Aegon III Targaryen
Aegon III by Amok©
|Reign||131 AC - 157 AC|
|Full Name||Aegon Targaryen the Third of His Name|
|Alias|| Aegon the Younger|
Aegon the Dragonbane
Aegon the Unlucky
The Broken King
|Other Titles|| King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men|
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
|Born in||120 AC, at Dragonstone|
|Died in||157 AC, at King's Landing|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Predecessor||Aegon II Targaryen|
|Heir||Daeron I Targaryen|
|Successor||Daeron I Targaryen|
|Queen|| 1st: Jaehaera Targaryen|
2nd: Daenaera Velaryon
|Issue|| Daeron I Targaryen|
Baelor I Targaryen
|Books|| The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)|
The Rogue Prince (mentioned)
The Princess and the Queen (mentioned)
The Hedge Knight (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (mentioned)
Aegon III Targaryen, also known as Aegon the Younger, and later Aegon the Dragonbane, was the seventh king of the Targaryen line to sit the Iron Throne. He succeeded his uncle, Aegon II Targaryen, at the conclusion of the Dance of the Dragons, which saw the victorious supporters of his late mother Rhaenyra Targaryen install him on the throne. When he was a child, his dragon was Stormcloud. Aegon kept the kingdom united following the divisions of the civil war with the aid of his brother, Prince Viserys, whom he named Hand of the King when he came of age.
Aegon had dark purple eyes and pale silvery hair. Aegon later in life always dressed in black. He was pale, lean, and never smiled, because of the grief he carried from seeing his mother devoured by his uncle's dragon. He wore a short beard but no mustache. His crown was a slender gold band.
After the Dance of the Dragons, Aegon became brooding, cold, and melancholy.
Born in the last days of 120 AC, Aegon was the first-born son of his father, Prince Daemon Targaryen, and the fourth-born son of his mother, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. As per Targaryen tradition, a dragon's egg was placed in his cradle. The dragon Stormcloud eventually hatched from this egg. Aegon was named after Aegon the Conqueror. Alicent Hightower, the second wife of his grandfather King Viserys I Targaryen, took offence to Aegon's name, since she had a son named Aegon herself, and felt that Rhaenyra and Daemon were trying to use the name as a slight against her. Due to the fact that the royal family now contained two young Targaryens named Aegon, Rhaenyra's son was referred to as Aegon the Younger in history, whereas the son of Alicent was named Aegon the Elder. It is unknown if Aegon was referred to as Aegon the Younger during this time, and the same for Aegon the Elder.
Aegon had three older half-brothers, Jacaerys, Lucerys, and Joffrey Velaryon, from his mother's first marriage, and two older half-sisters, Baela and Rhaena Targaryen, from his father's second marriage. Two years after his own birth, his mother gave birth to another boy: Viserys, named after their grandfather.
Aegon lived with his mother, father, brothers, and half-sisters on Dragonstone, the ancestral seat of House Targaryen and his mother's seat as the Princess of Dragonstone. When his grandfather died in early 129 AC, Aegon and his family were away from the capitol, as Rhaenyra was pregnant for the sixth time. This pregnancy led to the birth of Aegon's sister, Visenya; unfortunately, the girl was stillborn.
The Dance of the Dragons
A war of succession began with the death of Aegon's grandfather, King Viserys I Targaryen. Though Aegon's mother had been named heir to the throne by King Viserys I, Aegon the Elder, Aegon's half-uncle, was crowned as King Aegon II in King's Landing. This resulted in a war of succession, the Dance of the Dragons.
In 129 AC, at the behest of their half-brother Jacaerys Velaryon, Aegon and his younger brother Viserys were sent to Essos while their mother Rhaenyra secured the Iron Throne. During the journey their ship, the Gay Abandon, was captured by ships of the Kingdom of the Three Daughters. Aegon escaped by flying on his dragon Stormcloud for the first time, but Viserys was captured by Sharako Lohar. Aegon had to cling to Stormcloud's neck to reach Dragonstone, where he shared the news of what had befallen the fleet. The experience of his first flight was so frightening that Aegon returned to Dragonstone pale, shaking, and having lost control of his bladder. Stormcloud shortly died from the wounds he had received during the flight, and Aegon never rode a dragon again.
When Aegon's mother Queen Rhaenyra took King's Landing in 130 AC, she named him her cupbearer after he joined her from Dragonstone. Aegon hardly spoke a word during this time. After the storming of the Dragonpit, he and his mother were forced to flee the capital. Rhaenyra, nearly mad with grief from losing her dragon Syrax and all her children except Aegon, refused to be parted from him at any time, and he became a "small pale shadow" to his mother.
When they returned to Dragonstone, they arrived at the castle to see the charred corpses of the castellan and some others who had been loyal to Rhaenyra hanging from the gates. Aegon was the first to realize what it meant and cried "Mother, flee!" but it was too late. They were brought into the courtyard, where Aegon II was waiting. Young Aegon watched in horror as his uncle's dragon, Sunfyre, devoured his mother. Aegon was forever mentally scarred, and this event cemented his later fierce hatred for and terror of dragons. After Rhaenyra's execution, Ser Alfred Broome advised King Aegon II to kill the young Aegon, but the king decided to keep his nephew captive in the dungeon of Dragonstone. The death of his mother did not end the war, and following Lord Kermit Tully's victory over the Green army of Lord Borros Baratheon at the Battle of the Kingsroad half a year later, Aegon II was murdered by his own men. Aegon inherited the throne as Aegon III in 131 AC.
- See also: Regency of Aegon III
Since Aegon came to the Iron Throne aged eleven, several regents and Hands ruled in his name for the first five years of his reign. Numerous political schemes, plots, and assassinations happened in those five years as the regents fought one another for political power. Aegon's only companion in these first years was Gaemon Palehair, a former pretender to the throne, and now Aegon's servant, friend, whipping boy, and eventual food taster.
Aegon was married to his cousin Princess Jaehaera Targaryen in 131 AC. As Jaehaera was the only surviving child of the late Aegon II Targaryen, the match was a political one, so both bloodlines could be seen to hold the throne in the hope of uniting the realm and the factions who fought for each side. Since Jaehaera was eight years old at the time of the marriage, and Aegon was eleven, it was not consummated. Two years later, the marriage would end childless when Queen Jaehaera died, of suicide or perhaps murder.
Aegon would later be married to Lady Daenaera Velaryon. She was only six years old when Aegon's half-sisters Rhaena and Baela presented her to him, the last of a thousand maids at the great ball of 133 AC. This ball had been declared by the Hand, Lord Unwin Peake, after the regents stopped his efforts to betroth his own daughter to the king. However, Lord Peake did not give up his attempts, and was greatly frustrated by Aegon's choice of Daenaera. His efforts to have the marriage put aside were opposed by both Aegon and the other regents, and resulted in his resignation as Hand.
Aegon had only one true joy during the years of his regency: the return of his younger brother, Prince Viserys. It was thought that Viserys had been killed at the Battle of the Gullet, and Aegon had never forgiven himself for abandoning his brother when he fled on Stormcloud. But Viserys was eventually recovered from Lys by Admiral Alyn Velaryon, where he had been held in secret by merchant princes. The ransom was enormous, but Viserys's release was a joy regardless, and for the rest of his days he was the only person Aegon ever fully trusted.
After he came of age in 136 AC, Aegon dismissed the Regents and his Hand of the King, and named Prince Viserys as his Hand. Viserys would serve as Hand during the remaining years of Aegon's reign, and during the reigns of both of Aegon's sons. The crown dealt with several pretenders claiming to be Daeron the Daring, who had perished during the Second Battle of Tumbleton, but whose body had never been found or identified.
As king, Aegon III strove to give the realm peace and plenty, but his coldness kept him from courting his lords and people. Aegon is often blamed for the death of the last dragon, having had a great distaste for dragons after the tragic death of Stormcloud and because he witnessed his mother being devoured by his uncle's dragon. Although the maesters may have played a part in the death of the last dragons, Aegon III became known as "Aegon the Dragonbane". At the urging of his brother, Prince Viserys, Aegon brought nine mages from Essos to attempt to hatch a clutch of dragon eggs with magic, but this ended in failure.
Aegon was regarded as a broken king who ruled over a broken reign. His brother Viserys did the majority of the ruling as his Hand. Aegon was melancholy to the end of his days, found pleasure in almost nothing, and locked himself in his room to brood for days on end. He likewise came to dislike being touched, even by his beautiful wife and queen Daenaera. Though their marriage was eventually fruitful, it was said Aegon took a long time to come to her bed, even after she flowered. His marriage to Queen Daenaera gave him two sons, Daeron (born 143 AC) and Baelor (born 144 AC), and three daughters, Daena (born 145 AC), Rhaena (born 147 AC), and Elaena (born 150 AC).
The reign of the Broken King ended with the King's death at thirty-six years of age, from consumption, in 157 AC. Many of his subjects thought him far older, for his boyhood had been cut short, and the melancholy king is not remembered fondly.
Aegon III was succeeded by his fourteen-year-old son Daeron. Aegon was said to have always walked with a great grief, and the folly of his sons nearly tore the realm apart. It would not be Aegon's line to continue the Targaryen dynasty. After both Daeron and Baelor died childless, Aegon's brother Viserys was crowned king. Viserys would be followed by his own son, Aegon IV Targaryen.
Aegon's line did not discontinue altogether. Aegon's daughter Daena, called "the Defiant", would have a bastard child with her cousin, Prince Aegon, whom she named Daemon. Daemon Blackfyre would be the first of the Blackfyre Pretenders, and contest his cousin Daeron II Targaryen, the legitimate son of Aegon IV Targaryen, for the Iron Throne. Daemon created his own House, House Blackfyre, and had at least 9 children (7 sons, and at least 2 daughters). The Blackfyre line continued for quite some time, until Maelys Blackfyre was slain during the War of the Ninepenny Kings around 260 AC.
Princess Elaena Targaryen also continued Aegon's line. She was married three times, and gave birth to seven children. Her first two children were illegitimate, fathered by Lord Alyn Velaryon: Jon and Jeyne Waters. Descendants of Jon live until this day, under the name Longwaters. Subsequently she married Lord Ossifer Plumm, by whom she had one child, Viserys Plumm (though he is rumoured to have actually been fathered by King Aegon IV); and Lord Ronnel Penrose, by whom she had four children (Robin Penrose, Laena Penrose, Jocelyn Penrose, and Joy Penrose). Her third and final marriage, to Ser Michael Manwoody, was childless.
Small Council under Aegon III
During the reign of King Aegon his small council had the following known members:
- Hand of the King - Lord Cregan Stark
- Hand of the King - Ser Tyland Lannister
- Hand of the King - Lord Unwin Peake
- Hand of the King - Lord Thaddeus Rowan
- Hand of the King - Ser Marston Waters
- Hand of the King - Grand Maester Munkun
- Hand of the King - Lord Torrhen Manderly
- Hand of the King - Prince Viserys Targaryen
- Grand Maester - Munkun
Council of Regents
The regency council of Aegon III, as originally constituted, consisted of:
- Lady Jeyne Arryn, Lady of the Eyrie (131-134 AC).
- Lord Royce Caron, Lord of Nightsong (131-132 AC).
- Ser Torrhen Manderly (131-133 AC).
- Lord Manfryd Mooton, Lord of Maidenpool (131-134 AC).
- Grand Maester Munkun (131-136 AC).
- Lord Corlys Velaryon, Master of Driftmark and Lord of the Tides (131-132 AC).
- Lord Roland Westerling, Lord of the Crag (131-133 AC).
- Lord Unwin Peake, replaced Lord Corlys (132-134 AC).
- Lord Thaddeus Rowan, replaced Lord Roland (133-136 AC).
- Ser Corwyn Corbray, replaced Lord Manfryd (134 AC).
Regents chosen by lot at the Great Council of 136:
References in the Books
A Game of Thrones
On the Dothraki Sea, Daenerys Targaryen is thinking about dragons and what her brother Viserys told her of the last dragons. He had said that they died during the reign of Aegon III, the Dragonbane, no more than a century and a half ago, which does not seem so long ago to Dany.
Quotes by Aegon
|“||I mean to give the smallfolk peace and food and justice. If that will not suffice to win their love, let Mushroom make a progress. Or perhaps we might send a dancing bear. Someone once told me that the commons love nothing half so much as dancing bears. You may call a halt to this feast tonight as well. Send the lords home to their own keeps and give the food to the hungry. Full bellies and dancing bears shall be my policy.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ The Hedge Knight.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon II.
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aegon III.
- ↑ The World of Ice and Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Viserys II.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Rogue Prince.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Aegon III Targaryen.
- ↑ George R. R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire, Daeron I Targaryen.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- ↑ 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 The Princess and the Queen.
- ↑ So Spake Martin: Targaryen Kings (November 1, 2005)
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 23, Daenerys III.
- ↑ A Storm of Swords, Chapter 54, Davos V.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Prince Daemon Targaryen was married to Lady Rhea Royce from 97 AC until 115 AC. He then married Lady Laena Velaryon in 115 AC; their marriage lasted until Laena's death in 120 AC. That same year, Daemon married his niece, Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.