This week I'm starting on Robert's Rebellion, which was a Rebellion against house Targaryen. It all started with the Tourney at Harrenhal, held by Lord Whent. Noble people from all around were invited to the Riverlands for the festivities. The King himself, Aerys Targaryen, even came and that was a luxury since he hadn't left the safety of The Red Keep in years. The beginning of the Tourney was a happy affair because spring had come. During the tourney the Kingsguard added its newest member, Ser Jaime Lannister. The ending was less exciting, after winning a joust, Prince Rhaegar Targaryen gave his favor not to his wife, Elia Martell, but Lyanna Stark.
Sometime after the tourney, Lyanna was abducted by Prince Rhaegar. Brandon Stark, hearing of his sister's capture, abandoned his own wedding in Riverrun and rode with his companions Elbert Arryn (heir to the Eyrie), Kyle Royce, and Jeffroy Mallister to the Red Keep. Once there, Brandon ordered Rhaegar to come out and die, but he wasn't there. The King then had Brandon and his companions arrested for saying he was going to murder the prince. Areys summoned the fathers of those who stood accused.
Rickard Stark brought two hundred men with him as well. They were all killed, the prisoners, the fathers, all the men who went south, All except Ethan Glover. Brandon was strangled as he watched his father, Rickard , be suspended above a blazing fire and be cooked alive. Aerys then called for the heads of Robert, Lyanna's betrothed and Eddard (Ned) Stark. They were both in the Eyrie with Jon Arryn, whom refused to give them up and raised the Vale against the King, thus starting the Rebellion.