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A 'Game Of Thrones' Character Profile: Robert Baratheon

March 7th, 2013 5:30pm EST

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Character Profile: Robert Baratheon

Culture: Southerner

Titles: King of the Seven Kingdoms

House: Baratheon

Siblings: Stannis, Renley

Spouse: Cersei Lannister

Children: Joffrey, Tommen, Myrcella (Numerous Bastards)

Status: Deceased, death by infected hunting wound

Portrayed by: Mark Addy
Robert Baratheon, long time friend of Lord Eddard Stark was the first non-Targaryan King that Westeros had seen. In his youth he was an attractive, strong willed, promising knight, squire to Lord Jon Arryn.
When the mad King Arys Targaryan executed Eddard Stark's brother and father, Robert used the armies of his deceased father to rally to Ned's call to arms. Because Robert had a claim to the Targaryan throne through his aunt, the forces of the rebellion rallied around him.
Together, the armies of the 'Usurper' crushed the royal armies of the Targaryans, with the penultimate victory coming at the Battle of the Trident, where Robert personally vanquished Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryan.
After the death of Lyanna Stark, to whom Robert was betrothed, Robert took Cersei Lannister's hand in marriage. While she was initially infatuated with the young Robert, her interest waned and eventually devolved into outright hatred as Robert seemed that he would never be satisfied with her.
Robert's propensity to drink, hunt and wench was well known throughout the kingdom. While he was regarded as tall, well muscled and handsome in the days prior to his rebellion, he was widely known to have 'let himself go' in the years after, becoming rotund, unkempt and paranoid.
In the events of season one, Robert asks Ned to be the new hand of the king, after Jon Arryn's death. He believes that the kingdom is in peril, and that Ned is the only real ally he has. Shortly after Ned arrives in King's landing, the situation begins to unfold, and Robert's untimely demise is arranged by Lancel Lannister during a hunting trip by ensuring the King completely over imbibes. Drunkenly, Robert stabs at a boar, misses his thrust and is gored. He later dies of the infected wound.
Robert's reign is categorized by many things, mainly by the prosperity in which Westeros thrives. Outwardly things seem to be running smoothly, thanks to the Long Summer the land has endured. However, inwardly Robert's reign is characterized by all the same skullduggery that made the rule of the Targaryans so frightful. We find out that Robert plans to have Daenarys Targaryan, who is residing across the narrow sea in Essos, murdered - a plot which Eddard Stark does his best to halt. The court is as full as ever of snakepits and spies, and the royal family is revealed to be less than truly legitimate. Fortunately for Robert, he passes away before any of this can be revealed to him.

Interesting Facts:
♦ Robert Baratheon wears a crown that is fashioned like Stag Horns; after the sigil of House Baratheon.
♦ Robert's weapon of choice is a giant warhammer, which he used to shatter the armor of Rhaegar Targaryan at the battle of the trident.
♦ The firstborn male family members of house Baratheon are almost always born with brown or black hair.
♦ Robert, while on speaking terms with his youngest brother Renly, was estranged from his younger brother Stannis.
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