Edwell Celtigar

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Edwell Celtigar
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Title Lord of Claw Isle
Hand of the King
Master of coin
Lord treasurer
Allegiance House Celtigar
Race Valyrian
Culture Crownlands
Died In 59 AC, at Claw Isle
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
Fire & Blood (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

Edwell Celtigar was Lord of Claw Isle and head of House Celtigar during the reigns of kings Maegor I Targaryen and Jaehaerys I Targaryen.[1][2]

History

Edwell was named Hand of the King by King Maegor I Targaryen in 44 AC, following the execution of the previous Hand, Lord Lucas Harroway.[1] Maegor left Edwell to rule King's Landing along with Maegor's wife, Queen Tyanna of the Tower, when Maegor himself left to embark on a new campaign against the Faith Militant uprising in 45 AC.[3]

In 47 AC Edwell suggested to the heirless king that he should take more than one new wife as to increase his chances of producing an heir. He suggested his own two maiden daughters, Prunella and Prudence, who were of twelve and thirteen years. Although Maegor eventually took Edwell's advice to take more than one new wife, he did not choose Edwell's daughters.[3] Edwell resigned the office of Hand in 48 AC, when even previously loyal lords of the realm were now turning against the king. He safely returned to Claw Isle.[3]

Upon young king Jaehaerys I Targaryen's ascension to the Iron Throne, Lord Celtigar was pardoned and named lord treasurer and master of coin by Lord Rogar Baratheon, the new Hand. The wars fought by Maegor had near bankrupted the crown, so Lord Celtigar enforced a number of new taxes upon the smallfolk. These measures made Edwell deeply despised by the populace and failed to generate sufficient revenue.[4]

Upon Jaehaerys's sixteenth name day he returned to King's Landing and kindly dismissed Lord Edwell from his office, thanking him for his services. Three days later the king undid most of the taxes Lord Edwell had placed on the smallfolk, much to the populace's delight.[5]

During the winter of 59 AC when the Shivers spread to the crownlands, Lord Edwell was one of the first high lords to die from the disease.[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  2. Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Sons of the Dragon.
  4. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  5. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  6. Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.