Aegon V Targaryen
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|Reign||233AC - 259AC|
|Full Name||Aegon Targaryen Fifth of His Name|
|Alias|| Aegon the Unlikely|
Aegon the Fortunate
The Prince Who Was An Egg
|Other Titles|| King of Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men|
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
|Born in||200AC, at King's Landing|
|Died in||259AC, at Summerhall|
|Royal House||House Targaryen|
|Predecessor||Maekar I Targaryen|
|Heir|| 1st: Duncan Targaryen (renounced rights)|
2nd: Jaehaerys Targaryen
|Successor||Jaehaerys II Targaryen|
|Issue|| Duncan Targaryen|
Jaehaerys II Targaryen
|Father||Maekar I Targaryen|
|Books|| The Hedge Knight (Appears)|
The Sworn Sword (Appears)
The Mystery Knight (Appears)
The World of Ice and Fire (Mentioned)
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)
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."
- 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.
In his youth, Aegon first served at court in King's Landing as a page.  Later he served as a squire to the hedge knight Ser Duncan the Tall under his nickname "Egg". He owned a dragon egg, which was colored with green and white swirls, placed in his cradle with him when he was a babe. 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 himself was betrothed to his sister Daella, though he did not wish to marry her. Aegon dreamed of becoming a knight of the Kingsguard, who are sworn not to wed.
Aegon was supposed to squire for his eldest brother, Daeron, in the tourney at Ashford Meadow, 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. 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. In 212AC, he played a part in the suppression of the Second Blackfyre Rebellion at Whitewalls.
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 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.||”|
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, including 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. 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. 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. Aegon was succeeded by his second son, Jaehaerys II.
Quotes about Aegon
|“||All three of the sons of the fifth Aegon had wed for love in defiance of their father's wishes. And because that unlikely monarch had followed his heart when he chose his queen, he allowed his sons to have their way, making bitter enemies when he might have made fast friends. Treason and turmoil followed, as night follows day, ending at Summerhall in sorcery, fire and grief.||”|
References and Notes
- ↑ See the Aegon V Targaryen calculation.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 6, Jon.
- ↑ Targaryen Kings, (November 1, 2005) So Spake Martin
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Sworn Sword.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Hedge Knight.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Mystery Knight.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 67, The Kingbreaker (Barristan III).
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 7, Jon.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 15, Samwell.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 A World of Ice and Fire.
- ↑ The Citadel: FAQ: What happened at Summerhall