High Septon (Maegor I)
|Title|| High Septon|
His High Holiness
|Allegiance|| House Hightower|
Faith of the Seven
|Died||In 44 AC|
|Book(s)||The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
The constant, though largely unintentional, slights suffered by the Faith of the Seven during the reign of King Aenys I Targaryen led to a revolt by the Faith against the Iron Throne. The final straw was in 41 AC when King Aenys wed his daughter, Rhaena, to his son and heir, Aegon, receiving a denunciation from the Faith as "King Abomination". Pious lords and even smallfolk who once loved Aenys turned against him, beginning the Faith Militant uprising.
The conflict continued during the reign of King Maegor I Targaryen, who burned the Sept of Remembrance in King's Landing to the ground. The High Septon died mysteriously in 44 AC, but his death and the election of a new, more passive High Septon did not stop the uprising.
Behind the Scenes
In The World of Ice and Fire, it is stated that "The unexpected nature of the High Septon's death in 44 AC aroused much suspicion, however, and whispers of murder persist to this day. Some believe His High Holiness was removed by his own brother, Ser Morgan Hightower, commander of the Warrior's Sons in Oldtown (and it is undeniably true that Ser Morgan was the sole Warrior's Son pardoned by King Maegor)." However, it has been confirmed that Morgan Hightower was not the High Septon's brother, and that the statement was in error.