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Lord of the Hightower|
Lord of the Port
Voice of Oldtown
Defender of the Citadel
Beacon of the South
The World of Ice & Fire (mentioned)|
A Feast for Crows (mentioned)
Manfred Hightower[N 1] was Lord of the Hightower and head of House Hightower during Aegon's Conquest. His children included his eldest son and heir, Martyn Hightower, and Ser Morgan Hightower, Commander of the Warrior's Sons.[N 2]
Appearance and Character
He was cautious and godly man.
When news arrived in Oldtown of the landing of Aegon the Dragon and his sisters, the High Septon fasted and prayed for seven days and nights under the dome of the Starry Sept. When he emerged he announced that the Faith would not oppose the Targaryens, because the Crone had shown him that to do so would mean the destruction of Oldtown in dragonflame.
Lord Manfred, who was a godly man, heeded the High Septon's prophecy when he heard it. He kept his forces at Oldtown and when Aegon marched south towards the city, he freely opened his gates submitting to Aegon's authority. Some say that Manfred also offered his youngest daughter's hand in marriage to Aegon I Targaryen, which Aegon declined so as not to offend his Queens.
A Feast for Crows
- Erroneously reported to have been named Banfred Hightower in the notes of the 2012 reading of The Sons of the Dragon
- In The World of Ice & Fire, it is stated that "The unexpected nature of the High Septon's death in 44 AC aroused much suspicion, however, and whispers of murder persist to this day. Some believe His High Holiness was removed by his own brother, Ser Morgan Hightower, commander of the Warrior's Sons in Oldtown (and it is undeniably true that Ser Morgan was the sole Warrior's Son pardoned by King Maegor)." (The World of Ice and Fire, The Reach: Oldtown) However, it has been confirmed that Morgan Hightower was not the High Septon's brother, and that the statement was in error