Why did Renly consider himself King?

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In Game of Thrones Renly Baratheon was the youngest of three brothers and thus fifth in line to inherit the throne after Joffrey, Tommen, Myrcella and Stannis.

After discovering that Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella are bastards, Stannis is the rightful king of the Iron Throne (disregarding the events revealed in future seasons).

Then why did Renly try to proclaim himself King of the seven Kingdoms and why did some men follow him if Stannis was the legitimate King?

Best Answer

Renly was more likable than Stannis as was shown in the series. Renly had the backing of Highgarden and most of Storm's End as well. He had the largest army and there was taking the crown by force, much like Robert had.

Renly: No one want you for their King. You never wanted any friends, brother, but a man without friends is a man without power.


Stannis: You think a few bolts of cloth will make you King?

Renly: No, the men holding those bolts of cloth will make me King.

And to reinforce what is seen on the show (I thought a similar line was said, but haven't found a clip...), while Renly is speaking to Catelyn about Robb and the North's rebellion:

Renly shrugged. "Tell me, what right did my brother Robert ever have to the Iron Throne?" He did not wait for an answer. "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." He swept a hand across the campfires that burned from horizon to horizon. "Well, there is my claim, as good as Robert's ever was. If your son supports me as his father supported Robert, he'll not find me ungenerous. I will gladly confirm him in all his lands, titles, and honors. He can rule in Winterfell as he pleases. He can even go on calling himself King in the North if he likes, so long as he bends the knee and does me homage as his overlord. King is only a word, but fealty, loyalty, service . . . those I must have." - A Clash of Kings - Catelyn II

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Why did Renly declare himself king?

Loras suggests that Renly claim the Iron Throne for himself and offers the support of the rich and powerful House Tyrell. Renly points out that he is fourth in line to the throne, behind his two nephews and his older brother, Stannis.

When did Renly become king?

Renly declares himself King of the Seven Kingdoms during Season 2 and wins the support of the Baratheon bannermen and the support of other houses, despite Stannis' better claim.

Why did Renly Baratheon believe he had claim to the throne over his elder brother Stannis Baratheon?

He claimed the crown out of vanity, pride, and overconfidence. He believed that his superior numbers would be enough to silence anyone with a better claim than his, and that might makes right.

Would Renly Baratheon have made a good king?

#1 Renly Baratheon Stannis proved Renly's point many times over. Besides, Renly has all the makings of a great king. He's charming, well-loved, intelligent, kind and yet still politically savvy enough to play the game of thrones. Had he not been murdered by his brother, he very well could have taken the Iron Throne.

Game of Thrones WHAT IF: Renly Supports Stannis Baratheon as King

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Answer 2

Adding to the existing answer, here's Renly Justification on his own words

Ned: What about Stannis?

Renly :Saving the Seven Kingdoms from Cersei and delivering them to Stannis? You have odd notions about protecting the realm.

Ned: Stannis is your older brother.

Renly :This isn't about the bloody line of succession. That didn't matter when you rebelled against the Mad King. It shouldn't matter now.

What's best for the Kingdoms? What's best for the people we rule? We all know what Stannis is. He inspires no love or loyalty. He's not a king. I am.

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