|Died||In 59 AC, Claw Isle|
Edwell Celtigar was the Lord of Claw Isle and the head of House Celtigar during the reigns of kings Maegor I and Jaehaerys I Targaryen.
Edwell was named Hand of the King by Maegor I Targaryen in 44 AC, following the execution of the previous Hand, Lord Lucas Harroway. King 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.
In 47 AC Edwell suggested to Maegor that the heirless king should take more than one new wife so as to increase his chances of producing an heir. Edwell suggested his two maiden daughters, Prunella and Prudence, who were of twelve and thirteen years. Although Maegor eventually took Edwell's advice, he did not choose Edwell's daughters. Lord Celtigar 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.
Upon the ascension of the young Jaehaerys I Targaryen 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. Lord Celtigar was unwilling to risk offending the high lords, so he instead enforced a number of new taxes upon the smallfolk, such as tripling the port fees of King's Landing, Lannisport, and Oldtown. Certain goods were taxed both coming in and going out of the city, and new levies were asked of innkeepers and builders. These measures made Edwell deeply despised by the populace and failed to generate sufficient revenue. Building slowed to a halt, the inns emptied, and trade declined significantly in the capital, while the Lannisters and Hightowers ignored Lord Celtigar's demand to raise their port fees.
Upon King 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 Edwell had placed on the smallfolk, much to the populace's delight.
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.
In 130 AC during the Dance of the Dragons, the unpopular taxes Lord Edwell once imposed were reinstated by a descendant of his, Lord Bartimos Celtigar, the master of coin for Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Maegor I.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, Prince into King - The Ascension of Jaehaerys I.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, A Time of Testing - The Realm Remade.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - Rhaenyra Triumphant.