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Biographical Information
Reign 233AC - 259AC
Full Name Aegon Targaryen Fifth of His Name
Alias Aegon the Unlikely
Aegon the Fortunate
Egg
Other Titles King of Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Born in 200AC or 201AC[1], at King's Landing
Died in 259AC, at Summerhall
Family
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Maekar I Targaryen
Heir Duncan Targaryen
Successor Jaehaerys II Targaryen
Issue Duncan Targaryen
Jaehaerys II Targaryen
Unknown son
Rhaelle Targaryen
Father Maekar I Targaryen
References
Books The Hedge Knight (Appears)
The Sworn Sword (Appears)
The Mystery Knight (Appears)
A Game of Thrones (Mentioned)
A Clash of Kings (Mentioned)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Mentioned)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)
For the articles sharing the same title, please see this disambiguation page.Disambig.png

Aegon V was King of the Seven Kingdoms and the fifteenth Targaryen to sit the Iron Throne.[2] In his youth he went by the nickname Egg and squired for Ser Duncan the Tall.

Aegon became king only after a Great Council that bypassed a number of candidates earlier in the line of succession, and after his elder brother, Aemon, refused the throne. As the fourth son of Maekar I, himself a fourth son, Aegon was called "Aegon the Unlikely."[3]

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Appearance

See also: Images of Aegon V Targaryen

According to a semi-canonical source, Aegon had long, shoulder-length hair that shone like beaten gold with strands of silver woven together. Tall, slender and handsome, he had large eyes, deep and dark and purple. He wore the crown of Aegon III.[4]

Biography

Aegon in his youth, during the Tales of Dunk and Egg

In his youth, Aegon first served at court in King's Landing as a page. [5] Later he served as a squire to the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall under his nickname "Egg".[6] He owned a dragon egg, which was colored with green and white swirls, placed in his cradle with him when he was a babe.[7] He loathed his brother, the cruel and sadistic Aerion, who threw Aegon's pet cat down a well. Aerion once visited Aegon in his bedroom during the dead of night, put a knife to Aegon's privates, and joked about removing his genitals so he would become a girl whom Aerion could marry.

Aegon was supposed to squire for another one of his brothers, Daeron, in the Ashford Tourney, but Daeron had no interest in jousting and drank himself into a stupor at an inn. Ser Duncan the Tall visited the inn and Aegon was impressed by the humble hedge knight and followed him.

Egg served as a squire to Duncan during the Ashford Tourney where his uncle, Prince Baelor Breakspear, died of a wound inflicted by Prince Maekar, Baelor's brother and Aegon's father.[6] Maekar wished Aegon to be trained as a knight, but Aegon would only agree if Duncan was the knight who trained him. Maekar, the Prince of Summerhall, offered Duncan a place at the garrison of Summerhall, but Duncan declined and agreed to take Aegon on only if Aegon accompanied him as his squire. Aegon would live humbly, but Duncan thought it would make Aegon a better man than his brothers, Aerion and Daeron.

A little less than two years later Egg squired for Duncan during the small localized conflict between House Webber and House Osgrey.[5] In 212AC, he played a part in the suppression of the Second Blackfyre Rebellion at Whitewalls.[7]

After his father Maekar I's death, it was unclear who should be king since two of Aegon's older brothers had died before his father. Daeron left a feeble-witted daughter and Aerion a minor son, so the Great Council was called to choose the king. Aegon's brother Aemon, a maester, was offered the crown, but refused, stating it should be given to Aegon. Aemon then joined the Night's Watch to prevent any plots from developing whereby he would be used against his brother.

Aegon married for love and allowed his sons to do the same, to the sorrow of the kingdom.[8]

Reign

Aegon was crowned King of the Seven Kingdoms when he was thirty-three years old. According to Aemon, Aegon, despite being a man grown with sons of his own, was still half a boy and had an innocence to him, a sweetness that was well loved. Before departing for the Wall, Aemon told his brother:

It takes a man to rule. An Aegon, not an Egg. Kill the boy and let the man be born.[9]

As an honor guard for Aemon's journey to the Wall, Aegon emptied the dungeons and sent the prisoners to join the Night's Watch, one of them being his half-great uncle, Bloodraven. During Aegon's reign he appointed his old friend Ser Duncan as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard.

Aegon's reign was a troubled one, despite Aemon removing himself as a possible pawn in plots to overthrow Aegon. The troubles partly were caused because Aegon tried to improve the lives of the smallfolk, but were also caused because of Aegon's sons.[10] Barristan Selmy stated Aegon V married for love and all three of his sons were said to want to do the same in defiance of their father's wishes. Aegon relented, even though it made bitter enemies instead of fast friends, since Aegon's sons had all been previously betrothed by Aegon, and all three betrothals were broken for this.[10] This led to treason and turmoil that ended in Summerhall, the Targaryen summer home, in sorcery, fire and grief.

The turmoil in his reign made Aegon obsessed with the idea of restoring dragons to Westeros. This led to the Tragedy of Summerhall, where Aegon perished while trying to hatch dragon eggs. His son, Prince Duncan the Small, his friend, Lord Commander Duncan of the Kingsguard, and others of the royal court also perished in the fire.[11][10] Aegon was succeeded by his second son, Jaehaerys II.

Family

Ancestors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daeron II
 
Myriah
Martell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baelor
 
Aerys I
 
Aelinor
 
Rhaegel
 
Maekar I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valarr
 
Matarys
 
Twins
 
Twins
 
Daeron
 
Aerion
 
Aemon
 
Aegon V
 
Rhae
 
Daella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Son
 
Son
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Feeble-witted
daughter
 
Son
 
 
 
 
 
Multiple
descendants
 
Unknown[12]
 
Unknown[12]

Descendants

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aegon V
Targaryen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duncan
the Small
 
 
 
Jaehaerys II
 
 
 
 
Unknown
son
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaelle
Targaryen
 
Unknown
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aerys II
 
Rhaella
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steffon
Baratheon
 
Cassana
Estermont
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaegar
 
Elia
Martell
 
Viserys
 
Daenerys
 
Drogo
 
Robert
Baratheon
 
Cersei
Lannister
 
Stannis
Baratheon
 
Selyse
Florent
 
Renly
Baratheon
 
Margaery
Tyrell*
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaenys
 
Aegon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rhaego
 
Joffrey
Baratheon
 
Myrcella
Baratheon
 
Tommen
Baratheon
 
Margaery
Tyrell*
 
Shireen
Baratheon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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