in marriage to Ned's daughter Sansa. Robert is killed by a boar while out on a hunt, inebriated by strongwine arranged for by his wife Cersei Lannister, who fears what he might do if he discovers the truth that her three children are not his, but are the result of incestuous liaisons with her brother Jaime the Kingslayer. The claim of this line to the Iron Throne is disputed by their "uncles," Stannis Baratheon and Renly Baratheon.

The second ruler of the house, Joffrey I, created their new coat of arms, the crowned stag of House Baratheon, black on gold, and the lion of Lannister, gold on crimson, combatant.[1][2] The new king, Tommen I continues to use this blazon.[3] Since its current lord remains a child, the House is, for all practical matters, controlled by House Lannister.

Tyrion Lannister, acting as Hand of the King, betroths his niece Princess Myrcella to wed Prince Trystane Martell in order to help avoid hostility with Dorne. King Joffrey's forces defend his House's claim to the throne against Stannis's branch of the family in the Battle of the Blackwater. He, however, is assassinated during his wedding feast, his throne and his bride Margaery Tyrell passing to the new King Tommen. Princess Arianne Martell plots to crown Princess Myrcella as Queen of Westeros, as she would be according to Dornish law. Her conspiracy is betrayed and Myrcella is wounded by Ser Gerold Dayne.

The Baratheon House at the end of the third century

The known Baratheons during the timespan of the events described on A Song of Ice and Fire are:

House Baratheon of King's Landing

Other Branches

House Baratheon of Dragonstone

House Baratheon of Storm's End

  • King {Renly I}, self-proclaimed King of Westeros. He died under mysterious circumstances.

Robert I
Renly I
Stannis I
Joffrey I
Tommen I
9 Others

Houses sworn to King's Landing


The Small Council:

  • Ser {Kevan Lannister}, Lord Regent, former Master of Laws to King Joffrey. Killed by Varys and his 'little birds'.
  • Lord Mace Tyrell, Lord of Highgarden, Warden of the South, Defender of the Marches, and High Marshal of the Reach; Hand of the King and former Master of Ships to King Joffrey.
  • Grand Maester {Pycelle}. Killed by Varys.
  • Ser Jaime Lannister, called 'the Kingslayer', Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Missing at the Riverlands.
  • Lord Randyll Tarly, Lord of Horn Hill, Master of Laws and Justiciar, .
  • Ser Harys Swyft, the Knight of Cornfield, Master of Coin and Lord Treasurer. Formerly Hand of the King to Queen Regent Cersei.
  • Lord Paxter Redwyne, Lord of the Arbor, Master of Ships and Grand Admiral.
  • Nymeria Sand, acting in place of Prince Doran Martell of Dorne.
Former councillors
  • Qyburn, a disgraced Maester, reputed necromancer and former member of the Brave Companions, Master of Whisperers to Queen Regent Cersei. Dismissed.
  • Aurane Waters, the Bastard of Driftmark, Master of Ships and Grand Admiral to Queen Regent Cersei. Fled to the Stepstones with his new fleet after Queen Cersei's arrest.
  • Lord Orton Merryweather, Lord of Longtable, initially Master of Laws and Justiciar, elevated to Hand of the King to Queen Regent Cersei. Ressigned after Queen Cersei's arrest and fled to Longtable.
  • Lord {Gyles Rosby}, Lord of Rosby, Master of Coin and Lord Treasurer to Queen Regent Cersei. Succumbed to his disease.
  • Prince {Oberyn Martell}, called 'the Red Viper of Dorne', acting in place of Prince Doran Martell. Killed by Ser Gregor Clegane in a trial-by-combat.
  • Lord Varys, called 'the Spider', a eunuch, Master of Whisperers to Kings Joffrey and Robert. Dissappeared after the murder of Lord Tywin Lannister.
  • Lord {Tywin Lannister}, Lord Paramount of the Westerlands, Warden of the West, Lord of Casterly Rock, Shield of Lannisport, Saviour of the City; Hand of the King to Kings Joffrey and Tommen. Slain by his son Tyrion at the Tower of the Hand.
  • Tyrion Lannister, called 'the Imp' and 'Halfman', former Master of Coin and acting Hand of the King to King Joffrey. Accused of treason and regicide. In exile after murdering his father, Lord Tywin.
  • Lord Petyr Baelish, called 'Littlefinger', Master of Coin to Kings Robert and Joffrey. Abandoned office after being elevated to Lord of Harrenhal and Lord Paramount of the Trident.
  • Lord {Janos Slynt}, Lord of Harrenhal and Commander of the City Watch of King's Landing, the son of a butcher, given lordship and a seat in the council for his betrayal of Eddard Stark. Sent to the Wall by Tyrion Lannister and executed by Lord Commander Jon Snow for insubordination.
  • Ser Barristan Selmy, called 'Barristan the Bold', Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, dismissed under orders of King Joffrey and Queen Dowager Cersei. Now Lord Commander of the Queensguard of Daenerys Targaryen.
  • Lord {Eddard Stark}, Lord Paramount of the North, Warden of the North and Lord of Winterfell; Hand of the King to King Robert. Accused of treason and executed under orders of King Joffrey.
  • Lord {Renly Baratheon}, Lord Paramount of the Stormlands and Lord of Storm's End; Master of Laws to King Robert. Fled his post and crowned himself King of Westeros after the death of his brother, King Robert. Killed by a shadow creature spawned by Melisandre
  • Lord Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Dragonstone, Master of Laws to King Robert. Fled from his post after discovering the true parentage of the royal children. Declared himself King of Westeros after the death of his older brother. Currently on the North.

The Kingsguard:

  • Ser Jaime Lannister, Lord Commander.
  • Ser Loras Tyrell, called 'the Knight of Flowers', rumored to be near death after the Siege of Dragonstone.
  • Ser Osmund Kettleblack. Currently in a dungeon cell, accused of fornication and high treason. Elevated after the dismissal of Boros Blount for cowardice.
  • Ser Balon Swann. Currently hunting Ser Gerold Dayne on Dorne for the death of Ser Arys Oakheart. Elevated after the death of Preston Greenfield.
  • Ser Boros Blount, called 'Boros the Belly', once dismissed for cowardice and thence restored. Made King Tommen's food taster.
  • Ser Meryn Trant.
  • Ser Robert Strong, a mysterious, gigantic knight that has taken a vow of silence, raised in replacement of Arys Oakheart. Suspected to be the reanimated body of Ser Gregor Clegane.
Former Kingsguard

References and Notes

  1. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 7, Arya
  2. A Clash of Kings, Appendix
  3. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 14, Brienne
  4. 4.0 4.1 Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen