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Aemon Targaryen
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Aemon the Dragonknight by Robert O'Leary

Alias The Dragonknight
The Knight of Tears
Title Prince
Lord Commander of the Kingsguard
Allegiance House Targaryen
Culture Valyrian
Born In or between 139AC and 144AC[1], at King's Landing
Died In or between 172AC and 184AC[1], at Westeros
Book(s) The Hedge Knight (Mentioned)
The Sworn Sword (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)
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Aemon Targaryen, called the Dragonknight, was the second son of King Viserys II Targaryen and a member of the Kingsguard.



Early Life

Aemon was knighted young and joined the Kingsguard at the age of seventeen.[2][3] He served under four kings: Daeron I Targaryen, Baelor I Targaryen, his father Viserys II Targaryen, and lastly his brother, Aegon IV Targaryen.

Prince Aemon has been referred to as the noblest knight who ever lived, and his skill with a sword is legendary throughout Westeros. He bore the Valyrian steel sword Dark Sister, previously wielded by Aegon the Conqueror's sister-wife Visenya, and Aemon's grandfather, Prince Daemon Targaryen.[4]

Songs speak of his doomed love for his brother's queen, his own sister, Queen Naerys. According to the singers, Aemon loved Naerys, and Naerys loved him. He supposedly cried when Naerys married their brother,[5] and joined the Kingsguard shortly afterwards. After his brother Aegon became a king, rumors started about Aemon being the actual father of Aegon's son and heir, Prince Daeron.[6] This caused several people to look at one of Aegon's bastards, Daemon Blackfyre, as the new heir to the throne. The truth of these rumours have never been proven or disproven. There are no known rumours about the parentage of Daenerys, only about Daeron.

Aemon once fought Cregan Stark. Prince Aemon claimed he never faced a finer swordsman.

Conquest of Dorne

Aemon took part in the invasion of Dorne, led by his cousin and King Daeron I. Aemon won great fame by defeating a Dornish champion, and was present after the rebellion in Dorne undid Daeron's conquest, and Daeron I himself died. Aemon was taking captive by the Dornish, and put in a crow cage, placed above a pit filled with vipers. He was eventually rescued by his cousin Baelor, his new king.[6]

Reign of Aegon IV

After Kings Baelor I and Viserys II died, Aemon's elder brother Aegon became king. During Aegon's reign, Aemon remained the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, a position he held until his death. He defended his sister Naerys when she was accused of treason by the knight Ser Morgil.[7]

Aemon once won a tournament, disguised as a mystery knight, after his brother Aegon had forbidden him to take part because Aegon wanted to crown his mistress of that time as the queen of love and beauty. Aemon secretly took part anyway, disguised as a mystery knight known only as the Knight of Tears. The Knight of Tears won the tournament, and Aemon was thus able to name his sister, Naerys, the Queen of Love and Beauty in place of the king's mistress.

Despite Aegon's feelings of disrespect and hate towards Aemon[8] and Aegon's provocations, Aemon died honorably, defending his brother and king against two brothers of House Toyne who sought to assasinate the King in retribution for the execution of their brother, Ser Terrence Toyne.[9][6]

Daeron II, Aemon's nephew (or son, according to the rumors), named his grandson Aemon in honor of the Dragonknight.[6]}[10]


The tale of Prince Aemon's treason with Queen Naerys was only that, a tale, a lie his brother told when he wished to set his trueborn son aside in favour of his bastard. Aegon was not called the Unworthy without cause. [11]
– Ser Arys Oakheart

My grandfather named me for Prince Aemon the Dragonknight, who was his uncle, or his father, depending on which tale you believe. Aemon, he called me ... [10]
Aemon, to Jon Snow

Every child in Westeros knows how Prince Aemon the Dragonknight championed his sister Queen Naerys against Ser Morghil’s accusations.[12]
Cersei Lannister


Daena Targaryen
Aegon IV Targaryen
Naerys Targaryen
Aegor Rivers
Brynden Rivers
Shiera Seastar
Daeron Targaryen
Daenerys Targaryen
Three other sons

References and Notes

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