List of A Song of Ice and Fire Characters - Royal Court and Officials

Royal Court and Officials

The Royal Court at King's Landings is mostly composed of the King's small Council and his Kingsguard, the seven knights sworn to protect the king and his family. The small council is made up several officers: Hand of the King, the top adviser; Lord Commander of the Kingsguard; Master of Coin, the treasurer; Master of Laws, the law enforcer; Master of Whisperers, the spymaster; Master of Ships, the naval commander; and Grand Maester, the senior member of the maesters, an order of scholars and healers. All members of the small council, except for the Grand Maester, are appointed and dismissed by the king. The Grand Maester is appointed by the governing body of the maesters. The council is headed by the king, and only he can make the council's decisions law. The role falls to the regent if the king is too young or to the Hand if the king is absent.

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