Keeper of the Keys

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The Keeper of the Keys[1] or keeper of the keys[2] is a position in the royal court of the Seven Kingdoms. There are four Keepers of the Keys, all managed and selected by the master of coin.[1]

According to a semi-canon source, the Keepers control the keys that open certain doors and chests that belong to the royal household, and they oversee the items that these locks guard. The first holds charge of the king's jewels, the second has charge of the king's purse-funds for the king's personal interests, the third holds the key to the Red Keep's armory, and the last holds the keys to the king's manors outside of the capital, King's Landing. Their responsibilities include hiring assistants, overseeing investments of personal wealth, and acquiring such things as the king desires.[3]

History

After reaching majority and beggining to rule in his own right, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen replaced the Keeper of the Keys, among other lesser offices.[4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Tyrion Lannister notes that several key offices of the royal bureaucracy are filled by Lord Petyr Baelish's men, among them all four Keepers of the Keys.[1]

A Feast for Crows

Lord Gyles Rosby, the new master of coin, intends to replace one of the keepers who had been appointed by Petyr.[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 17, Tyrion IV.
  2. 2.0 2.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  3. Blood of Dragons: The Court in King's Landing
  4. Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.