Robert I Baratheon
Robert Baratheon by Amoka
|Reign||283 AC - 298 AC|
|Full Name||Robert Baratheon the First of His Name|
Demon of the Trident
The Whoremonger King
King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men|
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
|Born in||263 AC|
|Died in||298 AC King's Landing|
|Buried in||298 AC Storm's End|
|Royal House||House Baratheon of King's Landing|
|Issue||See Known bastards|
A Game of Thrones (Appears)|
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
|Played by||Mark Addy|
|TV series||Season 1|
Robert Baratheon, the head of House Baratheon, was crowned King of the Seven Kingdoms after winning the War of the Usurper and taking the crown from Aerys II Targaryen, his first cousin once removed. Robert fought the war to keep the hand of Lyanna Stark, with the aid of her brother, his close friend Eddard. Due to Lyanna's death, Robert married Cersei Lannister to ensure political stability. He is King of Westeros at the beginning of the novels.
Appearance and Personality
A large man, though not particularly intelligent, Robert was once a renowned warrior. In his youth he was described as tall, broad shouldered and muscled like a maiden's fantasy. He kept himself clean shaven. However, after winning the crown he become overweight from excessive feasting and drinking, eventually gaining over eight stone in weight and growing a beard to hide his multiple chins.. this collection of images. Some of his favorite songs were A Cask of Ale and Fifty-Four Tuns. He was known for his charm, outgoing and gregarious personality and remarkable ability to turn enemies into friends.
His lusts became the subject of ribald drinking songs throughout the realm. According to Eddard Stark, Robert would promise a woman the world in the night and forget everything (including her) in the morning. 
Robert was the first son of Lady Cassana and Lord Steffon Baratheon, head of House Baratheon and lord paramount of the Stormlands. He was born and raised in the Baratheon family seat of Storm's End. He was a scant year older than his brother Stannis. Many years later a third Baratheon brother was born, named Renly.
When they were still young, Robert and Stannis watched as their parents died in a shipwreck within sight of Storm's End, making Robert the Lord of Storm's End. Lord Robert went to foster with Lord Jon Arryn at the Eyrie in the Vale of Arryn, along with Eddard Stark. They soon became fast friends and Jon Arryn, who had no sons of his own, came to treat them as his own family.
Robert fell in love with Eddard's sister Lyanna who was promised to him by her father Lord Rickard. At the time Robert already had a bastard daughter, which led to Lyanna commenting that Robert would never keep to one bed. Some time after this event Lyanna was apparently kidnapped and taken by Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. The kidnapping set in motion a chain of events that lead to Robert's Rebellion.
News of the kidnap led Lyanna's eldest brother Brandon and later her father Rickard to King's Landing demanding justice, both were executed by the Mad King, Aerys II Targaryen, who demanded that Jon Arryn turn over Robert and Eddard as well. Lord Jon rose up in rebellion instead, with Eddard (now Lord of Winterfell) and Robert rallying the North and the Stormlands respectively. Robert, whose descent gave him the best claim to the throne of the three lords, soon became the leader of the revolt, which became known as Robert's Rebellion. At the Battle of Gulltown, Robert slew Marq Grafton.
Robert began gathering his banners at Storm's End, but he was separated from his allies in the North. Moreover, some of his bannermen decided to remain loyal to the throne and began gathering their strength at Summerhall.  Robert learned of this plan and defeated them all, winning three battles in a single day. While attempting to link up with the forces in the North, Robbert suffered a defeat at the Battle of Ashford and was later trapped in the town of Stoney Sept where he hid in a brothel and bedded nearly every whore while hiding there. 
A Targaryen army eventually led by Lord Jon Connington arrived and began to search the town for Robert; Robert was saved when a rebel force from the North joined him and the Battle of the Bells began.  He led the combined forces of Baratheon, Stark, Arryn, and Tully to victory over the royal forces led by Rhaegar at the Battle of the Trident and personally killed the crown prince, securing a victory.
Although he won the rebellion and killed Rhaegar, Roberts hatred of his slain foe had not diminished and when Tywin Lannister presented Robert with the mutilated bodies of Rhaegar's wife and two young children, Robert was actually pleased they were dead. Eddard Stark on the other hand was outraged and disgusted by the act, calling it murder, and saying the young prince and princess were no more than babes. Robert's callous response was:
"I see no babes, only dragonspawn".
Even Jon Arryn could not cool the rage and argument that followed between Robert and Eddard over that. Eddard left the Red Keep in a black rage to relieve Storm's End, where Stannis languished under siege. It took the death of Lyanna and their shared grief to reunite the pair in friendship. Robert was thereafter haunted by her memory and the desire for further vengeance against the slain Rhaegar.
Robert's claim to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms was based on his grandmother being Rhaelle Targaryen, daughter of King Aegon V, thus giving him a much stronger claim to the throne than the Arryns, Tullys or Starks.
With King's Landing fallen, Aerys, Rhaegar, and their heirs dead or in exile, the lords of the Seven Kingdoms swore fealty to Robert and accepted him as King. He pardoned many of his former enemies and won some over as allies.
Dorne however, never forgot or forgave the fact that Robert condoned the cold blooded murders of Elia Martell and her children Rhaenys and Aegon. Lord Jon Arryn managed to negotiate a truce with Dorne and a grudging acceptance of Robert's reign. Robert appointed Jon Arryn as his Hand of the King. Jon Arryn, along with Robert's brother Stannis, held the Seven Kingdoms together while Robert ate, drank, hunted, and whored.
Robert began his reign by marrying Cersei Lannister in a political marriage intended to bring stability to the kingdom. The marriage was not a happy one. During their wedding night Robert, while drunk, accidentally whispered, "Lyanna," an act that earned him his new wife's hatred. The queen secretly cheated on him with her brother Jaime, killing Robert's seed and his hope for heirs. Cersei bore three children: Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen. In his unhappiness Robert took to drink, feasting and sleeping with other women. In this way he had several bastard children.
Six years after taking the crown, Robert and Eddard joined forces again to crush the Greyjoy Rebellion, which cemented Robert's position on the Iron Throne. Robert subsequently beggared the realm with the expense of his tournaments and feasts, despite the fact Aerys had left treasure vaults overflowing with gold. Robert's spending eventually left the crown in debt of over six million golden dragons (borrowing heavily from the Lannisters, the Tyrells, the Faith and the Iron Bank of Braavos).
Due to his frequent whoring, Robert also sired many bastards. According to Donal Noye, he changed by becoming a king, and not for the better. Robert Baratheon also learned to close his eyes to anything he did not wish to see, a fact best proven when he was presented with the bodies of Rhaegars children.
A Game of Thrones
When Jon Arryn died suddenly, Robert journeyed to Winterfell to meet the last person he truly trusted, Eddard Stark, after a long separation. Robert appeared to Eddard a broken man, unhealthy and unhappy. Eddard reluctantly took the job of Hand and came to King's Landing. He, like Jon Arryn, did much of the work as Robert seldom bothered to attend council meetings. Robert confessed to Ned that he dreamed about giving up his crown and journeying to the Free Cities as a sellsword to spend his life warring and whoring, believing that's what he was made for; only the thought of Joffrey on the Iron Throne with his mother whispering in his ear kept Robert from indulging his fantasy.
When Robert called a meeting to demand the death of the pregnant Daenerys Targaryen, Eddard refused to be a part of it and resigned his handship in protest. After Eddard was injured in an ambush led by Jaime Lannister, Robert visited his friend and gave him back his badge of office, stating that if Ned refused to take it, Robert would pin it on Jaime Lannister. While Robert was off on one of his hunts, Eddard discovered that Robert's children were in fact Cersei's bastards born of incest with her brother.
Acting first, Cersei had Robert's squire, her cousin Lancel, give Robert a very strong wine, three times as potent as normal, which caused him to get very drunk. When the hunting party finally tracked down a large boar, Robert was so inebriated that he missed his mark and wound up getting charged down and mortally gored. According to Varys, if it had not been the boar, it would have been a fall from a horse or an arrow gone astray, as Cersei needed Robert dead before he returned from his hunt.
When Robert returned badly wounded and near death, he had Eddard visit him and make a will, naming him Lord Regent and Protector of the Realm until Joffrey came of age. Eddard, seeing how much pain Robert was in, did not reveal the secret of Joffrey's parentage, not wanting to add further pain to his dying friend. Instead, when writing the will, Eddard replaced "My son Joffrey" with "my trueborn heir". Robert died a day later. His death tipped off a struggle for power that led to the War of the Five Kings.
Although Robert Baratheon is known to have fathered - according to Maggy the Frog's prophecy - at least sixteen bastards, only one has been acknowledged. Varys admits to knowing of eight. Five have been seen by POV characters, while two others have been mentioned only in passing. Because of how Eddard words Robert's will, Cersei begins a campaign to kill all of Robert's bastards, but Tyrion stops it after an ugly scene with Barra's mother fighting to protect the baby. They are listed in approximate age order.
- Mya Stone. A bastard daughter born to Robert in the Vale whilst he was Jon Arryn's ward. She served as a guide to and from the Eyrie, and became a favorite companion to Sansa Stark. Eddard Stark remembered that Robert was very fond of her, although like all his bastard children he later abandoned her.
- Bella. An unacknowledged bastard daughter who lived at the brothel called "the Peach" in Stoney Sept. Her mother told her that she was conceived during the Battle of the Bells when a wounded Robert hid there.
- Gendry. An unacknowledged bastard who was born to a worker in an alehouse. When he was old enough, an unknown lord paid his apprentice fee so he could learn to be a blacksmith. Gendry developed a reputation for stubbornness and fashioned a bull's head helmet, causing him to be named the "Bull". Following the death of Robert, Varys arranged for the boy to flee the city with Yoren of the Night's Watch. Gendry knew that Queen Cersei wanted him dead, although he did not know why. He traveled with Arya Stark until the Brotherhood Without Banners captured them and he joined the organization. The Brotherhood later placed him at the Old Crossroads Inn to smith and look after a group of orphans there. When Brienne meets him, she is astonished by how much he looks like Renly, actually addressing him as "Renly" and "my lord".
- Edric Storm. Robert's only acknowledged bastard son, born to Delena Florent. He lived at Storm's End under the protection of Cortnay Penrose, the castellan. Stannis laid siege to the castle with the goal of capturing Edric Storm and using him to prove his claims of Cersei's incestuous affair with her brother. The red witch Melisandre also aimed to use Edric's blood to raise the dragons of Dragonstone. Davos Seaworth smuggled Edric away from Dragonstone before he could be sacrificed.
- Two unnamed twins. Petyr Baelish hints that Robert fathered twins to a serving woman at Casterly Rock who were killed by Queen Cersei's agents.
- Barra. The youngest of Robert's known bastard children, born to a King's Landing prostitute. A baby, she was killed by Allar Deem under Cersei's orders following the death of Robert.
Quotes by Robert
- Robert to Eddard Stark
- Robert to Eddard Stark
Eddard: You’re too fat for your armor, Robert. Robert: Fat? Fat, is it? Is that how you speak to your king? Ah, damn you, Ned, why are you always right? 
- Robert to Eddard Stark
I swear to you, I was never so alive as when I was winning this throne, or so dead as now that I've won it. 
- Robert to Eddard Stark
Cersei: I shall wear this as a badge of honor. Robert: Wear it in silence, or I’ll honor you again. 
- When Robert slaps Cersei
Quotes about Robert
The king was a great disappointment to Jon. His father had talked of him often: the peerless Robert Baratheon, demon of the Trident, the fiercest warrior of the realm, a giant among princes. Jon saw only a fat man, red-faced under his beard, sweating through his silks. He walked like a man half in his cups. 
- Jon Snow's thoughts
They said Robert Baratheon was strong as a bull and fearless in battle, a man who loved nothing better than war. 
- Daenerys Targaryen, regarding the reputation of Robert
Tell me, what right did my brother Robert ever have to the Iron Throne? Oh, there was talk of the blood ties between Baratheon and Targaryen, of weddings a hundred years past, of second sons and elder daughters. No one but the maesters care about any of it. Robert won the throne with his warhammer.
If he couldn't fuck it, fight it or drink it, it bored him.
Robert... He is in my dreams as well. Laughing. Drinking. Boasting. Those were the things he was best at. Those, and fighting. I never bested him at anything. 
We all know what my brother would do. Robert would gallop up to the gates of Winterfell alone, break them with his warhammer, and ride through the rubble to slay Roose Bolton with his left hand and the Bastard with his right. I am not Robert. But we will march, and we will free Winterfell … or die in the attempt. 
References and Notes
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 42, Daenerys IV.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 35, Eddard IX.
- A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 2, Catelyn I.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 55, Jon VII.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 12, Eddard II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon I.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 33, Eddard VIII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 39, Eddard X.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 30, Eddard VII.
- A Game of Thrones, Chapter 5, Jon I.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 22, Catelyn II.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 34, Arya VI.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
- A Clash of Kings, Chapter 52, Sansa IV.
- A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 42, The King's Prize.
- Margaery Tyrell married 1st Renly, 2nd Joffrey, 3rd Tommen
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