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Small Council Chamber. © Fantasy Flight Games
King Robert I Baratheon's small council - by Thomas Denmark. © FFG
The small council chamber flanked by a pair of Valyrian sphinxes. © FFG

The small council is a small group of advisers which advises the king of the Seven Kingdoms on matters of policy and their areas of expertise. Aegon I Targaryen relied on councillors after being crowned, but it was not until the reign of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen that the small council was formalized.[1]

The council is headed by the king, the only one who can make the council's decisions into law. In his absence the role falls to the Hand of the King or the regent if the king is too young.[2]

Some council members are called "lords" even if not members of nobility.[3] They are appointed and dismissed by the king as he wills once he reaches the age of majority.[4] The council may be divided by faction, however, such as the three-three tie between Lannister and Tyrell representatives during the reign of King Tommen I Baratheon, or by region, such as the "Dorne's seat"—once filled by Oberyn Martell—to which Doran Martell appoints Nymeria Sand, who will break the Lannister-Tyrell tie.[5][6]

Traditionally the council consists of seven permanent members, after the Andal traditions and the Faith of the Seven, with reserved positions for:

Although a council seems to always have these seven members, it may include additional members as advisors.[7]

Small council members

Under Aegon I Targaryen

Although the official small council would only be formed during the reign of Aegon's grandson Jaehaerys I, Aegon had established his councillors early on.[1] Aegon also relied upon the advices of maesters. He was known to often travelled the realm with six maesters who educated him on each regions local customs and history.[8] The following men are known to have filled the various offices:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 17 AC Lord Orys Baratheon[9][10][11] Lord Orys resigned the office after losing his sword hand to Wyl of Wyl in the First Dornish War.
79 AC Lord Edmyn Tully[12][13] Lord Edmyn resigned the office when his wife died in childbirth, stating his children needed him more than the realm.
917 AC Lord Alton Celtigar[14] Lord Alton served ably in the office until his death of old age.
1734 AC Ser Osmund Strong[1][13][8] Ser Osmund was charged with the overseeing and raising of the walls around King's Landing. Later he led campaigns in the Stepstones to root out a Lysene pirate king.
3437 AC Lord Alyn Stokeworth[13] When the king ordered the Aegonfort torn down for a stone castle to be built in its place, he assigned the task to Lord Alyn and his sister-wife, Queen Visenya Targaryen.
Grand Maester 5 AC Ollidar[14] The title of Grand Maester was founded in 5 AC. Ollidar only held office for less than a year.
512 AC Lyonce[14] Lyonce proved more robust than his predecessor, serving the realm ably for seven years until he slipped, breaking his hip and passing away soon after.
1237 AC Gawen[1]  
Master of coin 1 AC–Unknown Lord Crispian Celtigar[9] Crispian died at the latest in 9 AC.[15]
Unknown–Unknown Unknown Aegon is known to have had at least two different masters of coin.[14]
Master of laws 1 AC–Unknown Lord Triston Massey[9]  
Master of ships and Lord admiral Aegon's Conquest Lord Daemon Velaryon[9]  
Unknown–Unknown Lord Aethan Velaryon[13] Although it is unknown when exactly Lord Aethan served in the office, he is known to have been Aegon's master of ship in 22 AC[16], 29 AC[13] and 30 AC.[13] It is also known that up until Lord Manfryd Redwyne became master of ships for King Jaehaerys I Targaryen in 50 AC, the office was held hereditary by the heads of House Velaryon.[17] Therefore it is likely Aethan served as master of ships during Aegon's entire reign.
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 10 AC–Unknown Ser Corlys Velaryon[1] Two of Aegon's kingsguards died protecting him,[8] it is unknown if Corlys was one of them. If so, he was likely succedeed by Ser Addison Hill, who eventually rose to become Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.[18]

Under Aenys I Targaryen

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 3737 AC Lord Alyn Stokeworth[16][13]  
3739 AC Prince Maegor Targaryen[16][13]  
3941 AC Septon Murmison[19][16]  
Grand Maester 3742 AC Gawen[16]  
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships and Lord admiral Unknown–Unknown Lord Aethan Velaryon Up until Lord Manfryd Redwyne became master of ships for King Jaehaerys I Targaryen in 50 AC, the office was held hereditary by the heads of House Velaryon.[17] Therefore it is likely Aethan served as master of ships during Aenys's entire reign.
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard      

Under Maegor I Targaryen

King Maegor I Targaryen is the first Targaryen monarch to have been known to have a spymistress in his employment.

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 4344 AC Lord Lucas Harroway[19][13][N 1]  
4448 AC Lord Edwell Celtigar[19][13] Lord Edwell resigned in 48 AC, shortly before the end of Maegor's reign.
Grand Maester 4242 AC Gawen[19][13][20] Personally executed by Maegor.
4242 AC Myros[19][13] Personally executed by Maegor.
4244 AC Desmond[19][13] Personally executed by Maegor.
4448 AC Benifer[21]  
Master of coin Unknown–48 AC Lord Alton Butterwell[19][13] Known to have been in office by 47 AC.
Master of laws      
Master of ships and Lord admiral Unknown-Unknown Lord Aethan Velaryon Up until Lord Manfryd Redwyne became master of ships for King Jaehaerys I Targaryen in 50 AC, the office was held hereditary by the heads of House Velaryon.[17] Therefore it is likely Aethan served as master of ships for Maegor until his own death, which occurred during Maegor's reign.[22]
Unknown–48 AC Lord Daemon Velaryon[20] Known to have been in office by 47 AC.
Mistress of whisperers 4248 AC Tyanna of the Tower[19][13][N 2]  

Under Jaehaerys I Targaryen

In 55 AC, King Jaehaerys I Targaryen started work on a unified code of law for Westeros, later known as the Books of Law, with the help of Septon Barth, Grand Maester Benifer, Lord Albin Massey and Queen Alysanne Targaryen. Jaehaerys dubbed the foursome his "smaller council".[23]

Office Duration Name Notes
Regent 4850 AC Dowager Queen Alyssa Velaryon[10]  
Hand of the King 4850 AC Lord Rogar Baratheon[10][24][25]  
5054 AC Lord Daemon Velaryon[17]  
5457 AC Lord Myles Smallwood[26][27]  
5898 AC Septon Barth[26][28]  
99100 AC Ser Ryam Redwyne[28] Ser Ryam served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard at the same time.
100101 AC Prince Baelon Targaryen[28]  
101103 AC Ser Otto Hightower[29]  
Grand Maester 4859 AC Benifer[24] Reinstated from exile.
6097 AC Elysar[21]  
97101 AC Allar[30]  
101103 AC Runciter[30]  
Master of coin and Lord treasurer 4850 AC Lord Edwell Celtigar[31][17]  
5059 AC Lord Rego Draz[17][21][27]  
59 AC–Unknown Lord Martyn Tyrell[21] In truth the duties were performed by his wife, Lady Florence Fossoway.
Unknown–103 AC Lord Lyman Beesbury[32]  
Master of laws and Lord justiciar 4950 AC Lord Prentys Tully[31]  
5059 AC Lord Albin Massey[17]  
5980 AC Lord Rodrik Arryn[21]  
8092 AC Prince Aemon Targaryen[21]  
Master of ships and Lord admiral 4850 AC Lord Daemon Velaryon[31] Later raised to Hand of the King.
5089 AC Lord Manfryd Redwyne[17] He was the first non-Velaryon to held this office.
8992 AC Lord Corlys Velaryon[30] Served near the end of King Jaehaerys' reign. Lord Corlys angerly resigned from the office when his wife Princess Rhaenys was passed over as heir to the Iron Throne.[30]
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 48 AC–Unknown Ser Gyles Morrigen[24] Was known to be still Lord Commander in 84 AC.[23]
Unknown–103 AC Ser Ryam Redwyne[28] Was known to be Lord Commander by 99 AC.[23]
Avisor 4850 AC Septon Mattheus[31] Dismissed and replaced by Septon Barth.[17]
5058 AC Septon Barth[31] Elevated to the Handship.[23]
4859 AC Lord Qarl Corbray[25][27] While serving as Commander of the City Watch in King's Landing, Qarl also advised first the Queen Regent, Alyssa Velaryon, then King Jaehaerys on the small council.
5084 AC Queen Alysanne Targaryen[23] After her daughter, Princess Saera Targaryen, fled to Essos in 84 AC, Queen Alysanne withdrew more and more from the governance of the realm, and seldom came to council meetings any longer.[21]

Under Viserys I Targaryen

The small council of King Viserys I Targaryen had the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 103109 AC Ser Otto Hightower[33][30][28]  
109120 AC Lord Lyonel Strong[33][28]  
120129 AC Ser Otto Hightower[33][28]  
Grand Maester 103112 AC Runciter[28]  
112127 AC Mellos[33][28]  
127129 AC Orwyle[33][28]  
Master of coin 103104 AC Prince Daemon Targaryen[28] Held the post briefly but quickly grew bored and Lyman was reinstated.
104129 AC Lord Lyman Beesbury[28] Lord Lyman had served on the small council under King Jaehaerys I Targaryen for an unknown period of time, and close to the entire reign of King Viserys I Targaryen, if not for the short period of time where Prince Daemon Targaryen replaced him.
Master of laws 104104 AC Prince Daemon Targaryen[28]  
105109 AC Lord Lyonel Strong[33][28]  
Unknown–129 AC Lord Jasper Wylde[32] Grand Maester Orwyle is known to have been the last to be named on Viserys I's small council.[30] Since he was appointed in 127 AC,[30] that means that Lord Jasper Wylde, Lord Larys Strong and Ser Tyland Lannister were already on Viserys I's small council by 127 AC.
Master of whisperers and Lord Confessor Unknown–129 AC Lord Larys Strong[32][30]
Master of ships Unknown–129 AC Ser Tyland Lannister[34]
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 103105 AC Ser Ryam Redwyne[28]  
105112 AC Ser Harrold Westerling[35][28]  
112129 AC Ser Criston Cole[28]  

Under Aegon II Targaryen

During the reign of King Aegon II Targaryen (called the "green council" in opposition to Rhaenyra Targaryen's "black council"), the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Regent 129130 AC Prince Aemond Targaryen[32] Prince Aemond was named Regent and held the title of Protector of the Realm while his brother recovered from the injuries he sustained at the Battle at Rook's Rest.
Hand of the King 129129 AC Ser Otto Hightower[32]  
129130 AC Ser Criston Cole[32] Ser Criston served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard at the same time.
Grand Maester 129131 AC Orwyle[32] Orwyle was arrested by Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen's forces when she took King's Landing in 130 AC and placed in the black cells. He was later freed when Rhaenyra fled the capital.
Master of coin 129131 AC Ser Tyland Lannister[32]  
Master of laws 129130 AC Lord Jasper Wylde[32]  
Master of ships     At the start of Aegon's reign, the newly vacant position was offered to Lord Dalton Greyjoy in the hopes of winning the Iron Islands as allies. Dalton never officially accepted the position and instead later attacked the Westerlands. The position remained vacant for much of the war.[36]
131131 AC Lord Corlys Velaryon[30] After the death of Rhaenyra Targaryen, Lord Corlys was released and pardoned and appointed to the small council.[36]
Master of whisperers 129131 AC Lord Larys Strong[32] He served as Lord Confessor at the same time.
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 129130 AC Ser Criston Cole[32]  
Advisor 129131 AC Dowager Queen Alicent Hightower[32]  

Rhaenyra Targaryen's Black council

During the Dance of the Dragons, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen held King's Landing and sat on the Iron Throne for half of the year 130 AC.[37] During this period, Rhaenyra named members of her Black council to the small council. As Rhaenyra's reign is not recognized as legitimate, her appointments are not either.

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the Queen 130 AC Lord Corlys Velaryon[32]  
Grand Maester 130 AC Maester Gerardys[32]  
Master of coin 130 AC Lord Bartimos Celtigar[32]  
Master of laws      
Master of ships 130 AC Lord Corlys Velaryon[32] Corlys commanded the Velaryon fleet which was the bulk of Rhaenyra's navy.
Master of whisperers 130 AC Mysaria[32] Mysaria was unofficially the mistress of whisperers for Rhaenyra.[38]
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 130 AC Ser Lorent Marbrand[32]  
130 AC Ser Glendon Goode[32]  

Under Aegon III Targaryen

During the reign of King Aegon III Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 131131 AC Lord Cregan Stark[39][40] Lord Cregan held office for a day during a time known as the Hour of the Wolf. He presided over the trials and executions of those accused of poisoning King Aegon II Targaryen, before returning to the North.
131133 AC Ser Tyland Lannister[39][41] Ser Tyland was expected to be a weak Hand, but he defied expectations and held the office capably. He died in office of Winter Fever.
133134 AC Lord Unwin Peake[39][42] Lord Unwin resigned the office after the king turned down a marriage proposal with his daughter.
134135 AC Lord Thaddeus Rowan[39][42] Lord Thaddeus was imprisoned and tortured by plotters seeking to undermine the Rogare family's influence over the court.
135135 AC Ser Marston Waters[39][42] Ser Marston concurrently served as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Participated in a plot to imprison Lord Thaddeus Rowan and members of the Rogare family present at court. He was then named Hand, however, he died trying to arrest his sworn brother, Ser Mervyn Flowers, a fortnight later.
135135 AC Lord Thaddeus Rowan[42] Lord Thaddeus was reinstalled to the office after the imprisonment of plotters and death of Ser Marston Waters. However, after a moon's turn, he was dismissed once again due to having a poor mental condition.
135136 AC Grand Maester Munkun[39][42] Munkun served as the King's Hand until the election of a new Hand in the Council of 136 AC.
136136 AC Lord Torrhen Manderly[39][42] Lord Torrhen was elected as the new Hand during the Council of 136 AC. Dismissed from office by the king when he came of age.
Unknown–157 AC Prince Viserys Targaryen[39][43]  
Grand Maester 131 AC–Unknown Munkun[39] Munkun served Aegon III both as Grand Maester and regent until 136 AC. Although Munkun is known to have served Aegon's son King Baelor I Targaryen as Grand Maester as well,[44] and only the Citadel can name a Grand Maester, in 153 AC Grand Maester Alford held the office,[45] suggesting Munkun was removed from his office at some point or had died.
Unknown–Unknown Alford[45] In 153 AC, Alford held the office of Grand Maester.
Master of coin 136 AC–Unknown Isembard Arryn[39][42]  
Master of laws and Lord justiciar 133134 AC Lord Thaddeus Rowan[46] Served as master of laws and lord justiciar, until he was later named as Hand.
Master of ships and Lord admiral     It is unknown who held the office of master of ships at the start of Aegon's reign. It is possible the master of ships at the time of Aegon II Targaryen's death, Lord Corlys Velaryon,[36] stayed at that position until his own death in 132 AC.[41]
133133 AC Ser Gedmund Peake[46] When Lord Unwin Peake became the Hand of the King, he appointed his uncle as the new master of ships despite Aegon III's whished of appointing Lord Alyn Velaryon to that position.
133135 AC Lord Alyn Velaryon[46] Alyn's victory against a Braavosi fleet in the Stepstones, earned Alyn great fame and reputation, knighthood and a place on the small council as the new master of ships. Lord Unwin Peake sent Alyn in a perilous voyage to the Iron Islands to defeat Lord Dalton Greyjoy's ironborn, hoping the ironborn would get rid of Alyn for him.[46]
135 AC–Unknown Ser Gedmund Peake[47] After the attempted coup during the regency of Aegon III against the Rogare family and the King's Hand, Lord Thaddeus Rowan, Ser Gedmund was named lord admiral and master of ships to appease the supporters of Lord Unwin Peake. When Lord Alyn Velaryon came back from the Vale to the capital in 136 AC, he did not mind losing his position in favor of Ser Gedmund.
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 131133 AC Ser Willis Fell[41] Ser Willis died of Winter Fever.
133133 AC Ser Robin Massey[46] Ser Robin was chosen by Aegon III to be Ser Willis Fell's successor. He held the position briefly before being replaced by Ser Marston Waters, on order of the King's Hand and regent, Lord Unwin Peake.
133135 AC Ser Marston Waters[39][46][47] Ser Marston was named Lord Commander by the King's Hand and regent, Lord Unwin Peake, after the king's appointment of Ser Robin Massey in the position was dismissed on the grounds that the king was too young and hadn't consulted his regents.
135 AC–Unknown Ser Raynard Ruskyn[47]  
Advisor 131133 AC Lord Leowyn Corbray[41] During Aegon III's regency, Leowyn held the title of Protector of the Realm.

In addition to his small council, King Aegon III had a council of regents during his minority, who ruled the Seven Kingdoms in his stead:

The Regents of Aegon III
Name Duration Notes
Lady Jeyne Arryn[39] 131134 AC Died of illness at Gulltown in 134 AC.
Lord Corlys Velaryon[39] 131132 AC Died of old age in 132 AC, replaced by Lord Unwin Peake.
Lord Roland Westerling[39] 131133 AC Died of the Winter Fever in 133 AC, replaced by Lord Thaddeus Rowan.
Lord Royce Caron[39] 131132 AC Resigned in 132 AC.
Lord Manfryd Mooton[39] 131134 AC Died due to old age and illness in 134 AC, replaced by Ser Corwyn Corbray.
Ser Torrhen Manderly[39] 131132 AC Resigned in 132 AC.
Grand Maester Munkun[39] 131136 AC  
Lord Unwin Peake[39] 132134 AC Resigned in 134 AC.
Lord Thaddeus Rowan[39] 133135 AC  
Ser Corwyn Corbray[39] 134134 AC Killed by a crossbowman at Runestone in 134 AC.
Lord Willam Stackspear[39] 136136 AC Chosen by lot in the Great Council of 136 AC.
Lord Marq Merryweather[39] 136136 AC Chosen by lot in the Great Council of 136 AC.
Lord Lorent Grandison[39] 136136 AC Chosen by lot in the Great Council of 136 AC.

Under Daeron I Targaryen

During the reign of King Daeron I Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 157161 AC Prince Viserys Targaryen[48]  
Grand Maester      
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships 157161 AC Lord Alyn Velaryon[48] Alyn led the royal fleet during the Conquest of Dorne.
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard      

Under Baelor I Targaryen

During the reign of King Baelor I Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 161171 AC Prince Viserys Targaryen[44]  
Grand Maester Unknown - Unknown Munkun[44] Was known to be Grand Maester in 171 AC.[44]
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships      
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard      

Under Viserys II Targaryen

During the reign of King Viserys II Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King      
Grand Maester      
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships      
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard      

Under Aegon IV Targaryen

During the reign of King Aegon VI Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 172 AC - Unknown Lord Bracken[45] Lord Bracken's daughter, Barba Bracken, and her newborn bastard son, Aegor Rivers, were sent away from court in 173 AC after the Brackens pushed Aegon IV to take Barba as his new wife when Queen Naerys Targaryen was lingering near death from a difficult childbirth.[45] It is likely Lord Bracken was sent away as well.
Unknown - Unknown Lord Butterwell[45][49]  
178 AC - 178 AC Lord Lucas Lothston[45]  
Unknown - Unknown Lord Jon Hightower[45]  
Grand Maester      
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships      
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard Unknown - Unknown Prince Aemon Targaryen[45] Aemon served until his death in or between 178 AC and 183 AC.[50]

Under Daeron II Targaryen

During the reign of King Daeron II Targaryen the small coucil held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King Unknown - 196 AC Lord Ambrose Butterwell[51][52] Removed from the office by King Daeron II for failing to contain the First Blackfyre Rebellion.
196196 AC Lord Hayford[51][52] Died at the Battle of the Redgrass Field.
196209 AC Prince Baelor Targaryen[53][54] Died after a blow to the head suffered in the trial of seven during the Tourney at Ashford Meadow.[53]
209 AC (Possibly) Prince Valarr Targaryen[51] It is currently unknown whether "...sweet Matarys and Valarr, the Hand."[51] indicates that Valarr was the Hand in 209 AC, or that Valarr and an unnamed Hand are separate individuals.
Grand Maester      
Master of coin Unknown - Unknown Lord Ronnel Penrose[44] Although Ronnel officially held the office of master of coin, it was widely known that his wife, Princess Elaena Targaryen, the king's cousin, was the one performing the duties of the office.
Master of laws      
Master of ships      
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard      
Advisor Unknown - 209 AC Ser Brynden Rivers[55][49] Brynden served as a spymaster and advisor on Daeron II's small council. However, it is unknown if he was officially named master of whisperers or not.

Under Aerys I Targaryen

During the reign of King Aerys I Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 209221 AC Ser Brynden Rivers[51][49][52] He served as master of whisperers at the same time.[52]
Grand Maester ~210 AC - Unknown Unnamed He was a new Grand Maester by 211 AC. His predecessor may have died during the Great Spring Sickness.
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships      
Master of whisperers 209221 AC Ser Brynden Rivers[52] He served as Hand of the King at the same time.[52]
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard      

Under Maekar I Targaryen

During the reign of King Maekar I Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 221233 AC Ser Brynden Rivers[56]  
Grand Maester      
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships      
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard      

Under Aegon V Targaryen

During the reign of King Aegon V Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King      
Grand Maester 257258 AC Kaeth[57] Named Grand Maester at the age of eighty, Kaeth died within a year of taking the office.
258259 AC Ellendor[57] Nigh on ninety when he was elected, he died within a year of taking office.
259259 AC Merion[57] Elected at the age of sixty-six, Merion died on the road to King's Landing.
259 AC Pycelle[58] Served King Aegon V Targaryen for a few short months, until the king died.
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships      
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard Unknown - 259 AC Ser Duncan the Tall Duncan is known to have been the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard when he participated in a winter tourney at King's Landing in 253 AC.[59]

Under Jaehaerys II Targaryen

During the reign of King Jaehaerys II Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 259260 AC Lord Ormund Baratheon[60]  
Unknown - 262 AC Edgar Sloane[61]  
Grand Maester 259262 AC Pycelle[61]  
Master of coin      
Master of laws      
Master of ships      
Master of whisperers      
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 259262 AC Ser Gerold Hightower[60]  

Under Aerys II Targaryen

During the reign of King Aerys II Targaryen the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 262281 AC Ser/Lord Tywin Lannister[61] Resigned his post for Aerys's slights against him.
281282 AC Lord Owen Merryweather[61][62] Removed from office and exiled for failing to contain Robert's Rebellion.
282283 AC Lord Jon Connington[63][62] Removed from his office and exiled after losing the Battle of the Bells.
283283 AC Lord Qarlton Chelsted[64][62] He bravely resigned his position over Aerys's plan to burn King's Landing and was subsequently burned alive for it.[62]
283283 AC Wisdom Rossart[64][62] Was Hand for only a fortnight.[62] Named to the office after the Battle of the Trident.[64]
Grand Maester 262283 AC Pycelle[61]  
Master of coin Unknown Lord Qarlton Chelsted[65] Known to have been in the office during the false spring in 281 AC.
Master of laws Unknown Lord Symond Staunton[65] Known to have been in the office during the false spring in 281 AC.
Master of ships Unknown Lord Lucerys Velaryon[65] Known to have been in the office during the false spring in 281 AC.
Master of whisperers ~278283 AC Varys[61]
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 262283 AC Ser Gerold Hightower[65]  
Advisor Unknown - 283 AC Wisdom Rossart[61] Later promoted to the Handship.
Unknown office 277278 AC Lord Steffon Baratheon[61] Steffon was summoned to court by King Aerys II and named in the small council in the wake of the Defiance of Duskendale.

Under Robert I Baratheon

During the reign of King Robert I Baratheon the small council held the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Hand of the King 283298 AC Lord Jon Arryn  
298298 AC Lord Eddard Stark  
Grand Maester 283298 AC Pycelle  
Master of coin 289298 AC Lord Petyr Baelish  
Master of laws Unknown - 298 AC Lord Renly Baratheon  
Master of ships Unknown - 298 AC Lord Stannis Baratheon  
Master of whisperers 283298 AC Varys  
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 283298 AC Ser Barristan Selmy  

Under Joffrey I Baratheon

During the reign of King Joffrey I Baratheon the small council holds the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Queen Regent 298300 AC Cersei Lannister  
Hand of the King 298300 AC Lord Tywin Lannister During the first year of him holding the office, Tywin has his younger son Tyrion Lannister serve on the council as acting Hand of the King.
Grand Maester 298300 AC Pycelle Temporarily removed from his office in 299 AC by acting Hand Tyrion Lannister, and re-instated by Tywin Lannister.
Master of coin 298299 AC Lord Petyr Baelish  
299300 AC Tyrion Lannister Named master of coin after being relieved from his duties at acting Hand.
Master of laws 299300 AC Ser Kevan Lannister  
Master of ships 299300 AC Lord Mace Tyrell  
Master of whisperers 298300 AC Varys  
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 298298 AC Ser Barristan Selmy  
298300 AC Ser Jaime Lannister Due to his imprisonment during the War of the Five Kings, Jaime is absent from King's Landing during the entire reign of King Joffrey I, and thus does not fulfill his role on the small council.
Officeless seat 299299 AC Lord Janos Slynt Within a few short months removed from the office and sent to the Wall.
Advisor 299300 AC Lord Mathis Rowan  
Lord Paxter Redwyne  
Prince Doran Martell Not wanting to travel to King's Landing due to his health, Doran sends his younger brother, Prince Oberyn Martell, to sit on the council in his place.
High Septon[7]  

Under Tommen I Baratheon

During the reign of King Tommen I Baratheon the small council holds the following members:

Office Duration Name Notes
Regent 300300 AC Queen Cersei Lannister  
300300 AC Ser Kevan Lannister  
Hand of the King 300300 AC Lord Tywin Lannister  
300300 AC Ser Harys Swyft  
300300 AC Lord Orton Merryweather  
300 AC - Present Lord Mace Tyrell  
Grand Maester 300300 AC Pycelle  
Master of laws and justiciar 300300 AC Lord Orton Merryweather  
300 AC - Present Lord Randyll Tarly  
Master of coin and lord treasurer 300300 AC Lord Gyles Rosby  
300 AC - Present Ser Harys Swyft  
Master of ships and grand admiral 300300 AC Aurane Waters  
300 AC - Present Lord Paxter Redwyne  
Master of whisperers 300300 AC Varys  
300 AC - Present Qyburn  
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard 300 AC - Present Ser Jaime Lannister  
Advisor 300 AC - Present Nymeria Sand (acting in place of Doran Martell)[5] Still on her way to King's Landing.

Notes

  1. Earlier prints of The World of Ice & Fire erroneously state that Lucas died in 48 AC, which has been corrected in later prints to 44 AC.
  2. Tyanna was executed after the death of Jeyne Westerling in childbirth. Jeyne was married to Maegor in 47 AC; Her pregnancy was announced six months after the wedding, very early on in the pregnancy itself (her belly had not yet begun to swell). She went into labor after six months of pregnancy, placing about a year between Tyanna's death and the wedding.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon I.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  3. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 18, Catelyn IV.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  5. 5.0 5.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 38, The Watcher.
  6. A Dance with Dragons, Epilogue.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 19, Tyrion III.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Fire & Blood, Three Heads Had the Dragon - Governance Under King Aegon I.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Reign of the Dragons: The Conquest.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Stormlands: House Baratheon.
  11. Fire & Blood, Reign of the Dragon - The Wars of King Aegon I.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Riverlands: House Tully.
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Fire & Blood, Three Heads had the Dragon - Governance under Aegon I.
  15. See the Crispian Celtigar calculation.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aenys I.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 17.8 Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
  18. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 16, Jaime II.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 The Sons of the Dragon.
  20. 20.0 20.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  22. See the Aethan Velaryon calculation.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
  26. 26.0 26.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  28. 28.00 28.01 28.02 28.03 28.04 28.05 28.06 28.07 28.08 28.09 28.10 28.11 28.12 28.13 28.14 28.15 28.16 The Rogue Prince.
  29. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 30.7 30.8 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  32. 32.00 32.01 32.02 32.03 32.04 32.05 32.06 32.07 32.08 32.09 32.10 32.11 32.12 32.13 32.14 32.15 32.16 32.17 32.18 The Princess and the Queen.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys I.
  34. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
  35. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen King: Viserys I.
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - The Short, Sad Reign of Aegon II.
  37. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Overthrown.
  38. Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.
  39. 39.00 39.01 39.02 39.03 39.04 39.05 39.06 39.07 39.08 39.09 39.10 39.11 39.12 39.13 39.14 39.15 39.16 39.17 39.18 39.19 39.20 39.21 39.22 39.23 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
  40. Fire & Blood, Aftermath - The Hour of the Wolf.
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - The Hooded Hand.
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 42.5 42.6 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  43. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 43, Cersei X.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 44.4 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 45.5 45.6 45.7 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon IV.
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 46.4 46.5 Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
  48. 48.0 48.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron I.
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 The Mystery Knight.
  50. See the Aemon Targaryen (son of Viserys II) calculation.
  51. 51.0 51.1 51.2 51.3 51.4 The Sworn Sword.
  52. 52.0 52.1 52.2 52.3 52.4 52.5 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys I.
  53. 53.0 53.1 The Hedge Knight.
  54. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Daeron II.
  55. World of Ice and Fire Update - Spymaster
  56. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maekar I.
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 36, Cersei VIII.
  58. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 25, Eddard V.
  59. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 67, Jaime VIII.
  60. 60.0 60.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys II.
  61. 61.0 61.1 61.2 61.3 61.4 61.5 61.6 61.7 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 62.3 62.4 62.5 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 11, Jaime II.
  63. The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: Robert's Rebellion.
  64. 64.0 64.1 64.2 The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The End.
  65. 65.0 65.1 65.2 65.3 The World of Ice & Fire, The Fall of the Dragons: The Year of the False Spring.