Qarlton Chelsted

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Qarlton Chelsted
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Alias The mace-and-dagger Hand
Title Lord
Master of Coin
Hand of the King
Allegiance House Chelsted
Died In 283 AC, at King's Landing
Book(s) A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (mentioned)
The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
Personal Arms Per bend green and white, a crossed spiked mace and a silver dagger

Lord Qarlton Chelsted was a member of House Chelsted, who served as master of coin to King Aerys II Targaryen. He was named to the office of Hand of the King during Robert's Rebellion.


Jaime Lannister considered Qarlton to be a craven, with the exception of the day he confronted King Aerys II Targaryen.[1]


Lord Qarlton was the Master of Coin late in the reign of King Aerys II Targaryen.[2] He was a firm supporter of King Aerys over Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. When the Tourney at Harrenhal was announced, based on the widely believed notion that Prince Rhaegar was secretly funding the tourney as a way to call a Great Council to discuss King Aerys's rule, Lord Qarlton suggested to King Aerys to forbid the tournament. However, the king choose differently.[2] Qarlton eventually attended the tourney, as did King Aerys, and when Prince Rhaegar won the final joust, Qarlton, together with Lord Staunton, inflamed King Aerys's suspicions concerning his son by declaring that Rhaegar had taken part of the tourney only to win the favor of the commons and remind all the lords who were present that he was a true heir to King Aegon I Targaryen. Qarlton later took Rhaegar's crowning of Lyanna Stark at the end of the Tourney as further proof of the Prince's perfidy.[2]

During Robert's Rebellion, Qarlton succeeded to the position of Hand of the King after his predecessor, Lord Jon Connington, had been sent into exile following his loss during the Battle of the Bells. He was present during Aerys II's systematic build up and placement of wildfire throughout King's Landing as part of the wildfire plot, to turn the city to ashes should the rebels try to take the city. Qarlton noticed the coming and going of the pyromancers Rossart, Garigus and Belis and became suspicious. Discovering Aerys's wildfire plot, Qarlton attempted to prevent its execution. He protested, pleaded with Aerys not to do this and eventually resigned the position over it when the king refused.[1] Aerys had him dipped in wildfire and burned alive.[1][3][4] According to a historic account written by maester Yandel, Qarlton was "burned alive for bad counsel during the war".[5]

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A Storm of Swords

In Harrenhal's bathhouse Jaime Lannister tells Brienne of Tarth about King Aerys II Targaryen's court during Robert's Rebellion, including how Qarlton had been executed after he resigned his office as Hand of the King.[1]

A Feast for Crows

Watching the Tower of the Hand burning, Cersei Lannister thinks of all of the King's Hands that she has known over the years, Qarlton included, and thinks to herself that they are all dead and burning and it is her day now, her castle and her kingdom. [6]

Jaime Lannister finds himself remembering Queen Rhaella's cries through the oaken door he was guarding as King Aerys raped her. He thinks to himself that in some odd way Rhaella's cries were worse than Lord Chelsted's screaming as he was being burned alive.[4]

A Dance with Dragons

Kevan Lannister remembers that after the Battle of the Bells and the exile of Lord Jon Connington, he had expected King Aerys II Targaryen to have no choice but to summon Tywin Lannister once again, but instead Aerys had turned to Lords Chelsted and Rossart and paid for it with his life and crown.[7]


I'd thought the man craven, but the day he confronted Aerys he found some courage somewhere. He did all he could to dissuade him. He reasoned, he jested, he threatened, and finally he begged. When that failed he took off his chain of office and flung it dwn on the floor. Aerys burnt him alive for that, and hung his chain about the neck of Rossart, his favorite pyromancer. [1]
- Jaime Lannister, to Brienne


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 37, Jaime V.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The World of Ice and Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.
  3. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  5. The World of Ice and Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The End.
  6. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 12, Cersei III.
  7. A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.

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