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. The laws helped to break the Faith's political power.

Origins

When the Faith of the Seven and the Faith Militant rose against King Aenys I Targaryen, he was unable to properly deal with the crisis before his death.[1] His successor, King Maegor the Cruel, outlawed armed holy men and took brutal steps to put down the rebelling orders and the houses supporting them, including offering bounties for their heads.[2] Not even the death of the High Septon and his replacement for a more passive one stopped the determination of the Faith Militant.[3]

After Maegor's death, his successor, Jaehaerys the Conciliator, offered amnesty to the rebels in exchange for the disbandment of the Faith Militant.[4]

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, overturn 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 in an attempt to secure the support of the new High Septon, the High Sparrow, for her son Tommen.[5] 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

References and Notes

  1. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  2. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 33, Jaime V.
  3. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  4. The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.

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