King Maegor's laws

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King Maegor's laws, or Maegor's laws, forbid holy men in Seven Kingdoms from being able to bear arms. It was by Maegor I Targaryen’s decree that the Faith laid down its swords three hundred years ago. The laws helped to break the Faith's political power.

Origins

Historically, two military orders, collectively known as the Faith Militant, made trouble for the nobles and royalty of the Seven Kingdoms.

When the Faith Militant uprising began, King Aenys I Targaryen was unable to deal with the crisis and much of the responsibility of handling the revolt fell on his half-brother Maegor’s shoulders. In order to put down the revolt Maegor enacted laws forbidding Holy men from being able to bear arms.

Abolishing of Maegor's laws

After the War of the Five Kings in 300 AC, the ruling King Tommen Baratheon, under the edict of his mother and Regent Cersei Lannister, overturned Maegor I Targaryen's laws which forbade holy men from being armed, and the order was reborn.

Recent Events

Cersei Lannister allows the High Sparrow to restore the Faith Militant. © FFG

A Feast for Crows

The Queen Regent, Cersei Lannister, officially reinstates both orders of the Faith Militant as a concession to the devout new High Sparrow.[1] Many knights, including Cersei's cousin Lancel Lannister, join the reformed Warrior's Sons in the aftermath.

See also

Quotes

Instead of taking the swords out of the hands of the faithful, he should have used them for his own ends.
- Cersei Lannister, on King Maegor


King Maegor's day is done, and so are his decrees. This is King Tommen's day, and mine.
- Cersei Lannister, to Grand Maester Pycelle

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