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Aenys I
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Portrait Aenys I by Amok©
Biographical Information
Reign 37 -42 AC
Full Name Aenys Targaryen First of His Name
Other Titles King of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men
Lord of the Seven Kingdoms
Protector of the Realm
Born in 7 AC[1], at Dragonstone
Died in 42 AC[2], at Dragonstone[3]
Royal House House Targaryen
Predecessor Aegon I Targaryen
Successor Maegor I Targaryen
Queen Alyssa Velaryon
Issue Rhaena Targaryen
Aegon Targaryen
Viserys Targaryen
Jaehaerys Targaryen
Alysanne Targaryen
Vaella Targaryen
Father Aegon I Targaryen
Mother Rhaenys Targaryen
Books The World of Ice and Fire (mentioned)
A Game of Thrones (mentioned)

Aenys I was a member of House Targaryen and was the second king to rule the Seven Kingdoms from the Iron Throne. He was the eldest son of King Aegon I Targaryen by his sister-wife Queen Rhaenys Targaryen.


Character and Appearance

Aenys was tall like his father, but softer, slender, weedy and dreamy. He was pale with lilac eyes. His hair was perfumed, shoulder-length in ringlet curls. He wore a silky pointed mustache and beard in the style of The Three Musketeers. He dressed in velvet robes the same lilac colour as his eyes with gold lining. His crown was of gold, elaborate and much larger than his father's.[4] He was considered weakly at birth and early childhood, but once he bonded with his dragon, Quicksilver, he rapidly became stronger and more confident.[5]


Aenys was born on Dragonstone as the son of Aegon the Conquerer and Queen Rhaenys Targaryen. Aenys loved court life just as Rhaenys had, and he was a great patron of the arts.[3]

Aenys was married to Alyssa Velaryon in 22 AC. Their marriage was a political match,[3] and together they had six children. Three sons: Aegon, Viserys, Jaehaerys and three daughters: Alysanne, Vaella and Rhaena.


Aenys was regarded as a weakling. His ascension to the throne, upon the death of his father Aegon, led to the many uprisings by lords who considered him weak. The first of these challenges was by a bandit outlaw known as Red Harren who claimed to be a grandson of Harren the Black. Eventually caught & cornered by Aenys Hand of the King, Alyn Stokeworth. Harren killed Alyn who in turn was then slain by Alyn's Squire.

On the Iron Islands a man who claimed to be King Lodos reborn was dispatched by Goren Greyjoy. Goren sent the pickled head of the would be king in a jar to King Aenys who in gratitude granted Goren a boon. A decision that Aenys would later regret, as Lord Goren used the boon to oust the Faith of the Seven from the Iron island's to the despair of the rest of the realm and to the anger of the Faith of the Seven.

The Vulture King rose in the Dornish marshes and in the Vale, Jonos Arryn rose against his own brother Ronnel Arryn. Aenys proved to be weak and indecisive during these crisis's and was unable to effectively take action against them. Much of the responsibility fell to others among them his half-brother Maegor who upon the death of their father, Aenys gifted Maegor with the sword Blackfyre, traditionally held by kings. Aenys admitted to all those assembled that he was not nearly the warrior his brother was.[5]

Maegor crushed the rebellion at the Vale flying Balerion to the Eyrie and hanging Jonos and his followers, for this Aenys named him his new Hand of the King. Lord Orys Baratheon and Lord Sam Tarly known as Savage Sam crushed the Vulture King and his army in what became known as the Vulture Hunt.

A new crisis arose in 39 AC when Maegor took a second wife while his first wife was still alive which angered the Faith of the Seven and the High Septon (the High Septon's niece was Maegors first wife). Aenys tried to placate the faith by stripping Maegor of his office and sending him into exile to Pentos. A renowned Septon known as Murmison was appointed new Hand of the King by Aenys as a way to try and appease the Faith of the Seven.

Aenys however further enraged the faith in 41 AC when he wed his daughter Rhaena to his son and heir Aegon receiving a denunciation from the faith "King Abomination", Pious Lords and even smallfolk who once loved Aenys turned against him. Aegon and Rhaena were sent to the Westerlands during this time. Murmison was expelled from the faith for performing the wedding of Aegon to Rhaena and was later torn apart by smallfolk in a litter two weeks after he performed the ceremony. The Faith Militant uprising had begun.

The Warrior's Sons fortified the Sept of Remembrance on Rhaeny's Hill. Some Poor Fellows attempted to murder the King and his family, scaling the walls of Aegons Fort and slipping to the royal apartments, it was only thanks to Ser Raymont Baratheon, a knight of the Kingsguard that the royal family survived. [6] In the face of this, Aenys abandoned the city with his family and fled to the safety of Dragonstone, where Visenya Targaryen counseled him to bring "Fire and Blood" to the Starry Sept and Sept of Remembrance. Aenys though incapable of making a firm decision instead fell ill. By 41 AC, most of the realm had turned against him. Thousands of poor fellows prowled the roads threatening and slaying any of the King's supporters and dozens of Lords took up arms against the Iron Throne.

According to Grandmaestar Gawen, Aenys despite being only thirty-five looked like a man of sixty. The dowager Queen Visenya Targaryen took over his care and Aenys briefly improved. Aenys suffered a collapse later when he learned his son and daughter were besieged at Crakehall.

He died in 42 AC after only ruling for five years, at the age of thirty-five.[3] Despite having sons of his own, among them Aegon and Jaehaerys, he was succeeded by his notoriously brutal half-brother, Maegor I Targaryen, who had served as the Hand for part of his reign.

The circumstances of Aenys's death are under much speculation, some say he died from stress, others that he was killed by Visenya Targaryen so she could place her son Maegor on the Iron Throne. Visenya was known as many things but a woman of pity is not one of them, so many asked why she tended to the care of her nephew who is despised. It is a question that cannot be dismissed or readily answered.

The Iron Throne due to Visenya's actions passed to her own son Maegor instead of Aenys son. In the turmoil that followed Aenys death and his half brothers coronation two of Aenys sons (Aegon and Viserys) would later on be murdered by their own uncle during his brutal reign.

Small Council under Aenys I

During the reign of King Aenys his small council had the following known members:


Valaena Velaryon
Aegon I
Orys Baratheon
Argella Durrandon
Aenys I
Alyssa Velaryon
House Baratheon
Alys Harroway
Maegor I
Jaehaerys I
House Targaryen

References and Notes

  1. See the Aenys I Targaryen calculation.
  2. A Game of Thrones, Appendix.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 A World of Ice and Fire, Aenys I Targaryen.
  4. Targaryen Kings. November 1, 2005 So Spake Martin
  5. 5.0 5.1 Westeros Forum. Bubonicon 45, Mar 28 2013
  6. The World of Ice and Fire, The Men of the Stormlands.

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