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Title Grand Maester
Allegiance The Citadel
House Targaryen
Died In 42 AC, at Dragonstone
Book(s) The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)
The Sons of the Dragon (mentioned)

Grand Maester Gawen was a maester of the Citadel. He served as Grand Maester during the reigns of Kings Aegon I, Aenys I, and, albeit briefly, Maegor I.


Gawen served as Grand Maester for King Aegon I Targaryen, succeeding Grand Maester Lyonce in 12 AC or 13 AC. Gawen and Ser Osmund Strong, Aegon's Hand of the King, were charged with raising walls around King's Landing.[1] Gawen continued to hold the office of Grand Maester during the reign of Aegon I's heir, King Aenys I Targaryen. When King Aenys fell ill on Dragonstone in late 41 AC, Gawen despaired of improving the king's condition.[2]

Following the death of King Aenys I and the coronation of Aenys's half-brother Maegor I Targaryen by his mother Visenya Targaryen, Gawen protested. He stated that following the laws of inheritance the crown should pass to Aenys' oldest son, Prince Aegon. Maegor personally beheaded Gawen for his protests with Blackfyre. After Gawen's death, there were no further protests on Dragonstone.[3] Gawen was the first of three Grand Maesters who were executed during Maegor's reign.[4]


  1. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  3. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  4. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 12, Tyrion II.