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Davos Seaworth kneels before King Stannis Baratheon, by Amok ©

The king's men are members of Stannis Baratheon's court who hold to their worship of the Seven even after Melisandre, a red priestess, brought the faith of R'hllor to Dragonstone and converted Stannis's wife, Selyse Florent.[1] Converts to the Lord of Light, in contrast, are known as queen's men.[2]

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A Storm of Swords

Ser Rolland Storm, by Jorge Maese © Fantasy Flight Games

Melisandre's strange faith, aggressive council, and mysterious powers make her unpopular among some of Stannis Baratheon's men.[1] Therefore, the distinction is usually made between this group and the queen's men, those who converted to the faith of R'hllor and follow Selyse Florent and Melisandre closely.[2]

Davos Seaworth has several of the king's men take Edric Storm from Dragonstone to the Free Cities to protect the youth from Melisandre.[3]

A Dance with Dragons

At the Merman's Court, Davos tells Lord Wyman Manderly that the king's men outnumber the queen's men in Stannis's host.[4]

Known King's Men

Quotes

The king's men were as earthy and impious as any other soldiers, but the queen's men were fervid in their devotion to Melisandre of Asshai and her Lord of Light.[5]

—thoughts of Samwell Tarly

King's men in one corner and queen's men in another, but only a few. It's too cold for most of them.[6]

—thoughts of Jon Snow

Lady Melisandre is a priestess of the red god. Queen Selyse has adopted her faith, along with many others, but more of His Grace's followers still worship the Seven. Myself among them.[4]

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