In A Game Of Thrones (I think, it may be one of the later books), Robert's Rebellion is briefly recapped and it is said that when Robert won, he stripped lands from those who opposed his claim during the rebellion.

In addition, there was the epic battle at the Trident where Rhaegar was killed by Robert.

Does it ever address in the books who supported the Targaryens during the war?

We know that the Vale (House Arryn), the Riverlands (House Tully) and the North (House Stark) supported the Stormlands (House Baratheon) in the rebellion, so from the seven kingdoms there are only the Westerlands (House Lannister), Highgarden (House Tyrell) and Dorne (House Martell) remaining.

The rest here is not based on memory so let me know if it's incorrect.

From what I gathered, the Westerlands pretty much kept out of the war. They covertly supported the Throne (which is how Tywin managed to gain access to King's Landing when it was sacked), but I don't think they ever openly opposed the Rebellion in battle.

Dorne probably supported the Throne because Elia was married to Rhaegar at the time.

How about Highgarden? Was this ever addressed? Or did the Targaryens hire mercenaries (like the Golden Company or the Second Sons) to fight on their behalf?

It seems like 4 houses going up against 2 wouldn't be much of a battle. Obviously Robert won, but I assumed it was a close contest.

Were the lands that Robert stripped just Dragonstone and its supporting Houses from the Targaryens?

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    i don't know why this was downvoted. The question seems legit to me. Apr 15, 2015 at 14:14
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    @Daft Maybe Daenarys has a Sci-Fi SE account... Apr 15, 2015 at 14:22
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    @Mike.C.Ford I reckon it's more of Joffrey move!
    – Daft
    Apr 15, 2015 at 14:23
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    @Daft But..but.. I thought Joffrey died with the purple wedding and all... UNLESS ! OMG ! Apr 15, 2015 at 14:27
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    @Monty129 **** the king?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Apr 15, 2015 at 19:22

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According to the wiki page on Robert's Rebellion, the major families of the Seven Kingdoms were divided as follows during the war:



Once the war was over, Robert more-or-less forgave everyone who allied with the Targaryans.

If you want a really great explanation of the events leading up to the Rebellion and who sided with who and why, you should watch / listen to this, it's really good and voiced by the actors from the show :

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    This was a good and thorough answer, but it could possibly have been improved by saying which of the royalist Houses were vassals that went against their rebellious ruling Houses. I didn't know that until I read the link (which was very insightful). But that's just me :). Apr 15, 2015 at 12:10
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    @Mike.C.Ford that's a good point, but I'm not sure if the Overlord info provided on each Houses's wiki page is representative of the House's allegiance before or after the war.
    – Daft
    Apr 15, 2015 at 12:22
  • @Daft does that video contain any show spoilers. More specifically up until S05E01.
    – DickieBoy
    Apr 16, 2015 at 14:36
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    @DickieBoy no none at all. It's the events preceding S01E01.
    – Daft
    Apr 16, 2015 at 14:39
  • You forgot House Thorne. Goodly part of Night Watch leadership at the start of Book 1 ended on the wall because Robert won! There's even a funny scene, when Tyrion has dinner with them and it turns out Tywin wanted them all executed but Ned told Robert to send them to the wall instead.
    – jo1storm
    Sep 7, 2017 at 10:29

This is mentioned throughout the 5 books so far; not only the first one. The Wikia has a good list for the supporters of the Targaryens:

  • House Tyrell
  • House Martell
  • House Darry ( A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn.)
  • House Ryger ( A Game of Thrones, Chapter 28, Catelyn.)
  • House Mooton (A Game of Thrones, Chapter 16, Eddard.)
  • House Goodbrook (A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya.)
  • House Connington ( So Spake Martin)
  • House Cafferen ( A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos.)
  • House Fell ( A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos.)
  • House Grandison ( A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos.)
  • House Grafton (A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 9, Davos.)

In the parentheses, I include where in the books it was mentioned

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