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{{Quote|We tried to take Ashford Castle in the Reach, but the Tyrells beat us back.|[[Robert Baratheon]]|Complete Guide to Westeros}}
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{{Quote|My father, Mace, dealt Robert his only defeat in the war... even if it was my father's vanguard who did most of the fighting before he arrived.|[[Margaery Tyrell]]|The Reach (Histories & Lore)}}
The '''Battle of Ashford''' was a battle during [[Robert's Rebellion]].
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The '''Battle of Ashford''' was a battle during [[Robert's Rebellion]]. It was the only defeat the rebellion suffered against the houses loyal to [[House Targaryen]].
   
==The Battle==
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==History==
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===Background===
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Following his victory at the [[Battle of Summerhall]], Lord [[Robert Baratheon]] moved his forces to the western border of [[the Stormlands]] and marched against [[Ashford]] in [[the Reach]].
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===The Battle===
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[[File:Battle_of_ashford.jpg|300px|thumb|right|Lord Mace Tyrell arrived at Ashford when the battle was already won.]]
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Ashford was an indecisive battle, in which [[Robert Baratheon]] was defeated by the vanguard of [[House Tyrell]], led by [[House Tarly]], while Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] arrived when the battle was already done. However, Robert's army was able to retreat in good order, before the main force of the Tyrell army could arrive to crush him.
   
Ashford was an indecisive battle, in which [[Robert Baratheon]] was defeated by the army of [[House Tyrell]]. However, Robert's army was able to retreat in good order, before the main force of the Tyrell army could arrive to crush him.
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===Aftermath===
   
==Aftermath==
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The defeat forced Robert's army to flee north, to link up with the rebel armies from the North and the Vale. This left [[the Stormlands]] open to be invaded by the loyalist armies of [[the Reach]] and left [[Storm's End]] free for the Tyrells to [[Siege of Storm's End|besiege]]. The Tyrells could have chased after Robert, but Mace assumed that [[Tywin Lannister]] would stay loyal and flank Robert's army as it passed [[the Westerlands]]. Meanwhile, if the Tyrells could successfully take Robert's home castle of Storm's End, it would be a crushing blow to rebel morale, which would lead to Robert's supporters abandoning him.<ref>"[[Robert's Rebellion (Histories & Lore)]]"</ref>
 
The defeat forced Robert's army to flee north, to link up with the rebel armies from the North and the Vale. This left [[the Stormlands]] open to be invaded by the loyalist armies of [[the Reach]] and left [[Storm's End]] free for the Tyrells to [[Siege of Storm's End|besiege]]. The Tyrells could have chased after Robert, but Mace assumed that [[Tywin Lannister]] would stay loyal and flank Robert's army as it passed [[the Westerlands]]. Meanwhile, if the Tyrells could successfully take Robert's home castle of Storm's End, it would be a crushing blow to rebel morale, which would lead to Robert's supporters abandoning him.<ref>[[Complete Guide to Westeros]]: Robert's Rebellion - House Tyrell</ref>
 
   
 
Afterward, Robert retreated north through [[the Riverlands]], hiding in [[Stoney Sept]], leading to the [[Battle of the Bells]].
 
Afterward, Robert retreated north through [[the Riverlands]], hiding in [[Stoney Sept]], leading to the [[Battle of the Bells]].
   
 
==In the books==
 
==In the books==
In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, even though it was [[Randyll Tarly]] who commanded the Tyrell forces, in subsequent years [[Mace Tyrell]] always tried to take credit for the victory. In the ''Complete Guide to Westeros'' [[Margaery Tyrell]] says it was her father Mace Tyrell's victory, with no mention of Tarly - which is unsurprising, given that this is the version her own father likes to tell. The Tyrells are quite proud of the fact that they inflicted the only defeat Robert suffered in the entire war. Moreover, Mace (and the other Tyrells) like to remember it as a crushing and decisive route of Robert's army, when really the battle was at best indecisive, and Robert's army was not routed but withdrew in good order to the north. Tarly's forces were just the vanguard of the main Tyrell force commanded by Mace, and Robert withdrew before even having to face Mace and his main army (thus while Tarly certainly performed quite well, the choice to withdraw was actually Robert's, because he knew he couldn't hold the position once Tyrell reinforcements arrived).
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In the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels, even though it was [[Randyll Tarly]] who commanded the Tyrell forces, in subsequent years [[Mace Tyrell]] always tried to take credit for the victory.
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In the Season 2 Histories & Lore featurettes, [[Margaery Tyrell]] says it was her father Mace Tyrell's victory, with no mention of Tarly - which is unsurprising, given that this is the version her own father likes to tell. The Tyrells are quite proud of the fact that they inflicted the only defeat Robert suffered in the entire war. Moreover, Mace (and the other Tyrells) like to remember it as a crushing and decisive route of Robert's army, when really the battle was at best indecisive, and Robert's army was not routed but withdrew in good order to the north. Tarly's forces were just the vanguard of the main Tyrell force commanded by Mace, and Robert withdrew before even having to face Mace and his main army (thus while Tarly certainly performed quite well, the choice to withdraw was actually Robert's, because he knew he couldn't hold the position once Tyrell reinforcements arrived).
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Indeed, in the subsequent Season 3 Histories & Lore featurette on the Reach, Margaery (again narrating) grudgingly admits that it was actually her father's ''vanguard'' who won the battle, and that Robert retreated before Mace himself actually arrived.<ref>"[[The Reach (Histories & Lore)]]"</ref>
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
*[http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Battle_of_Ashford The Battle of Ashford at A Wiki of Ice and Fire]
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*{{AWOIAF}}
   
 
==References==
 
==References==

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Conflict

Robert's Rebellion

Place

Ashford, the Reach

Outcome

Tactical Royalist victory, ultimately indecisive

Combatants
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House Baratheon
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House Tyrell
Commanders

Lord Robert Baratheon

Lord Mace Tyrell

"My father, Mace, dealt Robert his only defeat in the war... even if it was my father's vanguard who did most of the fighting before he arrived."
Margaery Tyrell[src]

The Battle of Ashford was a battle during Robert's Rebellion. It was the only defeat the rebellion suffered against the houses loyal to House Targaryen.

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Following his victory at the Battle of Summerhall, Lord Robert Baratheon moved his forces to the western border of the Stormlands and marched against Ashford in the Reach.

The BattleEdit

Battle of ashford

Lord Mace Tyrell arrived at Ashford when the battle was already won.

Ashford was an indecisive battle, in which Robert Baratheon was defeated by the vanguard of House Tyrell, led by House Tarly, while Lord Mace Tyrell arrived when the battle was already done. However, Robert's army was able to retreat in good order, before the main force of the Tyrell army could arrive to crush him.

AftermathEdit

The defeat forced Robert's army to flee north, to link up with the rebel armies from the North and the Vale. This left the Stormlands open to be invaded by the loyalist armies of the Reach and left Storm's End free for the Tyrells to besiege. The Tyrells could have chased after Robert, but Mace assumed that Tywin Lannister would stay loyal and flank Robert's army as it passed the Westerlands. Meanwhile, if the Tyrells could successfully take Robert's home castle of Storm's End, it would be a crushing blow to rebel morale, which would lead to Robert's supporters abandoning him.[1]

Afterward, Robert retreated north through the Riverlands, hiding in Stoney Sept, leading to the Battle of the Bells.

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, even though it was Randyll Tarly who commanded the Tyrell forces, in subsequent years Mace Tyrell always tried to take credit for the victory.

In the Season 2 Histories & Lore featurettes, Margaery Tyrell says it was her father Mace Tyrell's victory, with no mention of Tarly - which is unsurprising, given that this is the version her own father likes to tell. The Tyrells are quite proud of the fact that they inflicted the only defeat Robert suffered in the entire war. Moreover, Mace (and the other Tyrells) like to remember it as a crushing and decisive route of Robert's army, when really the battle was at best indecisive, and Robert's army was not routed but withdrew in good order to the north. Tarly's forces were just the vanguard of the main Tyrell force commanded by Mace, and Robert withdrew before even having to face Mace and his main army (thus while Tarly certainly performed quite well, the choice to withdraw was actually Robert's, because he knew he couldn't hold the position once Tyrell reinforcements arrived).

Indeed, in the subsequent Season 3 Histories & Lore featurette on the Reach, Margaery (again narrating) grudgingly admits that it was actually her father's vanguard who won the battle, and that Robert retreated before Mace himself actually arrived.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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